WPE Senior Officer – International Rescue Committee

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Job: WPE Senior Officer

Location: Imvepi, Uganda

Job Description

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.


The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala and Kiryandongo settlement. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development – bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in the districts of Kitgum, Lamwo, Arua, Yumbe, Kyegegwa, Kiryandongo, Kyaka  and Kampala including 7 districts in Karamoja region.

Job Overview

This position will provide technical support in the implementation of GBV Prevention and Response activities in Imvepi settlement under the ECHO APPEAL III Project. The staff will provide mentorship and on ground capacity building to WPE team, support reporting and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, enhance GBV collaboration and relationships among partners and lead in key response and prevention interventions to ensure the goals and objectives of the program are met. The WPE Senior Officer will report to the WPE Manager.

Major Responsibilities

•Support for capacity development of the WPE  team, conduct regular field visit to provide support and ensure a sustainable transfer of skills in which response and prevention staff are critical needed/practices adhere to GBV and protection principles when working with survivors.
•Closely work with the Manager to ensure that the project undertakes continuous monitoring of response interventions so that activities are appropriate and based on a clear understanding of the problems, causes, contributing factors and issues in the different zones.
•In collaboration with the  Prevention officers and Response Officers, lead/conduct periodic GBV safety audit assessments in Imvepi zone 4  in Imvepi settlement and lead in the regular follow up on the recommendations and action plan, and in promoting of community resources and solution.
•Lead case review meetings and case conferencing where needed.
•Support, supervise and or facilitate trainings on Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS), case management training, GBV basics and key GBV core concepts, guiding principles for partners, community members, and service providers.
•Collaborate with the health team managers to ensure survivors of GBV receive quality and timely clinical management services.
•Ensure functionality of all women and girl centers in the zone  including fostering active participation of women and girls in life skills activities and other programs.
•Support WPE Program Manager to identify capacity gaps of the response team, training need assessment, formal and informal capacity building plan and delivery.
•Actively participate in joint APEAL III interventions.
•Participate actively in the GBV Working Group Meetings, APEAL consortium meetings at field level.

Other responsibilities

•Lead the development of the APEAL III interventions work plan, spending plan, procurement plan, attend grant opening meeting, BvA meeting and other meeting as needed.
•Lead in the development and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, including community leaders and other implementing partners/or operational partners.
•Monitor monthly expenditures and track budgets to ensure that all spending is in line with approved budgets and timelines, including developing and utilization of procurement plans, monthly program spending plan, and cash forecasts.
•Actively participate in monthly BVA meetings and share key sector actions.
•Direct support to data collection, quality on reporting, program documentation and timely submission from of the response report to the manager, including assisting in donor/grant report, proposal writing with high quality as needed.
•Support safe and ethical data collection, documentation and storage of all survivor information in collaboration with the GBVIMS custodian to ensure data protection and privacy.
•Work with other sectors to recognize the risks that exist for women and girls as well as enhance their protection and empowerment through multi-sectoral approaches.
•Carry out performance management evaluation (PME) and ensure PME documentation for direct reports is in place and followed up regularly.
•Ensure WPE staff understand and follow IRC and donor Policies and Procedures.

Key Working Relationships 

Position Reports to:  WPE Manager

Position directly supervises: WPE Response Officers, WPE Prevention Officers.

Indirect Reporting: Deputy Coordinator.

Other Internal and/or external contacts

Internal: Close coordination with IRC Protection, M&E, Finance, HR, Operations.

External: Close collaboration with donors, APEAL Consortium partners, local actors (local NGOs, UN agencies, government) and service providers’ part of the urban survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) referral system.


•University Degree in Social Sciences, Social Work, Gender/Women Studies, Public Health, or other appropriate fields.
•At least 3-4 years’ experience in the field of Gender-based violence prevention and response in an emergency setting.
•Excellent communication and analytical skills and ability to present ideas effectively in both oral and written form.
•Emotional maturity and stability to resolve conflicts in non-violent way and maintain appropriate boundaries.
•Good interpersonal skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships.
•Ability to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative and problem solving abilities.
•High standard of spoken and written English.
•Good computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, and Power Point.

Deadline for receiving application is May 24th 2021.

The IRC and IRC staff 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.

We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous 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. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

All staff, regardless of role, are required to create a culture of client responsiveness by requesting and using client feedback data to make decisions. In addition, all staff are expected to demonstrate inclusiveness when making programmatic decisions and working with clients, partners and colleagues from diverse backgrounds. You can read more about the IRC’s commitment to client responsiveness here: https://www.rescue.org/resource/client-responsiveness-introduction-and-faq

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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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