Safe Programming Officer

IRC - The International Rescue Committee

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Job Description


The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery, and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.

Position Overview

The Safe Programming officer is responsible to ensure the implementation of safe programming principles which includes meaningful access to services, priority safety, and dignity, accountability, participation and empowerment across IRC sectors and support the implementation of IRC internal initiatives gender equality, Women at Work ([email protected]) groups and safeguarding. These may include protection risk analysis and Safe Programming assessments using Protection Mainstreaming Monitoring and Evaluation System (ProMMS) tools and IRC’s Gender Analysis toolkit and global protection cluster guidance; including through safety audits, community dialogues, FGDs, KIIs and household visits while documenting the outcomes. The safe programming officer is also responsible to provide training on safe programming, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) guideline and gender mainstreaming.

Major key Responsibilities:

- Deliver high quality support to all Field Offices and partner staff in terms of training, capacity building and implementation. - Ensure that children, youth, women, men, older person and person with disabilities are integrated in IRC and partners interventions - Conduct protection mainstreaming assessments, including conducting Gender Audits. - Be informed about best practices in Protection Mainstreaming in order to develop IRC’s internal knowledge database and disseminate these lessons learned. - Ensure to invest in your own knowledge and skills in order to train others and build their capacity, supported by IRC, training institutes and other organizations that might serve as resources. - Be aware of, and practice the content of relevant IRC Global guidelines to provide overall technical guidance and tools on protection mainstreaming. - Advocate for gender and protection mainstreaming and coordinate with other stakeholders while sharing concerns, within and outside the organization. - Plan, implement and follow up on gender-related activities and provide support to IRC, partners and grantees on mainstreaming gender in their programs and activities, including design and implementation of trainings on gender-related topics - Attend coordination meetings concerning Protection Mainstreaming, PSEA and other related topics. - Work with other sectors to ensure Safe Programming across IRC Ethiopia. - Any other task that might be delegated by the Safe Programming Manager.

Internal initiatives

- The Safe Programming officer will support the implementation of safeguarding guidelines/procedures. - Support the development and implementation of the country-level Gender Equality Action Plans. - Support the development and implementation of Gender Equality Champions (GEC), including coordinating the annual selection/reselection of GECs, providing GECs with relevant training and supports required for them to deliver on their commitments, coordinating the development of the annual GEC activity plan, responsibility for securing SMT endorsement of the GEC activity plan and associated budget. - Provide support to Women at Work ([email protected]) groups, including facilitating meetings of the national level [email protected] group and meetings/communicating with field level [email protected] teams.

Coordination and Representation

- Under the direction of the safe programming manager, the safe programming officer will liaise with all sector program teams for support on areas of protection mainstreaming, gender equality, and the [email protected] group. Attend national-level PSEA networking meetings, protection, and others as required - Maintain open and professional relations with other sectors and team members


- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor



- BSc/BA in Social Work, Sociology, Public Health, or Gender Studies, or related field, and two years of experience in those fields for MSc. - Four years of work experience in gender mainstreaming, protection or GBV prevention and response - Previous experience in developing and conducting training on related topics - Experience in participatory techniques and community mobilization - Previous experience facilitating focus group discussions and establishing effective monitoring systems. - Positive and professional attitude, with an open and consultative approach, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work under pressure, able to coordinate multiple tasks, and maintain attention to detail. Ability to engage and communicate with diverse members of the community. - Possess interest in and commitment to human rights and gender equality. - Ability to communicate well in English as well as write clear and concise reports in English - Excellent computer skills in Excel and Word

Please include 3 references from current and former employers.

Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.

Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.

· Name of the position you have applied for

· Date of application

· Summary of your qualifications and experience

· Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job

· Permanent Address and present address (if different from permanent) and telephone number if possible, also email address

· Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.

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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