Adolescent Girl Assistant at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Closing Date: 24 October, 2018

Experience: 2 years

Location: Adamawa

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In response to the Boko Haram insurgency, in early 2014 IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014, Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015, and Monguno (Borno state) in October 2016. IRC is currently implementing programs in Health, Child Protection, Food Security, PRoL, WASH, Nutrition and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) in three States in northeastern Nigeria.

Scope of Work

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious human rights and public health issue affecting women and girls around the world. It impacts all aspects of women and girl’s physical, emotional, psychological and social well-being. It has harmful consequences for the individuals who experience it, their families, and communities as a whole. The IRC’s Women’s Protection Empowerment team implements a multi-sectoral GBV prevention and response program which engages multiple organizations and actors from the IDP and NGO community, UN agencies and all sectors of IRC. The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) program has developed ‘Girl Shine’ curriculum to equip adolescent girls with key knowledge and skills to help them to reduce, prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV).

The curriculum has been organized in a way to enable girls to develop trust amongst themselves and with the facilitators and it is separated into two parts; 10-14 and 15-19. 20 girls in a group will enroll in 24 two-hour sessions over the course of 12 weeks. Skills-building sessions address topics such as communication, decision making, confidence and problem solving, each with a specific focus on GBV, early marriage etc.


Under the leadership of the Adolescent Girls Team Leader, the Adolescent Girl Assistant will provide capacity building trainings for identified female mentors, supervise and support mentors twice a week girls session on Girls Shine curriculum, Facilitate protection through positive parenting and caretaking curriculum, host community meetings on girls safety and protection and make referrals to relevant service providers when the need arises in assigned duty station.


The Adolescent Girl Assistant will report to the Psychosocial Support officer based in Mubi, Adamawa State, Nigeria and collaborate with other Adolescent Girl Assistant to ensure program quality and adherence to work plan,.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: The Adolescent Girl Assistant will be responsible for:

  • Working closely with other project staffs to recruit girls and mentors participants.

  • Supervise and support mentors on Girl Shine twice a week curriculum facilitation with adolescent girls

  • Monitor and ensure delivering Girl Shine curriculum content.

  • Provide basic psychological first aid and support adolescent girls to access social services if needed

  • Promote and support girls to practice knowledge and skills acquired.

  • Conduct monthly parents discussion sessions using Girl in Focus Mothers and Fathers curriculum

  • Organizing group educational and social activities, and holding regular, individual meetings with mentors.

  • Host coordination meetings with community stakeholders, parents etc

  • Working closely with school authorities, teachers and parents to ensure that girls’ stay in school

  • Collect, compile, summarize and submit weekly report on Adolescent girls activities


  • Candidates should hold, at maximum, a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, education, economic, another human development related field or equivalent of experience.

  • Have at least two years’ experience working with girls and/or women and coordinating with social service agencies

  • Participated in social groups and have an understanding of group dynamics and processes.

  • Have a thorough understanding of gender based violence that affects the lives of women and girls and willingness to increase skills and knowledge to respond to reporting of GBV appropriately

  • Candidates should have capacity building, facilitation and training experience

  • Is able to adapt and work under pressure, possess strong interpersonal and intercultural skills that enable her to work well with a diverse team.

  • Be willing to travel to and from project implementation sites regularly.

Be fluent in English and local languages


Adamawa is security phase 3, orange. The Adolescent Girl Assistant will be required to respect the various security protocols in place in country and coordinate with other sectors for movement.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Benefits Monthly salary, 13Month Salary Inclusive, Health Insurance Coverage for Family, Pension, Creche Facilities available for Women with babies under 24 Months.

Method of Application

Applicants should submit their applications addressed to the Country Director IRC

Hand delivered application should be sent only to the IRC field office in Yola and Mubi

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