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medica mondiale is a German based international women’ s rights organization that supports traumatised women

medica mondiale is a German based international women’s rights organization that supports traumatised women and girls who have survived sexual gender based violence in war or crisis zones. We offer direct support to women and girls and advocate for their rights.

For our Program in Liberia we are looking for a

Project Manager (female)


Sexualised and gender based violence experienced during the civil war as well as all forms of post- war violence and sexual abuse of women and girls are at an extremely high level in Liberia. The consequences of rape and other forms of sexualised violence are multiple and interfere with each other. Mostly, women that have been raped not only suffer from severe physical and psychological consequences; also survivors are very likely to end up at an extremely low socio-economic status and sometimes face stigmatisation and social exclusion from families and/or communities. They lack knowledge about and access to their human rights. Therefore, sexualized violence and its consequences need to be addressed through a complex approach that tackles the consequences on physical, psychical, economical, educational, legal and social level as well as through strategic linkage with institutional decision makers.

medica mondiale implements a Rehabilitation and Prevention Program for survivors of sexualised violence that interlinks the following main areas of action: Rehabilitation for survivors of violence through supportive psychosocial counselling services; skills trainings; reproductive health education; social and political empowerment; the set up of Prevention and Protection Networks through community sensitization and mobilisation; training of protection networks to enhance the local capacity to prevent and respond to SGBV; training for institutions and (I)NGOs; Promotion of Structural Change towards equal rights, protection, and justice for women and girls through political advocacy work on the national level.

medica mondiale’s involvement in Liberia is part of the Reintegration and Recovery Programme (RPP), a development programme of the Republic of Liberia, co-financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW Development Bank. In the framework of RRP medica mondiale works in partnership with Welthungerhilfe/German Agro Action (infrastructure program) and Ibis (educational program).

Project Setting

medica mondiale works in 3 South-eastern counties Liberia: Grand Gedeh, River Gee and Sinoe. Head office is in Fish Town, River Gee, where medica mondiale Liberia has set up a Women and Girls Centre. In Monrovia, medica mondiale has a back-up office. Duty station of the Program Manager is Fish Town, River Gee, a village in a very remote area. Accommodation is provided in medica mondiale’s guesthouse in Fish Town.

For further information: http://www.medicamondiale.de/en/projekte-themen/projekte/liberia/

Key responsibilities

Management of all field staff (currently 16 national staff members; 1 international junior expert) Supervise and monitor the field work including finances Support and train all field staff on day-to-day operations Coach and build capacities of national staff on management issues, monitoring, documentation, evaluation etc. Maintenance and reinforcement of existing management structures identify areas for improvement and provide recommendations Ensure staff support clients with a women-centred and empowering approach Ensure cooperation with partners and stakeholders including the provision of trainings and support Work in close cooperation with the Head of Mission Reinforcement of teambuilding processes and ownership Responsibility for security procedures

Required knowledge and experience

NGO work experience, minimum of 5 years work-experience in successive positions

Work experience in the area of violence against women and women’s rights

Strong project management skills

Experience in participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation

Strong staff management skills with focus on development of local capacities, participation and

ownership Financial management experience; field-level budget management; identify and address financial management training needs Experience in training/capacity building Excellent English speaking and writing skills Excellent communication skills and strategies Sensitivity to a cross-cultural approach Work experience in (post-)conflict contexts Work experience in Africa (Western Africa an asset) Readiness to live and work in a very remote, underdeveloped project implementation area

We offer

2 possibilities: 4 months short-term assignment or 12 months assignment; with possibility for extension Accommodation and logistical support Introduction/briefing in the medica mondiale head office in Cologne Salary based on head office scales Start: as soon as possible

Closing date: September 15 th 2009

Please email your application (CV, cover letter and references) to Ms Maren Platzmann mplatzmann@medicamondiale.org

Further information on our projects can be found on our website: www.medicamondiale.org