The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC began its programming in Burundi in 1996 and initially focused on life saving interventions and provision of immediate assistance to refugees and IDPs. Since April 2015, the security situation in Burundi has deteriorated marked by political tensions following the president’s decision to run for a controversial third mandate. In a country having suffered years of civil war, this insecurity led to a massive population movement with more than 400,000 Burundians seeking refuge in neighbouring countries (mostly Tanzania, Rwanda & DRC).
As a result of this situation, the IRC is developing programs to respond to the increasing needs of the population in Burundi and those most likely to return.
The IRC has been implementing a women’s protection and empowerment (WPE) and Protection & Rule of Law (PRoL) program in Burundi since 2005 which are currently running activities in the refugee settings of Muyinga, Ruyigi and Bujumbura as well as rural Burundian communities in Makamba. , The WPE & PRoL teams ensure quality psychosocial, health and legal support services are available to survivors of gender-based violence and people with specific needs through direct service provision, building the capacity of key actors, economic and social empowerment of women/girls and people with specific needs to reduce their vulnerability to violence, community mobilization to encourage changes in harmful attitudes and behaviours, and coordination and advocacy on people with specific needs and women’s protection and empowerment. The IRC has also been implementing activities for the most vulnerable focused on good governance, human rights, and access to justice. Programming in the Burundian communities also brings together WPE and ProL approaches to contribute to protection and social cohesion outcomes.
The WPE/Protection Coordinator provides overall strategic direction and vision for the Women’s Protection and Empowerment and the Protection and Rule of Law programs in Burundi. The coordinator serves as first focal point for coordination with UNHCR and other partners in country regarding protection activities. In addition to overseeing the implementation of all program activities, the position plays an active role in the general strategic leadership of the country program in line with the IRC Burundi’s Strategic Action Plan and the global Outcomes and Evidence Framework. The position also serves as a representative of the WPE and PRoL programs at various levels including the national and local government, international and local NGO partners, UN organizations and other strategic partnerships and also act as the GBV sectoral working group (SWG) co-lead . This position will supervise two national Coordinators and will report to the Deputy Director for Programs.
Representation & Partnership
* Act as the UNHCR first focal point for all activities/coordination/communication regarding protection activities within the camps and in Bujumbura (WPE, People with Special Needs, n and Access to Justice).
* Form strong relationships with relevant Ministry officials, maintaining IRC as a key actors in protection issues and advocacy at the national level;
* Develop, maintain and/or initiate partnerships with community based organizations, NGOs, UN Agencies and Government Ministries to support WPE and PRoL programming;
* Represent IRC at protection related coordination meetings, ensuring proper dissemination of information among relevant stakeholders;
* Support key staff to establish and/or maintain coordination mechanisms at provincial level;
* Represent IRC as the GBV SWG’s co-lead.
Program Management and Development
* Ensure overall technical quality of all WPE and PRoL programming in Burundi by providing technical and program management oversight, monitor quality of activities and build capacity of program teams
* Provide regular training, coaching and mentoring to WPE and PRoL staff to ensure they are implementing quality services and activities and they are familiar with WPE and PRoL approaches, as well as the relevant OEF Theories of Change
* Ensure the continued implementation of the IRC Burundi Strategic Action Plan (Power and Safety outcomes in collaboration with CPE coordinator), and take an active role in the monitoring and revision of this document;
* Identify new funding opportunities and develop proposals in line with the Strategic Action Plan;
* Develop and maintain a monitoring & evaluation plan, including the systematic collection and analysis of data in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager;
* Develop synergies with other programming areas ;
* Oversee program activities to ensure their compliance with the ‘do no harm’ principle;
* Maintain regular communication with relevant Technical Units to ensure quality programming.
* Lead recruitment of all WPE and PRoL staff;
* Supervise and provide ongoing support and mentoring to WPE and PRoL teams;
* Ensure that all WPE and PRoL staff have regular performance evaluations and receive ongoing feedback;
* Develop a capacity-building plan for WPE and PRoL staff, and actively seek out formal and informal training opportunities for them.
Budget, Administrative and Grants Management
* Ensure all grants are implemented according to donor regulations and guidelines;
* Develop, manage and monitor spending on all WPE and PRoL budgets to ensure quality and timely implementation of program activities;
* Review budget vs. actual reports, providing feedback as necessary;
* Ensure that staff and partners understand and respect the IRC Way;
* Ensure the timely submission of donor reports.
* Advanced degree in humanitarian affairs, public health, social work, economics or a related field;
* Excellent understanding of gender dynamics and more particularly gender-based violence;
* Excellent understanding of human rights and protection programming; knowledge of access to justice programming an asset
* At least five years’ experience managing protection and rule of law and GBV response and prevention programming in humanitarian or development contexts. Experience in both areas of protection programming is a requirement.
* Experience in working in refugee contexts. Experience working in close relationship with UNHCR preferred.
* Experience in a post-conflict context preferred;
* Demonstrated experience in supervising, mentoring and building capacity of expatriate and national staff;
* Demonstrated experience in project design and resource mobilization;
* Strong communication and inter-personal skills;
* Good working knowledge of standard computing software;
* Ability to speak, read and write French and English to a high level
* Ability to live/work in a dynamic security environment and comply with security protocols.
Working Environment: Office environment with regular travel to field sites. Housing provided. Limited accompanied.
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.
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