Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Training 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.
The IRC’s program for Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) improves and expands community-based services to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in the seven refugee camps. The program supports and strengthens community-based efforts to respond to and prevent violence against women and girls through comprehensive and holistic programming, including case management. This program coordinates a network against GBV that ensures a comprehensive and multi-sectoral response for survivors, increasing the safety and power of women and girls through promoting community leadership and provision of technical training on GBV core concepts.
Under the direct supervision of the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Senior Program Manager and the overall guidance of the WPE Coordinator, the WPE Training Officer will focus on developing others’ capacities, and always look for opportunities to create partnerships and engage individuals, community leaders, community-based organizations (CBO), and non-governmental organizations (NGO) trying to create a safer environment for women and girls. The WPE Training Officer is responsible for all aspects of training focusing on prevention and response to gender-based violence, gender equality, including Training of Trainers and capacity development of camp-based staff and partner organizations. The position is also responsible for developing training materials, outreach strategies and implementing activities in cooperation with partners.
Training and Technical Support • Design, coordinate and deliver trainings on gender-based violence (GBV) and related issues to project beneficiaries and conduct training of trainers (TOR) for local NGOs, CBOs, and civil society organizations (CSO), including medics, legal staff and other relevant staff working with GBV survivors. • Deliver trainings on healthy communication and maintaining positive relationships to couples in the refugee camps, and implement training activities in partnerships with relevant community-based organizations. • Develop training materials, community awareness-raising materials and other educational materials as necessary based on the project design and objectives. • Monitor training outcomes through baseline surveys, pre- and post-tests, and follow-up interviews, and continually reflect on training experiences and monitoring data to improve future trainings. • Translate training materials into English, Karen, and Burmese and ensure training documents are current and up-to-date. • Conduct Training of Trainers and implement systematic training observations and constructive feedback mechanisms for camp-based staff. • Provide support to the development and implementation of strategies for community outreach activities and training reports. • Strengthen the capacity of national and community-based actors, local NGOs and CSOs on service provision to survivors of gender-based violence and ensure a comprehensive and multi-sectoral response for survivors.
Program Support and Administration • Collect information/data relating to all activities, including data necessary for project indicators as well as record on the successes and challenges, and report the progress of the project at regular intervals to the Senior WPE Program Manager. • Provide accompaniment and psychosocial support to GBV survivors accessing services in Ratchaburi town as necessary. • Develop and maintain professional relationships with IRC’s partners. • Assist in preparing monthly activity plans together with all other project staff in order to ensure close integration of project activities. • Complete all administrative work and timely submit reports related to training and outreach activities. • Provide support to gender initiatives and activities introduced by IRC Thailand and Headquarters as necessary.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: WPE Senior Program Manager Position directly supervises: N/A Indirect Reporting: WPE camp-based assistants Other Internal and/or external contacts: Internal: Collaborate and work with WPE team members in other IRC field offices, including IRC protection staff to ensure effective and coherent WPE programming. Work together with the IRC Program and Sub-grant unit on program and compliance requirements and other related initiatives. Collaborate with the Finance unit, the Operations unit on budgeting, budget versus actual, logistics and procurement. External: Non-governmental organizations, community leaders, non-governmental organization, community-based organizations, civil society, government/ministries, UN agencies and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination.
• Degree in Social Science or High school diploma or Post-10 certificate required, coupled with a strong interest in refugee and related issues • Experience in conducting trainings, including Training of Trainers, and proficient in using participatory methods • Experience in GBV work, including experience in providing training • Experience in translation of written documents and administrative work • Supervision experience desirable • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks • Must be flexible and willing to learn and develop • Strong written and spoken Burmese, Karen, and Thai is essential • English language proficiency is an advantage
The position is a NATIONAL post based in the IRC office in Kanchanaburi, with travel to the refugee camps and the Thailand-Myanmar border area as required.
All applications will be treated confidentially and not returned. The IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, national origin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, marital status or physical or mental disability. The IRC is an equal opportunity employer.
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.