Careers at International Rescue Committee (IRC) – March 2024

VPRU MEAL Specialist

Job Overview:

The Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit (VPRU) provides dynamic support to IRC’s country offices on protection programming—including direct technical assistance to country program staff—ensuring innovation, promotion of standards, and improvements for all protection programming implemented by the organization. This includes work across the streams of women’s protection and empowerment (WPE), child protection (CP), and protection rule of law (PRoL), as well as crosscutting/integrated protection approaches.

The primary role of the VPRU Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL) Specialist is to independently manage and implement MEAL systems for a portfolio of protection technical projects. In addition to supporting VPRUled projects in carrying out routine MEAL, the Specialist will also contribute to wider VPRU learning strategies, guidance, and activities.
This position will work closely with the VPRU MEAL, project, and country teams to support MEAL strengthening and promote consistency across data management and use for ongoing VPRU programming.

Major Responsibilities:
Provide Ongoing Direct Technical Support to VPRU Projects (primary role)

  •  Lead and manage MEAL activities for a concrete portfolio of VPRUled grants, while working closely with VPRU technical advisors (TAs), specialists, and specific country program staff. Examples of VPRUled grants may include but not limited to (may be subject to change):
  • o Responsive Information Services in Emergencies (RISE); TRANSFORM; Irish Aid Strategic Partnership on GenderBased Violence (GBV); and Foundations Project
  •  Work and think independently on key tasks, including (i) development and use of overarching project learning plans and approaches, (ii) data collection and management, data analysis/visualization, and data interpretation and use; and (iii) projectlevel adaptations and reflection
  •  Provide ongoing training and capacity building in MEAL core competencies, tools, and techniques to VPRU TAs/Specialists, country program staff, and partners (as needed)
  •  Adapt and refine MEAL approaches and resources based on country program and VPRU feedback

Support Broader Learning Strategies, Guidance, and Resources for VPRU

  •  Provide ad hoc support to other VPRU team members for discrete MEALrelated tasks, as feasible and needed
  •  Support development and implementation of interventionspecific data toolkits and learning agendas (as appropriate)
  •  Support the creation of core MEAL guidance and resources for VPRU teams
  •  Own and contribute to components of VPRU MEAL’s strategic workplan
  •  Actively contribute to MEAL technical sections of business development
  •  Represent VPRU MEAL on external meetings, working groups, and other platforms (as appropriate)
  •  Contribute to VPRU’s antiracism commitments

Job Requirements:  

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: 

  •  Strong experience with both data collection and data analysis skills for multiple MEAL methods required, including mobile data collection and strong Excel analysis skills
  •  Experience with qualitative data collection and management, qualitative data analysis, and/or mixed methods process or developmental evaluations (or similar learning exercises)
  •  Ability to generate high quality MEAL deliverables that demonstrate attention to detail, strong understanding of best data practices, and are appropriate for the end user(s)
  •  Strong organizational skills and ability to balance multiple priorities across a diverse portfolio
  •  Some experience with protectionspecific MEAL (may be replaced with related sector/humanitarian MEAL experience combined with a demonstrated knowledge of protectionspecific considerations)
  •  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as an ability to be clear and concise in all communications
  •  Strong interpersonal skills: able to successfully listen to, collaborate with, facilitate discussion among, and build trust with people from diverse nationalities and backgrounds
  •  Excellent writing and editing skills for proposal and technical resource development
  •  Flexible work demeanor: the ability to work well both in a dynamic, globally diverse team and independently
  •  Proven dedication to antiracism and equity work

Preferred experience & skills: 

  •  Degree in social sciences, humanitarian assistance, or other related field strongly preferred; a concentration in monitoring & evaluation will be an asset
  •  Experience with ODKbased mobile data collection applications (CommCare, Kobo, Ona, etc.) strongly preferred
  •  Experience with additional analysis software (e.g. PowerBI, Dedoose, NVIVO) strongly preferred
  •  Experience working in partnership with local or nationallevel organizations desirable
  •  Fluency in English is required, other IRC languages, such as French, Spanish and/or Arabic language skills will be an asset

GBV Caseworker

Key Responsibilities

Case Management

  • Provide professional and confidential services to survivors of GBV, grounded in the IRC’s comprehensive, survivor-centered case management approach.
  • Document client information through accurate filling of intake forms and ensure confidential and safe storage.
  • Support the maintenance of case management system by maintaining client confidentiality.
  • Ensure the GBVIMS is accurately updated on a regular basis.
  • Ethically and confidentially collect and store GBV data. Participate in interpretation of the analyzed data on trends and work with the GBV Manager and Psychosocial Officer to disseminate information to all relevant partners.
  • Participate in the development of case management monitoring systems and help to make sure that GBV community workers use these systems correctly and consistently.
  • Participate in preparation of all relevant reports regarding the psychosocial activities.

Training, Mentorship, and Couching

  • Provide/facilitate GBV trainings for all relevant community actors, including psychosocial First Aid Volunteers, Community Health Volunteers, women groups, other informal and formal community structures, and any other identified groups on GBV topics, including but not limited to: GBV basic concepts &referral pathways, guiding principles, sexual exploitation, and abuse.
  • Provide leadership and guidance regarding psychosocial activities to all community workers to ensure all programme activities meet the best standards.
  • Monitor and supervise case management, including capacity building through training and on-the-job training of community workers. Training topics should include active listening and effective communication, action, and safety planning, GBV guiding principles, GBV basic concepts, and other related topics.
  • Support fellow Case workers and local partners in all response related aspects, including training, sub-agreements, implementation, reporting, mentoring, supervision, monitoring, and evaluation throughout implementation process.
  • Support adherence to GBV referral protocols and guiding principles for working with survivors.
  • Assess gaps in GBV prevention and response services, make recommendations/suggestions for improvements to the supervisor and develop, in consultation with the team and Manager, strategies to address the gaps.

Coordination and Networking

  • Strengthen and maintain networks through other service providers and camp management to ensure that survivors receive detailed support from the community and to encourage greater communication, teamwork, and coordination among partners (protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectors).
  • Advice the GBV Outreach Officer on programming areas that require targeted interventions and campaigns based on trend analysis.
  • Strengthen and maintain networks with community leaders, women leaders, service providers and camp management to ensure that survivors receive conscientious support from the community and to encourage greater communication, collaboration, and coordination among partners (protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectors)
  • Work in collaboration with GBV outreach officer to ensure ongoing needs of women and girls are being met through prevention-related activities.
  • Supervise monthly community outreach plan with community workers, based on case trends and ongoing needs of women and girls.

Monitoring & Reporting

  • Prepare and submit weekly & monthly reports as required and incorporate supervisors’ feedback in a timely manner, including information related to survivor non-identifying data, treatment provided, follow-up visits, drugs availability, referrals to other service providers and awareness activities conducted etc.
  • Participate in the development of procurement and spending plans and work plans to ensure the successful implementation of programs.
  • Ensure supplies/resources are requested on a timely manner for timely implementation of program activities including handle/prepare contingency program stock supplies where vital.
  • Supervise and track utilization of program supplies and resources to ensure efficient use of available resources.
  • Ensure tracking of key program indicators and progress through utilization of the M&E data collection and indicator tracking tools.

Partnership development

  • Participate in review meetings and psychosocial capacity assessment of the local partners.
  • Share technical expertise on case management with local partner.
  • Organize and conduct trainings for partners on relevant organizational development areas and support peer learning between IRC and the local partner.
  • Development and revision of referral networks between partners implementing GBV and implementation of referral pathways.
  • Ensure the local partner is invited to the case conferences and other interagency coordination meeting at camp the level.
  • Assist the Psychosocial officer on technical review of partner’s reports on psychosocial component.
  • Assist both GBV manager and psychosocial officer in planning and organizing for review workshops with partners on the partnership as per the IRC partnership approach and principles.
  • Support trainings for partners on relevant organizational development areas peer learning between IRC and the local partners.

Others

  • Fulfill any other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
  • Respect the code of conduct and policies of the IRC and the standards of the GBV team.
  • Uphold the IRC Way (integrity, accountability, and service) at the respective areas of work.

Key Result Areas

The GBV/ WPE Kenya programme goal is to enhance survivor’s utilization of quality services responsive to their needs and strengthen community-based structures and solutions to better protect women and girls, promote their empowerment to access opportunities, services, and support. The GBV case worker will be responsible for psychosocial activities towards achieving the following program objectives.

  • To improve survivors’ access to timely, comprehensive, and quality case management.
  • Strengthened engagement with communities to act in the best interests of women and girls.
  • Invest in social and economic opportunities for women and girls to promote their wellbeing.
  • Leverage partnerships and experience to advocate for priorities of women and girls.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Diploma in counseling psychology, Social Science or related degree is preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of direct psychosocial/counseling and case management experience; experience working with survivors of violence preferred including child survivors preferred and an added advantage but not a must.
  • MUST have in-depth knowledge on GBV and in emergency settings.
  • Experience working directly with refugees who are survivors of GBV and can demonstrate understanding of a survivor-centered approach.
  • MUST have experience with operationalizing GBV principles, knowledge of international humanitarian standards for GBV prevention and response.
  • Must have experience working with GBVIMS (Gender Based Violence Information Management System)
  • Must be willing to work in a hardship zone /environment.

Required Qualification & Competencies

  • Understanding of computer applications, including MS Word and Excel.
  • Fluency in English, including writing clear and concise reports.
  • Counseling and experience/ working with women and girls in the direct provision of counseling and psychosocial support to survivors with a reputable organization or local women organizations/groups, including experience counseling survivors of abuse or violence.
  • Excellent listening and observation skills, including ability to create trust, support, respect and interact with survivors of all ages, background, and diversity.
  • Good facilitation skills and experience required.
  • Clear understanding, including positive attitudes on gender inequality, and issues surrounding violence against women and girls STRONGLY preferred.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients at all times is required.
  • Ability to lead, train, supervises, facilitates, and motivates other GBV staff and local collaborators in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful, and supportive manner.
  • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work, work overtime when vital and be able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail. Ability to work as a member of a team crucial.
  • Ability to fluently communicate in English and Somali (must).
  • Ability to write quality and timely reports in English.
  • Basic knowledge of digital literacy is helpful (word, outlook, excel, email etc.
  • Due to the sensitivity of the cases being handled, women candidates are preferred.

Construction Manager

Key Responsibilities

Program:

  • Overall responsibility for the management of building/civil engineering and WASH construction activities for the Kenya program providing the requisite technical expertise.
  • Responsible for all technical assessments/evaluations of all buildings/civil engineering and WASH facilities/structures (including sanitation, sewerage, and wastewater systems) at all IRC facilities/staffing accommodation areas, community-level programming and generation of findings, engineering solutions and associated estimated costs.
  • Responsible for all architectural designs, technical working designs/drawings, specifications and all required tender documents related to building and civil engineering construction at all IRC facilities and staff accommodation areas, covering both new and existing facilities to be rehabilitated.
  • Working with the field Construction, WASH and other program staff, design and plan construction related activities geared towards achieving planned delivery and accurate completion of building/civil engineering and WASH projects both for new and existing facilities being rehabilitated/repaired.
  • In charger of generation of cost estimates based on designs and BoQs that reflect local context, innovativeness and appropriate technologies that ensure cost-effectiveness.
  • Responsible for overall contract management of construction projects, which includes contractor supervision/supervision of artisans, quality control checks to ensure alignment to required standards and codes of practice.
  • Contribute and support the DDO/DDP and the Grants Unit in the design of new construction activities including development of new proposals and budgets for the Kenya program.

Capacity Building:

  • Strengthening the capacity of field staff on projects implementation through close supervision of works being carried out, to ensure quality in delivery.
  • Mentoring, and training of incentive staff carrying out different construction-related trades and construction related activities within the country program.

Reporting:

  • Working with field teams, support all reporting (daily updates, weekly, and monthly) related to all construction activities being implemented in the Kenya Country program as will be required.
  • Compiling technical assessment/evaluation reports including technical reviews of the same when called upon.
  • Responsible for timely and proactively highlighting any anticipated work/project delays/challenges and proposing solutions to meet deadlines.
  • Working with field teams, support the development of realistic, logical, and practical internal IRC project specific work schedules for all IRC construction projects including broader/top line construction projects plans.
  • Working with field teams, support filing all tender documents, all correspondences between IRC and contractors, site notes (including daily site logs) in hard and soft copies during the entire contract period for each specific project being implemented.

Coordination:

  • Under the guidance of the Snr FC/DDO/DDP collaborated closely with other partners and local authorities within at National and County level on all building/civil engineering and WASH construction related issues regularly to ensure coordination and effective process of activities.
  • Ensure a strong, strengthened engagement/liaison with other IRC sectors on all aspects of building/civil engineering and WASH construction activities!
  • Represent IRC in all Construction Coordination forums at National and County level when called upon.

Supply Chain and Finance:

  • Generation monthly cash forecasts based on planned construction activities to the Finance Office in a timely manner.
  • Support monitoring of monthly expenditure specific to construction activities, review the BvA with the Finance team, Grants Unit as appropriate to ensure burn rates/expenditures are consistent with the work plans set.
  • Support Supply chain teams in tender adjudication process through pre-tender site visits when required, technical evaluation of bids submitted by interested contractors, and site hand over to winning contractors for civil/building and WASH construction projects to be carried out by IRC.
  •  Collaborate with Supply Chain team in generating and tracking orders (POs, Contracts, PRs) and making internal requisitions of stock/material for construction-related activities.
  • Ensuring construction materials procured meet required specifications, are received on site (or where required), kept safely and stocks of the same always supervised to ensure no stock out and that there’s prudent used to minimize wastage.
  • Support and/or responsible for the certification of works completed, sign off all interim and final completion certificates on behalf of IRC for all projects.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Degree in Civil, or Building and Construction, or Water, or related Engineering field.
  • Experience implementing civil engineering/building and WASH construction activities in a relief setting, remote locations/areas or ASAL areas.
  • Practical experience in tender adjudication, contractor supervision, and general construction contract management.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong skills in partnership management, external engagement ad representation skills.
  • Experience with appropriate technologies, innovation, good engineering analysis, and judgment
  • Computer literate (good application of word processors, spreadsheet, database, outlook, Engineering CAD software applications – at least either ACAD or ArchiCAD)
  • Cultural and diversity sensitivity, commitment, and an understanding of the values of IRC and the principles of equal opportunities.
  • Comfortable to work in a remote environment.
  • Previous practical emergency response experience.

Senior HR Officer- Rewards & Business Processes 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading implementation of staff contracts that include implementation of offers, confirmation letters, amendments, extensions/renewals, transfers, notices etc.
  • Preparation of the Payroll and administration of staff benefits that include gratuity, leave, medical insurance, group personal accident insurance and other allowances.
  • Lead periodic pay and benefits review and support the HR Manager in the design, development and establishment of appropriate employee recognition schemes.
  • Support in regular salary and benefits surveys by updating Birches/ PWC annual questionaries.
  • Ensure an up to date accurate record management system is in place and that staff payroll files (both electronic and physical) are updated in compliance with IRC’s audit check-list.
  • Ensure IRCK reporting includes monthly and quarterly reports on Diversity, Global Matrix, HR Strategy/ Annual Business Plan implementation etc.
  • Take lead in performance of the Nairobi based HR Officer/Assistant by ensuring they have significant objectives, provide of both administrative and technical support, on-the-job training, coaching, mentoring, sharing standard methodologies/business processes and ensuring they are regularly updated with new initiatives, policies and procedures.
  • Handle IRCK relationship with the IRCK Legal Advisor and stay abreast and disseminate impacts of new Labour laws to the Country Programme in relation to taxation, minimum wage and other staff benefits.
  • Responsible for the management of Workday employee record system that includes capacity building employees and its entire management and reporting.
  • Support development of IRCK’s HR strategy, annual business plans, policies and procedures.
  • Implement audit recommendations in areas of responsibility and support the overall HR Risk Management efforts. Cover for the supervisor whenever required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum Educational level required: BSc in Business Administration or Human Resources Management.
  • Diploma in Human Resources.
  • Experience: 4 years of experience in Benefits and Compensation and contract management.
  • Certified Human Resource Professional and Member of Institute of Human Resource Management.
  • Qualification/hands-on experience in development and administration of reward systems.

Behavioral Proficiencies Required:

  • Emotional maturity and upholds confidentiality.
  • Have interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
  • Have a sense of organization and being proactive.
  • Proficiency in digital literacy.

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Work environment: Office-based with travel to the field.

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