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Background

The Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative (RSRI), co-hosted by the Women’s Refugee Commission and RefugePoint, is a joint effort by a coalition of organizations, government agencies, foundations, research institutes, and other partners focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant and achieve a better quality of life. The aim of this initiative is to reach 5 million refugees with self-reliance programming in five years, and ultimately help usher in a needed paradigm shift in refugee response. The coalition is building three mutually reinforcing strategies to achieve its goals—programming, measurement, and advocacy—with the aim of building an evidence base for effective programming and promoting successful refugee self-reliance strategies among key decision-makers and responders.

With Covid-19, the global landscape has evolved further, with refugee self-reliance and resilience more important than ever. The RSRI has an excellent opportunity to build on existing frameworks such as the Global Compact on Refugees and Sustainable Development Goals to support global leaders to achieve the goals set out in country level Comprehensive Refugee Response Frameworks and Global Refugee Forum pledges to fund, implement, and enable refugee self-reliance.

About the Project

Many RSRI partners initially came together as a Community of Practice to share measurement tools related to self-reliance. It was quickly discovered that while many partners expressed the need for such tools, very few existed. This inspired the co-creation of the Self-Reliance Index (SRI). The SRI was created to track refugee household progress toward self-reliance. It supports practitioners in designing and providing effective services and can be used to target populations for assistance, highlight service gaps, and inform funding priorities. The SRI can help fill the evidence gap around which service models are most effective; in turn, this knowledge can be used to influence policymakers, funders, and responders.

The SRI’s official launch began in mid-2019, when organizations serving refugees began using the tool to track clients’ self-reliance and evaluate programs. The RSRI has committed to supporting partner organizations in their use of the SRI by providing basic analysis of their SRI data and sharing any programmatic or policy insights that may emerge from the analysis. Additionally, the RSRI has outlined several key learning objectives for SRI data collected through 2022; these learning objectives and the organizational commitments described above will be carried out by the RSRI team with a new technical team directly focused on partner support in implementing the SRI.

Position Description

This consultant position will be part of the Self-Reliance Index (SRI) technical team, along with the SRI trainer in support of organizational partners in humanitarian and development settings. The consultant will provide critical support to SRI implementing partners. The consultant will provide SRI data analysis, communication, and visualization from multiple SRI sites to support the learning agenda of SRI users.

Responsibilities

  • Analyze data from the SRI. Provide ongoing feedback to partners through calls, shared data platforms, and Tableau (or similar tool).
  • Evidence mapping, maintain databases, and translate technical papers and visualizations into actionable briefs for practitioners and funders.
  • Contribute to the RSRI, collate overall SRI user data for RSRI communications, and coordinate all SRI technical support with the SRI trainer role.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge of quantitative data collection and analysis methods, techniques, and procedures.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Fluency in Arabic and/or Spanish or French.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel; Proficiency in Stata.
  • Proficiency in data visualization platforms such as Tableau.
  • Proficiency in English required. Proficiency in either Spanish, Arabic, or French required.
  • Excellent organizational practices and attention to detail.
  • Flexibility (hours may vary by week).
  • The ability to take direction and work independently and with multiple project teams, as well as taking initiative within areas of personal responsibility.
  • Experience in humanitarian settings a plus.

Refugee and global South professionals are encouraged to apply. The RSRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, ability/disability, or gender identity.

Reports to: Kellie Leeson — RSRI Senior Advisor
Location: Remote based
Level of effort: Ongoing
Time frame: 30-day period, beginning late July to September 15th
Compensation: $300/day

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Refugee Self-Reliance Initiative (RSRI), co-hosted by the Women’s Refugee Commission and RefugePoint, is a joint effort by a coalition of organizations, government agencies, foundations, research institutes, and other partners focused on promoting opportunities for refugees to become self-reliant and achieve a better quality of life. The aim of this initiative is to reach 5 million refugees with self-reliance programming in five years, and ultimately help usher in a needed paradigm shift in refugee response. The coalition is building three mutually reinforcing strategies to achieve its goals—programming, measurement, and advocacy—with the aim of building an evidence base for effective programming and promoting successful refugee self-reliance strategies among key decision-makers and responders.

The RSRI serves as a global convening and learning space for partners interested in promoting refugee self-reliance. Starting with the measurement pillar, the RSRI collaboratively developed the Self-Reliance Index (SRI), an open source global tool created to measure a refugee household’s journey toward self-reliance over time. Use of the SRI is expected to feed into the programming and advocacy pillars by helping to build an evidence base for enhancing refugee self-reliance opportunities and environments.

With Covid-19, the global landscape has evolved further, with refugee self-reliance and resilience more important than ever. The RSRI has an excellent opportunity to build on existing frameworks such as the Global Compact on Refugees and Sustainable Development Goals to support global leaders to achieve the goals set out in country level Comprehensive Refugee Response Frameworks and Global Refugee Forum pledges to fund, implement and enable refugee self-reliance.

The RSRI Developing Humanitarian Leaders Fellowship provides an opportunity for the leaders of tomorrow to learn about the humanitarian field and global refugee response programs as they contribute to the development and evolution of the field. This Fellowship will concentrate on advocacy, communications, and policy toward the achievement of the Global Compact on Refugees.

Key Responsibilities

    1. Expand the RSRI self-reliance policy platform
      • Research and identify information needed to populate the self-reliance policy platform; integrate feedback, input into platform.
      • Coordinate with the RefugePoint web design team for platform development.
      • Recommend opportunities to share and highlight the work of the platform through SM, and associated networks.
    2. Advocacy and Communications support
      • Collaborate with RSRI team and partner organizations to prepare self-reliance focused agenda ahead of the December 2021 High-Level Meeting, including global and diverse civil society perspectives.
      • Work with RSRI and WRC/RP communications teams to collect and develop communications materials (e.g., media stories, photographs, video footage for reports and social media).
    3. Administrative support
      • Contribute to upgrading standard external-facing documents/decks.
      • RSRI team support as needed.
    4. Fellowship project
      • Identify and research RSRI gaps or opportunity to further enhance refugee self-reliance.

Education & Skills

  • Degree from an accredited university in education, public policy, or related field.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; strong attention to detail.
  • Solid diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with a variety of internal and external contacts.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while paying attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of common software (MS Office) and graphic design skills, including ability to create aesthetically pleasing and engaging materials for a wide audience. Experience with Tableau a plus.
  • Languages: Fluency in English is required; preferred working knowledge of French, Arabic, or Spanish.
  • Experience in program areas such as self-reliance, disabilities, adolescent programming and livelihoods/cash a plus.

People who have experienced displacement are encouraged to apply. The RSRI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, marital status, sexual orientation, ability/disability, or gender identity.

Reports to: Project Manager
Location: Remote based
Level of effort: Ongoing
Time frame: 50% of time/effort over a period of six (6) months
Compensation: $20/hour

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and youth. As an advocacy and research organization, WRC is dedicated to bringing about systemic changes that lead to greater respect for the rights of uprooted women, children, and youth. The organization strives to effect policy and programmatic change with broad, worldwide impact.

The Chief Philanthropy Officer is responsible for the overall management of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Development department, which raises funds to sustain its annual $10 million operating budget. The candidate will build on a strong revenue base of private foundations and governments, while substantially increasing support from individuals. They will be accountable for fundraising results; supervising and strengthening the 4-person development team; and working with senior management and board members to increase revenues. This position will report to the Executive Director.

Specific Responsibilities of the Chief Philanthropy Officer

  • Provide vision and leadership for the organization’s fundraising strategy and implementation.
  • Plan and grow a major gifts program to increase unrestricted giving from high-net-worth individuals, including sophisticated prospect research, identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship strategies; maintain strong relationships with donors.
  • Oversee institutional, government, and corporate and foundation initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, senior management team, and Board of Directors to design and implement a strategic development plan that aligns with the overall mission of WRC.
  • Create annual fundraising plans and execute them to ensure that fundraising goals are set and met/exceeded.
  • Work closely with program staff to understand and shape development needs and opportunities, advocate for development initiatives with other departments.
  • Closely mentor staff and support the team to ensure professional development and expansion of roles.
  • Oversee the development and submission of all timely and accurate funding requests and reports to donors.
  • Oversee prospect research and donor cultivation strategies to sustain and increase annual revenues from foundations, governments, and corporations.
  • Maintain and enhance development operations and systems as needed; set and track metrics to ensure that Development is on pace with goals; make adjustments based on metrics and return on investment.
  • Oversee the sustainability and growth of the donor base through creative new campaigns and initiatives, including execution of the Lantern Tour concert series and creation of a strategic major donor program.
  • Create customized engagement opportunities; build events to reach new audiences; map out follow-up on event engagement.
  • Create and implement strategy for donor partnerships, particularly sponsorship for the annual luncheon.
  • In partnership with the Communications department, oversee the Women’s Refugee Commission’s annual luncheon.
  • Represent the institution as part of the senior leadership team.
  • Manage Board cultivation strategies to increase the fundraising participation of the leadership; serve as Development department liaison to the External Relations Committee of the WRC’s Board of Directors.
  • Supervise the Development team to its greatest potential and ensure high productivity and efficiency of development  operations.

Ideal Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Advanced degree preferred.
  • 12 years fundraising and senior management experience, including setting strategic direction for and supervising a development team.
  • Demonstrated success in all key aspects of fundraising, with an emphasis on major and individual gifts, and a familiarity with foundation relations and corporate fundraising.
  • Demonstrated strategic background to build and sustain a funding pipeline.
  • Familiarity with US and foreign government funding streams.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills: the ability to communicate and liaise effectively and diplomatically with colleagues across the organization and with external partners.
  • Demonstrated writing skills: the proven ability to successfully conceptualize, write and edit proposals and reports. Able to communicate nuanced programmatic details and contexts.
  • Solid organizational and time-management skills: the ability to plan for and manage multiple projects while working in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment with strict deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Self-motivated, possessing an entrepreneurial attitude, strong work ethic, flexible style, and ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Proficiency with Raiser’s Edge or similar fundraising software.

Critical Competencies for Success

  • Substantial experience designing and implementing comprehensive individual and institutional stewardship and fundraising Track record of creating strategies for developing and increasing grant/gift opportunities, as well as advancing partnership plans with multiple components.
  • A record of identifying and building a pipeline of major donors, stewarding relationships that have resulted in six- and seven-figure gifts or greater.
  • Comfortable leading and driving a team and an organizational mission; experience positioning and distinguishing an organization for increased fundraising opportunities; contribute to driving the brand of an organization.
  • Demonstrating an interest in international development, human rights and social justice, the Chief Philanthropy Officer will be creative, hardworking, and committed to the mission of WRC, willing to roll up her/his sleeves and get into the specific details when necessary.
  • The candidate should thrive in a high-performing environment and have the ability to function effectively in a complex organizational They will be an inspirational leader, who can move and guide a team with a collegial and professional demeanor. The candidate will possess confidence and presence, with a keen sense of internal and external relationship-building.
  • The Chief Philanthropy Officer will be a big picture thinker who can build consensus, agreement, and possessing strong communication, organization, and strategic thinking skills, is collaborative and transparent, with the ability to make independent decisions when appropriate, simultaneously serving as a partner to the Executive Director. The ideal candidate displays a high degree of emotional intelligence, diplomacy, and self-awareness and is a self-starter with discipline in establishing and meeting personal and team goals.

Reports to: Executive Director
Position: Regular, full-time
Location: NYC but temporarily remote due to COVID
Posting Date: ASAP
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Scope of Work

The “Welcome with Dignity Campaign” is seeking an experienced campaign manager to manage a campaign with the intent to restore and establish humane, fair, and accessible access to asylum in the United States.

Housed within the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Migrant Rights and Justice program, the campaign manager will be tasked to develop, manage, and implement a campaign and advocacy effort to counter years of attacks on the asylum system, and to restore and defend the rights of those seeking protection at US borders and along the migrant route, to advocate for the restoration of asylum rights in the United States; and to create a more just, humane, and dignified approach to asylum. The campaign aims to mobilize targeted public allies and organizations, and ultimately policymakers.

The campaign manager will work closely with WRC staff, including the Welcome With Dignity communications coordinator, the communications department, and the Migrant Rights and Justice program, and will coordinate closely with allied organizations to build and implement a strong coalition campaign that leverages partners’ strengths and magnifies our collective efforts.

This includes:

  • building out a campaign structure and coordinating roles for advisory committee membership and partnerships with allies;
  • working closely with the campaign communications coordinator on campaign communications efforts;
  • coordinating closely among and between the campaign tables to ensure consistency and inclusion for the campaign strategy and activities;
  • coordinating WRC’s leadership on the campaign to ensure strong collaboration and partnership engagement; and
  • working with WRC leadership and partners to engage with funders in support of securing continued funding for the campaign.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned campaigner, an exceptional manager, and a collaborative leader. The candidate must possess a nuanced understanding of complex political landscapes (preferably with an understanding of the immigration landscape in particular), and be able to manage interorganizational relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Lead campaign strategy, oversight, and coordination, in collaboration with partners.
  • Manage development of an inclusive campaign structure in alliance and coordination with partners.
  • Build and manage relationships with coalition partners and stakeholders on an ongoing basis to ensure an inclusive campaign.
  • Coordinate and lead WRC’s role in the campaign with support from the WRC campaign communications coordinator and appropriate Migrant Rights and Justice program and communications staff.
  • Work with partners and the campaign communications coordinator to implement rapid response and action plans.
  • Draft campaign materials, including but not limited to letters or policy advocacy statements, reports, website content, fact sheets, etc., in coordination with the Migrant Rights and Justice team, WRC communications, organizational allies, and issue experts.
  • Work with the campaign communications organizations, WRC communications and MRJ staff, and partner organizations to develop and employ strategic online advocacy activities including online petitions, calls to action, and online and in-person organizing activities.
  • Speak with members of the media on background and on the record when needed in coordination with the WRC’s communications director and the campaign communications coordinator and partner organizations.
  • Support fundraising efforts and grant reporting as needed. Work with the director of Migrant Rights and Justice and Development department on foundation proposals and materials.
  • Manage potential consultants, vendors, and interns.
  • Uphold WRC’s values internally and externally.

Skills and Background

The ideal candidate possesses many or all of the following skills and experiences:

  • Issue campaign expertise: Experience with diverse campaigning strategies and tactics, including focusing on private sector, civil society, and government actors. Knowledge of strategies for building public support, driving pressure on targets, shifting public discourse, and changing targets’ behavior. Experience with building issue campaigns, public mobilization, and online activism.
  • Advocacy experience: Experience in advocacy and lobbying, including working with coalition partners, drafting coalition letters and policy statements, and mobilizing pressure on decision-makers.
  • Building coalitions and teams: Experience with recruiting allies, building coalitions, and working with allied organizations, networks, and communities.
  • Issue and regional knowledge: Demonstrated interest and knowledge of human rights, US immigration policy, and US migrant and asylum rights and policy specifically, including women’s rights, etc.
  • Online campaigning experience: Experience with online strategies and platforms for recruiting, engaging, and mobilizing large numbers of people. Proficiency in online petition and organizing platforms, including Action Network and major third-party petition platforms, such as MoveOn, Change.org, etc. Proficient in major online marketing and social media platforms, including MailChimp, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
  • Offline campaign experience: Experience with strategies for building public pressure on campaign targets. These include media engagement; generating constituent pressure through grassroots phone calls, volunteer-led protests and events; meetings with target decision-makers, etc.
  • Strong writing skills: Clear and efficient English-language communicator across multiple formats and styles—succinct petitions, policy statements, coalition letters, email alerts, activist materials, phone alerts, social media, etc. Foreign language fluency a plus.
  • Operations mindset: Comfortable building systems to measure and track success. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to anti-racist and intersectional campaigns that build power across diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment and make good decisions in service to the mission, including recognizing when to bring issues or concerns to upper management.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and function as a member of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively across departments and agencies, and identify best practices.
  • Highly developed strategic problem-solving and execution skills; ability to achieve excellence and meet multiple goals and deadlines within a complex landscape and fast-paced environment.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Ability to work in the US.
  • Language skills are a plus, including but not limited to Spanish and French.

Reports to: Senior Director, Migrant Rights and Justice
Position: Regular, Full-Time
Location: Washington, DC, or NYC
Starting date: ASAP
Closing date: Until filled

How to apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

In 2018, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) launched its Sexual Violence Project, a three-year initiative exploring the effects of sexual violence against people who have identified as male or were designated as male at birth, including cisgender heterosexual men and boys, gay and bisexual men, and transgender women and transgender men. Through this project, WRC undertook groundbreaking research in three refugee settings: the Rohingya refugee community in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; refugees and migrants traveling the Central Mediterranean route through Libya to Italy; and refugees in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. WRC also piloted community-based projects to facilitate service uptake, established and coordinated the first inter-agency working group on this issue at the global level, and developed field-friendly tools and guidance to support frontline workers in the field. A feminist approach has been critical to center this work within the larger global efforts around addressing gender-based violence against women and girls and the linkages between sexual violence against men and boys and resulting impacts on wives, mothers, sisters, and female community members.

Despite progress, challenges remain. Practitioners lack tools and resources to effectively respond to male survivors, including adolescent boys. Service provider attitudes, biases, and misconceptions are major deterrents for male and LGBTIQ+ survivors to access care. Sexual violence services generally remain under-resourced.

In June 2021, WRC will launch the next phase of the SV Project. While Phase 1 focused on building knowledge and understanding of a little-known issue (through research, pilots, and tools development), Phase 2 will use the knowledge gained from Phase 1 to focus on capacity building at the field level, awareness raising, tool uptake, and expansion of service provision. Phase 2 will also tighten the focus on adolescent boys – including LGBTIQ+ adolescents – who were identified as highly vulnerable during the initial research.

WRC is seeking a consultant to develop a mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) support group training curriculum.

Goal

The goal of the consultancy is to increase good quality, appropriate mental health services for adolescent boy and male youth survivors of sexual violence through the development of a training curriculum for MHPSS providers.

Scope of Work

The consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Conducting formative research, including performing a literature review and facilitating key informant interviews, to inform the development of the training package.
  • Developing a comprehensive training package for non-specialized MHPSS providers to conduct support groups for adolescent boys.
  • Developing three complementary training modules for: 1) adolescent boy survivors of sexual abuse; 2) adolescent boy survivors of conflict-related sexual violence; and 3) LGBTIQ+ adolescents generally.
  • Pilot the training package with MHPSS service providers in 2–3 humanitarian settings.
  • Finalize the training package based on findings from the pilot.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Project management

  • Participate in an initial kick-off meeting with the Sexual Violence Project team, including WRC and consultants, to discuss the project, validate critical objectives, agree on scope of curriculum, and develop a work plan to guide the project through completion.
  • Provide weekly updates on progress of assignment to the project supervisor.
  • Participate in virtual meetings with WRC and project team as agreed at the onset of the project.

2. Formative research

  • Work with WRC, project consultants, Child Protection Area of Responsibility’s MHPSS team, and other key influencers and stakeholders to understand existing content and design a formative research study to fill evidence gaps required to design the training package.
  • Work with WRC and partners to implement research to inform the design of the training package.

3. Curriculum development

  • Develop a comprehensive training package for nonspecialized MHPSS providers to conduct support groups for adolescent boys.
  • Develop three complementary training modules for: 1) adolescent boy survivors of sexual abuse; 2) adolescent boy survivors of conflict-related sexual violence; and 3) LGBTIQ+ adolescents generally.

4. Training curriculum pilot

  • Support WRC to identify implementing partners and conceptualize a pilot evaluation to determine the utility, practicality, and accessibility of the training package.
  • Lead the pilot evaluation in 2–3 humanitarian settings in collaboration with partners.
  • Finalize the training package based on findings from the pilot evaluation.

5. Advocacy

  • Support WRC to identify issue champions to assist with advocacy and communications efforts.
  • Support WRC to identify key stakeholders and interlocutors to influence – practitioners, donors, and policymakers.
  • Contribute to the development of a communications and advocacy strategy and implement strategy in partnership with key agencies and actors.
  • Support WRC to push out products and learning, which may include participating as a panelist in webinars, slide content development, presentations at inter-agency working group meetings, and others.

6. Reporting

  • Provide review and input into narrative reports to donor(s), as needed.
  • Potentially support additional fundraising efforts.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3–5 years focused on MHPSS and sexual violence, gender-based violence, gender, sexual and reproductive health, or a related field in humanitarian settings.
  • Minimum of a master’s degree (or equivalent) in related field.
  • Strong project management, communication, and writing skills.
  • Understanding of and experience in undertaking qualitative research in humanitarian settings.
  • Demonstrated track record in curriculum development and/or developing training guidance for service providers/practitioners in humanitarian settings.
  • Understanding of intersectional feminism.
  • Strong understanding of and demonstrated experience in addressing sexual violence against adolescent boys, LGBTIQ+ individuals, as well as gender-based violence against women and girls in humanitarian settings is preferred.

Duration/Timeline

  • The work is expected to start once the contract is signed by the Consultant. It is expected to be completed within 2 years, with the potential to extend time and scope pending available funding.

Reports to: WRC SV Project Director/Project Manager
Duty station: Home-based/remote
Level of effort: 35 days/year (part-time)
Time frame: 2 years, anticipated start date: July 2021
Compensation: Up to $14,000/year, contingent on successful completion of deliverables

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

In 2018, WRC launched its Sexual Violence Project, a three-year initiative exploring the effects of sexual violence against people who have identified as male or were designated as male at birth, including cisgender heterosexual men and boys, gay and bisexual men, and transgender women and transgender men. Through this project, WRC undertook groundbreaking research in three refugee settings: the Rohingya refugee community in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; refugees and migrants traveling the Central Mediterranean route through Libya to Italy; and refugees in Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. WRC also piloted community-based projects to facilitate service uptake, established and coordinated the first inter-agency working group on this issue at the global level, and developed field-friendly tools and guidance to support frontline workers in the field. A feminist approach has been critical to center this work within the larger global efforts around addressing gender-based violence against women and girls and the linkages between sexual violence against men and boys and resulting impacts on wives, mothers, sisters, and female community members.

Despite progress, challenges remain. Practitioners lack tools and resources to effectively respond to male survivors, including adolescent boys. Service provider attitudes, biases, and misconceptions are major deterrents for male and LGBTIQ+ survivors to access care. Sexual violence services generally remain under-resourced.

In June 2021, WRC will launch the next phase of the SV Project. While Phase 1 focused on building knowledge and understanding of a little-known issue (through research, pilots, and tools development), Phase 2 will use the knowledge gained from Phase 1 to focus on capacity building at the field level, awareness raising, tool uptake, and expansion of service provision. Phase 2 will also tighten its focus on adolescent boys – including LGBTIQ+ adolescents – who were identified as highly vulnerable during the initial research.

WRC is seeking a consultant to develop a toolkit addressing sexual exploitation of adolescent boys in humanitarian settings, including a module focused on LGBTIQ+ youth.

Goal

The consultant will be responsible for the following:

  • Conducting formative research, including performing a literature review and country-based research with affected populations, practitioners, and other relevant stakeholders to inform the development of the toolkit.
  • Developing a toolkit addressing sexual exploitation of adolescent boys in humanitarian settings, including a module focused on LGBTIQ+ youth.
  • Pilot the toolkit in collaboration with project partners in 2 – 3 humanitarian settings to assess utility, practicality, and accessibility.
  • Finalize the toolkit based on findings from the pilot.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

1. Project management

  • Participate in an initial kick-off meeting with the Sexual Violence Project team, including WRC and consultants, to discuss the project, validate critical objectives, agree on scope of the toolkit, identify target audience for the toolkit, and develop a work plan to guide the project through completion.
  • Provide weekly updates on progress of assignment to the project supervisor.
  • Participate in virtual meetings with WRC and project team as agreed at the onset of the project.

2. Formative research

  • Work with WRC, project consultants, and other key influencers and stakeholders to understand existing content and design a formative research study to fill evidence gaps required to design the toolkit.
  • Work with WRC and partners to design and implement research to inform the design of the toolkit.
  • In partnership with WRC and key partners, identify the needs and priorities and assess the challenges and opportunities for increasing access to user-friendly services and protections for LGBTIQ+ youth and transgender refugees. Research methods may include performing a literature review; key informant interviews (KIIs) with frontline providers; in-depth interviews and focus group discussions/participatory group activities with affected groups; and KIIs with relevant organizations, including organizations working with transgender refugees.

3. Toolkit development

  • Work in partnership with humanitarian and non-humanitarian actors, including local organizations, to develop a toolkit addressing sexual exploitation of adolescent boys in humanitarian settings, including a module focused on LGBTIQ+ youth.

4. Pilot toolkit

  • Support WRC to identify implementing partners and conceptualize a pilot evaluation to determine the utility, practicality, and accessibility of the toolkit.
  • Lead the pilot evaluation in 2–3 humanitarian settings in collaboration with partners.
  • Finalize the toolkit based on findings from the pilot evaluation.

5. Advocacy

  • Support WRC to identify issue champions to assist with advocacy and communications efforts.
  • Support WRC to identify key stakeholders and interlocutors to influence – practitioners, donors, and policymakers.
  • Contribute to the development of a communications and advocacy strategy and implement strategy in partnership with key agencies and actors.
  • Support WRC to push out products and learning, which may include participating as a panelist in webinars, slide content development, presentations at inter-agency working group meetings, and others.

6. Reporting

  • Update and expand Guidance Note developed in Phase 1 focused on cross-sectoral roles and responsibilities for addressing the prevention and response needs of male youth, boy, and LGBTIQ+ survivors as new knowledge emerges through Phase 2 learning.
  • Provide review and input into narrative reports to donor(s), as needed.
  • Potentially support additional fundraising efforts.

Key Deliverables

  1. Toolkit addressing sexual exploitation of adolescent boys in humanitarian settings, including a module focused on LGBTIQ+ youth.
  2. Contribute to revised and expanded Guidance Note.
  3. Contribute to a report documenting Phase 2 learnings.
  4. Additional deliverables to be determined.

Duration/Timeline

  • The work is expected to start once the contract is signed by the Consultant. It is expected to be completed within 2 years, with the potential to extend time and scope, pending available funding.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3–5 years focused on sexual violence, gender-based violence, gender, sexual and reproductive health, or a related field in humanitarian settings.
  • Minimum of a master’s degree (or equivalent) in related field.
  • Strong project management, communication, and writing skills.
  • Strong understanding of and demonstrated experience in addressing sexual violence against adolescent boys and LGBTIQ+ individuals, as well as gender-based violence against women and girls in humanitarian settings.
  • Understanding of and experience in undertaking qualitative research in humanitarian settings.
  • Demonstrated track record in developing guidance for service providers/practitioners in humanitarian settings.
  • Understanding of intersectional feminism.

Reports to: WRC SV Project Director/Project Manager
Location: Home-based/remote
Level of effort: Approximately 75 days over a 2-year period
Time frame: 2 years, anticipated start date: July 2021
Compensation: Approximately $45,000, contingent on successful completion of deliverables, including development of module on LGBTIQ+ youth

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.

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The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Scope of Work

The policy advisor for the Migrant Rights and Justice Program will work to promote the rights of migrants and access to protection of women and children seeking safety in the United States and internationally. This includes taking a leading role in research, strategic planning, project development and implementation, and advocacy. Current expected areas of focus include long-term support of immigrant families and adults in immigration proceedings, community-based case management, ICE detention and enforcement, and access to asylum, including through a gender lens, in the United States.

Essential Job Functions

Strategic Planning and Program Implementation

  • Work with Director of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program and other staff, to develop and implement the program work plan and to coordinate program goals and objectives to achieve measurable outcomes through targeted and sustained advocacy.
  • Identify emerging issues related to protection of vulnerable migrants and help guide WRC’s response.
  • Manage and direct targeted pro-bono projects.
  • Work collaboratively with partner organizations to develop and implement long-term coalition goals.
  • Participate in overall organizational strategic planning.

Financial and Administrative Management

  • In collaboration with Directors of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program and the Development Department, assist in the development and preparation of proposals, budgets, and grant reports.
  • Coordinate with the Director of Migrant Rights and Justice and Senior Director, Finance and Administration on donor relations and financial reporting requirements.

Research and Writing

  • Conduct desk and field research and assessments. This includes planning and coordinating field research, travel to the field (domestic and international), developing methodologies, analyzing data and identifying findings and recommendations.
  • Under direct supervision of the Director of Migrant Rights and Justice, and in coordination with the Communications team: Manage writing, editing, production, and distribution of Migrant Rights and Justice documents, including reports, legislative language, advocacy letters, policy papers, blogs, journal articles, letters to the editor, website postings, urgent actions, and other materials.
  • Monitor events and trends in immigration detention, enforcement, and asylum practices and related policies and programs and follow up accordingly in coordination with the Migrant Rights and Justice team.

Advocacy and Public Education

  • In collaboration with Migrant Rights and Justice staff and External Relations staff, develop, implement, and support advocacy strategies designed to improve conditions, protection of rights, and treatment of migrants seeking protection, especially as they go through the asylum and immigration process.
  • In consultation with Director and staff of the Migrant Rights and Justice Program, initiate, maintain, and manage relationships with nongovernmental organizations, UN agencies, government agencies, child welfare agencies and courts, Congressional members, their staff, and others.
  • Provide technical expertise and policy advice internally (Women’s Refugee Commission staff and board) and externally (administration policymakers, US Congress, UN agencies, NGOs).
  • Represent the Women’s Refugee Commission to a variety of audiences, including with policymakers, government and UN officials, at public events, meetings, conferences, , and other venues as appropriate, and with media.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and law degree or master’s degree in international studies, political science, immigration, human rights, social work, or related field or at least 3-5 years of comparable related experience.
  • Knowledge specifically around community-based support for those in the immigration process and asylum law preferred.
  • Minimum 3-5 years progressive work experience in immigration, asylum, refugee, detention, and/or human rights work, including experience managing projects.
  • Previous experience working on policy or advocacy and/or experience on the Hill relating to immigration detention and enforcement and asylum access policies.
  • Proven track record conducting research, analyzing legislation, policies, and the political landscape, and writing reports and policy papers.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills required. Experience with interviewing migrants and people seeking asylum, particularly in detention settings, strongly preferred.
  • Grant writing and presentation expertise preferred.
  • Solid diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with a variety of internal and external professional contacts, including government officials and elected officials of all parties.
  • Strong people management skills.
  • Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced and detail-oriented team environment.
  • Spanish language proficiency required; ability to reliably and comfortably interview and converse.

Reports to: Director of Migrant Rights and Justice
Position: Regular, full-time (currently remote)
Location: Washington, DC
Posting Date: May 17, 2021
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements via this link.

APPLY NOW

The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status or disability, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.