Job: Women's Protection and Empowerment Coordinator - Tanzania

Organization: International Rescue Committee

Country: United Republic of Tanzania

Closing date: 09 Sep 2017


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post conflict societies. 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. The IRC is an international agency with offices in London, New York, and Geneva.


For over half a century, Tanzania has been a country of asylum, hosting one of the largest refugee populations in Africa. Currently, the country hosts approximately 311,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees, many of whom arrived over the last 2 years as the crisis in Burundi increased. To date, refugees continue to arrive in the region expressing multiple reasons and needs.

Within this context, IRC provides protection and basic assistance in the areas of child and youth protection and development, community-based rehabilitation for persons with disabilities and special needs, gender-based violence / women's protection and empowerment, livelihoods, mental health services and primary health care, both at border posts for the Burundian new arrivals and in refugee camps in the Kigoma region.


This position will be responsible for the overall implementation of the Women's Protection and Empowerment strategy and program in the camps of Nyaragusu, Nduta and Mtendeli, including monitoring and ensuring program quality in line with GBV guiding principles and best practices. The role will lead on all WPE representation and advocacy, act as the main liaison with UNHCR's GBV technical lead, other IRC technical coordinators and senior management, as well as leading all WPE proposal development and reporting. The coordinator will ensure internal and external collaboration including acting as Co-lead to the GBV Working Group across the camps.

The Coordinator will lead implementation of the program grants in 3 camps and ensure that the objectives of the program are met in a timely manner and are being monitored and evaluated effectively; ensure that GBV staff receive appropriate mentorship and capacity building and that a positive team spirit is fostered encouraging innovative and quality programming. The Coordinator will directly manage and provide technical support to two WPE Senior Managers and a WPE Manager.

The WPE Coordinator will be based in Kibondo with frequent travel to Kasulu and the refugee camps. The position reports to the Deputy Director of Programs based in Dar Es Salaam. Technical support is provided by the Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Technical Advisor. S/he will also work closely with the Grants Coordinator on program funding and donor compliance.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Strategic Planning and Program Design
  • Contribute to the implementation of the IRC Tanzania Country Strategic Action Plan (SAP) outcome areas, in particular prioritized outcomes related to Health and Safety
  • Maintain and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN, INGOs, NGOs and community leadership to deliver WPE program quality in the specified locations.
  • In collaboration with the M&E Coordinator contribute to research, collect, and analyze data to inform program design and proposal development, including needs assessments and program evaluation
  • Collaborate with the DDP and Sector team leads to ensure GBV program coordination with other IRC program sectors and ensure mainstreaming of women and girls' protection and empowerment.
  • Lead development of competitive project ideas and proposals (including budgets), which are in accordance with the Tanzania country program strategy, the IRC OEF vision and WPE program approaches, while responding to needs identified on the ground
Program Implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Monitor the timely implementation, financial management and reporting of the GBV program, in compliance with donor requirements.
  • Ensure timely submission of all program reports, quality of program data and proper archival of program information;
  • Conduct regular meetings with project staff and community members to assess progress toward objectives, discuss issues and assist in finding solutions to challenges identified.
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain Coordinator and other operations Coordinators to ensure that the WPE program is properly supported and that all activities are conducted according to IRC HR, Logistics, Finance and other policies and procedures;
  • Maintain updated budget and indicator tracking tools to monitor progress in implementation
  • Ensure the GBVIMS data base is routinely and accurately updated at the field site and generate data and trend reports needed to inform partners in the GBV working groups and donor reports as specified in the Information Sharing protocol.
Human Resource Management and Development
  • Recruit and lead WPE program staff, encouraging a positive and committed team spirit, which fosters participation and innovation from all staff;
  • Provide direct supervision to two WPE Senior Managers and one WPE Manager
  • Ensure the timely application of organizational procedures (including inductions, relevance of job descriptions, objective-setting and performance evaluations);
  • Implement capacity building plans for individual staff and teams, including delivery of trainings and on the job coaching and mentoring
Communication, Coordination, Representation and Advocacy
  • Act as the main focal point for interactions with donors and partners, including the UNHCR Protection Team
  • Ensure that all WPE program data, including clients' data, is shared in strict accordance with the existing Information Sharing Protocol and international ethical standards and information sharing principles
  • Work collaboratively with other IRC teams to ensure safety of women and girls is prioritized across all IRC's activities
  • Represent IRC in all relevant coordination meetings to advocate for the interest of women and girls
  • Strengthen and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant stakeholders including community members, NGOs, government authorities and UN agencies.
Required Qualifications, Experience & Competencies:
  • Master's degree preferred (Social Work, International Relations, Gender & Conflict or other relevant field);
  • 7 years of program management experience, including at least 3 years implementing Women's Protection and Empowerment or GBV prevention and response programs oversees on emergency and/or post-conflict environment;
  • In-depth understanding of the root causes of GBV, related international standards, and GBV prevention and response strategies.
  • Strong people management skills: the ability to effectively lead and supervise staff;
  • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Fluency in English; ability to communicate in Swahili, French or Kirundi a plus;
  • Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced and detail-oriented team environment;
  • Experience working in difficult locations; ability to be resourceful and flexible in a limited resource environment.
  • Good computer skills: excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email/internet software.

Lodging in Kibondo is in a shared IRC guesthouse, together with other IRC staff. All IRC sites have electricity and internet.

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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