Requisition ID: req12263

Job Title: WPE Manager / Team Leader

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Rhino, Uganda

Job Description



The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting IDPs, refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government, community based organizations, the civil society and the private sector. The current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, economic recovery and development, protection, and prevention and response to gender-based violence (GBV). IRC has its country office in Kampala and works in Yumbe/Bidibidi, Arua/Imvepi and Omugo, Kitgum, Moroto , Kiryandongo, Kyegegwa/Kyaka and Kampala/Urban. 

At the start of 2020, the IRC provided  life- saving services to new refugee arrivals from South Sudan through Elegu border point to Arua district that were being received  at the Ocea Reception Center in Rhino Camp. It was indicated that the movement was as a result of smaller rebel groups in South Sudan who had organized themselves in bandit groups causing violence. On average, there were 180 new arrivals on a daily basis most of whom were women and children. Building on IRC’s expertise in responding to emergencies  and protection within Uganda and internationally, the IRC will establish Women’s Protection and Empowerment programming  to respond to life-saving needs of women and girls affected by violence during flight and beyond while they settle within Ocea.


The Women’s Protection & Empowerment Manager will lead the program team in Ocea to respond to and prevent GBV including the provision of comprehensive Case management services and prevention interventions in response to the current humanitarian needs. With direct management support from the Deputy WPE Coordinator, the WPE Manager will ensure that the goals and objectives of the projects are met in a timely and effective manner. Specific responsibilities include oversight of service delivery, monitoring and evaluation, professional development and training of national staff, project cycle management of grants and budgets. He/she will provide appropriate mentorship to WPE Officers and promote coordination with UNHCR, OPM and other local stakeholders.  


Program design and implementation

  • Assume primary responsibility for project management and implementation, and ensure compliance with the donor agreement and project proposal, proactively notifying the Deputy WPE Coordinator if issues arise.
  •  Lead project planning, and oversee program implementation and budget expenditures to ensure effective use of resources against planned activities and expected outputs.
  •  Ensure adequate project monitoring and evaluation systems are in place to collect information and consolidate data on a regular basis to demonstrate impact and inform ongoing program design.
  •  Assist in the program development and design process through assessments, assisting in proposal writing and budget development.
  •  Develop and deliver the provision and quality of trainings on GBV basics, basic counseling, case management, life skills and other key GBV resources for WPE staff, GBV actors, community members, and service providers.
  •  Actively contribute to the revision and implementation of a WPE sector strategy to meet the needs of GBV survivors, including response to emergencies as they arise.
  •  With support from the supervisor, lead the development of the program tools and keep them updated i.e  work plan, procurement and spending plans.

Communication and reporting

  • Compile and prepare quality periodic project progress reports, as well as final reports, and feed in other information as required by donors, the Regional Office and the Technical Unit.
  •  Prepare quality weekly updates and monthly reports that meet standards and timelines
  •  Ensure proper program and donor visibility in the project sites
  • Lead data analysis and interpretation exercises with the project team to inform programming and advocacy
  • Ensure project team understand, maintain and follow ethical practices in data sharing and communication with external audiences in accordance with the existing Information Sharing Protocol

Human resource development and management

  • Lead staff recruitment in consultation with the supervisor and in collaboration with the Human Resources Department.
  •  Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the WPE program.
  •  Provide ongoing supervision, mentoring, training and technical support and guidance to WPE staff, and ensure all adhere to best-practice principles in all aspects of program implementation.
  •  Ensure Performance Management System documentation for all staff is in place and followed up regularly.
  • Build staff capacity in work plan development and reporting to ensure accurate monitoring and documentation of activities.
  • Ensure WPE staff understand and follow IRC and donor Policies and Procedures.

Coordination and networking

  •  Ensure close collaboration with partners to enhance adequate referrals, including health agencies, child protection agencies, UNHCR, and other relevant actors.
  • Represent WPE at regular working group meetings, reviews, strategic planning; and assist in the preparation of new initiatives for the SGBV program in Rhino camp.
  • Ensure regular communication with the WPE and Field Coordinator and other internal departments regarding the project’s progress and processes. Ensure updated GBV referral pathways are available for and adequately shared with staff, volunteers and community members.


Position reports to: Deputy WPE Coordinator
Position directly supervises: WPE Prevention, Response and M&E Officers.

Indirectly supervises: Assistant Prevention Officers, Social workers, and WPE Volunteers

Indirect reporting: WPE Coordinator & Field Coordinator
Other internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Close coordination with IRC Protection, M&E, Finance, HR, Operations, and SMT 

External: Close collaboration with donors, local actors (local NGOs, UN agencies, government) and service providers’ part of the urban survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) referral system


IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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.

Deadline for receiving applications is February 23rd,2021


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Gender/Women Studies, Public Health, or other appropriate fields; or a BA in related field with equivalent experience
  •  Minimum of 3 years experience in the field of gender-based violence response, preferably working with refugees or conflict affected populations
  •  At least 2 years experience working directly with survivors or developing, implementing or supervising shelter programs for survivors
  • Strong understanding of case management, psychosocial support and life skills programming to promote survivor healing and recovery
  • In-depth understanding of the roots causes of GBV, related international standards, and GBV prevention and response strategies
  • Proven leadership, program management, staff development, planning, analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Competency in writing progress and donor reports and proposals; familiarity with principles and practice of monitoring and evaluation
  •  Excellent communication and analytical skills and ability to present ideas effectively, in both oral and written form.
  • Good budget skills including preparing financial forecasts and spending plans for effective resource use.
  • Experience working with donors like UNHCR, BPRM, ECHO in past experience while programming for GBV response projects.
  • Ability to communicate sensitively and without judgment; good diplomatic and persuasion skills.
  • Ability to use good judgment when making decisions and to take accountability for decisions made
  • Emotional maturity and stability to resolve conflicts in non-violent way and maintain appropriate boundaries.
  •  Good interpersonal skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships.
  •  Ability to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative and problem solving abilities.
  •  Good computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, and Power Point.
  •  Be able to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments; and willingness to travel to program sites in neighboring Districts