Job Title: WPE Community Engagement Officer
Sector: Women Protection and Empowerment
Location: Athens, Greece, with frequent in- country travel
Type of Contract: Fixed- Term
Type of Employment: Part Time
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 42 countries worldwide. We address both the immediate, lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post conflict societies. IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.
IRC Hellas seeks to restore the dignity of refugees and to enhance their physical and psychological safety through the provision of tailored and targeted response services. At the core of our approach is the IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) programming in Greece. After delivering direct WPE services from 2015 to 2017 in camps across Greece, in 2018, the IRC focused on building the capacity of government institutions, municipalities and local organisations, by delivering interdisciplinary Gender –Based Violence (GBV) trainings that focused on case management and enhancing coordination among service providers.
In September 2018, the launch of the SURVIVOR project for engaging services for refugee and migrant women survivors of GBV, brought together key state institutions, namely the General Secretariat for Family Policy and Gender Equality and ‘KETHI’ (National Research Centre for Gender Equality) with the civil society actors CRWI Diotima and IRC, Hellas to implement a joint project, They were joined by EU consortium partners in Bulgaria, in France, Italy and Germany aimed at enhancing the quality of and access to services for refugee and migrant GBV survivors in Greece and at strengthening GBV programming through transnational dialogue and sharing of GBV best practices, resources and tools in Greece and Europe.
Under the guidance and supervision of IRC’s Gender –Based Violence Specialist, the WPE Community Engagement Officer will coordinate with other protection actors’ staff, GBV sub -working groups, women and girls’ centers and associations and ensure that female members from the refugee and migrant communities in urban settings are identified and empowered in order to be able to represent their communities and support survivors of GBV. Finally, the WPE Community Engagement Officer will ensure proper documentation of each of the activities.
This position reports to: Gender-Based Violence Specialist
Coordination & Representation:
Travel and other requirements: This position is based in Athens, Greece with frequent visits in Northern Greece or in other areas of operation.
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 or disability.
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