UNFPA-Sub-National GBV Coordinator-P3/P4-Syria

Location: Qamishli, Syria, Syrian Arab Republic
Date Posted: 24-08-2017

Duty Station:
Duration: 3 months
Start Date: ASAP
Position Level: P3/P4
Required Languages: English

Terms of Reference


The situation in the north-eastern areas has been evolving dramatically since the beginning of 2017 along with the military operation to liberate Al-Raqaa from ISIL. Raqqa hosting community is in move and the governorate is hosting IDPs from Deir ez-Zor and refugees from nearby Iraqi city (Mosul). Frequent movement of different communities causing problems for the service providers and challenging the capacities of humanitarian response in the ground. Since April 1st till the end of July the number of IDPS has reached 319,741 individuals, most of whom are women and girls. All of those IDPs have suffered from life threatening conditions and no protection services were available in the territories they moved from. There is barely any data or information about types of GBV in Raqqa. Meanwhile observations gathered from UN implementation partners proof that the extremist militias are discriminating against gender roles and treat women and girls as second class citizens.

Women and girls fleeing ISIS controlled areas have suffered movement restrictions, such as obligation to dress full body covers, including the face, and in addition the high risk of child marriage exists. Some of them reported that forced marriage to fighters is one of the main reasons which drives families to flee their homes.

UNFPA GBV program has started GBV and PSS program to support protection of women and girls in Raqqa. Two WGSS are located in Ras AlAin and Hassakeh, which are providing full range of comprehensive care to survivors of GBV. In addition 6 mobile PSS teams providing Psychological First aid

and group counseling are moving in-between 8 location of IDPs presence. The referral mechanism has been set between 6 mobile PSS teams and reproductive health support mobile teams.
Gaps on protection services and provision of special care to survivors cannot be assessed at this stage, as there are no mechanisms currently available in the area for data collection and situation assessment. The only available data and reports are coming through newly SKYPE trained local organizations or remotely through other actors. The issue of complicated provision of civil documentation and registration by the Kurdish authorities, is one of the top issues jeopardizing the provision of services to survivors, as this limits their movement possibility, and they cannot reach out to services nearby their points of location.

Key priorities for planning women and girls protection response in Raqqa are as follows:
  • Registration and documentation support.
  • Capacity building for PSS and GBV program staff, in addition to regular technical support and guidance to partners in line with GBV AoR guidelines and tools.
  • Expansion of the existing protection services in the governorate and seeking more support and involvement by authorized actors.
  • Training of medical service providers on Clinical care to survivors of sexual violence.
  • Supply of post-rape kits to the static clinics and inform the staff on available referral system.
  • Establishment of referrals between humanitarian actors, including provision of mental health services.
  • Strengthen delivery of integrated GBV services within existing RH services to the affected IDPs in the camps through static and mobile teams/clinics.
  • Disseminate information on GBV risk mitigation methods and available services, through the mobile teams/clinics among IDPs in the camps.
  • Involving other sectors in prevention and risk mitigation of the GBV (provision of orientation session on the 2015 guidelines to mainstream GBV to CCCM, WASH, FSA, health sectors), to ensure the privacy of women and girls during tent distribution, lighting of the camp, the location of the latrines, water points, distribution points etc.
  • Procurement and distribution of Sanitary Napkin and dignity kits (female and male), the distribution should be through all the health and GBV mobile teams/clinics.
The humanitarian operations in Syria continues to increase and expand to other governorates including in the North-East Area. As such there is a need, acknowledged both at field and Damascus level, to strengthen operational coordination at sub-national level. Thus sub- national GBV coordinator for the North East Syria area including responding to Ar-Raqqa and Deir Ez-zor IDPs camps located in these two governorates is a necessity for UNFPA to coordinate multi-sectoral GBV prevention and response.
Hence, UNFPA prioritized the deployment of GBV Field Coordinator to enhance the coordination, to improve data collection and its utilization, and enhance the monitoring of the ingoing projects.

GBV sub-national coordination will ensure that the positive aspects of field coordination are kept, notably interaction amongst sector partners, exchange of information, and coordination of the response including gap analysis. It can also be favorable for an easier engagement with local authorities - as appropriate.

Role and Description
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA Syria CO Representative and in close cooperation with the GBV Officer and GBV sector coordinator, the GBV field coordinator facilitates and coordinates the rapid implementation of multi-sectoral, interagency GBV interventions in a humanitarian emergency. The GBV Coordinator's duties include: building and sustaining partnerships, strategic planning, capacity development, advocacy, and information management. The GBV Coordinator will use the lASC's Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action: Reducing Risk, Promoting Resilience. Responsibilities will also entail oversight and quality assurance monitoring of programmes in line with GBV AoR guidelines and tools.


Building and Sustaining Partnerships
  • Establish and facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination under the Protection Working Group (PWG) at sub-national level (Qamishli hub by having a standing GBV agenda throughout meetings). Promote, respect and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV.
  • Establish result-oriented, two-way communication channels between national and sub-national GBV coordination groups to ensure a standardized response to GBV.
  • Ensure high quality services provision of GBV prevention and response at all camps settings, including elements of PSS as well as mental health and crucially integrated GBV within existing Reproductive Health services through static clinics and Mobile ones.
  • Build the capacity of the local partners, and advocate with the sectors to prioritize and mainstream GBV in the humanitarian response.
  • 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.
  • Sustain oversight and quality assurance monitoring of programmes for prevention and response to GBV in line with guidelines and tools from IASC, GBV AoR, and UNFPA standards.
  • Regularly represent the GBV sub-sector in Protection Working Group, OCHA-led meetings (e.g. around development of the Strategic Response Plan or for Inter-sector Coordination), and other relevant meetings, called by the Area Humanitarian Coordinator.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other sectors/Area working groups such as the Health sector, Child Protection Sub-sector, Shelter, Food Security, Education, Mental Health sectors and Psychosocial Support Working Group, etc. to ensure integration of GBV-related action in their sectors plans and to advocate for joint awareness-raising for non-GBV specialists.
  • Advocate with donors and mobilize resources for inter-agency GBV prevention and response in line with GBV sub-sector work plan and HRP. As necessary, leverage resources within UNFPA to support inter-agency GBV activities under the GBV sub- national structure.
  • In consultation with non-governmental GBV actors and national civil society, identify appropriate mechanisms for working with and collaborating with local authorities on GBV issues.
Strategic Planning
  • Contribute to the ongoing establishment of GBV Standard Operating Procedures at national level.
  • In collaboration with national and international GBV actors, map current institutional response capacities, including facilitating mapping of GBV-specific 4Ws.
  • Contribute to updating North East Area (NEA) referral pathways and regularly review, revisit and updated.
  • Lead a process to develop a realistic, evidence-based, multi-sectoral and inter-agency prevention and response plan in the NEA governorates. Promote engagement of a range of sectors, and ensure realistic benchmarks and timelines for achieving set objectives. Regularly monitor progress against planed targets. Allow space for new actors to engage with plan over the course of the crisis response.
  • Work with partners at the sub-national level (Qamishli hub) to continually identify response gaps in line with proposed work plan (including geographic coverage and programmatic scope) and seek solutions to fill gaps.
Capacity Development
  • Provide guidance , mentoring and coaching to the national field staff on GBV prevention and response
  • Work with partners to develop an inter-agency GBV capacity development strategy that meets the needs and priorities of key local stakeholders to facilitate implementation of agreed work plan.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of sub-sector members on planning and responding to GBV in emergencies and on safe and ethical GBV information management.
  • Ensure all GBV sub-sector partners and others are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards, and other resource materials (go to www.gbvaor.net for the latest information).
  • Contribute to provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address GBV in Syria context of broader gender inequality issues.
  • Promote awareness of national laws and policies that inform action to address GBV.
Information Management
In line with WHO's Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring
Sexual Violence in Emergencies;
  • Engage in robust analyses of available 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.
  • Consolidate existing assessments on the GBV situation and/or work with relevant agencies, the displaced and host populations to conduct relevant participatory analyses of GBV.
  • Undertake new assessment missions as necessary/appropriate to determine the magnitude and scope of GBV and identify strategic inter-sectoral approaches for addressing it.
  • Work with the GBV coordination groups to adopt a standardized GBV incident report/intake form and other relevant forms as necessary. Train partner organizations and other sectors 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) - if feasible
  • If necessary, develop monthly report formats that capture relevant information and that support the analysis and evaluation of program progress and outcomes.
  • Document best practices and approaches for responding to issues of GBV in order to deepen the knowledge base among relevant partners.
  • Support the visibility of the humanitarian response through providing inputs to human interest stories and different CO reports and communication documents
  • Prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.
Carry out other duties that is required by the CO Representative including the coordination of other
humanitarian response activities

Administrative and Miscellaneous Duties
  • Write monthly reports documenting progress against work plan outputs.
  • Other duties as required.
Must Have Demonstrable Qualifications and Experience in the Following Areas
  • Advanced degree in social work or other social sciences, public health, community health, international relations, international law, human rights or related field. Candidate with midwifery certification, mental health qualification and experience is a plus, previous experience especially in the field in Syria is a distinct advantage
  • 7 years of experience working on gender-based violence, of which 4 are at the international level, preferably in a humanitarian context.
  • Experience leading inter-agency coordination mechanisms with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the critical components to facilitate effective inter-agency coordination.
  • Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of how GBV manifests in humanitarian settings and ability to describe context-specific prevention and response actions.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations, including the Cluster System and HPC, and roles/responsibilities of key humanitarian actors.
  • Experience designing and managing GBV programmes in an NGO (recommended).
Proficiency in English and in other official languages or the UN required/desirable.
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