Emergency Women's Protection and Empowerment Manager
Juba (South Sudan)
International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been operating in South Sudan since 1989 and currently operates in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes, Unity, Jonglei, Central Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria States. In mid December 2013, armed conflict broke out in Juba between government and opposition forces. Fighting quickly spread to other states in South Sudan, and the escalating violence has trapped thousands of civilians in Juba, as well as in Unity, Lakes, Upper Nile, and Jonglei States. UN OCHA estimates that m ore than 2.3 million people have fled their homes, with over 1.66 million displaced inside South Sudan and 643,828 refugees in neighboring countries. More than 179,000 have sought refuge in UNMISS Protection of Civilian (PoC) bases across the country, which continues to experience influxes of internally displaced persons (IDPs) due to renewed violence and insecurity. Over 90% of those displaced are outside PoCs and many are not receiving regular humanitarian aid. Many are located in areas where fluctuating security limits humanitarian access. The dispersed nature of the crisis presents a serious challenge in terms of service provision and IDPs are scattered across many locations. Sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) against women and girls is widespread and one of the conflict’s largest crises. The lack of protection and response interventions that can adequately meet the rapidly growing numbers and needs of displaced women and girls remains a significant challenge. As the crisis continues to unfold, IRC has been responding to the needs of women and girls through its Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) emergency response providing life-saving services in Juba - Central Equatorial, Unity and Lakes States.
The IRC is seeking an Emergency Women’s Protection and Empowerment Manager to support the implementation of a DFID and OFDA grant to support existing emergency GBV programming responses in Unity State.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Emergency WPE Manager will lead IRC’s GBV emergency response programming in new and existing locations in Bentiu area, Unity State and ensure that all programming is implemented in line with IRC’s GBV Emergency Response Model. He/She will be responsible for leading GBV assessments, programming design, implementation, building national staff capacity to provide direct support to women and girls and GBV survivors, mentor, supervise and monitor team activities, and ensure financial and logistical controls are implemented according to IRC protocols.
The position will be based in Bentiu, Rubkona County and reports directly to the Field Coordinator. Technical support is provided through the WPE Coordinator.
- Provide technical guidance, oversight and support to WPE emergency interventions in Bentiu surrounding areas and the Bentiu PoC site in Unity State to improve the provision of quality case management and psychosocial support services to meet the needs of women and girls in emergencies.
- Lead the start up of IRC WPE programming in new locations in Unity State through static services and mobile teams to target hard to reach populations.
- Lead trainings on GBV case management, GBV emergency response and preparedness, Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors for staff and partners.
- Lead GBV assessments to identify patterns and risks of GBV and assess gaps to inform responses.
- Oversee the implementation of IRC’s emergency programming in Bentiu and surrounding area in Unity State to ensure it meets GBV best practice and adapts IRC GBV Emergency Response model to the South Sudan context.
- Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place and harmonized advocacy.
- Lead in the development of psychosocial interventions at the safe spaces that promote coping, resilience and strengthen supportive networks among women and girls
- Support in the implementation of a robust Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for all objectives, indicators and activities that is consistent across locations and feeds into evidence-based programming.
Staff Supervision & Development
- Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
- Directly supervise the WPE Officer and hold regular performance reviews.
- Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probation reviews and annual performance reviews.
- Assist with the recruitment of WPE staff, in coordination with HR and senior management.
- Ensure training and ongoing capacity building opportunities for staff on technical and project management skills.
- Support implementation and ensure adherence to grant work plans, spending plans and monitoring and evaluation plans.
- Work closely and coordinate with IRC Operations, Finance and Grant departments to ensure compliance with grant requirements.
- Ensure high-quality IRC and donor reports on activities, indicators and achievements.
- Lead in the development and design of new grants for follow up funding that respond to needs identified in all locations .
- Develop and maintain effective and efficient oversight, support, quality control and reporting systems and processes.
Coordination, Advocacy & Representation
- Build relationships with partners, government, other NGOs and UN agencies to establish/strengthen appropriate GBV referral systems to ensure survivors access services in a timely and confidential manner and enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination.
- Coordinate and lead advocacy efforts with other actors and sectors, particularly WASH, Food and Nutrition, Shelter, Livelihoods, Health; and ensure specific measures are put in place to mitigate risks of GBV among women and girls by these sectors in line with the provision in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guideline for response and prevention of GBV in humanitarian settings.
- Master’s degree in Social Sciences, gender studies, Public health, social work, humanities or other related discipline.
- 3 years of relevant overseas programme experience, with at least 3 years of GBV programme management in emergencies experience. Preferably experience in a highly volatile environment.
- Demonstrate clear understanding of gender, human rights, and issues surrounding violence against women and girls.
- Previous experience leading teams on GBV response and risk mitigation strategies in emergencies.
- Experience facilitating trainings and workshops on responding to and preventing GBV.
- Familiar with emergency contexts and issues.
- Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting.
- Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
- Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods of community development and mobilization.
- Comfortable attending and facilitating meetings and representing GBV issues.
- Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility.
- Ability to move around. Much of the site is inaccessible by vehicle during rainy season. The person may have to walk a minimum of 2 kilometers per day to reach centres.
The security level is red. The situation in Bentiu is calm but unpredictable as it is on the front line between opposition and government forces. There has been active conflict in the area on several occasions and staff have been evacuated in the past due to crossfire.
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