Women and Girls' Protection and Empowerment Coordinator

from International Rescue Committee
Closing date: 19 Jan 2018

Requisition ID: req859

Job Title: Women and Girls' Protection and Empowerment Coordinator

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Location: Sierra Leone-Freetown

Job Description

BACKGROUND The International Rescue Committee, one of the world's largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC has worked in Sierra Leone since 1999. The IRC currently programs across three core sectors 1) Health 2) Women and Girls' Protection and Empowerment (WGPE), and 3) Education.

SCOPE OF WORK Building on this work over the years, the IRC in Sierra Leone has developed a new program framework, strategy and vision for 2016 - 2020. Women and girls' safety, significance and solidarity have emerged as the benchmarks for both their protection and empowerment. The new program focuses on achieving these benchmarks through five cross-cutting themes: 1) adolescent girls protection & empowerment; 2) women and girls leadership, voice, advocacy and movement building; 3) education and economic empowerment; 4) health, well-being and psychosocial support (PSS); and 5) access to justice. The WGPE Coordinator will lead the coordination and strategic and technical development of this plan. This WGPE Coordinator will be responsible to lead high quality program implementation and provide technical support, capacity building and guidance to the IRC's WGPE staff and partners including: Government Ministries and departments; women and girl-focused national Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other NGOs; grassroots, community-based women's groups; and international organisations. The WGPE Coordinator will also be the technical support for violence against women and girls (VAWG)/GBV.

Areas of Responsibility Technical Oversight and Support

  • Provide technical support and guidance on all programming to a range of partners, stakeholders and the WGPE team working in the communities, on the following broad areas:

  • Safe spaces - spaces for women and girls to find support, learn, self-organise and develop their activism.

  • Strengthening women and girls' solidarity, network and movement building, enabling them to use their individual and collective power to confront violence, demand social justice, and transform their lives.

  • Enhancing women and girls leadership, voice and participation, especially rural women and girls; opening up opportunities and supporting them to take part in, and lead on, joint advocacy addressing issues that affect their lives.

  • Opening up and nurturing in/formal education, learning, and social and economic empowerment initiatives opportunities for women and girls that are tied to activities that aim to reduce and prevent violence, specifically IPV.
  • Support communities to strengthen their engagement on protection and violence prevention and to enhance respect and value for women and girls human rights and gender equality.

  • Provide technical and management support to key national organisation partner, the Rainbo Initiative and its three Rainbo Centres (national rape crisis and sexual assault centres providing CCSAS, counselling and referrals).

  • Provide technical support and guidance on VAWG/GBV and WGPE to other IRC led Health and Education initiatives.

Program Management and Business Development

  • Coordinate and support all WGPE programs and components within IRC Sierra Leone to ensure timely, effective and quality activity set-up, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Provide leadership on program development and strategic planning; and actively pursue new program funding opportunities in-line with the program framework and the country program's strategic outcomes.
  • Identify gaps in the WGPE programs and work with the team to develop innovative approaches and mechanisms to address them.
  • Conduct regular field visits to assess program quality and progress toward objectives and facilitate collective problem solving with staff and other stakeholders to address challenges identified.
  • Develop and maintain a monitoring & evaluation plan and framework for current and new WGPE programming, ensuring ethical and systematic processes of data collection, analysis and information sharing.
  • Ensure programs and activities are locally led and owned by the individuals and communities who the IRC serve.
  • Actively identify, build and promote partnerships with INGOs, UN agencies, local and national women's groups, organisations and networks working on VAWG and WGPE issues, with the objective of facilitating strong coordination and collaboration.
  • Proactively work with other IRC programs in Health and Education to identify areas and opportunities for collaboration, design integrated proposals, and collectively implement projects that multiply positive outcomes for the people we serve.

Finance, Budget and Grant Management

  • Overall responsible for WGPE program budgets. Monitor budget spending in line with the spending plans, budget vs actual analyses, and develop remedial plans where necessary to ensure budgets are optimally utilized.
  • Work with the field teams in the development of WGPE program budgets, cash projections and spending plans and any other grants as may be required, and to ensure diligence in grants utilization.
  • Work with the Grants Manager to ensure all WGPE grants are in compliance with donor guidelines and contracts/ agreements including budget flexibility and reporting requirements.
  • Ensure high-quality and timeliness of IRC and donor reports on activities, indicators and achievements.

HR Management and National Staff Capacity Building

  • Supervise and provide ongoing support, capacity development and mentoring to the national Snr WGPE Managers, supporting them to do the same with the national WGPE Managers they supervise, including (but not limited to):

  • Budgeting and grants management.

  • Project and HR management.

  • Leadership, delegation, decision-making, problem solving, strategic planning, and conflict management.

  • Technical performance management support (setting of objectives, appraisals and professional development action plans and follow up).

  • When required, lead on the recruitment of new WGPE program staff, consultants or other external support, in coordination with HR.

  • Ensure effective team communication and support between team members based in Freetown and the three field sites, including opportunities for debriefing and staff well-being and care.

Coordination, Representation and Advocacy

  • Proactively build strong working alliances with other international and national actors/organisations working on VAWG-related advocacy and women's empowerment in Sierra Leone.
  • Proactively develop and maintain effective working relationships with other key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies (including UNFPA, UN Women), international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors; maintaining IRC as a key contributor to addressing VAWG and WGPE issues in Sierra Leone.
  • Activity participate in national level coordination meetings and working groups.


  • Advanced degree in social sciences, humanities, human rights, gender, or other relevant field or the equivalent in professional work.
  • Five years' experience in gender or GBV/VAWG programming, with a specific focus on women and girls.
  • Demonstrated coordination, networking and relationship building skills with key partners including government, donors, INGOs, national and local organisations, UN agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in successfully leading, building and strengthening a program team of 20 + staff in a dynamic, challenging and changing context.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising, mentoring and building capacity of national staff.
  • Strong experience, knowledge and skills in participatory methods, community development and partnership.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating practical workshops and educating others on issues including - violence against women and girls, GBV, adolescent girls protection and empowerment, GBV response and service provision, women's networking and movement building, leadership, advocacy, psychosocial support.
  • Strong ability to respect differences of culture, opinion and lived experiences while upholding rights-based principles and women's protection and empowerment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, positive and professional attitude, ability to lead and work well in a team setting and with multiple partners.
  • Strengths in listening, empathy, flexibility, and creativity.
  • Fluency in English Language - essential. Knowledge of Krio or other Sierra Leone languages will be plus.

    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 enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.