International Rescue Committee Adolescent Girls Program Specialist in New York, New York

Organization Description

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global leader in providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, post conflict development, human rights protection, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and other uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is committed to restoring hope, freedom, dignity, and self-reliance. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.

IRC is one of the first humanitarian organizations to bring together specific disciplines involved in violence prevention and response (VPR) in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and still specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. Over the past 16 years, IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field. IRC presently implements VPR programs in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Haiti, with funding from governments, the UN, foundations, and private donors.


Preventing violence against women and girls is a cornerstone of the IRC’s work. At the IRC, we view adolescence as a critical developmental period which affects girls and boys differently. Boys take on more significant roles in their schools and communities, and develop their social capital, emotional independence, and a sense of personal and sexual identity. Girls, on the other hand, can become isolated within their immediate families, often devalued in relation to boys, and lack opportunities to develop important skills and assets to prepare them for safer and productive lives. Therefore, investments specifically in adolescent girls are critical - not only due to their exposure to harm, but also the vital roles they can play in building healthier families and stronger communities. Towards this end, the IRC has designed an innovative, adolescent girl-focused program model called Girl Shine. This program aims to give girls the skills and experience they need to make safe and healthy strategic life choices and equip them to stay safe from abuse and sexual exploitation. It includes a life skills curriculum for the girls facilitated by mentors, and a parent engagement component to create more supportive home environments. IRC is currently piloting the Girl Shine program model in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia and Pakistan. Many of IRC’s other country programs are also implementing adolescent girl programming that is based on the Girl Shine model.


The Adolescent Girls Program Specialist will finalize and roll out the Girl Shine resource package, provide technical support to IRC programs implementing adolescent girl programming, and lead efforts to expand IRC’s adolescent girl programming by working closely with VPRU and other technical unit colleagues. The position will report to the Senior Technical Advisor, Strategic Initiatives is based in IRC’s New York headquarters office, with travel to the field to conduct trainings and support program implementation.

Main responsibilities include:

Resource development and capacity building

  • Finalize the content for IRC’s Girl Shine program model resource package.
  • Oversee the editing, design, and printing of the resource package.
  • Work with the WPE Advocates to plan launch and learning events to disseminate the program model and the resource package.
  • Develop a roll-out plan to build capacity within WPE country programs to carry out adolescent girl programming.
  • Develop training curricula and monitoring tools to build health and psychosocial service provider’s capacity to care for adolescent girls who experience gender-based violence.

Program Design, Implementation, M&E;

  • Work with WPE Technical Advisors to provide technical support to the current pilot sites implementing the Girl Shine program model (DRC, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Pakistan) and to other country programs implementing adolescent girl programming.
  • Lead on proposal development for expanding IRC’s adolescent girl programming
  • Review and comment on select country concept notes and proposals related to adolescent girl programming to ensure technical quality.
  • Support IRC’s efforts to analyze and evaluate the current implementation of Girl Shine, in collaboration with the VPRU STA for Research and Advocacy and the Research Evaluation & Learning Unit.
  • Provide programmatic input into all documentation and research finding reports.

Coordination and Representation

  • Lead the unit’s internal working group on adolescent girls
  • Participate in internal cross-sectoral coordination efforts around adolescent girl programming
  • Develop donor reports and external resources using monitoring data and feedback.
  • Represent IRC’s adolescent girl programming at the Coalition for Adolescent Girls as well as other fora as requested


  • MA in public health, social work, child development, education or other related field.
  • 5 years experience in humanitarian, development or similar organizations with direct experience working on adolescent girl programming.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, including proven success communicating in challenging and cross-cultural contexts.
  • Outstanding inter-personal skills: ability to work efficiently and effectively across sectors and teams to ensure results for adolescent girls
  • Demonstrated ability to create curricula and training manuals, with direct training and facilitation experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in research and evaluation methodologies.
  • Highly organized and self-motivated, able to work efficiently on his/her own
  • Excellent technical computer skills
  • Ability to travel internationally approximately 35% of the timE

Sector: Violence Prevention and Response

Location: US - NY -New York

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time