WPE Policy Officer At International Rescue Committee

WPE Policy Officer At International Rescue Committee

Position Overview:

This role will work as part of the Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit (VPRU). The role will be supervised by the global lead for Protection Policy and Advocacy and hold a significant relationship with the Global Practice Area Lead for Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE).

The role will focus on the Policy and Advocacy Pillar of the IrishAid-IRC Strategic Partnership, developing policy solutions to address GBV in humanitarian emergencies and protracted crisis.

The role will support advocacy and dissemination efforts of policy change messages, collaborating frequently with colleagues in VPRU, the Policy and Solutions Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI-P&S) team, Advocacy and Influence and Communications teams, WPE country program and regional colleagues, and external partners.

This position is funded through the end of the current IrishAid-IRC Strategic Partnership (2024), with extension available pending funding.

Major Responsibilities

In close collaboration with the global lead for Protection Policy and Advocacy, this role will:

• Be responsible to deliver activities of the Policy and Advocacy Pillar of the Irish Aid-funded GBV Strategic Partnership, which will include:

Development of an annual WPE policy report on prioritized areas of policy influencing, including project management responsibilities such as hiring of consultants/translators, crafting and supervising a schedule for project delivery, supervising spending, and drafting the report.

o Ensuring accurate and timely annual reporting and supervise budget implementation of policy and advocacy activities under the Irish Aid Strategic Partnership.

• Support data analysis and the design of policy messages and solutions for WPE.

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• Support analysis and monitoring of key humanitarian processes, debates, and policy developments relevant to WPE country colleagues.

• Support the delivery of key events and/or advocacy and communications campaigns and products, as required.

• Provide additional support to the team as required, including through participation in global and interagency processes, such as the Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies and the GBV Area of Responsibility, and civil society coalitions, and potential limited support across other VPRU areas of expertise.


Work Experience:

• Three to six years relevant work experience influencing policy related to GBV in humanitarian action or development settings, and advocating for attention and prioritization of women and girls rights.

• Experience working with national and regional women’s and girls’ rights movements.

• Experience influencing humanitarian stakeholders and donor governments.

Demonstrated Skills and Proficiencies:

• Knowledge and understanding of the global policy environment related to GBV against women and girls in humanitarian crisis.

• Experience in research, data analysis and drafting of documents for policy audiences.

• Experience working on humanitarian emergency, refugee, conflict, or development issues in academic or professional setting, with strong preference for a background in gender-based violence prevention and response and gender equality.

• Experience managing projects, budgets, work plans and preparing donor reports.

• Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven track record to prioritize and deliver on time.

Education: Bachelor’s degree with significant focus on GBV or related subject (Gender and Conflict, Social Work, Public Health, International Relations, Humanitarian, Conflict or Development Studies) or the equivalent of 6 years relevant work experience.

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Language Skills: Excellent writing and interpersonal skills in English. French, Spanish or Arabic strongly preferred.

**Key Working Relationships:**This position reports to the global lead for Protection Policy and Advocacy, based in Washington, DC. This position may potentially supervise occasional consultants and/or interns. This position will require regular communication with other VPRU colleagues, particularly the Global Practice Area Lead for WPE, as well as Economic Recovery and Development, Education, Governance and Health Technical Unit staff, regional and country program teams, awards management and grants management staff, and other internal stakeholders, including Policy and Solutions, Advocacy and Influence, and Communications teams.

Working Environment: Standard office working environment. This role may have some international travel up to 15% of the time. This role is based in one of our international hubs in London, Nairobi, or Amman. Other IRC locations may be possible.

Standard of Professional Conduct: The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

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