Women Protection and Empowerment Senior Officer

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IRC - International Rescue Committee


Requisition ID: req52433

Job Title: Women Protection and Empowerment Senior Officer

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine

Work Arrangement:

Job Description

Duty station: Kharkiv

Key working relationships:
• Position Reports to: WPE Manager, Ukraine
• Internal collaborations within IRC: Child Protection team; Protection team; Economic Recovery and Development team; Health team.
• External collaborations to IRC: GBV actors, organizations and agencies 

The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Senior Officer will work with WPE staff and IRC’s implementing partner(s) to ensure that activities are provided following IRC – WPE standards, including policies and strategies. She will oversee the provision of safe and appropriate GBV response and prevention services and interventions to reduce risks faced by women and girls. The WPE Senior Officer will provide technical guidance, training, and support to the IRC WPE staff and IRC’s implementing partner staff. Specifically, the WPE Senior Officer will be responsible for: 

1) Program implementation and quality: Reinforcing adherence to the GBV guiding principles throughout all WPE and partners activities, specifically:
– Plan, supervise and oversee provision of prevention and response activities for women and adolescent girls. 
– Oversee the referral mechanisms, and lead on the maintenance and regular/timely updating of the service mapping and referral pathways, and training of referrals service providers on the referral pathway and appropriate referral
– Assess implementation progress and identify technical quality issues or other concerns, to be flagged to the WPE Manager, and propose solutions.
– Identify material needs and work with WPE Manager and Integrated Protection Program Officer to make the necessary procurements, in consideration of budget limits
– Facilitate the program activities with the partner staff.

2) Program monitoring and reporting: Ensure all program activities and services are fully documented using agreed monitoring tools for systematic and timely data collection on activities, specifically: 
– Support the maintenance of the IRC’s Information Management System(s) in line with data protection, collection and sharing standards, and GBV guiding principles.
– Submit the updated weekly report and tracker on activities led, success stories, lessons learned, etc. to the designated IRC WPE focal point on agreed-upon deadlines.

3) Staff supervision and development: Directly supervise WPE staff by providing regular supervision, coaching, and guidance on GBV prevention and response activities, specifically:
– Directly supervise WPE staff by providing regular supervision, coaching, and guidance on GBV prevention, risk mitigation, and response activities
– Mentor and support staff’s professional development and foster a positive team spirit to encourage innovative and quality programming
– In collaboration with the WPE Manager, identify capacity building needs and support the organization and facilitation of trainings to meet those needs
– Monitor field work to ensure staff meet program goals and utilize appropriate time management.
– Ensuring comprehensive documentation of all program activities and services using agreed monitoring tools for systematic and timely data collection. Directly supervising staff, providing regular supervision, coaching, and guidance on GBV prevention and response. Mentoring and supporting staff’s professional development and fostering a positive team spirit to encourage innovative and high-quality work.

4) Coordination & representation:  Work closely with WPE Manager and IRC partner(s) and other service providers on the provision of GBV prevention and response activities, specifically: 
– Identify concerns related to and support adherence to GBV referral protocols by all service providers and relevant stakeholders.
– Advocate with peer agencies and other stakeholders to promote timely and quality responses for women and girls on protection and empowerment.
– Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other service providers and relevant stakeholders including community members and other implementing partners.
– Actively participating in network structures, working groups, and other events aimed at knowledge and experience sharing in the field of GBV. Supporting the documentation and dissemination of successful practices, lessons learned, and innovations, and ensuring their utilization within the program.

5) Other:  Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the WPE team, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC Security department and management and liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the environment for IRC programs.

Requirements:
– Language: Ukrainian, English
– Master’s degree in social work, human rights, social sciences, public health, legal education, humanities, or other related field
– High level of knowledge and practical experience in GBV case management, PSS, and life skills to promote recovery and restoration of survivors
– Proven knowledge of responding to gender-based violence, promoting gender equality, advocating for human rights
– Training for trainers welcomed
– Demonstrated understanding and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients/beneficiaries
– Previous experience leading GBV response teams and risk reduction, IPA strategies for at least one year
– Professional experience working with budgets, reports in a humanitarian context
– Excellent communication skills
– Positive and professional attitude, including the ability to lead and work well in a team
– High degree of flexibility and strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks, and pay attention to detail
– Computer literacy, including Microsoft Word and Excel

IRC
employees are eligible to the following benefits:
– Competitive salary
– Purposeful job and development
opportunities
– English classes and unlimited online
training courses
– Life Insurance
– Medical insurance for staff and
family members
– Free psychological support to
employees and their family members
– 30 calendar days of annual vacation
with flexibility beyond the legally set minimum requirements
– Up to 10 days of paid medical leave

PROFESSIONAL
STANDARDS

IRC builds diverse and inclusive teams of professionals who
promote team engagement, inclusion and cohesion, critical reflection, power
sharing, debate, and objectivity to deliver the best possible services to our
clients. 

The International Rescue Committee is determined to protect the
people it serves, its staff and any person associated from all kinds of harm,
abuse, and violence, including sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. It is
committed to taking all necessary preventive measures and creating an
environment where people feel safe and can report misconduct. IRC workers must
adhere to the core values and principles outlined in IRC Way –
Standards for Professional Conduct.
These are Integrity, Service, Equality
and Accountability. The IRC also operates and enforces a set of complementary
institutional policies to protect clients and staff from harm and abuse through
the Adult and Child Safeguarding policies, the Respect at Work and
Harassment-free Workplace policies, the Anti-retaliation and Reporter
Protection policy, which are complemented by the IRC Global Reporting
guidelines. These commitments are accessible in English and in Ukrainian
language via this link: https://rescue.box.com/v/irc-safeguarding-policies. 

Where misconduct is alleged, IRC follows a Zero-tolerance
approach and takes all necessary actions and corrective measures. The IRC
investigation unit comprises of experts and trained investigators that ensures
professional survivor-centered investigations are conducted if allegations of
safeguarding violations are reported through the safe and accessible reporting
channels that IRC makes available to its staff, partners, and clients. IRC
is also an active member of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Protection from
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) set-up in Ukraine. 

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is
committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work
environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The
IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment,
retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to
increase the representation of women, people who are from country and
communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are
under-represented in global power structures.

Gender
Equality:
 IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership
positions. We offer 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal
opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate
on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender
expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or
disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are
provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or
interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other
benefits and privileges of employment. 

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