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International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee


Position: Women Protection and Empowerment Officer
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Melkadida, Sumale - Ethiopia
Posted date: 1 month ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Job Description

The IRC has a focus on narrowing the gender gap in humanitarian aid and ensuring that we contribute to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion in both our programs and operations by working to establish a context where our clients (including those from minority groups) enjoy the same rights and opportunities as well as equal access to services. The IRC is also strongly committed to creating an equitable and inclusive culture, where safeguarding is upheld in our workplace and programs. We are determined to protect our clients and staff from safeguarding violations through prevention and, where misconduct is alleged, to address it without fear or favor.

Job Overview:

Under the supervision of the Senior WPE/CP Officer, the WPE officer will supervise GBV prevention and response activities. The WPE officer will train and supervise WPE assistants and social workers to respond and ensure effective WPE activities in IDPs. This includes providing ongoing training and mentorship for WPE assistants and utilizing monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure high-quality services. The WPE officer will support the WPE assistant officer in managing survivors of gender-based violence who tend to have multiple needs with the support of the WOWCA case worker, the WPE officer will continuously coordinate with partners from the protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectors committed to reducing the incidence of violence against women. The WPE officer will also establish and maintain networks with community leaders, women leaders, service providers, and camp management to ensure that women and girls receive compassionate support from the community.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Raise PRs for program materials and closely follow up with the Supply Chain to ensure delivery of the materials on time.
  • Carry out skills-building sessions including handicraft activities, PSS activities, and information dissemination sessions at Women and Girls safe spaces.
  • Strengthen case management capacity through mentoring CM and providing basic supplies including suspension files and file cabinets to WoWCA.
  • Organize age-gender and culturally appropriate psychosocial support programming for children and women in a safe space.
  • Mini campaign on consequences of FGM and child marriage
  • Establish and strengthen community dialogue groups with influential local figures on harmful practices, referral pathways, and timely reporting mechanisms!
  • Conduct monthly coordination meetings with the WoWCA Woreda administration officials, Disaster Risk Management Commission
  • Lead GBV prevention activities including community dialogue sessions on GBV, EMAP, Girl Shine, and SASA together adaptation.
  • Conduct a field visit to targeted IDP sites and initiate discussions with the relevant government actors and community leaders on the selection criteria of beneficiaries and strategies for distribution.

Safeguarding Responsibilities:-

  • Promote and actively participate in initiatives and efforts to build team engagement, inclusion, and cohesion in IRC
  • Foster ongoing learning, honest dialogue, and reflection to strengthen safeguarding and promote IRC values and adherence to IRC policies


Job Requirements:

Educational Requirements:

  • Diploma and BA degree in Social Work, Sociology, Public Health, Women’s Studies, or any other social science-related field.

Preferred experience & skills:

  • A minimum of 2 years of working experience (2 years for first degree or 1 year for postgraduate degree) and 5 years for diploma holders.
  • Demonstrated confidence in discussing intimate gender and sexuality issues.
  •  Able to always maintain GBV and protection principles – including knowledge and practical application of the GBV Guiding Principles and PSEA.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, coordination, and diplomatic skills required.
  • Able to organize, maintain composure, and prioritize work under pressure, able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to details.
  • Willing to travel to potentially insecure sites with an IRC vehicle or rental vehicle, with security assessment and travel approval by the field coordinator.
  • Familiarity working in the Somali region.
  • Ability to use MS Office, word, excel, and Outlook email applications very well.

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in English (written and speaking) is mandatory. The ability to speak the local language is advantageous.

IRC is an equal employment 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 or disability.

IRC strives to build a diverse and inclusive team at all levels who as individuals, and as a group, embody our culture statement creating a working environment characterized by critical reflection, power sharing, debate, and objectivity for us to achieve our aspirations as a team and deliver the best possible services to our clients.