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  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Syria
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
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Senior WPE Manager

Syria (Syria)

Requisition ID: req3434

Job Title: Senior WPE Manager

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: Syria

Job Description

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression or natural disaster. 

Working in coordination with the humanitarian community, IRC currently addresses the needs of war-affected Syrians from several operational bases in the region. Our activities focus primarily on the supply of vital medications and primary health care, food, non-food items and livelihoods, women, child and general protection services and form part of an over-arching humanitarian response in the region that seeks to assist refugees, IDPs and local Syrians survive conflict and displacement.

In North East Syria the IRC implements Health, Basic Needs, livelihoods and Integrated Protection (IP) programming.  IP consists of Women's Protection and Empowerment, Child Protection and Protection and Rule of Law (PRoL) programming.

The IRC is expanding its Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) program, which is focused on the needs of women and girls and supporting GBV survivors.  The WPE program provides direct service provision through women’s and girls’ centers, GBV services through health clinics and technical support for local partner organisations on GBV related topics. The WPE program is responding to the urgent needs of women and girls from Hassakeh, Deir-ez-Zor and Ar- Raqqa governorates, together with the Protection and Child Protection components of the Integrated Protection Programme. Increasingly the focus of WPE and IP programming is centered on emergency response and life-saving services to support women and girls. 

The scope of work:
The WPE Senior Manager, with a focus on capacity building and technical quality assurance, will oversee the implementation of GBV emergency response and local NGO capacity building activities in North East Syria. S/He will take on a capacity-building role to support the WPE Managers and Senior Programme Officers to respond to the needs of women and girls in 12 locations across northeast Syria. S/he will be responsible for upholding high technical standards for case management provision, including the formalizing of case management supervision support for case workers, and consolidating referral pathways with the health teams for timely CCSAS and MHPSS services for survivors. S/he will be responsible for setting up a sustainable partnership support structure within the WPE team to build local capacities for GBV response. 

Staff Management and Capacity Building 
• Develop training and capacity building plans for the WPE Managers to use with these staff members to improve capacity building skills for GBV prevention and response, and in using M&E systems and tools.
• Supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.
• As part of a succession plan, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of a national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by end of assignment.
• Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development.
• Promote and monitor staff care and well-being; approve and manage leave requests to ensure adequate coverage. 
• Conduct trainings, coaching, peer-to-peer support and technical guidance to national managers and senior officers wherever possible. Ensure WPE activities are of high technical quality, meet humanitarian standards and are flexible and responsive to contextual changes. 
• Conduct case file audits with national managers to train them on technical oversight of case management and PSS.
• Conduct regular field visits with national WPE staff, sitting in on all new activities and reviewing the sessions together, with ad hoc visits to ongoing activities.
• Train staff on conducting technical trainings, transitioning capacity development to be led by national staff where appropriate.
• Technical review of proposal drafts and reports drafted by WPE team, including ensuring deadlines are met and coaching staff on how to improve in outputs and technical quality.

Technical Quality and Implementation
• Build the capacity of national WPE staff to foster technical strong programming, ensure the timely implementation of programming and monitor spending, procurements and reporting under all grants.
• Responsible for oversight of all WPE activities, directly line managing WPE staff, monitoring performance and providing strategic direction to PRoL programming in NES. 
• Lead quality and timely WPE program implementation and ensure IRC’s response is meeting acute and emerging needs of women and girls and is complementary to ongoing protection and child protection activities within the Integrated Protection team;
• Provide technical support to WPE teams and quality oversight during implementation of the program including case management services, psychosocial support, emergency response and contingency planning WPE programming, and community-based GBV prevention and response in line with GBV guiding principles;
• Contribute to continuous analysis of the achievements of each project, and facilitate better understanding among staff about program progress through progress reporting.
• Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality and implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications and improvement plans as required.
• Lead WPE teams in conducting rapid GBV needs assessments, support with Integrated Assessments, and produce reports and recommendations from findings;
• Support regular analysis of program and service delivery data to identify GBV trends and gaps in WPE response and identify and propose appropriate responses. Ensure that monitoring and evaluation reports are made useful to the WPE staff and contribute to learning.
• Coach, train, and mentor the WPE Managers and Senior Program Officers with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing professional development guidance.
• Actively participate in implementing the WPE strategy and the Integrated Protection strategy for North East Syria, supporting both collaboration and strengthened work between the streams.
• Contribute to the achievement of the WPE specific and integrated protection SAP implementation plan.
• With support from the Integrated Protection Coordinator oversee and monitor the capacity building of local NGO to start the delivery of GBV activities.

Grant Management, Budgeting and Reporting
• Contribute to and support the development of the WPE program strategic direction and provide evidence-based input in the development of new proposals. Support with the IP program strategic direction as part of the IP leadership team.  
• Ensure reporting is streamlined, timely and quality across all WPE program sites and IP sites with WPE presence.
• Liaise regularly with other program staff to prepare high quality, analytical internal and external reports within agreed deadlines. 
• Ensure that WPE program implementation is in line with the technical proposals, project timelines, and budgets. 
• Compile, review and monitor implementation of program work plans, procurement and spending plans.
• Support the Integrated Protection Coordinator and WPE with donor relations and donor visits.

Coordination 
• Strong internal coordination with IRC program teams to support their efforts to mainstream GBV in programming, and with support teams to ensure procurement and supplies are delivered and coordinated with Field Coordination teams
• Drive forward WPE stream specific and integrated protection priorities, supporting implementation of these priorities and identifying new areas/approaches for collaboration to support inclusion and to ensure programming meets the unique needs of women and girls.
• Represent the IRC at coordination meetings, including on behalf of IP where requested.  
• Reach out to external stakeholders to improve referral pathways and service mapping for survivors of GBV

Key Working Relationships: 
Position Reports to Integrated Protection Coordinator 
Position directly supervises:  WPE Managers (2)
Indirect Reporting: WPE Technical Advisor 
Key Internal and/or external contacts:
• Internal: Staff within Integrated Protection Program, WPE Technical Advisor, IRC Health and ERD Program, Grants, Supply Chain, HR, SMT and Finance Departments   
• External: close collaboration with other humanitarian actors and active within the Protection Working Group, local implementing partners, UN agencies, and service providers

Qualifications and Requirements:
• University degree in Social Work, Gender Studies, Public Health, Human Rights or another appropriate field; advanced degree is preferred.
• 5 years of program management experience in the humanitarian sector, preferably working with refugees or internally displaced populations; at least 2 of which must be in the field of GBV prevention and response preferably in complex emergencies
• Experience providing case management or psychosocial support and/or supervising caseworkers
• In-depth understanding of GBV prevention and response, related international standards, and guidelines;
• Proven leadership, program and staff management skills and capacity building
• Demonstrated capacity and experience in developing assessment tools (e.g. questionnaires, focus group discussions) and in conducting field-level data collection
• Strong analytical skills and ability to distill data into important, relevant insights and learnings to improve program quality and inform future programming priorities
• Experience managing projects and budget management skills
• Strong writing skills and experience in writing donor reports and proposals
• Fluency in spoken/written English required; Arabic would be an advantage
• Advanced knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email/internet software.

Personal attributes
• Ability to use good judgment when making decisions and to take accountability for decisions made;
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work effectively with others within a multicultural team context;
• Ability to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative and problem-solving skills;
• Commitment to women’s empowerment;
• Ability to work and live in a sometimes stressful and insecure environment while maintaining a positive attitude
 
Returning National Candidates: We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. 

Work Environment:The position will be based in Amuda, Northeast Syria. Travel throughout Northeast Syria is expected, and the role is expected to have a high frequency of field travel.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation. 

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