BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict reconstruction support to people affected by natural disaster, oppression, and violent conflict in more than 40 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation, and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, the IRC assists people from harm to home. The IRC launched an emergency health response in Libya in September 2016 as the humanitarian situation in the country was deteriorating following the 2014 civil war. Since then, the IRC has broadened its portfolio with health, protection, and governance programs aiming to employ a holistic approach to meeting the needs of crisis affected and vulnerable communities to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures. The IRC has been working to expand its multi-sectoral reach in areas of critical need in Libya and in these efforts houses a Grants & Partnerships Unit (GPU) to support the design of, fundraising for, and management of quality, responsive programming with ambitious goals for work in partnership with local actors. SCOPE OF WORK/JOB SUMMARY: Tropical Storm Daniel struck the eastern coast of Libya on September 10, 2023, with strong winds, heavy rainfall, and flash floods causing significant damage and loss of life. Several locations were heavily impacted as the storm led dams to burst resulting in high number of deaths, mass displacement of people and destruction of property overwhelming local capacities. IRC responded immediately and launched an emergency program aiming at providing life-saving medical care and integrated protection services. The scope of IRC’s integrated protection emergency response includes Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE), child protection (CP), and Protection Rule of Law (PRoL, or broader humanitarian protection) for communities and individuals affected by the floods. IRC is working directly to implement emergency activities but also collaborating with international and local agencies as well as government authorities, expanding protection interventions to include community-based protection and MHPSS across all project locations. The WPE Assistant will support the implementation of activities at the Women and Girl Safe Spaces (WGSS) at the identified locations and conduct outreach other locations. The position will assist in facilitating psychosocial support (PSS) sessions, group discussions, and referring individuals to necessary services. KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Contribute to the establishment of the WGSS and/or assist with locating safe areas for WPE activities. Work with adolescents in safe spaces, to identify their needs, interests, and priorities and, where possible, adapt activities accordingly to ensure that the activities offered are culturally appropriate and meet their needs. Provide individual PSS, emotional support and active listening to women and girls, acknowledging their feelings and validating their experiences. Help them develop coping mechanisms and resilience in the face of adversity. Carry out, prepare, and help plan and organize activities with adolescents in conjunction with other team members. Assist to develop information sessions and other recreational activities that promote support networks and cohesion with adolescents in safe spaces. Facilitate sessions focused on building awareness of different themes related to their wellbeing, safety planning, and deliver key messages on Psychosocial support. Support WPE Facilitators to deliver focused PSS sessions which include IRC Curriculums of Girl Shine and Women Rise. Assist with kit distributions, when appropriate messages and feedback from adolescents regarding dignity kits and other discretionary items provided are included.
Participate in conducting surveys, safety audits, and service mapping with women and girls committee members. Maintain positive coordination and relationships with services providers and CBOs and other IRC sectors staff.
Prepare PRs and ensure that supplies/resources for the WGSS activities are ordered in a timely manner and used efficiently. Identify cases through regular contacts and visits in the community and areas of intervention and refer the cases to WPE case workers. Maintain detailed attendance sheets of the WGSS and outreach activities. Contribute/take part in preparing monthly reports. Consistently and proactively monitor/evaluate the safety and security of the WGSS attendees, staff and resources.
Key Relationships: The position will work closely with WPE Facilitators, GBV and CP Caseworkers, Officers staff from other departments such as security and safety staff, supply chain and health.
Staff management N/A
Position Reports to: WPE Senior Officer
Working Environment: This position will be based in WGSSs and involve Outreach activities, including travelling between flood affected areas in the East of Libya.
Qualifications / Job Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field – psychology, sociology, social work, social sciences, public health, etc. At least 1 year of relevant experience, including implementing WGSS activities with vulnerable groups in emergency/conflict or post-conflict settings preferably. Familiarity with Women’s Empowerment and Protection programming. Commitment to promote women and girls’ rights. Strict adherence to humanitarian and Protection Guiding principles and standards, as well as organizational policies including the Code of Conduct. High standard of spoken and written Arabic, and basic English. Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word. Experience in regular report writing. Proven experience in delivering sessions and extremely strong communication skills, with good understanding of relevant cross-cultural and sensitive issues and ability to gain trust and build relationships with new communities. Demonstrated high level of flexibility, responsiveness, and reliability. Ability to work under pressure and strong time management skills to meet both short-term and long-term objectives.