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Offer: Senior Program Officer, Livelihoods, The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)-New York

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC). New York, NY, USA.

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

The Senior Program Officer, Livelihoods has responsibility for the daily management of the WRC’s multi-faceted livelihoods program under the supervision of the Senior Director for Programs. Responsibilities include: creating vision and strategic directions for the program, supervising staff and interns working for the program, coordinating with key stakeholders such as UNHCR and UNDP, conducting field assessments, writing field reports, developing toolkits, liaising with donors, conducting field-based trainings, and providing technical assistance to field-based operations, as appropriate.
Essential Job Functions:

Program Implementation

Lead project on urban refugee youth livelihoods inclusive of field assessments, desk research and writing of final guidance document.
Lead advocacy and training project on using livelihoods to mitigate women’s risk of gender-based violence.
Supervise project focused on developing agency and social capital among displaced adolescent girls.
Work collaboratively with UNHCR’s Senior Livelihoods Officer and his/her team to ensure that their work and plans are informed by our research.
Work collaboratively with UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery to ensure that their economic programs enhance the safety of women and youth participants.
Document change process in field-based economic programs.
Promote use of the Women’s Refugee Commission-produced Field manual and other relevant guidance with donors, policy makers and operational organizations
Engage economic programming practitioners in the Commission’s livelihood work.

Financial Responsibilities

Monitor livelihood pilot project expenses and budgets.
Prepare donor proposals and budgets.
Coordinate with the Head of Finance on donor financial reporting requirements.

Research and Writing

Manage and conduct desk and field research and assessments, as needed, to further develop and refine program guidance and collect further data.
Assist with writing, editing, production and distribution of program documents, including reports, advocacy letters, policy papers, journal articles and other materials.

Advocacy and Public Education

In collaboration with senior staff, develop, implement and support advocacy campaigns designed to enhance economic opportunities for displaced women and youth.
Provide technical expertise and policy advice internally (Women's Refugee Commission staff and board) and externally (policy makers in governments, UN agencies, NGOs) on economic issues affecting displaced women and youth.
Represent the Women's Refugee Commission on refugee livelihood issues to a variety of audiences, including with policy makers, government and U.N. officials, at public events, meetings, conferences, with media, and other venues as appropriate.


Supervise Program Officer, Children and Youth, on project focused on adolescent girls.
Supervise and oversee the research of interns providing assistance to the Women’s Commission’s livelihood initiative.


Master’s Degree in international affairs, economics, political science, non-profit management or related field.
Minimum 5 years of field experience in humanitarian assistance – ideally implementing economic programs serving displaced populations.
Minimum 2 - 3 years project and staff management experience in refugee protection and humanitarian assistance programs.
Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in economic programs targeting displaced populations (refugees, internally displaced persons, and/ returning populations).
Strong background in training design and delivery.
Strong research skills covering qualitative and mixed method research methodologies, literature reviews, and research analysis.
Excellent writing and communication skills, including synthesis of research findings, policy analysis and reports to donors.
Proven record of effective project management, demonstrating the ability to ensure that projects are carried out on time, within budget, and producing products of excellent quality.
Strong organizational skills.
Previous experience in proposal development.
Ability to travel – approximately 30% time.
Proven record as a team player, demonstrating flexibility and diplomacy.
Excellent written and spoken English; working knowledge of French or Spanish desirable.
Good Computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.

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