GBV sub-national /Coordination (Surge Capacity)
Title: The GBV sub-national coordinator Level: P3
Requesting agency UNFPA Country Syria CO
Duty station Aleppo Security phase in
Country/ duty station Substantial
Requested date of deployment March 2019 Requested length of deployment Four months
(indicate with Yes/No) YES Extension
(indicate with No. of extension 1,2,3)
BACKGROUND INFORMATION/REASON FOR REQUEST/EXTENSION:
The landscape in Syria is likely to remain complex and unpredictable throughout 2019, and as a consequence the severe humanitarian situation is anticipated to continue. On the basis of current trends and contextual developments, it is estimated that up to 1.2 million population movements may take place in 2019 (approximately 100,000 per month), mostly within governorates and as a result of hostilities. It is expected that 1.2 million to 1.5 million IDPs will return throughout 2019. This would mark the first year where expected returns are higher than expected population movements. Self-organized refugee returns from neighbouring host countries will remain comparatively low but exceed previous years, with an estimated 250,000 refugees expected to return. Meanwhile, conditions will likely remain not conducive for voluntary, safe, dignified and sustained repatriation across many parts of Syria. As a result, humanitarian needs are expected to remain high across Syria. The geographic distribution and severity of humanitarian needs are expected to remain dynamic, with acute needs increasing in areas that witness displacement and hostilities.
The humanitarian response is expected to continue to face access challenges across Syria, regardless of area of control. The number of people in need in hard-to-reach areas is likely to decrease but remain significant, with many communities continuing to face acute humanitarian needs owing to the lack of freedom of movement and regular access to basic services.
As humanitarian needs remain immense, humanitarian actors will continue advocate for the provision of humanitarian assistance across Syria, regardless of areas of control, and including through the most direct routes.
The GBV sub-national coordinator will be based in Aleppo with frequent travel to the field, as conditions permit.
Moreover, there are increased needs to strengthen UNFPA’s engagement in the life-saving, GBV coordination across the Country, recovery and resilience programs including for the new accessible areas such as Aleppo, Raqqa and Der Ezor, also noting that the Government has granted permission to the UN to open a hub in Der Ezor
Under the overall supervision of the Rep/ Deputy Rep, will report to International GBV Coordinator and will work closely with the Programme team, and GBV and Gender teams in particular, The GBV sub-national coordinator’s will strength the following at field level: Inter-agency coordination and partnerships, technical leadership and strategic planning, advocacy, communications, knowledge management and resource mobilization, capacity development, advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation. The GBV sub- national Coordinator will use the 2015 IASC’s Guidelines for integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action: Reducing GBV Risk, Promoting Resilience.
The GBV sub-national Coordinator will also contribute to the UNFPA GBV unit programming and planning process adding the sub-national perspective.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The scope of the activities listed below may vary depending on the length of assignment and phase of the crisis.
Inter-Agency Coordination and Partnerships
● Under the overall supervision of the Rep/ Deputy Rep, will report to national GBV Coordinator and will work closely with the Programme team, and GBV and Gender teams in particular.
● Facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination groups at sub-national levels in Aleppo, Qamisli and Homs. Promote, respect and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV sub-sector.
● Ensure the overall coordination of the GBV Sub-sector, and oversees the GBV coordination mechanisms in the field.
● 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.
● Contribute on the PSEA mechanism and participate in any PSEA meeting
● Represent the GBV Sub-sector in any relevant meeting such as, Protection sector meeting, Health sector meeting etc.
● Work in close collaboration with the UNFPA Head of office in Aleppo, Qamisli and Homs and with the National sector coordinator and the sector focal points at sub national level to mainstream GBV issues
● Liaise with the main GBV actors present to strengthen inter-agency, multi- sectoral GBV coordination groups at field level
● Provide technical support for the development of communication products on the GBV situation, needs and gaps, including in OCHA and UNFPA 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
● 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 Standard Operating Procedures and roll out in the field once endorsed by Government of Syria
• 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 in displaced settings and areas identified at risk of violence in the geographic areas under his/her coverage with relevant agencies when is possible
● 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 HRP and other appeal processes and documents
● Work with sector 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 NGOs/INGOs 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, CCM/Shelter/NFI, WASH, Food and Nutrition and Health sectors.
● In collaboration with sub-national GBV actors, map current institutional response capacities, including facilitating mapping of GBV-specific 4Ws.
● 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 Mobilization
● 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 at field level
● Prepare monthly/quarterly/biannual reports on the GBV sector, including progress made against the work plan.
● Under the overall guidance of the National GBV Sub Sector coordinator strongly advocate UN/UNFPA’s and the Sector’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 Sector work plan. As required, leverage resources within UNFPA to support inter-agency GBV activities under the GBV Sector.
Monitoring and Evaluation
● In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies:
● 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’.
● Undertake new assessment missions as necessary to determine the magnitude and scope of GBV and identify strategic inter-sectoral approaches for addressing GBV.
● Document best practices and approaches for responding to issues of GBV in order to contribute to the existing evidence base.
● Prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.
● Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan which includes clear reporting mechanisms that document the results of activities delivered by the GBV sector.
● Help monitor GBV emergency assistance provided by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations.
● 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 the international GBV sub sector coordinator, UNFPA Representative, Deputy Representative or Aleppo Head of Office.
Qualifications and Skills required:
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.
Knowledge and Experience:
● 5 years of experience working on gender-based violence, preferably in a humanitarian context.
● Experience leading inter-agency coordination mechanisms with a wide range of stakeholders.
● 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.
● Managing and monitoring programmes implemented by NGOs/ UN ( recommended).
● Proficiency in English oral and written is a must. Working level of Arabic is desirable.
● Values: Integrity, commitment, embracing diversity, embracing change
● Core Competencies: Achieving results, accountability, developing professional expertise, analytical
● thinking, working in teams, communicating for impact
● Required Skill Set: Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda; Resource mobilization; Generating managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information; Providing technical support system; Strengthening the programming capacity of country offices.
Other Desirable Skills:
Initiative, strong conceptual abilities, sound judgment, strong interest in humanitarian work, especially the mission of the United Nations Population Fund and dedication to the principles of the United Nations.