Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Capacity Building and Partnership Specialist
Since 1979, Afghanistan has experienced continuous armed conflict. The IRC began work in Afghanistan in 1988, launching relief programs for persons displaced by the invasion of the Soviet Union. The IRC continued to provide aid under Taliban rule and expanded community development projects. The organization now works with thousands of villages across nine provinces, with Afghans making up more than 99% of IRC staff in the country. As Afghanistan works to recover from ongoing conflict and natural disasters, the IRC supports by: working with local communities to identify, plan and manage their own development projects; provide safe learning spaces in rural areas; provide prevention and response services to violence; provide uprooted families with tents, clean water, sanitation and other basic necessities; and helps community members access employment. Integrated Protection in Afghanistan includes Women’s Protection and Empowerment alongside Protection and Rule of Law (PRoL) and Child Protection programming, with a strong focus on ensuring gender equality in both programming and organizational practice.
The IRC Afghanistan is currently looking for a Capacity Development and Partnership Specialist to support Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) programming (also called Family Support in country). The ideal candidate has excellent technical capacity in women’s protection and empowerment, GBV response and prevention with practical experience working in an emergency context/protracted crisis, coordination and networking skills, having the capacity to innovate and solve problems efficiently and the ability to work effectively with a focus on programming in different geographic locations. This role will collaborate with the Family Support Coordinator in providing cohesion and strategic direction to IRC Afghanistan WPE programming.
The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Capacity Building and Partnership Specialist will work to oversee the quality of WPE/family support program in Afghanistan, and in line with the direction and needs of the Family Support Coordinator will collabrote on business development, external representation, and donor relations. A significant component of the role for quality focuses on capacity strengthening, including through the delivery of technical training; coaching and mentoring on GBV response and prevention in addition, proposal and budget cycles, and supportive managerial skills; and ensuring that the team’s workload is manageableto prevent burn out.
Team cohesion, program development and strengthening, in line with and as needed by Family Support Coordinator:
•Build team cohesion and develop plans for safe programming of the WPE team
•Support the WPE/Family Support team in re-opening of the program through a safe and accountable means to both women in the community and women colleagues;
•Develop and/or adapt technical and managerial tools to support day to day program implementation.
•Support and implement the field-based staff to put in place capacity building plans in line with best practices including the GBV Minimum standards.
•Provide technical guidance, on the job mentoring and coaching for the senior manager and managers.
•Support the Family Support Coordinator to ensure that the senior manager/manager/s put capacity development plans in place for the WPE teams based on documented capacity needs assessments exercise – and provide training and mentorship based on those needs.
•Provide continuous mentorship to and ensure targeted capacity building of staff, including through the strengthening of supervision structures
•Ensure WPE strategy is updated as required in close collaboration with the Family Support program team and WPE Technical Unit
•Develop and/or input into women’s protection assessments and women’s protection reporting analysis for the purpose of program development.
•As needed by the Family Support Coordinator, participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination with Child Protection, Protection Rule of Law, Economic Recovery and Development, Environmental Health, Health, Nutrition, and Emergency colleagues to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from protection best practice.
•Liaise regularly with the relevant WPE TA within the VPRU technical unit and other HQ technical units as needed
•Undertake field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality and implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications and improvement plans as required.
Business Development and MEAL, in line with and as needed by Family Support Coordinator:
•Work collaboratively with the MEAL coordinator to ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are effectively designed and integrated into all stages of the project; that output and impact data are captured, and that data is used to optimize program quality.
•Identify opportunities for, design and develop concept notes and proposals to grow the WPE portfolio in a safe way based on feedback from the program team and women and girls during re-opening phase.
•Ensure all designed protection projects use to the IRC theories of change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated.
•Coordinate and participate in the development of budgets for program proposals in conjunction with the WPE TA, Family Support Coordinator, grants and finance departments.
•In coordination with the MEAL coordinator, develop proposal log frames, use IRC standard indicators that will display program quality.
•Contribute to continuous analysis of the achievements of each project, and facilitate better understanding among staff about program progress through progress reporting.
Feminist and Women-led Partnerships, in line with and as needed by Family Support Specialist:
•Identify opportunities for partnership and strategic collaboration.
Representation, coordination, and advocacy, in line with and as needed by Family Support Coordinator:
• Represent the IRC in high level and strategic meetings involving protection actors such as GBV sub-cluster meetings, inter-agency coordination meetings, Donor and bilateral meetings.
•Desired: Post-graduate degree in social sciences, public health, women’s studies, law or other related field or equivalent experience;
•At least five years’ experience working in the field of Women’s Protection and Empowerment/GBV response in conflict-affected areas;
•Strong commitment to feminist, anit-racist, and humanitarian work and values;
•Familiarity with key donor regulations such as BHA, BPRM, FCDO and ECHO;
•Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, INGOs and other stakeholders.
•Demonstrated experience in supportive staff supervision, capacity building, project design and budget management.
•Strong communication and interpersonal skills with excellent analysis and writing skills;
•Strong team and people leadership, management, organizational and development skills;
•Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure effectively and productively; and
•Knowledge of GBVIMS and related incident data collection and management tools is a plus.
•Proven leadership, program and staff management skills and capacity building
•Demonstrated capacity and experience in developing assessment tools (e.g. questionnaires, focus group discussions) and in conducting field-level data collection
•Strong analytical skills and ability to distill data into important, relevant insights and learnings to improve program quality and inform future programming priorities
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Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity: We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.