WPE Officer

Job Details
Employer: International Rescue Committee
Job Title: WPE Officer
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Project Management

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. The IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world addressing both the immediate life saving needs of affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in recovering societies. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve. The IRC is an international agency with offices in New York, London and Geneva.
The WPE response Officer will implement WPE activities in Gaalkacyo and Hobyo districts and its surrounding communities, with a special focus on establishing Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS), oversee GBV screening implementation in the Gaalkacyo South Hospital (GSH), supporting partner organizations to provide quality psychosocial services and increasing understanding around GBV through community sensitizations and awareness campaigns. The response Officer will work closely with the senior prevention Officer, health staff to ensure the smooth integration of CCSAS services into the GSH and that all services provided to survivors at the clinic are implemented in line with best practices and quality standards. The response Officer will implement all activities in line with GBV Guiding Principles and in a manner that will contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of the organization. The response Officer will report to the senior prevention Officer, who will be responsible for providing technical support and program guidance. The response officer will supervise two GBV case workers and in collaboration with the Sr. prevention Officer will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the GBV program in Gaalkacyo, ensuring implementation of the set work plans, adhered to and updated and accurate information on program activities are collected, and shared with key stakeholders.

GBV Response Services

-Support the implementation of CCSAS activities in Galkacyo South Hospital and support MCHs:

  • Develop an ensure adherence to a CCSAS implementation plan.
  • Identify GBV focal points within the health facility and conduct bi-annual CCSAS trainings for all facility health and none health care staff.
  • On a weekly basis, hold CCSAS specific meetings with other health staff to get updates on activities implementation and challenges;
  • Build the capacity of other health staff to provide CCSAS services and provide technical assistance, as needed;
  • Monitor the quality of CCSAS services being provided through assessments on service provider knowledge, skills, and attitudes, facility checklists and other monitoring tools developed, and that all identified gaps are addressed in future work plans.
  • On the basis of inputs provided by other health staff, draft weekly and monthly reports to be submitted to Senior prevention officer, including information related to:
  • Identified survivors (anonymous information)( 1.Treatments provided, 2.Follow up visits, 3. Drugs availability, 4. Referrals to other service providers, 5. Awareness activities conducted

-Help ensure that all services provided to survivors at the clinic are implemented in line with best practices and quality standards for the provision of support and services to GBV survivors.

-Ensure that survivor consent is properly obtained using the appropriate procedures at all times, and respect her decision where she refuses to give consent.

-Help to monitor quality of service provision through regular feedback from clients and their families on services provided through feedback sessions, surveys, and other activities.
Capacity Building

  • Work with local partners to provide on-the-job training and mentoring for psychosocial services.
  • Conducting CHW trainings on GBV guiding principles and awareness raising workshop on IEC/BCC material development, content, and facilitation skills.
  • Support the provision of GBV technical trainings and on-the-job support to hospital staff, Community Health Workers and other community based GBV actors.
    Community Awareness
  • Organize regular meetings with Community Health Workers and community PFA volunteers to support the development of an annual, 6-month and monthly awareness raising activity work plan, to address challenges faced in the community and to monitor what messages are being spread in the community and how the PFA Volunteers are spreading them.
  • Raise awareness on the availability of GBV services in the community based on the service mapping conducted of potential partners.
  • Maintain consistent communication directly or through the senior prevention officer with the relevant coordination mechanisms including the regional GBV WG and Protection Cluster to ensure they are aware of ongoing activities, and finding from safety audits and needs assessments.
  • Conduct a service mapping of the surrounding area, including both formal services and widely utilized community based protection or response mechanisms.
  • Identify and collaborate with other agencies and service providers in districts in order to facilitate the development of a referral pathway and to identify and address service gaps and capacity.
  • Conduct periodic safety assessments within the community and its facilities, and create reports, including findings, recommendations and action plans, that will be communicated to the community, and relevant stakeholders to ensure progress upon recommendations.

Program management and Reporting

  • Produce weekly and monthly reports on activities implementation to be submitted to senior prevention Officer;
  • Implement any other tasks requested by the WPE Manager and WPE Coordinator.


External: The response officer will be responsible for establishing and maintaining external working relationships including with, line ministries, district authorities, Traditional and Religious leaders, GBV service providers, coordination mechanisms and other stakeholders as relevant.

Internal: The GBV will work in collaboration with IRC Health Officer, and other IRC Health staff and GBV Senior Officer and Manager, and all IRC staff in both program and support sectors.


  • Diploma/Degree in Social Work/Social Sciences/Counseling/psychology/ health or other related field preferred. Degree in similar fields would be an added advantage.

Skills and Experience:

  • Counseling and experience/ working with women and girls in the direct provision of counseling and psychosocial support to survivors of gender based violence with a reputable organization or local women organizations/groups, including experience counseling survivors of abuse or violence.
  • Excellent listening and observation skills, including ability to create trust, support, respect and interact with survivors of all ages, background and diversity.
  • 1-2 years' experience in the direct provision of counseling and psychosocial support to survivors of gender based violence, including child survivors preferred and an added advantage but not a must. Good facilitation skills and experience required
  • Clear understanding, including demonstrated positive attitudes on gender inequality, and issues surrounding violence against women and girls STRONGLY preferred.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients at all times is essential.
  • Ability to lead, train, supervises, facilitates and motivates other GBV staff and local partners 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, work overtime when necessary and be able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail. Ability to work as a member of a team essential.
  • Ability to communicate in English, local dialects spoken in Somalia.
  • Ability to write reports in English would be an added advantage
  • Basic knowledge of computer skills are helpful (word, excel, email etc) and a plus

Full description of this position and application details can be viewed through https://rescue.csod.com/ats/careersite/jobdetails.aspx?site=1&c=rescue&i...

Applications should be received on or before 18th May 2019

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.**

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