WPE Assistant Prevention Officer
Bidibidi - Yumbe District
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.
The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala and Kiryandongo settlement. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –bringing people from harm to home. The IRC works in 12 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kotido, Moroto, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Kaabong, Amudat, Kiryandongo, Adjumani, Yumbe, and Kampala.
The IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) program has been operational in Yumbe district since August 2016. The WPE program in Yumbe district provides life-saving services to conflict-affected and displaced women and girls, including gender based violence (GBV) suvivors, through a Women’s and Girls’ Centers located in all five zones of the BidiBidi settlement. Refugee and host community women and girls are provided with a safe space to access case management and psychosocial support and to attend skills-building and socio-economic empowerment activities
SCOPE OF WORK
The WPE Assistant Prevention Officer (APO) will lead the implementation of a GBV prevention strategy to support refugees and host community women and girls living in Bidibidi, zone 2. He/She will collaborate and guide the WPE volunteers, conduct a range of outreaches and implement a set of behavioural change methodologies to prevent GBV including adolescent and livelihood interventions aimed to respond to the needs of adolescent girls and women. The candidate will also partake in male engagement activities to further involve men and boys in WPE programming and outreach efforts.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Design and monitor GBV prevention activities, ensuring these activities are informed by target beneficiaries and correspond to their priorities and safety.
- Conduct training and dialogues with WPE volunteers, Women committees, male & female community leaders, and key informants on the topics of GBV, women’s rights, gender equality in line with priorities identified by women and girls.
- Conduct outreach efforts to disseminate information on services available to women and girls and raise awareness with the Community Volunteers and the Women Committees.
- Support capacity building and coordination activities by delivering training sessions to GBV service providers on GBV core concepts and guiding principles, safety audit and service mapping tools, reporting and advocacy skills, and community mobilization.
- Implement prevention and community-based advocacy initiatives based on identified needs and Safety Audit reports that reflect the voices of women and girls.
- Implement prevention programs and conduct dialogues with male community members.
- Facilitate Information Sessions (IS), Door-to Door outreaches, Focus Group Discussions (FDGs), Awareness Sessions (AS), and other sessions for women and girls at the Women Center and via mobile teams
- Oversee the implementation of the Rotational Savings activities, business advisory, life-skills training and job placement assistance offered to women and girls at the Women Center and via the mobile teams.
- Organize Male Engagement Groups and host programming targeting men and boys.
- Implement Adolescent Girls Programming including facilitation of the IRC adolescent girl’s curriculum and other planned activities, selection of target girls, relationship building with key gatekeepers and monitoring of activities.
- Implement the SASA!and EMAP methodologies to engage men, boys and wider community in GBV Prevention
- Work with families, caregivers and communities to support in building and strengthening a more protective environment for adolescent girls and by providing parenting skills trainings.
- Collaborate with finance and logistics to ensure program supplies and resources are available in a timely manner to support program implementation.
- Update and maintain work and spending plans that support the achievement of activities.
- Support in the development and contextualization of curriculum and GBV content.
- Constantly monitor activity implementation, compile daily & weekly reports, and attend weekly staff meetings.
- Attend WPE and IRC meetings and trainings as needed and as requested by senior staff.
KEY WORKING REALTIONSHIPS
Position reports to: WPE Prevention Officer
Position directly supervises: WPE Volunteers
Indirect reporting: WPE Manager
Other internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Close coordination with IRC Protection, M&E, Finance, HR, and Operations
External: Close collaboration with donors, local actors (local NGOs, UN agencies, government) and service providers’ part of the urban survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) referral system
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
Deadline for receiving applications is February 23rd,2021