Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global leader in providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, post conflict development, human rights protection, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and others uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is committed to restoring hope, freedom, dignity, and self-reliance. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.
IRC is one of the first humanitarian organisations to bring together specific disciplines involved in violence prevention and response (VPR) in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. Over the past 16 years, IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field. IRC presently implements VPR programs to support social and political environments that foster freedom from violence, discrimination, and exclusion for vulnerable populations in contexts of conflict and displacement. Today, IRC manages VPR programmes in 26+ countries with funding from governments, the UN, foundations, and private donors. In 2015, IRC went one step further to address gender inequalities that impact women and girls around the world, by making an organizational commitment to strive for gender equality, in all of IRC’s programming beyond just VPR and within operations.
IRC’s VPR programs adhere to the principles of best practice and specifically promote the ongoing evolution of knowledge and practice in the prevention of and response to violence against women and girls. Together, the women’s protection and empowerment (WPE) sector team supports country programs to facilitate the healing, dignity and self-determination of women and girls who have experienced violence.
Advocacy is a key part of both IRC’s and the WPE technical unit’s work and is rooted in acknowledgement that violence against women and girls will not be solved without confronting the political structures and power inequalities that underpin it. The WPE Technical Unit places emphasis on women’s and girls’ voices as both a means and an end in advocacy.
The position has a global focus with responsibility for developing the internal and external components of the WPE advocacy strategy in coordination with the Germany-based WPE Policy Advisor as outlined in the WPE Priorities under the VPRU action plan. Working closely with Policy and Advocacy colleagues and Regional Advocates, the WPE Advocacy Officer will design, support and, where required, lead initiatives and activities aimed to create lasting and transformational change in women’s and girl’s lives. The WPE Advocacy Officer will increase IRC’s visibility and leverage the WPE team’s technical knowledge, experience and connections to women and girls living in crisis-affected countries to mobilize action, improve systems of prevention and response, and lead the humanitarian community in new directions. This position will create and maintain linkages with the Gender Equality Unit (GEU), Global Communications and the President’s Office to advance advocacy initiatives delivering on strategy priorities. The position reports to the Senior Director of the VPRU with a dotted line to Senior Director of Gender Equality and works closely with the Senior Director of Humanitarian Aid Policy and the US-based WPE Senior Technical Advisor.
Policy and Advocacy Strategy Implementation
Representation and Visibility
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Sr. Director Violence Prevention and Response
Position directly supervises: N/A
Indirect Reporting: Dotted line to Sr. Director of Gender Equality
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Coordinates with P&P advocacy team and external networks as identified
Job Requirements: The requirements should establish a baseline (minimum) for educational background, previous work experience, professional knowledge or certification, specific skills and strengths and any other skill necessary to perform the essential functions of the job.
Working Environment: Standard office work environment
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