Requisition ID: req1958
Job Title: Women’s Protection and Empowerment Senior Manager
Sector: Women Protection & Empowermen
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
A combined two decades of economic mismanagement, a drop in oil prices, deterioration of democratic institutions has resulted in a humanitarian crisis inside Venezuela. Insecurity has manifested following protests in April 2017 against the president and his government, particularly for failing to address the growing inflation rate which lead to large-scale food insecurity. The demonstrations were initially peaceful but grew in severity of violence as time passed. Venezuela’s economic devastation worsened in the last half of 2017. This caused a massive migration of Venezuelans into neighboring Colombia in search of affordable food, medicine and work. The number of Venezuelans living in Colombia has increased to more than 550,000 people.
Cúcuta is the capital of Northern Santander department (Norte de Santander), it is a major access point for Venezuelans’ coming into Colombia. It is also located in one of the regions of the country most affected by a number of pre-existing stressors including: armed groups1; drug cultivation, processing, and trafficking; trafficking of goods across the border; high unemployment and natural disasters. This complicated dynamic in Cúcuta goes back decades and has nearly exhausted the capacity of the Colombian government to respond to the needs of its citizens in the region.
The WPE Senior Manager will lead program implementation, build national staff capacity to provide direct support to GBV survivors, mentor, supervise and monitor team activities, and ensure financial and logistical controls are implemented according to IRC protocols.
* To ensure the technical quality of IRC WPE component within the Protection program, and that survivors of GBV have safe, timely access to basic case management and referral services in emergencies
Who this position reports to: Child Protection Coordinator for Cúcuta, Colombia
- Provide technical and management leadership to the WPE/GBV program in accordance with best practice and IRC policy.
- Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate GBV analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy.
- Ensure regular communication with the WPE Response Officers and the Child Protection Coordinator to integrate appropriate technical unit priorities in program design.
- Coordinator referrals between service providers as needed, including but not limited to SRH, CP, ERD services etc.
Staff Supervision & Development
- Maintain open and professional relationships with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
- Directly supervise the WPE Response Officers and M&E Officer.
- Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probation reviews and annual performance reviews.
- Assist with the recruitment of WPE/GBV staff, in coordination with HR, senior management, and the WPE Technical Unit.
- Ensure training and ongoing capacity building opportunities for staff on technical and project management skills.
Grant Planning & Implementation
- Support implementation and ensure adherence to grant work plans, spending plans and monitoring and evaluation plans.
- Work closely and coordinate with IRC Operations, Finance and Grant departments to ensure compliance with grant requirements.
Grant Monitoring & Reporting
- Develop and maintain effective and efficient oversight, support, quality control and reporting systems and processes.
- Ensure regular field monitoring of activities.
- Monitor and consolidate information collected from weekly and staff activity reports, case management supervision records and skill assessment tools
- Ensure high-quality IRC and donor reports on activities, indicators and achievements.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with implementing partners.
- Ensure regular performance monitoring of partners to achieve the set WPE/GBV component objectives.
- Ensure regular technical support and guidance to partners, in accordance with partnership agreements.
- Advocate with peer agencies, government, and other stakeholders to promote delivery of inclusive and high quality GBV response services.
Coordination & Representation
- Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
- Regularly attend GBV sub-cluster meetings at appropriate levels to feed in IRC priorities from the field.
- Interact with the media and respond to media requests involving GBV programming, when relevant and necessary, and in accordance with guidance from IRC senior management within the program.
- Contribute to the development of the WPE component strategic direction.
- Lead proposal development activities (narrative and budget) through planning and program design with relevant field-based staff, to ensure technical standards are taken into considering before submission.
- Coordinate with other IRC sectors (i.e., protection, health, and livelihood programs) to provide relevant input and support enhancing the protection and empowerment of women and girls.
- Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment.
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.
- All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies and the Child Safeguarding policy.
* MA/S or equivalent in health (MPH), social science, humanities or other related degree, are desirable
* At least 2-5 years of experience implementing gender-based violence programming, including experience supervising GBV case management teams
- Demonstrated understanding of gender-based violence response protocols and service provision
- Previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting
- Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response
- Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of national and international staff
* Demonstrated experience in grant management and proposal writing
* Good computer skills in programs such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
* Capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct implementation, advisory functions, training and the transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others
* Personal qualities: Team player, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well
* Fluency in Spanish essential; Fluency in English a plus
Working Environment: The position will be based in Cúcuta, Colombia. This position may require some travel to Bogotá. Shared housing will also be provided for this position.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.