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UNFPA-GBV Coordinator-P3/P4-Caracas, Venezuela (and neighbouring countries)

Caracas, Venezuela
Background information/reason for request/extension:
The international humanitarian response needs to be scaled up and integrated for Venezuelans inside and outside of Venezuela, as the political situation in Venezuela is evolving and is likely to escalate. The humanitarian needs inside the country are severe as are the needs of migrants in neighboring countries where trafficking and exploitation are rife and xenophobia (with incidents of violence) is increasing.

At present time the countries with greatest needs are Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. Guyana is also a major concern given the remote conditions across the country and lack of infrastructure in the hinterland. In the other countries migrants are crossing on foot, walking for many weeks, and are extremely vulnerable, especially to GBV.
All aspects of response need to be strengthened and scaled up with SRH, GBV and humanitarian coordination capacities being prioritized taking into account the needs in most affected area. We can also expect the needs in other countries to grow in 2019 understanding that 16 countries are participating in the Regional Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela.
Role and Description:
Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and/or Head of Office, the incumbent facilitates and coordinates the rapid implementation of multi-sectoral, inter-agency GBV interventions in a humanitarian emergency. Comprehensive GBV prevention and response programming in humanitarian emergencies requires skilled coordination of a range of organizations and actors from the displaced and host communities, NGOs, government partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations. The GBV Coordinator’s duties include:  building and sustaining partnerships, strategic planning, capacity development, advocacy, and information management. The GBV Coordinator will use the IASC’s Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action: Reducing Risk, Promoting Resilience, and Aiding Recovery, the GBV Area of Responsibility’s GBV Coordination Handbook, UNFPA’s Managing GBV Programmes in Emergencies Guide and Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies to facilitate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of inter-agency GBV initiatives.
In countries where the Cluster System has been initiated, UNFPA and UNICEF have joint responsibility for either establishing and/or leading a GBV coordination body (often called a “GBV Sub-Cluster”) under the Protection Cluster or for actively identifying and supporting another agency to take on this role.  In Cluster countries, the incumbent will represent UNFPA in an inter-agency capacity to ensure a robust and well-functioning coordination body that promotes the highest standards of GBV prevention and response, in line with global guidance.
Building and Sustaining Partnerships
  • Establish and facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination groups (“sub-clusters”) at national and sub-national levels. Promote, respect and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV sub-cluster.
  • Establish result-oriented, two-way communication channels between national and sub-national GBV coordination groups to ensure a standardized response to GBV.
  • 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.
  • Regularly represent the GBV sub-cluster in Protection Cluster meetings, OCHA-led meetings (e.g. around development of the Strategic Response Plan or for Inter-Cluster Coordination), and other relevant meetings, including those called by the Humanitarian Coordinator.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other clusters/working groups such as the Health Cluster, Child Protection Sub-Cluster, Shelter Cluster, Food Security Cluster, Education Cluster, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Working Group, etc. to ensure integration of GBV-related action in their Cluster 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-cluster work plan and SRP. As necessary, leverage resources within UNFPA to support inter-agency GBV activities under the Sub-Cluster.
  • In consultation with non-governmental GBV actors and national civil society, identify appropriate mechanisms for working with and collaborating with national authorities on GBV issues.
Strategic Planning
  • Facilitate rapid establishment of Standard Operating Procedures, initially emphasizing development of referral pathways in advance of full SOP completion. Regularly review and revisit SOPs at strategic points throughout the crisis response.
  • In collaboration with national and international GBV actors, map current institutional response capacities, including facilitating mapping of GBV-specific 3Ws.
  • Lead a process to develop a realistic, evidence-based multi-sectoral and inter-agency prevention and response plan. Promote engagement of a range of sectors and ensure realistic benchmarks and timelines for achieving set objectives. Regularly monitor progress against plan during coordination meetings. Allow space for new actors to engage with plan over the course of the crisis response.
  • Work with partners to continually identify response gaps in line with proposed work plan (including geographic coverage and programmatic scope) and seek solutions to fill gaps. Advocate with UNFPA as sub-cluster lead to address gaps not yet filled by partners.
Capacity Development
  • Work with partners to develop an inter-agency GBV capacity development strategy that meets the needs and priorities of key national and local stakeholders to facilitate implementation of agreed work plan.
  • Revise existing training materials according to local context and ensure partners’ access to relevant training sessions.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of sub-cluster members on planning and responding to GBV in emergencies and on safe and ethical GBV information management.
  • Ensure all GBV sub-cluster partners and others are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards, and other resource materials (go to for the latest information).
  • Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address GBV in the 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 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.
  • Prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.
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. 
  • 7-10 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 Spanish.
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