United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Requisition ID: req37170
Job Title: WPE Case Worker
Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Misrata, Libya
Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict reconstruction support to people affected by natural disaster, oppression, and violent conflict in more than 40 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation, and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women’s empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, the IRC assists people from harm to home. The IRC launched an emergency health response in Libya in September 2016 as the humanitarian situation in the country was deteriorating following the 2014 civil war. Since then, the IRC has broadened its portfolio with health, protection, and governance programs aiming to employ a holistic approach to meeting the needs of crisis affected and vulnerable communities to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures. The IRC has been working to expand its multi-sectoral reach in areas of critical need in Libya and in these efforts houses a Grants & Partnerships Unit (GPU) to support the design of, fundraising for, and management of quality, responsive programming with ambitious goals for work in partnership with local actors.
The scope of IRC Libya’s protection and empowerment programming includes Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE, which includes gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response), child protection (CP), and Protection Rule of Law (PRoL, or broader humanitarian protection) for conflict-affected and other vulnerable women, girls, men, and boys. In the design and development of responsive, client-centered protection programming, the IRC works both directly and in partnership with local actors promoting women’s social and, increasingly, economic empowerment and an improved protection environment for conflict-affected and vulnerable women, girls, men, and boys. Through this work, the IRC has raised awareness among communities, provided training for service providers, and established spaces for a range of psychosocial support activities and access to case management for women, adolescent girls, and children in and around Tripoli and Misrata. The IRC aims to build on that foundation with additional, targeted support to local capacities and community-based mechanisms.
Job Overview/Summary: IRC Libya is seeking a Case Worker for an anticipated project that will build on prior project achievements toward increasing access to prevention and response services and an improved protection environment for women and girls. Under the supervision of the WPE officer the Case Worker will work as part of WPE Team and will be responsible for providing direct case management and psychosocial services, including group-based psychosocial activities through WGSS service delivery units to displaced women and girls and survivors of GBV, as part of IRC’s emergency response plan in Misrata (Misrata City). This position is contingent upon funding.
Major Responsibilities: The Case Worker shall:
- Provide age-appropriate case management to survivors of GBV, including assessment of client needs; basic crisis counseling; supporting clients in developing a plan to address their individual needs and safely implementing this plan; support to clients in pursuing services from other service providers as per clients’ wishes
- Ensure that information collected from the survivor is secured and kept confidential through GBVIMS Primero and referrals.
- Provide services to adolescent girl survivors of GBV, including case management, age appropriate engagement and decision-making by survivors, Do No Harm analysis, and safety planning
· Provide group psychosocial support to women and girls; facilitate sessions focused on building awareness of different themes related to their wellbeing, safety planning, and deliver key messages on GBV
· Provide essential information on available services and support survivors in navigating the referral pathways and accessing services
· Participate in facilitating the Girl Shine Curriculum, the Arab Women Speak Out Curriculum, Women Rise and another behavior change strategies that the IRC WPE team may adopt for its programming.
· Lead age-appropriate and specialized group emotional services for adolescent girls through identified or established safe spaces.
· Carry out community outreach and awareness raising on available services and key messages on GBV
· Identify concerns related to and support adherence to GBV referral protocols and GBV guiding principles, and bring these concerns to the WPE Senior Officer.
· Develop and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders including community leaders and other humanitarian partners and service providers.
· Document all program and client activity in an accurate and timely manner using standardized tools and forms
· Complete weekly and monthly activity reports, according to guidance provided by the WPE Officer Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to ensure successful implementation of WPE emergency response plan.
KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: The Case Worker will directly report to the Senior WPE Officer
· Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Gender Studies, etc.) and at least 1 year of relevant experience
· Experience in counseling, social work, women’s health, or other related field
· Clear understanding of and interest in the wellbeing of women and girls, and supporting their healing after the experience of violence
· Understanding of case management, psychosocial support and life skills programming to promote survivor healing and recovery
· Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients
· Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting
· Strong ability to maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, and work in a difficult environment
· Strong interpersonal skills (team work, listening, good communication and good listening)
· Ability to work as team
· Good English and Arabic language (Written and Spoken)
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