Integration Officer at The International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee 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, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Integration Officer

  • Job TypeFull Time
  • QualificationBA/BSc/HND
  • Experience2 – 5 years
  • LocationBorno
  • Job FieldNGO/Non-Profit

 

CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND

The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri and Monguno of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods

Job Overview/Summary

The CWC Integration officer, will be responsible for management of integration activities between Reproductive health and Women protection and empowerment sector at two Compressive women centers, in Gwoza, manages day to day activities and administrative oversight of the CWCs, she will as well be the contact person on integration activities at the centers and in ensuing that comprehensive women center Standard of operations are adhered by all the staff operating at the CWC, in collaboration with other IRC staff, other agencies and community members, ensure effective integration of RH/WPE program, in the communities.

Under supervision and technical support from women protection and empowerment roving manager and reproductive health manager, the overall responsibilities of the position include team building amongst the staff, quality team, solidify internal referral at CWC level, planning and coordination of center level meetings in close collaboration with selected committee members and active participation and coordination in the women center assessments.

To take the lead in building team members trust amongst the staff, support the training, mentoring and supervision community mobilizers and trainer.

Major Responsibilities

  • Supervision of WPE and RH staff for day-to-day operations at the CWCs, with technical supervision of RH midwives.
  • Ensure that daily morning briefing sessions are conducted with all CWC staff and that close collaboration and open communication between WPE and RH teams is maintained.
  • Foster a team spirit among WPE/RH staff that is conducive to all staff improving their skills and knowledge base.
  • Build and maintain a cordial working relationship that enhances and promotes a conducive environment for psychosocial support that is culturally accepted and that promotes the well-being of survivors.
  • Supervises day-to-day activities and administrative oversight (timesheets, scheduling, leave/travel requests etc.

Coordination:

  • Ensure that all program activities create a neutral and supportive environment for women and girl
  • Enhance survivors access to clinical care and case management at the CWC for survivors according to the WHO and IASC Guidelines.
  • Ensure that compliance and guiding principles are maintained among all staff and survivors/ clients have easy access to psychosocial support and case management services in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Ensure the use of GBV and RH standardized protocols, guidelines and procedures.

Community Mobilization:

  • In conjunctions with the WPE and RH teams, facilitate the planning, mobilization and training of community mobilizers and volunteers according to the work plan.
  • Assist community mobilizers to plan community education and awareness-raising activities.
  • In conjunction with WPE and RH Teams, facilitate the development and implementation of community action plans to prevent and respond to GBV.
  • Conduct protection risk reduction activities to enhance the safety and wellbeing of women and girls.
  • Oversee client engagement and community mobilization activities including eliciting ideas and information from women and girls about the kinds of activities they would like at the CWC, through Focus Group Discussions, meetings and forming committees, so that ideas can be formulated, planned and implemented with the users of the CWC.
  • Liaise with RH sector staff on reproductive health issues and plan health talks on RH, including STIs and family planning as per activity plan for the CWC.
  • In collaboration with the WPE Teams conduct information sessions for women and girls on GBV concepts and guiding principles.

Program Management:

  • Prepare weekly plans and submit weekly reports to WPE manager, and RH Manager.
  • Participate in the planning of monthly and annual work plans; and ensure effective and timely implementation of the activities
  • Support data management flow and reporting from CWC on timely basis
  • Conduct data review meetings on monthly (or quarterly) basis to reflect on program performance with CWC team and course correct as needed
  • Directly supervises Community Mobilizers, cleaners and guards.
  • Compiles monthly CWC report.
  • In each LGA, the CWC-IO will divide his/her time between both CWCs and do supervision visits to community mobilization sites
  • Supports RH Doctor to ensure facility level quality assurance (checklists etc.)
  • Coordinates with case workers and midwives to collate lists of missing items and liaises with RH/WPE officers and managers to ensure their procurement.
  • Ensures case workers and midwives submit weekly data reports to both sector M&E Officers/Assistants.
  • Liaise with stakeholders to ensure smooth operations and effective referral pathways.

Referral and Coordination:

  • Establish and maintain effective referral mechanisms between the community and at the CWC and between the CWC and referral services.
  • As needed, participate and represent the IRC in the Gwoza SGBV/RH coordination meetings.
  • Establish regular coordination with staff and other organizations to discuss emerging protection issues and develop awareness raising sessions
  • Any other task designated necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the WPE/RH Program
  • Ensures external coordination with implementing partners.

Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to:

  • Direct/Technical Reporting: RH manager
  • Indirect/Technical Reporting: WPE Roving manager
  • Position directly Supervises: Midwives, Community mobilizer, cleaners and guards.
  • Indirectly supervises: Case management assistants

Key Internal Contacts:

  • CWC staff
  • WPE/Rh staff
  • Other IRC staff from other sectors.

Key External Contacts:

  • Community members
  • Religious leaders
  • Staff of other agencies
  • Contractors

Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree/ HND qualification.

Work Experience:

  • 2-5 years of experience working on gender-based violence or reproductive health related issues.
  • Prior experience in management.

Demonstrated Technical Skills:

  • Must maintain high degree of confidentiality
  • Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods of community development and mobilization.
  • Comfortable attending and facilitating meetings and representing GBV issues.
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility

Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently where circumstances dictate
  • Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting
  • Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility.

Languages:

  • Fluency in Hausa and English language, both written/spoken are required will knowledge of spoke Gwoza will be an advantages

Computer/Other Tech Requirements:

  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Add position-specific (e.g. accounting software, statistical software, etc.).

Ability to Travel: 10% of time if applicable.

Work Environment:

Security level orange. The situation in Gwoza, Borno remains unpredictable; there is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.

Benefits

  • Competitive Monthly salary,
  • 13th Month Salary Inclusive,
  • Health Insurance Coverage for Family, Pension, Crèche Facilities available for Women with babies under 24 Months.

Standards of Professional Conduct The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Working Environment

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to International Rescue Committee (IRC) career website on rescue.csod.com to apply

 

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