WPE Listen Up! Project Officer

International Rescue Committee

Requisition ID: req19817

Job Title: WPE Listen Up! Project Officer

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Bidibidi, 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, and Moroto.

Scope Of Work

The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Project Officer will support implementation of a project addressing prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian settings. The project will run from September 15, 2018 to November 14, 2021 in Bidibidi Yumbe. The Project Officer will be managed by the Project Manager. Major activities of the project include:

  • An annual workshop to design and share learning with all project partners
  • Ongoing listening sessions with women to capture feedback and evaluate community complaints and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) reporting and investigations mechanisms
  • Participation and support to UNHCR’s interagency PSEA action group
  • Strengthening information management and training of WPE response team on SEA response
  • Partnering with women’s rights organizations and an ICT/digital partner to co-design and implement a digital or phone based element to SEA reporting and accountability mechanism, including an ICT assessment, pilot approach, feedback, and reporting
  • Partnering with Raising Voices to develop an organizational change approach to address sexual harassment and SEA and support women’s rights organizations to pilot.
  • Building strong feminist movements within Partner organizations and Women Rights Organizations (WRO) working in the emergencies.
  • Capacity building and strengthening of WROs.
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  • Plan and execute program activities in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Conduct program reviews and prepare reports for management.
  • Prepare meeting agenda, organize meetings, and distribute minutes.
  • Participate in annual workshop to design, share learning with project partners and develop best practices to improve overall project performance.
  • Assist in budget preparation and expense management activities for programs
  • Conduct risk assessments and feedback interventions with women/girls about Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and reporting mechanisms.
  • Organize and participate in trainings on PSEA and safeguarding .
  • Participate in PSEA Focal point network planned intervention and maintain an up-to date database of the same.
  • Compile monthly reports on project activities and participate in monthly planning and support calls with WPE TA, ICT Specialist and project lead
  • Implement digital element of project alongside digital partner
  • Partner with Raising Voices (with regional Gender Equality Advisors’ support) to adapt Get Moving! organizational change approach to address sexual harassment and SEA and support Ugandan WRO to pilot with UN and INGOs


  • Effective and quality implementation of the Listen Up! Objectivewhich includes proposinginnovate ways of amplifying women voicesthrough feedback mechanisms.
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation skills
  • GBV practitioner / broader feminist and women’s rights background
  • Commitment to gender equality, respect for the human rights and strong knowledge on movement building
  • Skills in documentation, presentation (PP) and facilitation.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to partnership
  • Confident use of excel and strong reporting skills
  • Support collaboration with the general WPE unit and other IRC units to integrate PSEA in their programing and project design.
  • Desirable, previous experience working on PSEA, conducting investigations, setting up community complaints mechanisms
  • Desirable, previous experience with digital, mobile or other use of technology to deliver health, education or protection outcomes for vulnerable populations

Professional Code Of Conduct

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.

Deadline for receiving applications is September 8th,2021


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, development studies ,Gender/Women Studies or other appropriate fields
  • Any additional studies in Gender, Human Rights and Project Planning and Management is an added advantage
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the field of development studies or gender-based violence response, preferably working with refugees or conflict affected populations

  • Seniority level

    Entry level

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  • Industries

    Nonprofit Organization Management, Human Resources, and Financial Services