Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global leader in providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, post conflict development, human rights protection, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and others uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is committed to restoring hope, freedom, dignity, and self-reliance. 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 is one of the first humanitarian organizations to bring together specific disciplines involved in violence prevention and response (VPR) in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and still specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. Over the past 18 years, IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field.
Engaging men has become a routine element in efforts around the globe to reduce and prevent men’s violence against women and girls (VAWG). These interventions have been motivated by a desire to address the role of men in violence perpetration, and recognition that masculinity and gender-related social norms are implicated in VAWG. Interventions have sought to change the way men perceive and understand themselves as men (i.e. their gender identities) and consequent gendered practices, including the use of violence, sexual practices, and other behavior towards women (Jewkes, R., Flood, M. and Lang, J., 2014). Although much work has been done in the field of male engagement, a key criticism raised to date on these processes is the failure of men who are involved therein to honor the voices of the women affected by violence perpetration. IRC’s Preventing Violence against Women & Girls: Engaging Men through Accountable Practice (EMAP) program is the first of its kind to include explicit accountability measures to women and girls affected by violence. EMAP is an innovative 10-month primary prevention model and resource package for engaging men in transformative individual behavior change in post-conflict contexts, it has been implemented in over ten countries over the last five years and undergone an impact evaluation. Based upon both research and program learning, IRC has received funding to advance the EMAP model into an EMAP PLUS approach. Over the next three years, IRC will refine its EMAP approach based on country learning and build it out further with both a component for boys and a behavior change communication (BCC) element, to be determined.
The EMAP Specialist will lead the technical refinement and further design of the enhanced program model, develop resources to support the piloting of the program model in two country programs, support in-country programming and work with monitoring and evaluation and technology and innovation colleagues on both data collection and the behavior change communication aspects of the project. The Specialist will also work closely with a technical team within the Violence Prevention and Response Unit on the design of the program model and development of resources.
Program model and resource refinement and development
• Make adaptations to the program model’s Theory of Change, curriculum, and resources based on the research and program learning from country programs.
• Further develop and build out a component of the EMAP program for boys building from learning and experience in Liberia, including a curriculum and supporting resource package.
• Work with monitoring and evaluation colleagues to support refinement and further development (as needed) of M&E tools and the EMAP PLUS model.
• Work with Technology and Innovation colleagues to develop the behavior change communication component of the program.
• Coordinate with country-facing and country program staff to assure the EMAP PLUS model is contextually-relevant, appropriate, and in alignment with the women’s protection and empowerment guidelines and ways of working.
• Oversee the finalization of resources developed through the project.
Support to Implementation in countries affected by displacement: Training and Capacity Sharing
• Support piloting processes for IRC staff in the two countries testing the EMAP PLUS model.
• Lead training for IRC staff and external colleagues on the Engaging Men in Accountable Practice PLUS program.
• In collaboration with country support Technical Advisors, provide technical support to IRC staff in in countries piloting the EMAP PLUS model.
• Assist the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Technical Advisor with the monitoring and evaluation approach of the program model in pilot countries.
• Refine the program model based on feedback from IRC country programs.
• Lead dissemination and learning events to share the final EMAP PLUS program model and learning with the humanitarian community.
• Organize and facilitate meetings with the project team.
• Write donor progress reports and manage donor budgets.
• Assure implementation is in alignment with project work plan.
• Represent IRC in coordination efforts and external fora focused on EMAP and GBV primary prevention.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Primary Prevention Advisor, Technical Innovation and Emergency Response Team, Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit
Position directly supervises:
Position works closely with the VPRU project team comprised of Technical Advisors, a Grants Manager, the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Advisor, Information Management and Innovation Advisor
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, public health or other related field, Master’s preferred
• 3-6 years’ experience working in the field of GBV humanitarian response, including deep knowledge of GBV primary prevention approaches.
• Demonstrated experience with designing new programs that draw on research and existing resources and standards of practice within the GBV field.
• Demonstrated ability to lead program design processes, create guidelines and training materials, with direct training and facilitation experience.
• Demonstrated ability to coordinate and engage in monitoring and evaluation methodologies.
• Demonstrated ability to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative data.
• Excellent oral and written communication, including proven success communicating in challenging and cross-cultural contexts.
• Proficiency in Spanish or French is strongly preferred.
• IRC strongly encourages applications from persons based in the Global South and/or black, indigenous and colleagues of color
•Position may be based in any place where the IRC has an office.
Working Environment: Standard Office work environment or home-based. 25% travel
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional 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, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.