UNFPA-GBV Programmme Specialist-P3-Bihac-Bosnia Herzegovina

Location: Bihac, --, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date Posted: 06-02-2019
Title: GBV Programme Specialist    Level: P3
Requesting agency    UNFPA    Country    Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duty station    Bihac    Security phase in
country / duty station    Security Level 2, Risk low
Requested date of deployment    End of February    Requested length of deployment    1 Month with possibility of extension
First request (indicate with Yes/No)    Yes    Extension (indicate with No. of extension 1,2,3)    N/A
Context and Background:
It is estimated that over 9,000 migrants/asylum seekers have entered Bosnia and Herzegovina since January 2018. Initially, a large proportion resided in capital Sarajevo in informal settlements, but have been subsequently moved to asylum center in Delijas (30 km away from Sarajevo) and to a readmission center Salakovac (15 km away from Mostar). However, many bypassed the official, state-organised relocations to the government-run centers and moved of their own accord to Bihac and Velika Kladusa, in hopes of crossing the North-Western border with Croatia.
Overall, the UNFPA rapid assessment, found that the GBV considerations were found to be completely missing in the response interventions to date, even in the cases of reported incidents of GBV. Moreover, different levels of risks were identified in locations that are managed by the government and especially in two informal settings, including concerns relating to adolescents from the local population.
Among the underlying causes of further deterioration in the health and GBV-related services, which reflected negatively in the overall conditions of women and girls are: a) overwhelmed local health facilities and unavailability of women safe spaces; b) limited skills of health professionals in providing GBV assistance; c) poor hygiene and living conditions among the affected population, d) exceptionally violent fights amongst the males from different ethnic groups and overall increasing levels of stress due to prolonged life along the route. Women's mobility has been curbed significantly. Women and girls have limited movement even outside their tents due to fear of violence, as well as from accessing limited services, by their husbands. The assessment also showed that men and boys, as evidenced in the region, also suffer from GBV. As the country programme is based on policy advocacy model, UNFPA representation is centralised in the capital only without any field representation in the area where migrants currently reside. With current and expected increased funding for the response to acute needs, expanding CO capacity in the area is critical.
Key Profile Information:
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and guidance from Assistant Representative, the incumbent facilitates the implementation of UNFPA's GBV programming in a humanitarian emergency. GBV programming in humanitarian emergencies is multi-sectoral and involves organizations and actors from the displaced and host communities, NGO and government implementing partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations that engage in comprehensive prevention and response initiatives. Key duties include: assessment and planning; partnership development; training and sensitization; and monitoring and evaluation. Planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of GBV initiatives will be conducted through the use of available global guidelines and standards, and will be in line with UNFPA's Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies.
Programme Development and Implementation
•    Conduct field assessments and/or situational analyses to determine needs and gaps for GBV prevention and response. Where possible, ensure that GBV issues are integrated into others' assessments. Assessments should consider the needs of women, girls, boys and men separately and should focus on identifying gaps and trends to improve programming.
•    Develop with colleagues and implementing partners, if appropriate, GBV specific prevention and response interventions in line with UNFPA minimum Standards for prevention and Response to Gender- Based Violence in Emergencies. In emergencies, these should particularly focus on service delivery and protection
•    Orient and if necessary conduct training for UN staff, implementing partners, and national authorities in planning and implementing GBV programmes related to refugees, IDPs/returnees and host communities.
•    Sensitize implementing partners, UN sister agencies and national authorities around the existence and implementation of the Guidelines for Integrating GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Action.
•    GBV mainstreaming through identifying and integrating relevant aspects of the GBV Guidelines training
materials into other cluster/sector-specific training, and resources in collaboration with other sectors and clusters;
•    Provide support and follow up to partners who attended the GBV Guidelines Regional Workshop (in September), on the developed action points in addressing GBV gaps/challenges into their context.
•    Coordinate UNFPA GBV response, monitor and supervise quality of activities, developing as possible best practices and documentation.
•    Proactively engage with donors to raise additional programme funds in line with over-arching vision and work plan.
•    Maintain solid working relationships with all UN agencies member of the UN Inter-Agency Protection Coordination Working Group, as well as the other coordination mechanisms that are also attended by the authorities and the NGOs;
•    Provide regular and comprehensive updates related to UNFPA's progress to address GBV;
•    As requested, represent UNFPA in relevant humanitarian coordination bodies, to ensure that GBV issues are adequately considered in the context of the humanitarian response efforts.
•    Establish linkages between existing Gender, RH and HIV programmes to ensure synergies between programmes and maximize programme impact.
•    Monitor GBV assistance provided by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations.
•    Monitor UNFPA's GBV programme activities by keeping a close record of activities, such as capacity building, expenditures and agreements made with local partners.
•    Prepare regular progress reports and document lessons learned and challenges and share with the relevant UNFPA Regional Office, UNFPA Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch, and other units as may be necessary.
•    Support CO and RO on the coordination of humanitarian issues and preparation of reports and SitReps, as required.
Any Other Duties
•    Perform any other duties as required by the Representative ai, RO/SRO, and HQ.
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.
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