Title: Women Protection and Empowerment Coordinator
Reports to: Deputy Director Programmes
Location: Kampala (Uganda)
The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting nationals, refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government, community based organizations, the civil society and the private sector. The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, peace building, gender-based violence, economic recovery and agribusiness, and children & youth. https://www.rescue.org/country/uganda. IRC has a country office in Kampala, a regional office in Kitgum, Adjumani, Kiryandongo and Moroto
The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Coordinator is responsible for strategy development, program design, technical support to ensure quality implementation, standardization, monitoring and evaluation of all activities in the field of WPE. Primary duties will include strengthening the WPE sector and providing technical oversight of this program across all sites of implementation. Focus is on program quality, with program progress being monitored and evaluated against quantifiable benchmarks, and business development, to ensure sufficient funding for multi-year robust programming.
The WPE Coordinator is based in Kampala with regular travel to the field.
Program Management & Development
- Oversee the technical aspects of the implementation and coordination of the WPE program, providing support to the program managers to develop work plans to guide implementation of approved grants.
- Support the program managers and 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.
- Develop and/or improve monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the WPE program, ensuring that WPE teams in the field actively monitor set indicators and evolving concerns of the target communities.
- Work collaboratively to integrate WPE with other program sectors where appropriate, with a focus on the health sector.
- Coordinate and participate in the development of new proposals and initiatives for the IRC Uganda WPE program in accordance with the country program strategic plan, IRC program framework and IRC WPE strategies.
- Coordinate and participate in the development of budgets for program proposals in conjunction with the grants and finance departments.
- Work with the Deputy Director of Programs and the WPE team to strengthen the WPE sector in IRC Uganda, defining the strategic direction of the WPE programming and establishing a Country Sector Strategy.
- Liaise regularly with the relevant HQ technical units.
- Provide ongoing training and technical support and guidance to the program managers, and ensure all WPE staff adhere to best-practice principles in all aspects of program implementation.
- Establish regular and direct communication lines with all the program managers.
- Conduct technical interviews of candidates for WPE program manager positions
- Work with the Field Coordinators/Managers to ensure technical aspects of the Performance Management System documentation for the program managers is in place and followed up regularly.
- Support Field Coordinators/Managers to ensure that program managers put capacity development plans in place for the WPE teams based on documented capacity needs assessments exercise.
Grants Management and Reporting
- Review progress in achieving program objectives and targets in collaboration with the programs managers.
- Participate in Grants Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings.
- Review technical aspects of internal and external reports prepared by the WPE Managers within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
- In collaboration with program managers, review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for WPE programs on a monthly basis.
- Bring any over/under expenditure issues to the attention of the Field Coordinators/Managers and the Program Managers in a timely manner and jointly develop corrective plans in collaboration with the DDP and the Grants team.
Representation and Coordination
- In coordination with the DDP actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Uganda including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
- Establish networks with UN, INGOs, and local partners to promote technical capacity and develop strategic partnerships.
- Participate in inter-agency WPE forums at national and international levels.
- Represent the WPE program with national authorities, non-state actors, UN agencies, NGOs, and donors.
- Upon request by the Senior Management Team, organize and facilitate field visits for stakeholders interested in IRC’s WPE programming in Uganda.
- Masters degree in international law, human rights law, international relations, social sciences, or other related field
- Minimum of five years overseas professional experience in program implementation in the field of Women’s Protection and Empowerment
- Ability to remotely work with teams in an advising role
- Demonstrated experience in capacity building, project design and budget management
- Strong understanding of women’s protection principles and likely protection concerns arising in the Uganda context as well as conflict sensitivity
- Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other stakeholders
- Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
- Excellent analytical and writing skills
- Fluency in English
- Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
- Additional qualities: ability to multi-task, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, adaptability to transitions.
Security level Yellow – The situation in the country is generally calm
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.
Deadline: COB Tuesday November 01, 2016. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Whilst all applications will be assessed strictly on their individual merits, qualified women are especially encouraged to apply. IRC is an equal opportunity Employer.