Thursday, 4 February 2016

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

WPE Coordinator - Nairobi
Sector: Women's Protection and Empowerment 

Location: Kenya 

Employee Type: Regular 

Employee Category: Full Time
Job Purpose / Objective: Working under the supervision and guidance of the Deputy Director Programs (IRC Kenya),  and technical support from WPE Technical Advisor, the WPE Coordinator will be part of the country  management.

The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Program Coordinator is the senior most technical and program expert on WPE within the Kenya program. 

The position is responsible for providing overall leadership in advancing the implementation of Strategic Action Plan (SAP), guidance, coordination and technical support to IRC’s GBV programs throughout Kenya.  

The WPE Coordinator, as a member of a larger research team, also is responsible to ensure safe and effective implementation of current and subsequent research projects in the WPE program.  

A five year research project on case management efficacy is being implemented in Dadaab. 

The WPE Coordinator will provide regular technical support and field-based monitoring visits to WPE teams working in Kakuma, Dadaab, and Turkana to ensure that all interventions are technically sound, take into account international best practices, and are appropriately meeting the needs of survivors in target communities. 

S/He will be required to work in collaboration with other technical coordinators, the Grants unit and field teams to ensure that the program activities are implemented according to approved work plans, the IRC Kenya WPE sector strategy, the country program strategic plan and in accordance with the IRC program framework. 

Key Responsibilities

Program Management:
  • Work with the program staff to develop proposals and work plans to guide implementation of approved WPE grants. Support the field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community
  • In collaboration with WPE program staff, the Technical Advisor and the Deputy Director - Programs, oversee WPE programming in Kenya through regular monitoring and evaluation
  • Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place with associated information sharing protocols for GBV analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy
  • Ensure effective team communication and support between team members based in Nairobi and the three field sites, including opportunities for debriefing and staff care
  • Provide guidance and technical support to sector-specific design and implementation through regular field visits.
  • Work with the program teams to ensure that field experiences are documented and used to advocate on behalf of the communities with which we work
  • Support partnerships on GBV programming with Local Non-Governmental Organizations
Strategy and Business Development
  • Identify gaps in existing WPE programs and work with the team to develop innovative approaches and mechanisms to address them.
  • Work on new and potential opportunities for programming in WPE in line with country program strategic plan.
  • Participate in the design and development of new programs or initiatives within the country program as required
Human Resource management
  • Assist with the recruitment of GBV staff, in coordination with HR and the field and program management
  • In collaboration with the respective Field Coordinators (FCs), provide technical performance management (setting of objectives, appraisals and development plans) for WPE program managers
  • Work with the respective FCs in ensuring transition planning and capacity building of WPE staff.
Finance, Budget and Grant Management
  • Work with the field teams in the development of WPE program budgets and spending plans and any other grants management aspects as may be required
  • Overall responsible for WPE program budgets. Monitor budget spending in line with the spending plans and develop remedial plans where necessary to ensure budgets are optimally utilized.
  • Work closely with the field teams to ensure diligence in grants utilization
  • Work with the Grants Coordinator to ensure all WPE grants are in compliance with donor guidelines and contracts/ agreements including budget flexibility and reporting requirements.
Coordination, Representation and Advocacy
  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Nairobi, including donors, government actors, UN agencies (including UNHCR), international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with local, Kenya-based organizations, wherever possible
  • Regularly attend GBV sub-cluster meetings and feed in IRC priorities at Nairobi-level meetings
  • Ensure field concerns and challenges are brought to relevant Nairobi stakeholders to push for standards and procedures that systematize how GBV is implemented and coordinated at all levels.
Required qualification /experience & Competencies:
  • MA/S or equivalent in health (MPH), Gender, social science, humanities or other related degree
  • 5 years’ experience in gender or GBV programming with at least 2 years’ experience in direct service provision for survivors of sexual violence and gender based violence
  • Previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting
  • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response, preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of national and international staff
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods, community development and partnership
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Good coordination and networking skills
  • Excellent written and oral English skills
  • Experience in grant management and proposal writing
  • Excellent computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, Power point.
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online 

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. 

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and other benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector. 

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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.

Disclaimer: Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request  for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: or report to the nearest police.



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