Senior Emergency Women’s Protection and Empowerment Officer (National Position)
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. The IRC has been operating in Thailand since 1975 and currently provides assistance to displaced persons in Tak, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, and Mae Hong Son provinces
Following the coup in Myanmar in February 2021, fighting between the military and insurgents along the border with Thailand has led to a large-scale internal displacement and a smaller but growing number of refugees seeking protection in Thailand. Anticipating a potential large-scale influx of affected into Thailand this year, the IRC Thailand is preparing to expand and enhance its emergency protection services to put in place necessary internal mechanisms and coordination at provincial and national levels to address the emerging need of the affected people. In July 2021, IRC Thailand is launching Protection Emergency Response, this response, was funded by the DG ECHO for 12 months and implemented in partnership with front-line community-based organizations and in coordination with National Protection Sector and Provincial Protection Sector Working group in Tak, Mae Hong Sorn, and Kanchanaburi Province.
The IRC Thailand Emergency Protection Response was designed to be adapted to the context and change of needs of the affected population, one of the key results of the response is that the affected population receive safe case management. The IRC in partnership with local organizations in Tak and, MHS Province contextualizes case management tools and referral mechanisms to ensure affected populations receive safe and timely case management support. Senior Emergency WPE Officer will be based in IRC’s office Mae Sot, under the supervision of the Senior Emergency Protection Manager and technical supervision from the WPE Senior Manager. The Senior WPE Emergency Officer will serve as the key person to implement activities related to emergency case management including providing support to partners to implement programs along the Thailand-Myanmar border.
Major Responsibilities: Emergency Case Management
1. Serve as a leader in developing tools related to emergency case management. 2. Taking the lead in facilitating training related to emergency case management for IRC’s staff, partner organizations, and members of coordination working groups related to emergency case management. 3. Design training process and develop training material on MHPSS activities. 4. Taking the lead in IRC direct implementation and technical support to partner in providing age-appropriate quality psychosocial support in mobile and static-safe spaces including emotional support group sessions and awareness/information sessions. 5. Server as a key person of the program in collecting and recording case management data into GBVIMS and other future case manager data platforms. Support the Senior WPE Program Manager and WPE case management manager in analyzing cases and developing case reports. 6. Serve as IRC’s focal person in receiving referrals from different agencies, develop an action plan and appropriate response to each case; and send referrals to different agencies according to the action plan developed with the client based on the needs of the client 7. Liaise with relevant stakeholders to address gaps in GBV response services and referral protocols and work closely with Health and protection sector when GBV cases involve child survivors and access to justice 8. Assess gaps in how the referral pathway is functioning through direct follow-ups with service providers 9. Contribute to the maintenance of an up-to-date service mapping of the service providers operating in the area 10. Develop and adjust materials, awareness-raising materials, and other educational materials as necessary based on the project design and objectives as appropriately
1. Support partner to handle case assignments, draft service plans, review case progress, and determine case closure; provide accompaniment and psychosocial support to GBV survivors accessing services as necessary.
1. To Support the Senior Emergency Protection Manager to develop program reports related to donor requirements and program requirements. 2. Responsible to monitor spending related to responsive information services activities are on track and timely informing Senior Emergency Protection Management of budget adjustment needs.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Senior Emergency Protection Manager Position directly supervises: N/A Indirect Reporting: Senior WPE Manager for Tak Province Other Internal and/or external contacts: Internal: Legal Assistance Coordinator, Emergency Protection team, WPE Team, Protection sector, Health sector, livelihood sector, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, and Operation Team. External: Provincial Protection Sector Working Group Focal Point, sub-grant partner, and local stakeholders CBOs and community leaders (if necessary).
• A University degree in a relevant such as Social Work, community development, or high school diploma or Post-10 Certificate is required, with a strong interest in refugee or Internally Displace Person (IDP) related issues.
• Proven experience in working in Women Program or refugee issues, WPE in an emergency is preferable. • Proven experience related to GBV work, including GBV case management and Psychosocial support.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• Demonstrated analytical, systematic thinking, and problem-solving skills. • Solution-orientated committed, and good communication skills to work smoothly with colleagues from various cultures and backgrounds. • Strong understanding of accountability and proven ability to build Client Feedback Systems. • Willingness to travel to field areas. • Highly organized, flexible, adaptable to changing priorities, and able to work well under deadlines with minimum supervision. • Computer proficiency, with experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint including online communication platforms such as Zoom or Microsoft team.
Language Skills: Able to communicate effectively in spoken and written English skills, Karen, Burmese, and Thai is a plus.
Certificates or Licenses: Not requested.
This position is based in the IRC office in Mae Sot, with extensive travel to other filed sites.
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, Accountability and Equality. 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.
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.