Community Mobilization Assistant (Maiduguri) at the International Rescue Committee (IRC)


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 people affected by 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Community Mobilization Assistant


Requisition ID: req4969
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Part-Time
Open to Expatriates: No

Job Overview/Summary
  • The WPE Community Mobilization Assistant will be focal in the awareness raising component of IRC WPE programming.
  • This component aims to facilitate a change in attitudes and behaviors that condone and perpetuate Gender-Based Violence: this involves encouraging men and women to reflectively examine gender roles and inequalities in order to support a safer environment for women and girls, and to facilitate gender-inclusive development in the community. 
  • S/he will work with communities to develop and implement plans to improve the safety and security for women and girls in the community.
  • S/he will collaborate and coordinate with other partners to facilitate an effective multi-sectoral approach to addressing protection concerns, that basically affect women and girls
Major Responsibilities
Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy

Outreach, information dissemination and community mobilization:
  • Design and participate in awareness raising activities aimed at promoting changes in attitudes and behaviors regarding gender, gender equality and GBV.
  • Identify strategies to promote active community participation in prevention and response interventions designed to address GBV.
  • Play a lead role in the formation of community groups for response and prevention activities.
  • Lead on formation of community structures
  • Work with the WPE Trainer, Comprehensive Women Center, Case Worker to facilitate Trainings and sensitizations to community groups, local partners and Community Based Organizations   on GBV issues.
  • Promote the involvement of men and youth in GBV activities.
  • Utilize participatory methodology and adult education techniques to assist communities in developing community-driven prevention and response plans.
  • Mobilize community to form ‘action groups’ for awareness raising and encourage greater self-reliance among women in the communities.
  • Identify advocacy concerns, Initiate and coordinate advocacy actions
  • In collaboration with case worker ensure that women are engaged in psychosocial activities at the comprehensive women’s centers.
  • Plan and Implement SASA activities in the community
Planning, Collaboration and Coordination:
  • In collaboration with WPE Case Worker and Trainer, Women action groups and Youth Groups, identify training needs of community members and carryout trainings in a consistent and appropriate manner.
  • Plan and implement safety audit activity  
  • Liaise with community leaders, government agencies, IRC sectors, Partners to organize training and capacity building activities.
  • Promote women’s active participation in the leadership and decision-making of the community.
  • In collaboration with   Comprehensive Women Center (CWC) Officer, Senior Case Worker and community members conduct safety audits in the camps to identify potential security risks areas and develop strategies to address them.
Reporting and Monitoring:
  • Compile and summarize weekly statistics to the Officers for monitoring purpose.
  • Submit weekly narrative reports to the officers in a timely manner.
  • Communicate all obstacles/Problems to supervisors and WPE Program Manager for further action.
  • Support on monitoring of EASE activities and community structures
  • Follow-up on psycho-social support activities and ensure that these activities are conducted appropriately and meet the needs of purpose for which they are intended.
  • Follow-up on trainings/sensitizations/meetings   conducted to ensure implementation of plans
Financial:
  • In collaboration with other WPE Staff submit monthly activity cash projections for prevention activities in a timely Manner to program manager.
  • Ensure that all liquidations are done in a timely manner with relevant supporting   documentations.
Other Duties and Responsibilities
  • Support  mentorship and trainings to IRC and other NGOs  outreach workers/volunteers to improve their skills and capacity to support and refer survivors to services and adhere to guiding principles
  • Assess gaps on how the referral pathway is functioning through direct follow ups with service providers and make suggestions for improvement to the supervisor.
  • Maintain positive coordination and relationships with partner and other IRC sector staff.
  • Ensure supplies/resources for counseling spaces, women centers and other program activities are requested on a timely manner and are efficiently utilized.
  • Adherence to the IRC code of conduct (IRC WAY) that ensures transparency, services and accountability to beneficiaries and reports any abuse of beneficiaries by other IRC staff, including sexual exploitation and abuse in accordance with the IRC reporting procedures.
  • Track  and keep information and records of psychosocial activities  taking place at the centers to strengthen monitoring of program achievements
  • Perform  any other duties as required by the supervisor from time to time
  • Adherence to the IRC Security Policy.
Key Working Relationships:
  • Position Reports to:  Community Engagement Officer
  • Indirect/Technical Reporting:
  • Position directly Supervises: Community volunteers
  • Key Internal Contacts: Other sector staff
Key External Contacts: Community members, school teachers and other NGOs staff

Qualifications
  • Minimum of NCE certificate in Community Development or related field preferred. University degree in similar fields would be an added advantage
Work Experience:
  • Community outreach and mobilization experience, including experience working with women, girls as well as community stockholders is preferred
Demonstrated Technical Skills:
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients at all times is essential.
  • Excellent listening  and observation skills, including ability to create trust, support, respect and interact with survivors of all ages, background and diversity
  • Demonstrated commitment to women’s empowerment and protection through  current/ previous  volunteer work in women’s group, girls  clubs  or other relevant experience is an added advantage
  • Ability to facilitate trainings and sessions, including group support activities with women and girls.
  • Ability to keep records and write simple and basic reports of activities would be an added advantage.
Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:
  • Ability to work as a member of a team essential
  • Positive and professional attitude, able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work under pressure, work overtime when necessary and be able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
Languages:
  • Ability to communicate in English, Hausa and or local dialects spoken in the location
Computer/Other Tech Requirements:
  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint, is an advantage 
Ability to Travel:
  • 5% of time if applicable
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.
Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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