Community Wellbeing Initiative (CWI) Assistant

IRC - The International Rescue Committee

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Since March 2006, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been working with refugees and service providers to understand the causes of gender based violence (GBV) and to support individuals who suffered from such abuse. The goal of the GBV Program is to minimize the consequences of violence against women by providing quality case management for survivors and to build the capacity of service providers and the community to prevent and respond to issues of gender-based violence.


Under the supervision of the Community Wellbeing Initiative senior and Field Manager, the GBV Assistant will supervise the response and prevention of GBV. The GBV Assistant will train and supervise refugee social workers and community workers to respond and ensure effective of GBV activities in camps. This includes providing ongoing training and mentorship for social workers and utilizing monitoring and evaluation systems to ensure high quality services. As survivors of gender-based violence tend to have multiple needs, the GBV will continuously attend coordination with partners from the protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectors committed to reducing the incidence of violence against women. The GBV Assistant will also establish and maintain networks with community leaders, women leaders, service providers and camp management to ensure that women and girls receive compassionate support from the community.

- Monitor & supervise GBV activities, including capacity building through training, mentorship and on-the-job training of social workers to provide case management. Training topics could be active listening and effective communication, action and safety planning, guiding principles, GBV basic concepts, and other related topics. - Gather information about what partners have done and are doing. Monitor how partner organizations are implementing the IASC guidelines. - Build a relationship with all relevant GBV program stakeholders (health, legal, protection, psychosocial) in camp and the local community to encourage greater communication, collaboration and coordination among partners from the protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectors. - Provide GBV related trainings for the legal, health, protection and psychosocial sectors in collaboration with GBV Prevention Officer. - Liaise with stakeholders and GBV Prevention Officer to develop strategy, design exercises, and conduct mentoring exercises with health, police and ARRA protection. - Work with stakeholders to develop and implement standard operating procedures and monitor referral pathway to ensure easy access to all GBV services. - Prepare and submit weekly, monthly and 3 month work plans in a timely manner and incorporate senior feedback. - Design, implement, and monitor group psychosocial activities to build informal support networks among women and girls. - Develop monthly outreach plan with social workers, based on case trends and ongoing needs of women and girls, include strategies to reach women and girls who are more isolated/have special needs. - Update outreach materials, trainings and other materials to include SASA! Methodologies as well as other relevant methodologies. - Collaborate with GBV senior officers to organize awareness raising events, including mass awareness events and ensure response related topics covered in events. - Compile and submit monthly reports to GBV senior officers. - Develop and review activity and spending plans for new grants. - Deal with human resource issues as needed: hire social workers, conduct performance evaluations, and terminate staff as needed. - Estimate quarterly program purchase requests and monthly cash projections according to the field requirements and submit requests on time. - Monitor supply and logistical needs of project and ensure adherence to all relevant IRC logistic policies, including management of materials in the warehouse. - Foster a team spirit among GBV staff and work in smooth partnership with GBV Prevention Officer. - Any other task designated by the GBV Manager/senior officers and Field Manager to ensure proper functioning of the GBV Program.


BA/BSc degree in Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Nursing, Women’s Studies, or related field, prefer MSc.

Experience in counseling survivors of GBV or other trauma.

Clear understanding of gender, power abuse, and issues surrounding violence against women.

Able to maintain medical ethics, confidentiality and respect for client at all times.

Experience in participatory techniques and community mobilization

Ability to lead, train, supervise, facilitate and motivate other GBV field workers 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 over-time when needed and able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.

Ability to work as a member of a team essential.

Fluency in Somali advantageous .

Ability to communicate well in English as well as write clear and concise reports in English.

Must be computer literate, including Microsoft word, excel, and power-point.

IRC is an equal employment 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 or disability.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional 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, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

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

Equal Opportunity Employer: 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.

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