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  • The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of natural disaster, oppression and violent conflict in 42 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, IRC assists people from harm to home.

    WPE Community Mobilization Assistant

     

    Requisition ID: req6382
    Location: Mubi, Adamawa
    Employment Type: Full-Time
    Employment Category: Fixed Term
    Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

    Background

    • IRC entered Nigeria in October 2012 in response to a widespread flood disaster. Since then, the IRC has expanded its scope and size of the programs as new areas became accessible after prolonged conflict and insecurity, in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. The IRC’s response to the humanitarian situation includes integrated health and nutrition services, as well as reproductive health care and women protection services. In 2015 IRC Nigeria developed a five-year long term Strategy Action Plan.  The plan has Health, Education and Economic Wellbeing as high priority program areas.
    • The IRC WPE program implements Prevention, Response and Empowerment activities to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and the focus of this program is to provide good quality health and psychosocial response services to conflict-affected women and girls in Borno State, North-Eastern Nigeria in a timely manner.

    Scope of Work:

    • The WPE Community Mobilization Assistant will be focal point in conducting of all awareness/community education component of IRC WPE programming. This component aims to facilitate a change in attitudes and behaviors that condone and perpetuate Gender-Based Violence: this involves encouraging men and women to reflectively examine gender roles and inequalities in order to support a safer environment for women and girls, and to facilitate gender-inclusive development in the community. 
    • S/he will work with communities to develop and implement plans to improve the safety and security for all individuals in the community. S/he will collaborate and coordinate with other partners to facilitate an effective multi-sectoral approach to addressing GBV.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities
    Community Mobilization , Education and Awareness Raising:

    • Work with the Community Engagement Officer to design the contents and participate in awareness raising activities aimed at promoting changes in attitudes, behaviors and practices regarding gender, gender equality and GBV.
    • Identify and strengthen strategies that promotes active community participation in the prevention and response interventions designed to address GBV.
    • Play a lead role in the formation of community groups for response, empowerment and prevention activities.
    • Work with the WPE Capacity building assistants, Comprehensive Women Center integration officers, Case Worker to facilitate information dissemination and sensitizations sessions to community groups, local partners and Community Based Organizations on GBV issues.
    • Promote the involvement of men and youth in GBV activities through EMAP and SASA.
    • Utilize participatory methodology and adult education techniques to assist communities in developing community-driven prevention and response plans.
    • Mobilize community to form ‘action groups’ for awareness raising and encourage greater self-reliance amongst women in the communities.
    • Identify advocacy concerns, Initiate and coordinate advocacy actions
    • In collaboration with case worker ensure that women are engaged in psycho social activities at the comprehensive women’s centers, by sharing information on activities being conducted at these safe spaces.
    • Identify and train EMAP allies and link them to SASA activities within their communities

    Planning, Collaboration and Coordination

    • In collaboration with WPE Case Management Assistants and Capacity Building Assistants, Women action groups and adolescent girls Groups, identify training needs of local structures including community members and facilitating these training in a consistent and appropriate manner using approved training tools. 
    • Plan and implement safety audit activities in the camps and communities to triangulate protection concerns that may have been overlooked during protection monitoring.  Liaise with community leaders, government agencies, IRC sectors, Partners to organize training and capacity building activities as the needs may arise.
    • Promote women’s active participation in leadership and decision-making positions within their communities.
    • In collaboration with the case management officer, case workers and community members conduct FGDs in the camps and communities to identify potential protection risks, and develop sustainable risk reduction strategies to address them.  

    Reporting and Monitoring:

    • Compile and summarize weekly activity data to M&E Officer for monitoring purpose.
    • Submit weekly narrative reports to WPE Program manager in a timely manner.
    • Communicate all challenges encountered to the Community Engagement Officer, for brainstorming and solution.
    • Take note and document all emerging issues observed during program implementation and share back with the Community Engagement Officer for informed program design.
    • Follow-up on training, sensitization and meetings conducted to ensure implementation of action plans

    Financial:

    • In collaboration with other WPE Staff submit monthly activity cash projections for prevention activities in a timely Manner to program manager.
    • Ensure that all liquidations are done in a timely manner with relevant supporting   documentations.
    • Submit all financial request to program Manager in a timely manner for onward submission to either supply chain or finance.
    • Any other duties assigned as needed

    Qualifications

    • Possess a higher level education in Community Development or a related field
    • Previous experience with community mobilization using participatory methodology.
    • Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills and flexibility.
    • Must be interested and committed to Human Rights, Gender Equality and Gender issues
    • Must be fluent in community language, spoken and written English: Fluency in Kanuri will be an added advantage
    • Proficiency in Word and Excel required.
    • Be able to work effectively in unstable, challenging, and fast-paced environments.
    • Ability to keenly observe confidentiality and discretion.
    • Ability to work as part of a TEAM.

    Work Envirnoment:

    • Security level orange. The situation in Mubi, Adamawa remains unpredictable; there is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.

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    WPE Capacity Building Assistant

     

    Requisition ID: req6380
    Location: Mubi, Adamawa
    Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment
    Employment Category: Fixed Term
    Employment Type: Full-Time
    Open to Expatriates: No

    Summary of Responsibilities

    • The GBV Prevention Staff   assists the Program Manager/Coordinator with activities of the WPE program specifically in the spectrum of GBV prevention.  The Prevention staff will performs training functions in the camps and host communities in Yobe state.  She/he will help design prevention activities that will improve on program quality. Will take the lead in planning and conducting Trainings on GBV and human rights issues and the monitoring and evaluation of training and sensitization activities. 
    • The Prevention staff   will take the lead in developing IEC materials that will improve on prevention and response of GBV, collates reports and statistics on trainings and sensitizations conducted in the field and submit to program Manager/Coordinator. She/he in collaboration with GBV Program Manager/Coordinator, provides technical assistance in relation to prevention activities and prepares standardized training modules. 
    • The Capacity Building Assistant further  helps to establish collaborative relationships with collaborating partners, local Partners, local authorities in particular the SEMA and NEMA, Police, medical personnel,  all IRC Sectors, women groups, and youth’s groups, and ensures that trainings are developed to meet their needs and also work with GBV Actors for a coordinated referrals for GBV Survivors.

    Key Duties And Responsibilities
    Training:

    • Take lead in all GBV training activities.
    • In collaboration with IRC Local partners, community mobilizer and case worker plan and conduct prevention activities including but not limited to awareness raising campaigns and community sensitizations.
    • Carryout a GBV training needs assessment for WPE staff, IRC sector staff, Partners, Women’s groups, community groups and other community stakeholders.
    • In collaboration with community mobilizer, case worker, conduct sensitizations and Trainings to Women’s groups Youth groups, and CBOs on GBV issues.
    • Develop and implement prevention strategies.
    • Promote the involvement of men and youth in GBV activities.
    • Facilitate role-plays regarding gender-based violence
    • Ensure pre and post testing are done and documented.
    • Seek out new material(s) that will improve training content. 

    Planning, Collaboration And Coordination:

    • Design, implement and evaluate quality GBV training in a systematic and consistent manner by establishing GBV training procedures
    • With community input, develop community education methods, which may include workshops, drama, games, debates, poster contest, youth clubs, and other creative methods.
    • In collaboration with Community Mobilization Assistant, case worker and local partners, Conduct focus groups and keep detailed documentation about information gathered.  Consider this information in planning and conducting animation, sensitizations and to design IEC materials.
    • Ensure that all work is done in accordance with established protocols and within ethical guidelines.
    • In collaboration Community Mobilization Assistant, hold weekly meetings with Women’s group’s to discuss issues like women’s rights, decision-making and gender equality.
    • Promote women’s active participation in the leadership and decision-making of the community.
    • Liaise with IRC local partners, community leaders, government agencies and other appropriate agencies to build support and solicit cooperation and assistance to GBV activities.
    • In collaboration with WPE Community Mobilization Assistant, Mothers’ groups, community groups, identify training needs and carryout trainings in a consistent and appropriate manner.
    • Also in collaboration with Community Mobilization Assistant, establish, form and train Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) group members and also establish Group Discussion Series (DGS) with VSLA members and their spouses or representatives to discuss on household decision making process.
    • Collaborate with Community Mobilizers in identifying, Forming and training Engaging Men Through Accountable Practices (EMAP) Facilitators for behavioral and attitudinal change towards ending violence against women and girls and monitoring of their weekly meetings.
    • Communicate with the WPE Manager/Coordinator on progress, constraints, and training needs identified and any other matters pertaining to the operations of the GBV Program.
    • In collaboration with WPE Staff design an effective and appropriate training strategy, plan of action and project time line.
    • Meet with WPE Manager/coordinator on a weekly basis to coordinate work schedules.
    • Assist WPE Program Manager/Coordinator in strategic planning to ensure ongoing Programming.

    Reporting:

    • Compile and summarize weekly and monthly statistics and narrative reports and submit to Program Manager in a timely manner.
    • Attend GBV monthly meetings and other IRC meetings as required by GBV Program Manager.
    • Properly file all reports on trainings and meetings conducted.
    • Communicate all obstacles/Problems to WPE Program Manager to discuss for further action to address the obstacles/problems.

    Financial:

    • Ensure that all liquidations in a timely manner with relevant supporting documentations.
    • Submit all financial request in a timely manner 

    Monitoring:

    • Follow-up on training/Sensitization/meetings   conducted to ensure implementation of plans.
    • AVOID MAKING FALSE PROMISES TO BENEFICIARIES ON BEHALF OF IRC.
    • Carryout work with respect to IRC security concerns, protocols and established policy inclusive of ensuring the safety of IRC beneficiaries from exploitive relationships.
    • Ensure working as part of a TEAM AND BE FLEXIBLE

    Qualifications

    • Must be a graduate from a reputable institution.
    • Must have working experience in GBV for at least 2 years.
    • Previous experience as a trainer, Prefer experience with participatory techniques.
    • Must be knowledgeable in using the computer, including word processing programs.
    • Must possess interest and commitment to human rights, gender, gender equality and gender mainstreaming.
    • Ability to lead, train, facilitate and motivate other WPE staff in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful and supportive manner.
    • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work under pressure, able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
    • Must be fluent in Community Language written and spoken English. Fluency in Kanuri will be an added advantage
    • Ability to work as a Team and must be flexible. 

    Standards of Professional Conduct:

    • The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

    Gender Equality:

    • IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

    Working Environment:

    • 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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

    Note

    • People from Mubi and who speak and understand Hausa and Fulfulde are highly encouraged to apply
    • 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.

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