Women Protection & Empowerment (WPE) Coordinator
Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
In Burkina Faso, IRC launched its first phase of emergency response programming in the city of Djibo in April 2019, mainly with WASH activities. The IRC has more recently launched health and nutrition programs in Djibo and has also expanded its interventions in the protection and health sectors in the health districts of Djibo (Sahel), Titao, Gourcy and Yako (North), mainly in community health, reproductive Health and the response to the COVID 19 pandemic. IRC also conducts economic recovery programs and wishes to develop a program for the empowerment of women in the regions of the North, the Sahel and the Mouhoun loop, which is part of a multisectoral approach strategy to meet the needs of populations affected by conflicts and travel.
Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of program in Burkina Faso, this position is responsible will ensure that the vision, strategy, design, monitoring and quality of the Protection and Empowerment of Women and Girls (PAF) programs are in line with best practices and internationally recognized donor requirements. As part of the SAP core team, he / she will support the process of elaboration of Burkina Faso’s strategic plan. The WPE coordinator will provide technical guidance and advice all WPE related projects, including:
1) GBV response through case management and psychosocial support,
2) prevention, including engaging men and boys
3) training and capacity building of partners,
4) economic and social empowerment (EA$E).
He/she will be based in Ouagadougou with frequent visits to field sites.
•Design, Development and Management of the WPE Program
•Support the startup phase of SIDA, HCR, BPRM and SDC projects
•Develop country strategies in line with SAP.
•Direct Supervision and management of WPE team in close collaboration with DDP, Child protection coordinator and field coordinators.
•Maintain strong relations and collaboration with other sectors namely health, nutrition, Wash and economic recovery and development (ERD)
1.Program quality / implementation
•The WPE Coordinator is responsible for the overarching coordination of WPE projects in Burkina in line with IRC international priorities, frameworks, and policies.
•Lead and oversee planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of WPE programs and activities.
•Provide technical guidance from the outset of business development to implementation phases of project life cycles.
•Provide clear technical support, supervisory guidance, training and mentoring to all WPE programs, activities, and teams and in close coordination with Health, Nutrition, Wash, ERD Coordinators, the Deputy Director Programs as well as the Country Director (CD) to ensure consistent, harmonized, and quality program design and implementation across project sites and improved integration between WPE and other IRC programs.
•Develop key technical WPE program tools. Review and adapt existing IRC technical training materials. Develop training materials as needed to support the introduction of new programming approaches.
•Liaise regularly with the Field Coordinators, and the HQ WPE Technical Unit to provide updates on the program, discuss emerging challenges, and collaborate on the design of new programs or changes to existing programs.
•Act as a key technical facilitator and resource person for internal and external IRC trainings and workshops. Provide training to program staff and partner as needed.
•Participate in internal BvA meetings and with partners to ensure that grant(s) is on track, and all under/overspent are handled with proper planning.
•Work closely with finance and grants teams to develop budget.
•Collaborate with Grants department to ensure that programs are implemented according to donor guidelines and reporting requirements are met.
3.Sector Strategy and Program Development
•Support the DDP by providing strategic orientation during SAP process.
•Work with program teams to develop new and update existing program components of the WPE sector strategy, to inform on-going opportunities for programming and to strengthen the linkages between WPE and other IRC program sectors (Health, Nutrition and ERD).
•Participate in proposal writing and other business development opportunities as needed and inform program costing exercises.
•Provide technical guidance to other Gender Equality Initiatives (Gender audits, gender analysis training, etc.)
4.Staff Supervision & Development
•Directly supervise WPE team and technically supervise other staff.
•Provide on-the-job training and coaching to the WPE team to promote holistic program approaches and strategies.
•Oversee the development of staff technical capacity building plans and ensure staffs receive training accordingly.
•Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
•Assist the staff in identifying professional development needs and opportunities.
•Work with the staff to ensure performance objectives are regularly reviewed and met.
•Provide continuous performance feedback to staff; identify performance issues and work with staff and Human Resources to document and address issues in a timely manner.
5.Monitoring, Evaluation, Quality assurance and Reporting
•Maintain an effective monitoring, evaluation and planning system.
•Supervise the deployment of GBVIMS in Burkina.
•Responsible for all internal and external programmatic reporting, including donors’ reports.
•Coordinate program evaluations and reviews, ensure documentation of lessons learned informing reporting and program development.
•Contribute to the development of guidelines, including technical design of software and hardware interventions for all domains under its responsibility.
•Ensure IRC and international quality standards for humanitarian action are fulfilled throughout the project management cycle.
•Provide technical support in WPE to the team under direct responsibility and the overall mission.
•Ensure that gender, protection, and environmental impact are mainstreamed in all programming under direct responsibility.
6.Representation & Advocacy
•Maintain strong relationships with relevant government partners involved in WPE activities.
•Develop and maintain strong relationships with donors and potential donors in Burkina.
•Ensure WPE visibility and represent IRC WPE in GBV meetings, protection cluster meetings and other relevant meetings and task forces at provincial and national levels.
•Act as Cluster Protection/AoR GBV Co-lead facilitator.
•Maintain effective relationship with active WPE/GBV actors in the country for effective and improved coordination and programming.
•Master’s in social science or similar.
•At least five years of experience implementing GBV response and prevention programs in emergency and development context (at least one year in emergency context)
•Strong and demonstrated commitment to women’s empowerment and Gender equality.
•Thorough understanding of best practices and evidence-based strategies in GBV response (case management, psychosocial support,) socio-economic empowerment, adolescent girls, gender transformative approach, and GBV primary prevention and risk reduction.
•Knowledge of a range of relevant tools including GBV/IMS, EASE, VSLA.
•Previous experience managing programs financed through one or more of the following, OFDA, ECHO, Sida, SDC or private foundations, with strong program/technical and budget management skills.
•Strong planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills.
•Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and advocacy with external parties.
•Experience managing, supervising, coaching and mentoring staff.
•Proven ability to work well in and promote teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure with professional grace.
•Excellent French and English and proven skills in MS Word, Excel; GBV/IMS
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