Sector: Gender Based Violence
Employee Type: Regular
Employee Category: Full Time
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 International Rescue Committee began working in Uganda in 1998 in response to the devastation wrought by rebel group the Lord’s Resistance Army in the north of the country. Today, during this time of transition and recovery, the IRC is reshaping its interventions towards post-conflict development as tens of thousands of people in the north who were displaced by violence have returned home. At the same time, in the east in Karamoja – one of the poorest and least developed areas in Uganda – the IRC works with communities affected by inter- and intra-clan violence to promote peace and improve access to services. Interventions in Karamoja require a sophisticated understanding of the context and must be tailored to meet complex needs. The IRC in Uganda’s new strategic plan, 2011 – 2015, emphases partnership, accountability, evidence-based programming and an increasing focus on the unique needs of adolescent girls.
Scope of the position:
The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Coordinator is responsible for the strategic development and oversight of the IRC’s WPE program in Uganda. Working under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Programs, s/he is expected to lead in planning, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the IRC’s WPE program initiatives while supporting the integration and mainstreaming of women’s and girls’ issues across sectors. S/he will directly supervise a national staff team and one expatriate volunteer. The incumbent will be based in Moroto, in the Karamoja sub-region. S/he will be expected to travel at least 50% of the time.
* Ensure that projects are designed, managed and implemented according to pre-established work and budget plans and that program decisions are evidence based;
* Ensure that WPE projects are accountable to beneficiairies by achieving all project outcomes;
* Work in partnership with civil society and the government of Uganda, with a focus on building their capacity;
* Provide technical assistance to coordinators of other IRC sectors (health, peacebuillding, children and youth and economic recovery) to increase their gender responsiveness;
* Represent the IRC at district and national level meetings; serve as a resource in the sector; and
* Provide leadership to WPE business development efforts in Uganda, including conceptualizing new projects, developing proposal documents and meeting with donors.
* Masters degree in Development, Social Work, Public Health or other relevant discipline;
* At least three years of international program management experience;
* Experience in supervising national staff with a strong commitment to staff capacity development;
* Skills in project conceptualization and design and successful fundraising experience with European and USG donors; and
* Excellent written and verbal skills in the English language.
Specific Security Situation/Housing :
The position is based in the Moroto Field Office, in north eastern sub-region of Karamoja. Security in town is generally acceptable but requires heightened monitoring and awareness. Travel within the Sub-Region and between the three offices is strictly controlled due to security concerns related to cattle raiding and inter/intra-ethnic clashes. The position is unaccompanied and shared housing is provided.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.