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EMAP Officer

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Level not specified
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Job Overview:

About the project:

IRC’s Preventing Violence against Women & Girls: Engaging Men through Accountable Practice (EMAP) program is an innovative primary prevention model and resource package for engaging men in transformative individual behavior change in humanitarian settings, which includes explicit accountability measures to women and girls affected by violence. Engaging men has become a routine element in efforts around the globe to reduce and prevent men’s violence against women and girls (VAWG). These interventions have been motivated by a desire to address the role of men in violence perpetration, and recognition that masculinity and gender-related social norms are implicated in gender-based violence, including VAWG. Interventions have sought to change the way men perceive and understand themselves as men (i.e. their gender identities) and consequent gendered practices, including the use of violence, sexual practices, and other behavior towards women (Jewkes, R., Flood, M. and Lang, J., 2014). Although much work has been done in the field of male engagement, a key criticism raised to date on these processes is the failure of men who are involved therein to honor the voices of the women affected by violence perpetration. The Women’s Protection and Empowerment team developed EMAP, to address this gap and center the work in the voices and leadership of women and girls. This intervention has been implemented in over ten countries over the last five years and undergone an impact evaluation. Based upon both research and program learning, IRC has received funding to advance the EMAP model into an EMAP PLUS approach. Over the next three years, IRC will refine its EMAP approach based on country learning and build it out further with both a component for boys and a behavior change communication (BCC) element, to be determined. This also includes deepening the content with common resistance reactions such as religion-based resistance, and messaging to address entrenched norms and beliefs which sustain gender inequality and gender-based violence.

 

About the position

The EMAP project seeks support on developing a user-friendly guidance which can be used to address norms and beliefs which sustain gender inequality and gender-based violence. This guidance will be used by facilitators as a reference for strategies to counteract messages which support gender inequality and gender-based violence, particularly VAWG. Addressing religious-based resistance to gender equality, with a focus on Muslim and Christian faith beliefs, will be a key component of this guidance, so that facilitators can provide examples of norms and beliefs which support gender equality and non-violence to counter beliefs rooted in religion which are used to sustain VAWG.

The EMAP Religion & Resistance Officer sits within the Violence Protection & Response Unit, and will work closely with the EMAP Specialist and Primary Prevention Advisor in the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) to: (1) create guidance to equip facilitators to address entrenched beliefs, including those based in religion, which sustain gender inequality and violence, which commonly arise during EMAP program sessions, (2) develop any accompanying training materials, and (3) support training (remotely) as needed. Guidance will be developed in English and then translated to languages of implementation.

Major Responsibilities:

(1)Review sacred religious scripture such as the Bible, Qur’an and Hadiths among others to identify messages that support gender equality, non-violence, peaceful conflict resolution, healthy relationships among other messages related to EMAP and preventing VAWG.

(2)Review existing religious-based resources that address gender-based violence, with a specific focus on VAWG, as well as best practices in addressing these types of resistance, and identify resources to be referenced and adapted to align with EMAP messaging on accountability, gender equality, and prevention of VAWG.

(3)Review existing EMAP resources, including guidance on challenging harm and managing resistance.

(4)Develop a brief user-friendly guide for EMAP facilitators which provides tools and strategies for different faiths to address entrenched gender norms, including religious beliefs.

(5)Identify key messaging on religion, gender equality, and non-violence which can be added to the EMAP curriculum to reinforce creation of positive beliefs and norms regarding women and girls.

(6)Support with validation of content with Country Program Staff and revise/finalize guidance as needed.

(7)Support with development of a 2–3-hour training module for facilitators on using guidance.

(8)Meet with country program and EMAP team – EMAP specialist and Primary Prevention Advisor – as needed to check on milestones and deliverables, as well to receive feedback and workshop ideas.

Other tasks

-In accordance with workload and interests, the EMAP officer will have the opportunity to support other areas of EMAP plus project such as curriculum development and refinement.

Job Requirements:

Work Experience:

-Experience working on gender (GBV, VAWG, or other work), including gender transformative interventions or projects

-Experience working with religious leaders/actors to promote gender equality and prevent gender-based violence, especially within Muslim communities and with reference to religious texts.

-Experience working on written guidance and teaching or training materials for diverse populations, including refugees, people with lower levels of education and literacy, and people working in a second language or more limited fluency in the language of teaching/communication.

-Experience working in humanitarian settings desirable

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

-Deep knowledge of the root causes of VAWG and GBV.

-Commitment to gender equality, preventing gender-based violence, and accountability to women and girls.

-Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Other languages encouraged

-Skills engaging men on gender equality and gender-based violence prevention desirable.

-Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to prioritize and deliver on time

-Strong analytic problem solving skills

-Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global team structure

 

Working Environment:

·This role may require working remotely full time

·Role will require meeting with colleagues in Tanzania time zone (early morning EST). schedule can de adjusted accordingly

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.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles. 

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