International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development nongovernmental organization. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC provides emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster.

PSEA Coordinator

Closing date: 22 Feb 2020

On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC. The outbreak in Eastern DRC is the second-largest in history. As of 3 November 2019, there have been 3,274 confirmed cases and more than 2,185 people have died from EVD. On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The MoH, in coordination with WHO, has developed a Response Strategy to control the outbreak. IRC has been working in DRC since 1996 and has been contributing to the implementation of the Response Strategy specifically in the areas of Infection and Prevention Control (IPC), water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), women’s and children’s protection and community engagement.

IRC is working actively to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) at all levels by humanitarian personnel and response actors, whether against community members— most often women and children— or other humanitarian staff. In partnership with the Projet de Développement du Système de Santé (PDSS) of the MoH, IRC will be providing direct support to the MoH and other humanitarian actors to strengthen PSEA efforts across the response. This includes co-leadership of the PSEA Network for the Ebola Response, which was re-launched in August 2019 under the supervision of the Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator (EERC) and is currently being co-led by IRC and UNFPA. IRC is launching its full PSEA program in December 2019. The program presents a unique opportunity to support greater protection of women and children in the Ebola response.

Role Overview:

The government and humanitarian community in DRC have taken important steps toward the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). The IRC and other actors are seeking to strengthen these efforts, recognizing the need for equal access to all humanitarian and Ebola response goods and services for women and children; safe, confidential, accountable support services when they experience exploitation and abuse; safe, confidential reporting mechanisms for SEA ; accountability and zero tolerance for perpetrators of SEA; and engagement of communities in identifying their own risks and ideas for risk mitigation.

As the PSEA Coordinator at the IRC you will be responsible for providing technical oversight to IRC’s PSEA program in North Kivu and Ituri, and serving as the co-lead for the PSEA Ebola Response network.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop/adapt context-appropriate tools for risk analysis and mitigation. This includes women and children-led risk analysis and organizational self-assessments.
  • Co-lead regular meetings of the PSEA Ebola Response Network. Follow up on action points and help the group to move forward.
  • Coordinate with the national PSEA Network, local and national GBV subcluster and child protection working groups.
  • Co-lead inter-agency process to establish and roll-out basic protocols for preventing and responding to SEA violations, including referral pathways, information-sharing protocols, and analysis and improvement of community-based reporting mechanisms.
  • Work with the IRC Child Protection and Women’s Protection and Empowerment teams to engage women, children, and community members in meaningful conversations to better understand their perspectives on SEA, as well as general concerns and priorities.
  • Provide technical assistance to the IRC PSEA team to develop effective communication materials around PSEA, based on principles of communication for change, adapted to an emergency context.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Program Manager, develop and implement training for IRC staff, MoH, and PSEA Network.
  • Support the IRC team to continue rollout and understanding of root causes of SEA, as well as IRC policies and prevention measures related to PSEA and safeguarding.
  • Coordinate internally with the IRC Child Protection and Women’s Protection and Empowerment teams to ensure that PSEA efforts are informed and reinforced by specialized work with service providers; women, children, and their communities
  • Communicate and collaborate directly with PDSS to ensure effective implementation of the partnership and
  • In collaboration with the Senior Program Manager, prepare donor reports and ensure compliance with donor regulations.
  • Follow the IRC Code of Conduct and policies, particularly related to Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding


  • Minimum 6 years of experience working on PSEA, GBV, or Child Protection in humanitarian contexts.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating and leading effective joint work processes with UN agencies, local governments, and communities.
  • Able to communicate challenging topics in a clear, focused, and respectful manner.
  • The clear understanding of ethical guidelines and best practices for working on PSEA.
  • Able to identify creative and appropriate solutions for the populations affected by the crisis
  • Demonstrates consciousness of power dynamics and uses power positively with others, including staff and communities.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, volatile environment, with multiple actors.
  • Willingness to work in an Ebola-affected region is required.
  • French language skills are required.

Working Environment:

The position will be based in Beni, with frequent travel throughout the Ebola response area and Goma.


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