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UNFPA-GBV Programme Specialist-P3/P4-Uzhgorod, Ukraine

Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Position Title: GBV Programming Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNFPA
P Level: P3/P4
Location: Uzhgorod, Ukraine
Duration: 6 months
Language: English is required. Russian/Ukrainian is an asset


Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request 

Civilian casualties continue to increase after over two weeks of intense hostilities. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates 1,506 civilian casualties, including 549 killed . However, these estimates are likely to be much higher as the situation continues to worsen. Since the invasion on 24th February over 4.2 million people have been forcibly displaced with estimates of over 2 million refugees crossing into nearby countries. The most urgent needs for humanitarian assistance are reported in Dnipro (central), Donetsk region (east), Kharkiv city and region (east), Kherson city and region (south), Kyiv city and region (capital), Luhansk region (east) and Mariupol (south-east) – home to more than 7.3 million people combined. Dwindling cash reserves, empty ATMs and suspended money transfer services have greatly curtailed people's ability to purchase basic goods, including personal female hygiene items, amidst the threats of shortage of basic necessities, including food, medicines and fuel due to disrupted supply chain at the Ukrainian borders and within the nation.

Attacks on health facilities have been reported by the WHO with at least 24 confirmed. This has severe implications on the local population, particularly for women and girls who are often the most vulnerable during such crises. As of 8th March, there are an estimated 265,000 pregnant women in Ukraine and some 80,000 are expected to deliver within the next three months. RH medical supplies are in great need. Ensuring continuity of life-saving health and social services, including SRH and GBV prevention and response, for those people on the move is critical. Special attention needs to be paid to the heightened protection risks of vulnerable groups, including women and children, GBV survivors, older persons, people living with disabilities and third-country migrants.

With the increase of movement of people fleeing the hostility there is an increased risk of gender based violence towards women and girls. Unconfirmed reports of rape have been received. The UNFPA is providing support for 20 operators and four psychologists to respond to messages received from women across Ukraine, supporting them with mental health issues and providing them with psychological support, including on issues linked to gender-based violence (GBV). The national hotline for GBV survivors is operating using virtual chat messengers, and two of the specialists offer in-person psychosocial support.
 UNFPA is supporting the operation of 10 shelters and eight crisis rooms for GBV survivors, which continue their operations across Ukraine, including in cities hard-hit by ongoing hostilities such as Kyiv, Myrnohrad and Rubizhne.

Overall COVID-19 Situation in country: 

Pre-escalation on 24th February, the government of Ukraine has introduced a so-called “adaptive quarantine regime” provisioning COVID-19 related restrictions that differ depending on pandemic situation in each specific region. Most regions have re-opened the services and institutions, subject to certain social distancing requirements. COVID-19 related quarantine restrictions on entering Ukraine do not apply to the employees of diplomatic missions and consular posts of foreign states, offices of international missions, organizations accredited in Ukraine and members of their families. Crossing the state border of Ukraine by foreigners without an existing insurance policy (certificate) which covers the costs associated with treatment of COVID-19 and the negative result of testing for COVID-19 by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), which was done no more than 72 hours before crossing the state border, will be prohibited.  Commercial international passenger services to and from Ukraine resumed. Most of the land border crossing points (BCPs) remain opened. For information regarding the UN response to COVID-19, including contact information of COVID19 coordinators in specific countries, please use the following website: https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/covid-19-coordinators      

Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)

Ukraine Eastern Conflict Area
Armed Conflict    HIGH
Terrorism     LOW
Civil Unrest    MODERATE
Hazards    LOW

Ukraine mainland
HIGH (5)
Armed Conflict    EXTREME
Terrorism     MODERATE
Civil Unrest    HIGH
Hazards    LOW

Armed conflict threat levels rose significantly following the launch of the Russian Federation invasion  of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. Russian troops moved across the Ukrainian border in several waves, towards the port city of Odessa, moving inland from Crimea in the south, crossing the eastern border near Kharkiv, and moving their positions in Belarus into an area north of Kyiv. Full-scale armed conflict is ongoing with organized structured forces, including a full involvement of the regular RF military, aviation, and maritime forces, as well as newly mobilized Ukrainian civilian self-defense force. Shelling, air strikes and fighting are ongoing in multiple locations in the Kyiv, north-eastern, Donbass and southern frontlines of Ukraine. While the Russian Federation announced its intention to target only military infrastructure, reports indicate extensive damage to civilians, their properties, and civilian infrastructures. In addition to active conflict and the use of unguided munitions with associated collateral risk, the threat from mines, unexploded ordnance and explosive remnants of war is expected to be acute.

Crime: Lone criminals or criminal groups are operating mainly in big cities across Ukraine, sometimes armed. The mounting humanitarian crisis and dire impact of the ongoing conflict on the lives and livelihoods of ordinary citizens has led to a surge in crime, potentially raising the risks of violent attacks and robberies against UN personnel, assets, and operations. UN equipment and premises in areas with no or limited/reduced UN presence remain vulnerable to theft, raids or use for military purposes. Opportunistic crime, street theft, burglary, rape, vehicle theft, and vandalism pose a threat to the local population as well as expatriates. Security Levels: Ukraine Mainland – Security Level Five (High)

Role Description:

Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and/or Head of Office, 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. 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 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 to ensure the Fund’s issues and actions are adequately and appropriately reflected and to enable a better-coordinated response to GBV in the humanitarian setting.


Programme Development and Implementation
●    Conduct field assessments and/ or situational analyses to determine needs and gaps for GBV prevention and response.  Where appropriate, ensure GBV issues are integrated in other key assessments. 
●    In partnership with relevant UN, national and international NGOs, Red Cross, and government stakeholders, develop a comprehensive GBV programme in line with available global guidance that adheres to UNFPA’s Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies.
●    Orient UNFPA CO staff, implementing partners, and national authorities in planning and implementing GBV programmes related to refugees, IDPs/returnees and host communities.  
●    Coordinate and facilitate training sessions on GBV in emergencies for health care providers, community services officers, security personnel, the refugee/IDP population, etc.
●    Oversee the procurement of emergency post-rape kits and other relevant commodities and monitor their distribution and utilization by the end-point user.
●    Support the CO to accelerate implementation of activities funded through CERF and UNFPA Emergency Response Fund and engage with donors to raise additional programme funds in line with overarching vision and work plan.

●    Maintain solid working relationships; in collaboration with the GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator and UNFPA Representative/Head of Office, provide regular and comprehensive updates related to UNFPA’s progress to address GBV with the UN Country Team, GBV Sub-Cluster, Protection Cluster, Health Cluster, and other relevant actors. 
●    Under the supervision of the UNFPA Representative/Head of Office, represent UNFPA in relevant Cluster and other 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 that 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 share with the relevant UNFPA Regional Office, UNFPA Humanitarian Office, and other units as necessary. 
●    Contribute to reports and SitReps, as required.

Capacity Development
●    Provide coaching to newly recruited staff and consultants  on GBV, where appropriate. 
●    Coach and build capacity of relevant staff members as well as staff of implementing partners responding to GBV emergency/humanitarian crisis, as needed. 

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.
●    2 to 10 years of specialized experience addressing GBV at the international level; experience in this field in a humanitarian context is an asset.
●    Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
●    Direct experience providing support to GBV survivors as an asset.
●    Proficiency in English and in other official languages (insert specific language if necessary) or the UN required/desirable

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