Job Vacancies International Rescue Committee
Position: Technical Advisor – Care for Women Survivors
Location: United States of America ( The )
Closing Date: Monday, 20 August 2012
The IRC and its implementing partners provide clinical services to survivors of sexual assault among populations affected by conflict or natural disaster in 22 countries. In order to provide quality services to survivors of sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV), health care providers must have the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver competent and compassionate care. They also need be equipped to treat physical injuries, prevent unintended pregnancy, prevent sexually-transmitted infections and HIV, and provide psychological support. Good quality care can also engender community confidence in seeking help in the event of an assault. As part of IRC’s efforts to improve clinical care for sexual assault survivors, the IRC developed the Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS) DVD, a multimedia training tool using actors, case studies and interviews that reflect the settings and beneficiaries where IRC works. The IRC and partner agencies have conducted trainings as part of an organizational effort to improve the quality of care for sexual assault survivors in a range of humanitarian settings.
On-going collaboration between the Health and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) units of the IRC: The IRC is one of the few humanitarian organizations that maintain an independent WPE Technical Unit. The unit ensures that IRC’s programs adhere to the principles of best practice in the field of GBV. Today, the IRC manages GBV programs in 17 countries across Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Africa, and actively forges linkages and relationships with other practitioners and institutions. The IRC’s health unit, comprised of technical professionals in a variety of sectors and sub-sectors, promotes quality, effectiveness and sustainability of IRC’s health programs worldwide, facilitates the professional development of health program staff, and contributes to the improvement of humanitarian practice globally. Health programs represent the largest single sector within which IRC operates, constituting approximately 45 % of the international budget with activities in over 20 country programs. The collaboration between these units target the provision good-quality, compassionate and confidential clinical care to survivors of sexual violence, with the health unit providing technical assistance to establishing and maintaining such care in health facilities supported by the IRC and our partners. In ensuring that health staff has the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver competent and compassionate care, the IRC uses trainings on the CCSAS training tool. The Health and the WPE units are committed to conducting such trainings in all countries where IRC has programs and to catering to all such training needs in those countries. In addition, the WPE and Health units are exploring additional health interventions to target prevention and treatment of other forms of violence common to women, including intimate partner violence.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Care for Women Survivors Technical Advisor would be based in New York as a member of the Health Unit and work closely with the WPE unit and country programs. The person would report to the Senior Technical Adviser for reproductive health. Principal duties and responsibilities:
Identify and support country programs in need of technical support in providing quality, compassionate and confidential clinical care to survivors of sexual violence, in collaboration with the WPE unit.
Collaborate with the health and GBV coordinators/managers in the selected countries and the technical units to plan technical support visits to the countries
Conduct training for trainers using the CCSAS multimedia training tool and make plans for those trained to conduct trainings within the country in a manner that covers the training needs of the country program
Conduct technical visits to IRC supported health facilities that provide clinical care to survivors of sexual assault within the countries to ensure the quality of care and provide supportive supervision
Prepare semi-annual work plans to provide such support in collaboration with the WPE unit and the country programs
In collaboration with the WPE unit, identify additional priority health interventions for survivors of GBV.
Proactively engage the health and WPE technical units on exploring violence prevention and response interventions across the health unit’s initiatives that focus on related issues.
Be the focal point for gender related issues within the health unit and provide direction to the Health Unit’s initiatives that focus on related issues. Act as the principal liaison between the Health and the WPE units at HQ level
Represent the IRC’s health unit at events and forums relevant to prevention and response of violence against women.
A MD, Nurse or Midwife
Technical expertise in providing clinical care for sexual assault survivors in resource poor settings in Africa
3-5 yrs experience in positions providing such care in health facilities in resource poor settings
Demonstrable experience in conducting gender-based violence and/or clinical trainings in resource poor settings
Familiarity preferred with the CCSAS training tool and the WHO/UNFPA protocols for the provision of clinical care for victims of sexual violence
Fluency in English and spoken French ability is a must. Good written French and Arabic is a strong plus.
Excellent communication skills; The ability to deliver presentations to professional, lay and donor audiences
Proven writing and editing skills, including the ability to effectively write and edit grant proposals and reports;
Effective people and program management skills: the ability to train, lead and manage staff productively under stressful circumstances
Flexible work attitude: Be flexible and yet focused & reliable in responding to countries’ technical assistance needs and other job related demands
Availability and willingness to travel 40-50 % of the time to regional and international locations
How to apply:
Please apply via: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA2/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=8226
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