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Women’s Protection and Empowerment Coordinator

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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The WPE Coordinator is responsible for the overall leadership, strategic vision, coordination and technical support to maintain and expand IRC's WPE programming in Lebanon working closely with colleagues from other sectors and organizations towards the best outcomes for women and girls. The WPE Coordinator is a member of IRC Country Leadership Team and responsible for the overall management of the WPE team to ensure successful implementation of WPE projects. The WPE Coordinator plays a key role in program development through contributions to new concepts and proposals, including design and writing of technical proposal sections, with support from the IRC Technical Unit and relevant departments of the Lebanon country program and HQ. The Coordinator is responsible for strengthening and building new partnerships as well as strengthening the capacity of key staff to enable them to take greater responsibility for overall management of the WPE portfolio.

The WPE Coordinator is responsible for four key objectives:

  • Program Quality and Implementation: Plan and execute effective implementation of Women’s Protection and Empowerment programming to support quality GBV prevention and response programming including: GBV case management, psychosocial support and empowerment activities for at risk and diverse women, girls and GBV survivors;
  • Integration: Ensure program quality and integration of WPE program within the broader IRC Lebanon portfolio;
  • Representation: Represent IRC inside Lebanon at relevant meetings and events in close coordination with the Senior Management team and Advocacy colleagues;
  • Partnerships:  Establish and strengthen productive relationships with women-forward organizations and networks, technical experts, government agencies and donors within Lebanon in coordination with CD, Deputy Director of Programs, Partnership Coordinator, Technical Advisor and other country program colleagues, as relevant. 

Major Responsibilities:

Program Quality and Implementation

  •  Lead on WPE strategy development/refresh and the implementation of the Lebanon Strategic Action Plan by ensuring that program activities align and contribute to identified priority outcomes.
  • Provide clear technical support, supervision, training and mentoring to the WPE team, including training needed to build specialized skills in GBV case management, psychosocial support and GBV risk mitigation;
  • Ensure that WPE staff and services adhere to GBV best practice, WPE technical guidelines, professional standards and principles;
  • Continuing to support the implementation of programming to include mobile services and women and girls safe spaces;
  • Strengthening community engagement and outreach including GBV risk mitigation activities;
  • Supervise the execution of relevant M&E systems and ensure regular follow-up on monitoring data relevant to WPE programs;


  •  Lead and support integration, joint working and collaboration of WPE programming across other IRC sectors, including Child Protection, Protection and Rule of Law, Economic Recovery and Development, Education and Early Childhood Development;


  • Support GBV coordination at the national and sub-national levels and actively contribute to advocacy efforts on identified priorities;
  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including; donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
  • Maintain productive working relationship with GBV Taskforce and field level working group meetings;
  • Ensure key field concerns are brought to relevant stakeholders to advocate for standards that systematize how GBV is implemented and promote the delivery of inclusive and high quality GBV services;


  •  Develop strategic partnerships with local and national organizations in line with sector partnership strategic priorities;
  • Ensure, in close collaboration with the IRC Partnership Unit, regular performance monitoring of partners to achieve the set project’s objectives, and provide technical support and guidance;
  • Continuing to support the expansion of partnerships across Lebanon to include direct service provision by partners and support to these interventions by IRC;

Grant Monitoring and Business Development

  • Support and ensure donor compliance, including appropriate and timely spending of grants to achieve program goals, grant reporting contributions, use and distribution of supplies and resources;
  • Ensure the submission of timely, accurate and well written donor reports and other reporting requirements for all WPE programming in Lebanon;
  • Lead the development of new business concept notes and proposals for the continuation and expansion of WPE programming in Lebanon;

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
  • Develop and implement staff capacity strengthening plans to ensure quality WPE programming across programming teams and other IRC programming;
  • Conduct timely and quality performance evaluations and give regular and constructive feedback to staff through the year to ensure a culture of accountability.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Deputy Director for Programs
Position directly supervises: 
WPE Senior Manager, Capacity Building and M&E Manager, Program Support Officer

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Grants Unit, WPE Technical Unit, IRC Program Coordinators Supply Chain, HR, Finance, Field Coordinators

External:  SGBV task force, Case Management working group, peer and partner agencies, donors

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