The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, assisting people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. Today IRC works in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC began programming in Zimbabwe in 2008 to support the cholera emergency response and has since been a key player in health, governance, markets development, and disaster risk reduction.
Under the supervision of IRC Zimbabwe DDP, and based in Harare, the WPE Manager will be responsible for the overall coordination, implementation, technical guidance, and quality of the IRC Zimbabwe’s WPE program working in close collaboration with the WPE team and local partners. The WPE Manager will provide technical support to the whole IRC Zimbabwe team on all protection related issues supporting all other IRC’s program areas in Zimbabwe to achieve IRC’s commitments to gender equality. S/He will also collaborate with the WPE Technical Advisor at IRC Headquarters and key staff in within the IRC to ensure that IRC programming for women and girls is appropriately coordinated and quality is maintained.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Technical Quality - Provide technical and management leadership to the WPE program and in accordance with WPE program approaches, WPE and GE standard methodology and IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework (OEF); Provide ongoing training, coaching, and mentoring to the WPE and partners to ensure quality of WPE service delivery and all other program activities. Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate GBV analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy; Contribute to the realization of the IRC Zimbabwe Strategy Action Plan and the IRC’s global OEF by designing WPE programs aligned with relevant Theories of Change and supporting other sectors in meeting gender equality outcomes through their project designs; Lead all resource mobilization and program development efforts for WPE activities; Ensure regular communication with the WPE Technical Advisor to integrate appropriate technical input and priorities in program design implementation; Provide ongoing leadership to the project team and oversee implementation and coordination of activity plans to ensure targets are met; Implement monitoring & evaluation systems to demonstrate impact and advise ongoing program design.
Grant Management - Manage and oversee all WPE grants; develop and maintain work, spending and procurement plans for multiple projects; Participate in all WPE Grant Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings; Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats; Manage the project budget; supervise all budget expenditures and ensure they are allowable and allocable according to IRC and donor regulations; supervise monthly Budget vs. Actual and expenditure sheets. Bring any over/under expenditure issues to the attention of the SPC and the Grants Team; In coordination with the DDP and HQ Technical Unit, participate in the development of proposals and concept notes for expanding IRC’s WPE portfolio in Zimbabwe; Build staff capacity in writing activity and monthly reports to document the program.
Coordination and Representation - Represent the IRC in the GBV sub-cluster in Harare, with donors and other key partners; Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all partners - including community leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, community based organisations and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination; Ensure that relevant information from coordination meetings is shared internally and with other sectors; Contribute to advocacy efforts at the national, regional or international level to bring attention to the needs and voices of women and girls affected by various emergencies in Zimbabwe; Ensure GBV risk mitigation activities are incorporated into other sectors and humanitarian activities, through trainings, advocacy and other mentoring or support.
Recruitment and team management - Recruit staff in conjunction with Human Resources Department; Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the WPE program; Supervise WPE staff and volunteers directly; Ensure Performance Management System documentation is in place and followed up regularly; Recommend and implement a capacity building plan for project staff; Ensure WPE staff understand and follows IRC and donor Policies and Procedures.
Education, Knowledge & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in law, gender studies, health, social work, humanities or other related subject area.; At least 5 years professional experience in Women’s Protection and Empowerment/GBV programming, preferably in an emergency context; In-depth understanding of the root causes of GBV, related international standards, and GBV prevention and response strategies; Familiarity with WHO Clinical Management of Sexual Abuse(CMR) guidelines or IRC Clinical Care of Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS) guidelines; Familiarity with the Gender Equality standards and gender mainstreaming strategies; Demonstrated experience in WPE/GBV program start up, including recruiting and building the capacity of a new team, preferably in emergency contexts; Demonstrated experience in program design and monitoring; experience developing and supervising budgets, work plans and other program management tools; Experience in facilitating practical workshops and learning on this issues outlined in the areas of responsibility for this position; Experience in working collaboratively and/or advocating with other sectors and teams to promote gender equality and prioritize needs of women and girls ;Demonstrated team leadership skills with medium or large size teams, experience with remote team management a plus; Demonstrated coordination, networking and relationship building skills with key partners including government, donors, INGOs, national and local organizations, UN agencies; Good interpersonal and team building skills and knowledge of participatory approaches; Fluency in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills.; Willingness to travel in very remote and war affected areas under adverse conditions; Strong ability to work independently, organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail; Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.; Ability to work both independently and as part of a team; Flexibility, adaptability, cultural sensitivity, sense of humour.
You will report to the Deputy Director of Programs
You will spend 50% of your time in Harare and 50% in the field.
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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. 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 implements policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.