UNFPA-GBV Coordinator-P3/P4-Buea, Cameroon (with travel to Bamenda)

Location: Buea (with travel to Bamenda), Cameroon, Cameroon
Date Posted: 17-01-2019
Socio-political issues in and about the Anglophone region of Cameroon had been a matter of contention since independence in 1960 and 1961. Violence erupted in 2016 in the North-West (NW) and South-West (SW) regions, which forms the English-speaking regions, prompting security clampdowns. The crisis shifted into armed conflict with the proliferation of non-state armed groups (NSAG) and deployment of military forces to the regions. This situation has led to multiple civilian casualties and continues to have serious consequences on livelihoods and living conditions of the affected populations, in particular women and young girls.
In late 2017, and in response to the violence and loss of life, humanitarian organizations were reporting that families were fleeing the two affected regions. Displacement was further compounded by limited access to education for children due to a ban and attacks on schools by the non-state armed groups. The crisis has worsened considerably in the past six months due to several factors including: anticipation of periods of high insecurity (the start of the school year, the 1 October anniversary and the 2018 presidential electoral; movement restriction in the two regions (curfew extended in the North-West, “No Movement” declaration by non-state actors, and increase of both official and informal checkpoints).
In response to the humanitarian situation, UNFPA is working with government authorities, UN sister agencies and non-governmental organizations on the prevention and response to GBV as well as delivery of a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to the affected population. UNFPA is delivering a response package that includes assisted delivery, obstetric care, family planning, GBV coordination, clinical management of rape, psychosocial support (PSS), case management, establishment of safe spaces for women and girls, and GBV prevention.
The present TOR is for the GBV coordinator to strengthen GBV coordination mechanisms in the South West and North West regions for a more effective and coordinated GBV response.
Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative, GBV coordinator provides technical support to ensure strong UNFPA leadership, partnership and collaboration with protection cluster, other UN agencies, and national/international counterparts, in a comprehensive multi-sectorial survivor-centered response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV). This response includes a close cooperation with health, psycho-social, protection, early recovery and legal sectors to ensure that survivor’s holistic needs are met in the conflict affected regions of the North-West and South-West.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Inter-Agency Coordination and Partnerships
•         Facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination groups (“sub-clusters/task force”) at sub-national levels in Buea and Bamenda. Promote, respect and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV sub-cluster.
•       Ensure the overall coordination of the GBV Sub-Cluster, and oversees the GBV coordination mechanisms that consist of the divisional working groups including GBV taskforce in Bamenda.
•         Proactively engage with all relevant stakeholders to ensure coordination bodies reflect the range of actors addressing GBV, including across multiple sectors (health, psychosocial, legal, security, etc.) and categories of actors (UN, NGO, civil society, government, etc.). As feasible, engage UN missions who may be active in addressing GBV, including but not limited to ensuring inter-agency inputs to the annual S-G’s report on conflict-related sexual violence.
•         Coordinate the PSEA task Force and oversee its mechanisms
•         Represent the GBV Sub-Cluster in the Protection Cluster, Inter-Cluster and donor related meetings
•         Work in close collaboration with the UNFPA Humanitarian Coordinator and the UNHCR Protection Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF Child Protection Coordinator in the NW/SW to mainstream GBV issues
•         Liaise with the main GBV actors present to strengthen inter-agency, multi- sectoral GBV coordination groups at regional and sub-regional levels.
•         Liaise with different governmental agencies to enhance an inter-agency GBV capacity development programme in line with the Global GBV AoR guidelines and reinforce national ownership for GBV i.e. MINPROFF, MINSATE
•         Provide technical support for the development of communication products on the GBV situation, needs and gaps, including in OCHA sit-reps and stories, in the GBV page in humanitarian response website, in front of the GBV AoR and other inter-agency communication products
•         Identify key areas of UNFPA strategic positioning on GBV and support the development of proposals and engage in resource mobilization efforts
•         Support the One UN approach, through joint the Development of Joint Program formulation,
Lead the technical support in developing and implementing multi-sectoral and coordinated GBV prevention and response programmes to include referral and reporting mechanisms, information sharing,
•         coordination, and monitoring/evaluation
•         Facilitate the finalization of GBV Working Group TORs, GBV Standard Operating Procedures and familiarize the working groups to GBV guidelines i.e. GBV in Emergencies Minimum Standards and other related policies and practices
•         Regularly monitor progress against the work plan during coordination meetings.

Technical Leadership and Strategic Planning
•         Carry out rapid needs assessments of the protection needs of women and girls vis-a-vis GBV in displaced settings and areas identified at risk of violence with relevant agencies when security allows
•         Reinforce, enlarge coverage, ensure update and diffusion of referral pathways for GBV survivors' access to services and make recommendations to support and to strengthen coordinated approach and integrated service access/delivery for survivors
•         Ensure and facilitate the inclusion of GBV into Cameroon Strategic Humanitarian Documents and other appeal processes and documents
•         Work with partners to develop and/or revise training materials according to local context, identify capacity gaps, review national training materials and guidelines according to international guidelines and standards
•         Promote the Institutional Capacity Development for both Government and Non-State actors on GBV and provide technical support to the development of relevant policy and advocacy documents to address GBV and broader gender issues
•         Ensure the roll out of new IASC Guidelines on GBV, and in particular the mainstreaming of GBV across other areas of humanitarian intervention in particular Protection, Child Protection, CCM/Shelter/NFI, Education, WASH and Health sectors.
•         In collaboration with sub-national GBV actors, map current institutional response capacities, including facilitating mapping of GBV-specific 3/4/5Ws.
•         Advise UNFPA Senior Management on any urgent matter on the GBV situation that required its attention for their action

Advocacy, Communications, Knowledge Management and Resource Management
•         Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address GBV in the context of broader gender inequality issues
•         Develop advocacy, communication materials and strategies to reflect the GBV Sector’s needs and gaps in the humanitarian context of North/South West.
•         Prepare monthly/quarterly/biannual reports on the GBV Cluster, including progress made against the work plan.
•         Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative, strongly advocate UN/UNFPA’s and the Cluster’s work and mandate on GBV to partners and donor agencies.
•         Advocate with donors and mobilize resources for inter-agency GBV prevention and response in line with the GBV Cluster work plan. As required, leverage resources within UNFPA to support inter-agency GBV activities under the GBV Cluster.

Monitoring and Evaluation

•         In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies:
o    Engage in robust analysis of available secondary data to ensure readily-available
information on trends and patterns on GBV, for inclusion at relevant points along the ‘Humanitarian Programme Cycle’, including the MIRA.
o     Consolidate existing assessments on the GBV situation and/or work with relevant
agencies and the displaced and host populations to conduct relevant participatory analysis of GBV.

o    Undertake new assessment missions as necessary to determine the magnitude and scope of GBV and identify strategic inter-sectoral approaches for addressing GBV.

o     Work with GBV coordination groups to adopt a standardized GBV incident
report/intake form and other relevant forms as necessary. Train partner organizations and other Clusters in the use of this form with particular emphasis to the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors and in line with the GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS).

o     Develop monthly report formats that capture relevant information and that support the analysis and evaluation of program progress and outcomes.

o     Document best practices and approaches for responding to issues of GBV in order to contribute to the existing evidence base.

o     Prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.

o    Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan which includes clear reporting mechanisms that document the results of activities delivered by the GBV Cluster.
•         Help monitor GBV emergency assistance provided by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations.
•         Support quality assurance of documentation/reporting related to humanitarian GBV initiatives of UNFPA Country Office
•         Undertake regular field visits to monitor and evaluate the implementation of GBV programme activities by keeping a close record of activities, such as capacity building and implementation of relevant SOPs and guidelines.

Any Other Duties
•         Perform any other duties as required by UNFPA Representative, Deputy Representative or Humanitarian Coordinator

Qualifications and Skills Required

•         Advanced degree with specialization in areas such as social work, public health, gender, law/human rights, international relations, and/or other related social science disciplines.
•         At least five years of specialized experience addressing GBV at the international level; experience in this field in a humanitarian context an asset.
•         Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
•         Proven experience in survivors-centered approach
•         Direct experience providing support to GBV survivors an asset.
•         Fluency in English compulsory as well as good knowledge of French.
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