UNFPA-GBV IM-P3-Erbil, Iraq

Location: Erbil, __, Iraq
Date Posted: 28-01-2019
Title: GBV Information Management Specialist Level: P3
Requesting agency UNFPA Country Iraq
Duty station Erbil Security phase in
country / duty station
Requested date of deployment 1 February 2019 Requested length of deployment 2 months with possible extension
First request
(indicate with Yes/No)
Yes Extension
(indicate with No. of extension 1,2,3)

Background information/reason for request/extension:
The humanitarian context in Iraq has transitioned into a new phase. Although Iraq is currently in a post-conflict landscape after the end of military operations against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), there are unpredictable dynamics throughout the country, impacting humanitarian programming. Asymmetric attacks by armed groups continue to be carried out along with small scale military operations, resulting in new displacement and impacting the IDP return rate. In tandem, new sources of instability are also emerging linked to rising poverty rates, delays in community reconciliation, lack of livelihood opportunities, and political and social tensions which cause small-scale new displacement in addition to continuous hosting of refugees, mainly from Syria.
GBV violations – including domestic violence; sexual violence, exploitation and abuse - have been reported in camps and informal settlements. Women and girls with perceived affiliation to extremists – in particular - have too often been subject to sexual violence, exploitation and abuse by security actors in camp settings, and this is partially attributed to lack of access to basic services and livelihood opportunities. They also face extreme stigma from communities, in areas of displacement and return, often resulting in expulsion. As the duration of displacement has increased, limited resources and economic hardship have led displaced women and girls to resort to negative coping mechanisms, including survival sex.
In 2019, the GBV sub-cluster will ensure access to GBV services for 763,856 survivors and those at-risk, particularly women and girls with perceived affiliation to extremists, female-headed households, vulnerable men and boys, and child survivors. In prioritized locations, partners will ensure comprehensive GBV service provision through 151 static centres in camps, host communities and areas of origin, and 38 mobile teams targeting vulnerable out of camp IDPs, host and returnee populations. In those locations where GBV survivors are stigmatized, GBV services will be provided through reproductive health facilities to ensure accessibility. GBV partners will increase their focus on community engagement for GBV prevention, mitigation and response, with awareness raising activities which will seek to involve the whole community, with a particular focus on engagement of men and boys, in order to ensure greater utilization of available services.
GBV partners will address barriers to durable solutions through working with legal aid partners to ensure survivors’ access to documentation, government social protection mechanisms, residency permits, and lasting resolution of family law disputes. The sub-cluster will engage with recovery actors and advocate for their GBV interventions to align with the technical standards set by the sub-cluster, and to avoid geographic overlaps. The sub-cluster will mainstream GBV across other clusters/sectors through roll-out of trainings on the IASC GBV in Emergencies Guidelines, and GBV SOPs; and through bolstering cooperation: with legal aid actors to ensure access to legal support; with the CP sub-cluster to coordinate response to child survivors; with the MHPSS Task Force to strengthen response to GBV survivors’ needs; and with livelihood actors to increase livelihood opportunities for vulnerable women and girls. The sub-cluster will continue to strengthen the capacity of government institutions and national NGOs through training and mentorship to expand coverage in under-served areas, and improve quality of service provision. The sub-cluster will prioritize evidence-based advocacy, targeting civilian authorities, and ensure timely operational response to identified needs and risks.
As per the Country Programme Action Plan, UNFPA is expected and committed to provide technical leadership for GBV sub-cluster including associated information management,  as well as co-leading the inter-agency coordination of the GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS) as it has been doing in the past years. It is critical for UNFPA Iraq to ensure ethical and secure GBV-related information collection, analysis and dissemination for evidence-based advocacy and programming and coordinate and demonstrate collective contributions by GBV actors towards Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan.
Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator, this position is responsible for maintaining, strengthening, leading and managing the GBV Sub-Cluster Information Management and providing inter-agency support and capacity development support to the national inter-agency GBVIMS Coordinator functions. The GBV Sub-Cluster is an “area of responsibility” under the Global Protection Cluster and the mechanism through which gender-based violence in emergencies is coordinated within the inter-agency humanitarian system. The GBV Sub-Cluster’s objective is to ensure more predictable, accountable and effective GBV prevention and response in emergencies.
Following the activation of humanitarian clusters in Iraq at the beginning of 2014, UNFPA was assigned the leadership role for the GBV sub-cluster. Part of UNFPA’s task under this role was to strengthen information management of the Sub-cluster and to improve safe and ethical GBV data collection and sharing.
Maintains, strengthens, leads and manages the GBV Sub-Cluster Information Management function. Engages in robust analyses of available secondary data; consolidating existing assessments and findings; promoting assessments on the GBV situation and/or work with relevant agencies, the displaced and host populations to conduct relevant participatory analyses of GBV; and mapping current institutional response capacities.
Working closely with the Protection Cluster IMO and the GBV Sub-cluster partners, the Specialist will focus on the following key tasks:
  • Conduct rapid information management assessment of the sub-Cluster capacities and resources and develop the Sub-cluster Information Management Strategy and work plan; Lead the analyses of secondary data to ensure readily available information on known trends and patterns on GBV for inclusion at relevant points along the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, including the MIRA, HRP, and HNO
  • Coordinate mapping/monitoring system, with regard to key GBV response mechanisms and referral pathways; Serve as key focal point for GBV partners on OCHA’s ActivityInfo database; Coordinate information management with other IMOs in the development and implementation of Sub-cluster information management systems and tools
  • Coordinate GBV Sub-cluster inputs into inter-sector information management activities, including updating Who Does What Where data, updating the GBV portion of the website “humanitarianresponse.info” etc.; Represent the GBV Sub-cluster in the inter-agency information management coordination activities
  • Coordinate geographic data management and promote data standards and harmonized management; Develop GBV Sub-cluster infographs and other relevant products Leverage Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  •  Document best practices and approaches for responding to issues of GBV and prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.
  • Supervise, support and build the capacity of a dedicated inter-agency GBVIMS Coordinator, and ensure regular liaison and coordination with the GBVIMS Global Steering Committee and ensure respect for GBVIMS Information Sharing Protocol.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor and Representative.
Work Relations:
Internal contacts include Representative, Deputy Representative, GBV Humanitarian Coordinator, RH Humanitarian Coordinator, International Operations Manager, National Programme Analysts, and the CO operations and programme team.
External partners include other UN agencies, and Governmental and Non-Governmental counterparts.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • Advanced degree in Information Management, social sciences, or related field.
  • Experience in developing and facilitating workshops;
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in Information management preferably with GBVIMS experience in a humanitarian context.
  • Experience in information management, database development, usage and management.
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyse data/statistics for humanitarian operations.
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Access and database software including in depth knowledge of pivot table/chart analysis.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills: the ability to work independently and productively, with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and to handle requests or issues as they arise.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety and other ethical concerns related to the sharing on sensitive data between humanitarian agencies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyse data/statistics for humanitarian operations.
  • Fluency in English required, and Arabic strongly preferred.
  • Being accountable to achieving results.
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen
  • Thinking analytically and strategically
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships
  • Communicating for impact
  • Providing strategic focus
  • Engage internal/external partners
  • Leading, developing and empowering people
  • Create a culture of performance
Functional Skill Set:
  • Advocacy / Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization
  • Strategically positioning UNFPA Programme
  • Providing technical support system
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