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UNFPA-GBV Sub-National Coordinator-P3/P4-Pemba, Mozambique

Pemba, Mozambique
Background information/reason for request/extension:
Cyclone Kenneth has degraded into a low-pressure system with heavy rain throughout Cabo Delgado extending to parts of Nampula province. The districts of Macomia, Ibo Island and Quissanga were the most affected as they were already vulnerable districts due to insurgencies since October 2017. The morning meteorology reports torrential rain will continue until Tuesday, 30 April. Two out of three river basins are rising towards alert levels. Pemba Airport is now open and electricity and water supplies have been restored in Pemba city. The COE Coordination Meeting held on 27 April 2019 was led by Agostinho do Rosário, the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister confirmed that a second logistics operation base will be set up in Macomia. More UN agencies have deployed to Pemba, such as: OCHA, WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, WFP.
Five deaths (1 in Pemba, 2 in Macomia and 2 in Ibo) and 11 injuries have been reported and 168,219 people were affected. There were 9 districts in Cabo Delgado, and 5 in Nampula reportedly affected. Initial reports from Nampula province indicate that another 42,000 people have been displaced owing to rains and flooding (figures are to be confirmed). Government authorities are currently evacuating populations from high-risk areas in Nacala and Nacala Velha districts. It is estimated that 5,049 affected women are pregnant and are at risk of insecure delivery. Rescue efforts are in place in districts that have been isolated; UNFPA is providing vehicle support to Brazilian firefighters who are running search and rescue missions. As a result of these needs, UNFPA has an urgent priority to ensure overarching GBV Coordination needs in the affected area and is thus requesting three months of surge support in the capacity of a GBV Sub-national Coordinator who will lead on the overarching GBV coordination needs for this specific response.
The GBV Coordinator will be based in Pemba and will provide technical leadership and overall coordination for GBV needs with focus on GBV programming at the sub-national level in the affected area.
Role and Description: Under the overall guidance of the UNFPA CO Representative and the direct supervision of the Surge Humanitarian Response Coordinator, the incumbent facilitates and coordinates the rapid implementation of multi-sectoral, inter-agency GBV interventions to assist those affected by the cyclone Kenneth. 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.
Building and Sustaining Partnerships
  • Establish and facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral work through the Protection cluster, including GBV coordination groups (“sub-clusters”) at 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 at sub-national level.
  • Ensure result-oriented, two-way communication channels between the national GBV Coordination channel and sub-national GBV coordination groups to ensure a standardized response to GBV.
  • Proactively engage with all relevant stakeholders at the sub-national level 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.).
  • Regularly represent the Protection Cluster in 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, Shelter Cluster, Food Security Cluster, Education Cluster in the affected areas and in capital as necessary 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 work plans. As necessary, leverage resources within UNFPA to support inter-agency GBV activities under the Protection 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 Protection cluster lead to address gaps not yet filled by partners working in close collaboration with SRH surge specialists.
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, including to integrate post-crisis issues if necessary.
  • Revise existing training materials according to local context and ensure partners’ access to relevant training sessions.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of working group or cluster  members on planning and responding to GBV in emergencies and on safe and ethical GBV information management.
  • Ensure all 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 relevant stakeholders to adopt a standardized GBV incident report/intake form and other relevant forms as 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.
Qualifications and Skills required:
  • Advanced technical 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.
  • Direct experience providing support to GBV survivors an asset.
  • Proficiency in English required. Proficiency in Portuguese, Spanish or Italian desirable
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