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WPE Project Officer - Listen Up!

Bidibidi - Yumbe District

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Bidibidi - Yumbe District
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date:

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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) 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, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting IDPs, refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government, community based organizations, the civil society and the private sector. The IRC currently operates in five refugee settlements as an implementing partner for UNHCR. The IRC currently works in 15 districts in Uganda, including Lamwo, Moroto, Yumbe, Arua, Amudat, Kyegegwa and Kampala. The IRC Uganda team implements programs in the sectors of economic recovery and development, nutrition and health, protection and rule of law, and women’s protection and empowerment (WPE).


 The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Project Officer will support implementation of a project addressing prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian settings. The project has been implemented from September 15, 2018 and runs to September 14, 2021 in Bidibidi Yumbe. The Project Officer will report to the Project Manager. Major activities of the project include:

  • An annual workshop to design and share learning with all project partners
  • Ongoing listening sessions with women to capture feedback and evaluate community complaints and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) reporting and investigations mechanisms
  • Participation and support to UNHCR’s interagency PSEA action group
  • Strengthening information management and training of WPE response team on SEA response
  • Partnering with women’s rights organizations and an ICT/digital partner to co-design and implement a digital or phone based element to SEA reporting and accountability mechanism, including an ICT assessment, pilot approach, feedback, and reporting
  • Partnering with Raising Voices to develop an organizational change approach to address sexual harassment and SEA and support women’s rights organizations to pilot
  • Building strong feminist movements within Partner organizations and Women Rights Organizations (WRO) working in the emergencies.
  • Capacity building and strengthening of Women Rights Organizations (WROs)


  • Participate in annual workshop to design and share learning with all project partners
  • Implement listening sessions with women about access to community complaints and SEA reporting and investigations mechanisms
  • Participate in trainings on SEA investigation
  • Participate in PSEA action group and fulfill activities of action group (including interagency investigations)
  • Compile monthly reports on project activities and participate in monthly planning and support calls with WPE TA, ICT Specialist and project lead
  • Implement digital element of project alongside digital partner
  • Partner with Raising Voices (with regional Gender Equality Advisors’ support) to adapt Get Moving! organizational change approach to address sexual harassment and SEA and support Ugandan WRO to pilot with UN and INGOs


  • Effective and quality implementation of the Listen Up! Objectivewhich includes proposinginnovative ways of amplifying women voicesthrough feedback mechanisms.
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation expertise
  • GBV practitioner / broader feminist and women’s rights background
  • Commitment to gender equality, respect for the Human rights  and movement building
  • Skills in documentation, presentation (PP) and facilitation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to partnership
  • Confident use of excel and strong reporting skills
  • Support collaboration  with the general WPE unit and other IRC units  to integrate PSEA  in their programing and project design.
  • Desirable, previous experience working on PSEA, conducting investigations, setting up community complaints mechanisms
  • Desirable, previous experience with digital, mobile or other use of technology to deliver health, education or protection outcomes for vulnerable populations

Standards of Professional Conduct

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Deadline for receiving applications is June 13th,2021

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