Community Wellbeing Initiative (CWI) Prevention Officer – International Rescue Committee – IRC

Development and Project Management, Community Service

International Rescue Committee – IRC

The International Rescue Committee is a nonprofit organization that responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.  

The IRC will put in place high-impact, cost-effective solutions that help people affected by crisis. We'll also use our learning and experience to shape humanitarian policy and practice in ways that improve the lives of more people worldwide. And in all of our work we will focus on breaking down each of the barriers faced by women and girls


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing integrated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recover of livelihood of disaster-affected population’s through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions and emergency response.

Job Overview:

The Prevention Officer will be primarily responsible for supporting all aspects of Prevention Activities in Melkadida Field Office. In addition, the GBV Prevention Officer will supervise all prevention-related activities in the Bur Amino refugee camp. This includes developing and conducting trainings and workshops for IRC GBV staff, other IRC staff, partner organizations and community members on a variety of issues related to gender, violence against women, and power abuse. The GBV Prevention Officer will also supervise GBV Community Workers and/or Community Activists to raise awareness in the community through mass awareness activities, weekly awareness activities in the community, schools, and other targeted areas. The Prevention Officer will ensure prevention activities are consistently in-line with the needs of the community and will utilize updated methodologies.     

Key Responsibility

  • Facilitate trainings and workshops on gender and GBV related issues for health care providers, GBV Staff, education providers, UNHCR, local authorities, women’s groups, refugee community leaders, religious leaders, youth groups, NGO workers and any other identified groups, CWI community workers and SASA! Community activists
  • Support the GBV Response Officer in training partner staff and community members on response related topics.
  • Prepare materials and logistics for trainings and workshops.
  • Develop IEC and BCC materials, in collaboration with GBV team, ensuring messages are appropriate for the community and tested before dissemination.
  • Collaborate with GBV Response Officer to ensure ongoing needs of women and girls are met in awareness raising activities.
  • In collaboration with Response Officer and key partner staff and community members, organize and conduct mass awareness events.
  • Develop strategy, design exercises, and conduct mentoring exercises for community leaders
  • Monitor progress of training strategy and adapt changes where needed.
  • Prepare and submit weekly, monthly and 3-month work plans in a timely manner and incorporate manager feedback.
  • Compile monthly report and submit to CWI Manager, in collaboration with GBV Response Officer, by the 28th of every month.
  • Develop and review activity and spending plans for new grants.
  • Deal with human resource issues as needed: hire community workers, conduct performance evaluations, and terminate staff as needed.
  • Estimate quarterly program purchase requests and monthly cash projections according to the field requirements and submit requests on time
  • Ensure that all relevant financial documentation is accurately completed and submitted to finance in a timely manner as required by IRC finance policy.
  • Monitor budget through documenting and following up on purchase request and reviewing the BvA each month to closely track spending on program lines.
  • Communicate program progress, constraints, needs identified and any other matters pertaining to the operations of the program to the CWI Manager and Field Manager.
  • Liaise closely with other IRC sectors, partners and community members to assess additional trainings that would benefit women and girls in the community, in consultation with the GBV Manager.
  • Maintain positive coordination and relationships with partner and other IRC sector staff.
  • Foster a team spirit among CWI staff and work in smooth partnership with GBV Response Officer.

Any other task designated by the CWI Manager/Field Manager to ensure proper functioning of the CWI 

  • BA/BSc degree in Social Work, Public Health, Psychology, or Women’s Studies, social science studies or related field preferred.
  • Proven experience in designing and facilitating trainings for different audiences such as trained professionals, community members – men, women, youth, elders, literate and illiterate.
  • Experience in participatory techniques and community mobilization.
  • Prefer experience in training on counseling techniques (specifically VCT or other comparable types of counseling).
  • Clear understanding of gender, power abuse, and issues surrounding violence against women.
  • Ability to lead, train, mentor, facilitate and motivate other GBV field workers in their respective tasks in a professional, respectful, and supportive manner.  
  • 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.
  • Fluency in Somali required.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team essential.
  • Ability to communicate well in English as well as write clear and concise reports in English.


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