Senior WPE Manager, Mosul 69 views

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NGO JOB in Iraq from International Rescue Committee
Closing date: 25 Sep 2019

Job Description

Iraq is emerging from over three years of civil war against the Islamic State and remains one of the most complex operating environments in the world. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades and the destruction of communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair. Iraq has a new government in place, and while some parts of the country are beginning to stabilize, others remain precariously close to collapse. Over 4 million Iraqis have returned in the past year, but 1.9 million remain displaced. 230,000 Syrians continue to seek refuge in the Kurdish region. The new government will struggle to rebuild trust and restore basic services.

A lead responder in Iraq since 2003, the IRC delivers aid and services that help communities survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The IRC is providing robust programming across six governorates through women’s protection and empowerment, child protection and protection and rule of law programming; cash distributions and livelihoods programming in support of economic recovery and development; education programming; and integrated early childhood development programming. Our work spans the spectrum from emergency response within 72 hours to long-term programming supporting our clients to rebuild their lives through starting small businesses. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.

Job Overview/Summary

The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Senior Manager will be responsible to oversee the capacity building and mentoring of WPE staff, and quality implementation of GBV response and prevention programming in Ninewa. This includes both direct delivery and collaboration with and mentoring of local partners in the implementation of 1) survivor-centered case management; psychosocial support; and empowerment activities for GBV survivors and vulnerable women and adolescent girls within Women and Girls Community Centers; 2) community GBV prevention activities, including engaging men and boys in IDP and host communities; 3) training and capacity building activities with government ministries and NGO actors to improve their knowledge on GBV and the quality of case management and psychosocial support to GBV survivors. The WPE Senior Manager in close coordination with IRC Iraq Talent Development expert, will work on identifying, training and mentoring a national WPE Manager to ensure a national successor is ready by the end of the one year assignment.

The position will be based in Mosul with regular travel to Ninewa and reports directly to Field Site Coordinator with technical support provided through the WPE Coordinator.


Staff Supervision and Development

• Mentor and build the capacity of national staff members, including WPE Senior Officers and Program Support Officer, on all aspects or programming including technical knowledge, project cycle management, budgeting and budget management, team management, coordination and reporting.

• Collaborate closely with the IRC Talent Development Expert on identifying, training and mentoring WPE staff to take over management of the WPE program and team in Mosul within a jointly defined timeline

• Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.

• Recruit staff in conjunction with Human Resources Department and ensure Performance Management Plan for all staff is in place and followed up regularly.

• Directly supervise Senior Officers and Program Support Officer and hold regular performance check-ins and reviews.

• Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probation and annual performance reviews.

• Develop and lead implementation of capacity building plan on technical and project management skills for WPE staff based on documented capacity needs assessment exercise.

• Provide ongoing supervision, mentoring, training and technical support and guidance to WPE staff.

• Ensure WPE staff understand and adhere to IRC Way and GBV and best-practice principles, including strict adherence to confidentiality.

Technical Quality

• Provide technical guidance, oversight and support to WPE interventions in Ninewa to improve the provision of quality case management and psychosocial support (PSS) services to meet the needs of women and girls

• Develop and lead training of WPE staff, partners, GBV actors and service providers in case management, GBV core concepts, GBV tools and resources, PSS, adolescent girls and women’s empowerment approaches; in close collaboration with the Snr WPE Manager for Quality Assurance.

• Lead development and oversee implementation of community-based, primary prevention activities to engage all community members including women, girls, men and boys in GBV prevention and risk mitigation.

• Support and supervise implementation and security of programme databases and information management systems according to global GBV standards, including the use of the Gender Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS +)/Primero.

• Contribute to and inform continuous analyses of programme and service delivery data for problem identification, programme planning and advocacy purposes and to identify trends and gaps in case management and service provision to help improve programming.

• Support in the implementation of a robust Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system for all objectives, indicators and activities that is consistent across locations and feeds into evidence-based programming in collaboration with WPE Coordinator, the WPE Program Support Officer, and M&E department.

• Oversee the capacity development of local actors led by the WPE Senior Officer for Capacity-Building, through provision tailored trainings and on-the-job mentorship for identified partners.

• Engage with the other IRC program leads and WPE Coordinator to ensure programmatic integration is in line with GBV prevention and response guidelines

Grant Management

• Work closely and coordinate with IRC Operations, Finance and Grant departments to ensure compliance with grant requirements and that financial and logistical controls are implemented according to IRC protocols.

• Ensure high-quality IRC and donor reports on activities, indicators and achievements.

• Lead in the development and design of new projects for follow up funding that respond to needs identified.

• In collaboration with WPE and Field Coordinators, manage programme budgets, develop and maintain work, spending, procurement and M&E plans to ensure the programme is implemented according to schedule and budgets, and that programme objectives and targets are met.

• Support WPE programme design and development in line with IRC Iraq’s Strategic Action Plan and priorities, and contribute in the conceptualizing and drafting of new funding proposals.

Coordination, Advocacy & Representation

• Build relationships with partners, government, other NGOs and UN agencies to establish/strengthen appropriate GBV referral systems to ensure survivors access services in a timely and confidential manner and enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination.

• Coordinate and lead advocacy efforts with other actors and sectors, particularly WASH, Food and Nutrition, Shelter, Livelihoods, Health; and ensure specific measures are put in place to mitigate risks of GBV among women and girls by these sectors in line with the provision in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines.

• Represent the IRC’s WPE programme at and coordinate activities with the GBV Working Group any other relevant coordination meetings as required.

• Maintain cross-sectoral collaboration with other IRC units to ensure integrated programming and the most holistic support to beneficiaries, in line with the Internal Referral Pathway guidelines

Partner Management

• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with IRC supported national partners and government ministries.

• Ensure regular technical support and guidance to partners in accordance with partnership agreements.

• Adapt and facilitate trainings for partners to ensure effective and safe coordination of GBV service provision.

• Conduct regular planning and review meetings with IRC supported partners to assess progress, lessons learned and develop action plans.


• Undertake other relevant tasks as requested by the Field Coordinator and WPE Coordinator.

Key working relationships

Position Reports to: Field Coordinator (Mosul), with technical supervision from WPE Coordinator

Position supervises: WPE Senior Officers (4), WPE Program Support Officer

Key Internal Contacts:

• Early Childhood Development, Child Protection, Economic Recovery and Development and Protection Rule of Law program managers in Mosul; Monitoring & Evaluation team, Partnership Unit, Grants and advocacy team, Supply Chain, HR, Finance; Talent Development Expert

Key External Contacts: GBV clusters/working groups and member organizations, local partners


• Degree in public health, international development, psychology, social work or other related discipline; Master’s degree preferred.

• 3 years of relevant overseas programme management experience, with at least 2 years of GBV programme management in emergencies experience.

• Demonstrate clear understanding of gender, human rights and violence against women and girls.

• Experience in working with and building national partner capacity on GBV.

• Previous experience leading teams on GBV response and risk mitigation strategies in emergencies.

• Experience facilitating trainings and workshops on responding to and preventing GBV.

• Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting.

• Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.

• Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods of community development and mobilization.

• Comfortable attending and facilitating meetings and representing GBV issues.

• Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility.


We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Middle East Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programmes.


The position will be based in Mosul. The security situation in Mosul remains volatile with continued attention paid to the potential for growing instability due to the continual influx of displacement and proximity to insecure areas in other governorates within Iraq. Accommodation is in shared guest housing.

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