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 OVERVIEW : 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 IRC is looking for a WPE Facilitator to implement the daily static and outreach WPE activities at the identified Women and Girl Safe Spaces (WGSS) and other outreach locations. The responsibilities of the WPE Facilitator will include conducting Psychosocial Support (PSS) sessions, facilitating group discussions, and referring individuals to necessary services. The role requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as a compassionate and empathetic approach to working with vulnerable populations.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Conduct information dissemination to women and Adolescents in the community or women already attending the WGSSs and letting them know about the services and support IRC will be providing. Conduct PSS activities: Organize and facilitate psychosocial support activities for women and girls affected by the floods. These activities may include individual counselling, group therapy, recreational activities, and skills-building sessions. Facilitate Focused Group Discussions, lead group discussions and create a safe and supportive environment for participants to share their experiences, concerns, and emotions. Foster a sense of community and encourage peer support among the participants. Contribute to surveys, safety audits, and service mapping with women and girls committee members. Provide individual PSS and 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. Identify cases through regular contacts and visits in the community and areas of intervention and refer the cases at GBV risk to WPE case workers. Facilitate sessions focused on building awareness of different themes related to their wellbeing, safety planning, and deliver key messages on Psychosocial support. Identify individuals who require additional support or specialized services beyond the scope of PSS and refer them to appropriate service providers, such as medical professionals, legal aid organizations, or social workers. Ensure women and girls benefiting from WPE services are not exposed to any form of harm or stress during the activities. Collaborate with other IRC staff members, partner organizations, and relevant stakeholders to ensure a coordinated and Ensure all logistic aspects for the conduct of the awareness and PSS sessions is in place. Support in ensuring accurate data is collected, entered into the database and detailed analysis provided using the right tools and in consultation with the M%E team and the supervisor. Share with the WPE senior officer on a weekly basis all the needed items for the work. With the support of the senior officer, she can take the lead on the procurement process with the supply chain department.
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 region.
Job Requirement 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 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 of 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.
____________________________________________________________________________________ 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, and Anti-Retaliation.