Community Wellbeing Initiative Program Manager - International Rescue Committee, Ethiopia

Closing date:  27 Dec 2011

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.

IRC in Ethiopia The IRC has implemented extensive programming throughout Ethiopia, assisting refugees and local communities, since 2000. Since March 2006, the IRC has been working with refugees and service providers in Ethiopia to support individuals who experience gender-based violence (GBV) and to work with communities to prevent GBV from occurring. The goal of the IRC’s Community Wellbeing Initiative (CWI) is to promote the wellbeing of women and girls, to minimize the consequences of violence against women and girls by providing quality case management and psychosocial services for survivors of GBV, and to build the capacity of other service providers and the community to prevent and respond to GBV issues and to support survivors. The CWI works with all actors to minimize women and girls’ vulnerability to ongoing violence.

CWI in Jijiga, Somali Region

In September 2004, IRC began working in the Somali Region by establishing community services and education program activities for refugees in Kebri Beyah Camp. By 2007, IRC established a small program to strengthen the capacity of health providers, police, and protection staff in their response towards GBV survivors. The CWI has since received further funding to include a community based GBV response and prevention program. In October 2007, IRC also established a GBV community-based response and prevention program in Aw Barre camp for Somali refugees. In August 2008, IRC established a GBV program for Somali refugees in Sheder camp.

The CWI Manager will be the focal point for the CWI in the Jijiga area of the Somali Region. With technical support from the CWI Coordinator, the CWI Manager will be responsible for managing the CWI programs in Aw Barre, Kebri Beyah, and Sheder refugee camps. S/he will ensure the goals and objectives of the program are met by providing technical oversight to field-based staff with an emphasis on coaching national staff and strengthening their skill sets.

• Manage community-based response and prevention programs in Aw Barre, Kebri Beyah, and Sheder refugee camps to ensure that the program is implemented according to schedule and budget and that project objectives are met. • Provide ongoing supervision, leadership, training and technical support and guidance to all program staff. Ensure that response staff adhere to best-practice principles when working with GBV survivors and that all staff use participatory approaches in the community to effectively address beliefs and practices that perpetuate violence against women and girls.
• Oversee the adaption and implementation of the new prevention strategy and a specialized case management model, including a mental health intervention, for child survivors. • Support the continuous monitoring and evaluation of CWI projects so that activities are appropriate and based on a clear understanding of the problems, causes, contributing factors, and issues in individual settings. • Collect, analyze and disseminate project data and information for problem analysis, planning and evaluation with all stakeholders according to schedule. • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including community leaders and other implementing partners. Lead monthly GBV Coordination Meetings at the Jijiga level and ensure that GBV Coordination Meetings are conducted monthly in Aw Barre, Kebri Beyah, and Sheder refugee camps. • Support adaptation of the national GBV SOPs at the Jijiga level. Disseminate and train GBV taskforce members to effectively use the SOPs for GBV prevention and response activities in the camps.
• Ensure good project monitoring and evaluation to demonstrate project impact. Ensure that all internal (IRC) and external (donor/partner/government) reporting requirements are met and that reports are of a high quality and submitted on time. • Mentor and support staff’s professional development and foster a positive team spirit to encourage innovative and quality programming.

• MA/S or equivalent in health (MPH), social science, humanities or other related degree. • Previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting. • Previous experience in project management in conflict or post conflict situations, preferably in Africa. • At least 2 years’ experience in direct service provision for survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence, preferred. • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring • Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods of community development and mobilization. • Thorough understanding of gender-based violence theory and practice. • Proven experience in developing competency-based training modules. • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills. • Good coordination and networking skills. • Experience in grant management and proposal writing is preferred • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills and flexibility. • Ability to live in a high security environment. • Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. • Knowledge of Somali or Amharic is a plus.