Community Wellbeing Initiative Coordinator

Business and Administration, Business Development, Research and Development
Location:  Addis Ababa
Career Level:  Managerial Level (Manager, Supervisor, Director)
Employment Type:  Full time

Job Description

The IRC established operations in 2000 and is currently working in seven regions across the country implementing projects in Environmental Health/Water Sanitation and Hygiene (EH/WASH), Early Recovery and Development, Child Protection and Education, Health, Emergency Rapid Response and Community Wellbeing Initiative.
The IRC is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual for the position of Community Wellbeing Initiative (CWI) Coordinator. IRC Ethiopia’s CWI provides quality case management and psychosocial support services for GBV survivors and works with and supports community members and structures to build capacity to respond to and prevent incidents of GBV. The services include: assessment and contextual analyses, counselling, support, referrals, and enhancing local capacities through awareness-raising, training, and coordination. The IRC CWI also implements programming for adolescent girls to increase their assets and resilience in order to more fully participate in refugee and local community contexts.
The IRC CWI Coordinator is responsible for overall implementation and management of CWI programming. The CWI Coordinator supports IRC CWI teams in GBV prevention and response, women’s asset building and community engagement, and social networking programming in refugee camps in four field sites across the country (currently Assosa, Shire, Jijiga and Melkedida) and in emergency & local community contexts in Oromia, Somali, Tigray and Benshangul Gumuz regions. The CWI Coordinator is responsible for regular technical oversight, guidance, and monitoring, both on-site and through continuous remote support, to ensure that all program interventions are context-specific, technically sound and appropriate in meeting the needs of target beneficiaries. This position reports to the Deputy Director for Programs (DDP) and requires regular travel to the field.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • In consultation with and with support from the DDP and Women Protection and Empowerment Technical Advisors (TA), oversee CWI staff in the quality of design, management, and monitoring and evaluation of CWI programming in Ethiopia.
  • Ensure quality GBV response programming and ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for GBV analysis, planning, and evaluation.
  • Work with the Program Grants and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) Units in support of funding proposal development and monitoring tool development, ensuring technical inputs are received from the CWI team in a quality and timely manner.
  • Assist in developing and managing program budgets in line with program priorities and intervention contexts and ensure an appropriate, timely, and efficient use and tracking of resources, ensuring compliance with donor and internal requirements.
  • Participate in IRC multi-sectoral planning and program design initiatives, providing guidance and technical support to sector-specific design and implementation to maximize safety of, and reduce risks to, women and girls.
  • Ensure strategic and technical partnerships with other organizations are sufficiently and effectively developed and supported.
  • Liaise, coordinate, and work closely with IRC operational staff (i.e. HR, Supply Chain and Finance) to ensure timely and effective program planning and implementation, and to jointly address issues affecting program delivery as they arise.
  • Ensure the IRC Global Strategy including Outcome Evidence Framework, Indicator Selection Tool and Good and Great standards as well as other tools/strategies are integrated in the design, implementation and monitoring of CWI projects.
  • Oversee coordination through the GBV/Child Protection sub-clusters in refugee contexts (with UNHCR and GoE), and in emergency response settings (with UNICEF and UNFPA).
  • Represent the IRC’s CWI program in Ethiopia through meetings with external stakeholders such as the government, visitors, and donors, as requested or required.
  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Addis Ababa, including the Government of Ethiopia (GoE), UNHCR and other UN agencies, international and local NGOs, donors, and other relevant actors.
Strategic Planning
  • Contribute in the strategic action planning process by undertaking sectoral context analyses.
  • Provide cohesive leadership to CWI programming in Ethiopia, ensuring that priorities and opportunities identified are in line with IRC Ethiopia’s strategic plan and goals.
Management and Staff Development
  • Support the development of sound performance objectives among CWI staff, and provide regular feedback on staff progress toward realizing those objectives.
  •  Identify and support ways to address staff capacity building needs.
  • Mentor CWI staff through regular feedback; create, facilitate, and support opportunities for practicing and applying skills, and oversee and contribute to their performance reviews as required.
  • At the request of the DDP/SMT take responsibility for miscellaneous tasks or projects not falling under responsibilities underlined in this job description.


Job Requirements

  •  Masters degree in health (MPH), social sciences, humanities or other related field with a minimum of 5 years of overseas experience, including 3 years management experience in GBV programming.
  • At least 2 years of experience in direct service provision for GBV survivors, preferred.
  • Previous experience supervising and managing diverse, multi-disciplinary teams in a cross-cultural setting, including providing direct and remote technical support.
  • Substantial experience in project management in conflict or post-conflict situations, preferably in emergency contexts.
  • Experience in grant management and proposal writing.
  • Excellent written and oral English skills are mandatory.
  • Demonstrated leadership and facilitation skills, with strong coordination, diplomacy and networking skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff capacity building and mentoring.

How to Apply

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the below IRC Online recruitment website:


Please include 3 references from current and former employers.

Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.

Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short-listed and contacted.

IRC is an equal employment 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 or disability.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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  • Date of application
  • Summary of  your qualifications and experience
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IRC is an equal employment 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 or disability.

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