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WPE Prevention Officer - Kirkuk

Iraq (Iraq)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Iraq (Iraq)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req8630

Job Title: WPE Prevention Officer - Kirkuk

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Iraq

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.


The IRC established programs in Iraq in 2003 to address the overwhelming needs of displaced people in Iraq and the neighboring countries. Since re-establishing its presence in Iraq in November 2007, the IRC has been assisting thousands of internally displaced families in the northern, central and southern governorates in the sectors of protection, gender-based violence (GBV), education, economic recovery, child Protection and emergency humanitarian assistance. Working in coordination with the humanitarian community in Iraq, the IRC's assistance and emergency programs address the needs of war-affected Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees from several operational bases in the country and include both camp-based and urban-based assistance. IRC operates throughout Iraq, with the main office in Erbil and field offices in, Baghdad, SAD, Anbar, Kirkuk and Mosul.

The IRC Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) program is providing psychosocial, counseling and case management support to vulnerable women and girls and GBV survivors. The IRC WPE is also working at the community level to provide greater support to and protection of women and girls through outreach, capacity building of community members, safety assessments, and women-led risk mitigation activities.

Job Overview/Summary: the WPE Prevention officer will be disseminating information and provide trainings to the community on issues related to women and girls.In this position the Prevention Officer will also work with service providers in the area to provide information about WPE program, GBV, and create a referral pathway to enable effective case management, in addition to directly supervising 5 community mobilizersThe Prevention Officer will also be engaged in assessment of risks faced by women and girls in the targeted communities and development of response strategies.

Major Responsibilities:The WPE Prevention Officer shall:

  • With support from Sr. WPE Prevention Officer, plan, initiate, and carry out all community outreach, mobilization, and risk mitigation activities in selected communities.
  • Conduct community awareness sessions mobilize new and existing community groups and carry out training and capacity building of community members on issues relating to women and girls, focusing on GBV in IDP camps.
  • Provide information sessions with women and girls in the community to disseminate information about available services.
  • Conduct safety audits by means of community-level interviews with key informants such as community and religious leaders, local council members, local service providers, and focus group discussions with IDP and host community women and girls on needs and problems faced by women and girls.
  • Carry out service mapping of all available services and assistance provided to women and girls by INGOs, NGOs, other humanitarian actors and government agencies in Kirkuk.
  • Build relationships with communities targeted by the project and community leaders to provide education and facilitate discussion on GBV and other issues facing women and girls.
  • With support from the community mobilizers from IDPs communities, plan and conduct a GBV awareness raising sessions that target adolescent girls in the camps. Furthermore, working on reporting the GBV concerns of adolescent girls with WPE team and the stakeholders to be addressed.
  • Implement coordination meetings between service providers to establish a referral pathway.
  • Jointly work with IRC’s Protection team members to conduct field visits and collaborate on activities.
  • Assist in linking community members to services that are provided through IRC’s Protection and WPE programs and to external resources.
  • Make regular trips to assigned IDP camps and maintain a regular field presence.
  • Develop work and movement plans outlining what tasks will be completed and when.
  • Document all outreach and mobilization activities in an accurate and timely manner using agreed tools

Staff Management and Development

  • Coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing professional development guidance
  • 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.
  • Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being; approve and manage all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage.
  • Offer leadership support for successful adherence by staff to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:WPE Manager
Position directly supervises:Community Mobilizers

Indirect Reporting: WPE Women and Girls Committees


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Gender Studies, etc.).
  • Knowledgeable in GBV and women’s rights
  • Be able to communicate in English language in the workplace plus knowing a local native language (both writing and speaking)
  • 2- 4Year of work experience with International NGOs and implementing programs in vulnerable communities
  • Strong organizational and reporting skills
  • Understands the challenges and obstacles women and girls face regarding cultural practices, norms, and society pressures.
  • Understands sensitivities of conducting outreach and awareness on violence related issues.

Tips to Consider:

  • Ability to communicate sensitively and without judgment.
  • Emotional maturity and stability to deal with conflict and confrontation in non-violent way and maintain appropriate boundaries.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Good communication and facilitation skills to work with community members and leaders on sensitive topics
  • Ability to work independently and check in remotely with supervisor to provide input and reporting on activities
  • Experience in report writing

Standards of Professional Conduct:

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.

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 maternity leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Attention Returning National Candidates:

IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, IRC has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.

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