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.
The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 6.1 million people are internally displaced and 13.1 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with three million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 5.4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.
IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual regional portfolio of $90 million, supported by more than 3000 staff and workers in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. Inside Syria, the IRC is specifically focused on health, cash assistance, education, child protection, women’s protection and empowerment, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
In order to increase the support options available to GBV survivors and ensure a Do No Harm approach, the IRC will work with a local health partner to increase staff ability to effectively identify, service and refer survivors of GBV. Recognising the challenges in ensuring effective GBV response in already stretched health facilities, the IRC will use this as a trial in getting solid foundational GBV integration in place within the primary healthcare setting. The learning objective for this project has been designed to support this trial and provide valuable learning for future GBV integration.
Under the supervision of the GBV –Partnership Manager, in a team of two, the Capacity Building Officers are responsible for carrying out trainings and workshops to health staff of a partner organization in four different health facilities under the capacity building initiative.
• The Capacity Building Officer will conduct trainings on GBV core concepts and principles, identifying cases, referrals, psychological first aid (PFA) and basic communication skills in relation to responding to GBV survivors, survivor-centred approach, and CCSAS for health workers.
• Contribute to development of capacity building materials, training manuals, tools, and other resources as needed.
• Closely support and liaise with the supervisors of health workers of partner organization.
• Carry out pre- and post-questionnaires and evaluations tomeasure the quality of the trainings and their impact. Support other M&E efforst as requested. Carry the attitude assessments with health staff throughout the programme to understand if trainings support staff in integrating GBV response into their clinical work.
• Provide guidance to the health workers of partner to conduct timely client feedback assessments to ensure improved service delivery by conducting regular client feedback assessments.
Support the partner in establishing referral pathways with other organizations and local community service providers to ensure that timely referral is centered on the client’s needs and wishes.
• Compile and prepare weekly reports and any other data as requested by the WPE Partnerships Manager.
• Maintain program files.
• Any other task designated by the WPE partnerships manager.
Key Working Relationships Position Reports to: WPE –Partnership Manager
Indirect/Technical Reporting: NA
Position directly Supervises: NA
Key Internal Contacts: WPE team in Sarmada office.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• Should be compassionate, caring, and non-judgmental
• The be in position to maintain confidentiality
• Strong organizational and supervisory skills
• Positive, highly motivated, innovative, with strong inter-personal skills.
• Strong GBV counseling/case management skills, knowledge of global best practices in supporting survivors of GBV, with ability to communicate effectively with different types of people and handle conflict or stress in a calm and constructive manner
• Experience in capacity building preferably of GBV case management/global best practices of response to GBV
• High level of adaptability with a strong capacity for learning new skills and subjects
• Positive and professional attitude, including ability to work well in a team setting
• Computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel
• Fluency in written and spoken Arabic