The International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) WPE Coordinator leads the IRC’s female empowerment and gender-based violence prevention and response programs in Ethiopia. The WPE Coordinator is responsible for technical leadership, grant management, staff supervision, fundraising, and representing the IRC at humanitarian and government coordination meetings.
Reporting to the IRC’s Deputy Director of Programs, the WPE Coordinator is a senior technical position requiring multiple years of experience in this sector. He or she manages a team of approximately 60 program staff located in the IRC’s HQ in Addis Ababa, five field offices, and 13 refugee camps.
• Oversee the design, implementation, and monitoring of WPE programs in Ethiopia.
• Represent the WPE program at UN, NGO, donor, and government coordination meetings in Addis Ababa and field sites.
• Develop budgets for WPE program activities, staff costs, and operational requirements in collaboration with the IRC’s Grants, Finance, and Supply Chain units.
• Serve as accountable grant manager of WPE grants, ensuring timely completion of donor reports, spending plans, and other contractual deliverables.
• Ensure effective monitoring and evaluation of WPE projects, including tracking progress against indicators, compiling program data from the field, designing and leading program evaluations, and ensuring appropriate division of labor for M&E within the WPE team.
• Lead WPE proposal development in collaboration with the IRC’s Grants unit, Deputy Director of Programs, and GBV Technical Advisors in Nairobi, London and New York.
• Recruit, interview, and orient new WPE staff; mentor WPE staff through regular feedback; create, facilitate, and support opportunities for career development; and oversee performance reviews.
• Provide guidance and technical support to other IRC programs on mainstreaming support to women and girls.
• Liaise with IRC operational staff (HR, Supply Chain and Finance) to ensure effective and timely program implementation.
• Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Addis Ababa, including the Government of Ethiopia, UNHCR and other UN agencies, international and local NGOs, donors, and other relevant actors.
• Directly manage two senior WPE staff and lead the WPE team in Addis Ababa to provide coordinated support to all field offices.
• BA or MA in social work, health, social sciences, or other related degree.
• At least 5 years’ experience (or 3 years’ with MA) leading programs focused on gender equality, female empowerment, psychosocial support, and GBV prevention and response.
• At least 2 years’ experience supervising and managing staff, including providing direct and remote technical support.
• Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff.
• Demonstrated leadership, proactive communication and facilitation skills.
• Ability to multi-task and manage simultaneously several different projects.
• Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, flexibility and creativity.
• Strong coordination, diplomacy and networking skills.
• Experience in grant management, budget development and proposal writing.
• Excellent written and oral English skills.
• International humanitarian experience in the GBV sector is a distinct advantage.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in 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.
IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.