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UNFPA-GBV Sub-Sector Coordinator-P3-Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Title:  GBV Sub-Sector Coordinator Level: P3
Requesting Agency UNFPA Country:   Sri Lanka
Principal duty station and
% of time of any travel to other duty stations
 Colombo Security phase in country / duty station/s person will be required to work in  MODERATE (3)
What type of working arrangement is available now?
In-country international deployment: Yes
In-country telecommuting: No
Remote-based support from outside country acceptable: No
Some movement on the ground is permissible: Yes
Requested date of deployment  ASAP Requested length of deployment (in months)  3 months
How will the assignment be funded:
Seeking funds
First request or extension:
First request
What type of emergency is the person to support? (Please select or highlight)
  1. COVID-19 response efforts
  2. Rapid onset emergency
  3. Protracted humanitarian emergency
  4. Combination. Specify:

Mission Specific Considerations during COVID-19

Remote-Based Deployments (if remote-based please only fill in this table)
Considerations for remote-based deployments
If the deployment is remote-based, is the country office set up to ensure ongoing communication / team integration and appropriate supervision with the deployee from afar? Please explain.  

Physical deployments (only fill out if you anticipate surge to physically deploy)
Pre-departure considerations for physical deployments
Does this duty station require candidates to have undertaken SSAFE training? If so, can the office provide training upon arrival?  
Are there any special/new, specific visa considerations that need to be considered?
No.  Visa on arrival post approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or online business visa accepted
What type of quarantining rules does the local government mandate at this stage upon arrival?
Be sure to include how long for, and possible locations the person will/should be quarantined. i.e. government mandated facilities or pre-approved hotels, etc.
No Quarantine for fully vaccinated individuals.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals require a negative PCR test result done prior to 72hrs of embarkation or a negative Rapid Antigen Test done prior to 48 hours of embarkation. 
C-19 testing and clearance
Does the Surge need to undertake any COVID-19 testing prior to arrival or upon arrival? Are there any other medical clearances or vaccines deployees need to undertake before travel to this country?
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals require a negative PCR test result done prior to 72hrs of embarkation or a negative Rapid Antigen Test done prior to 48 hours of embarkation. 
No other clearance or vaccines required.
Is there any equipment that the Surge should become equipped with prior to travel, e.g. PPE such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc?
No.  However any prescription medication should be brought along when traveling due to the current shortage of certain medication
Is there any other paperwork that the local government authorities require upon entry/re-entry into the country? Letter of Invitation from host country office and copy of note verbale (if issued)
On mission considerations (for physical deployments):
What type of accommodation is available for Surge deployees?
 Hotels, Guest Houses, Airbnb
Is the duty station on an R&R cycle and if so how often? Please provide any details that have changed because of COVID-19
 Not an R&R duty station
Medical Treatment
Are there any government restrictions or limitations that would adversely impact in-country medical treatment plans or medical evacuation?
What is the capacity of local facilities that can be used to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19? Private Hospitals available
Office arrangement for telecommuting
If the Surge needs to telecommute within the country, can the country office demonstrate that the deployee is realistically able to work in terms of remote connectivity, equipment, etc.?
Equipment will be provided for the purpose of telecommuting eg – data dongle, phone connection.
If the Surge is required to physically deploy, can the country office provide necessary equipment, e.g. masks, gloves, sanitizer?

Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request
Sri Lanka is experiencing an acute economic crisis with an unsustainable level of public debt and low international reserves brought on by recent policy changes including large tax cuts and pandemic induced setbacks. The effects of the economic crisis have created a humanitarian crisis with increasing economic, health, social and protection risks impacting the wellbeing of the people. The crisis has now evolved in a situation that severely affects women and girls in the areas of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV).

The CO has finalized the Humanitarian Response Strategy and Plan with a targeted reach of 2,114,750 women, girls and other vulnerable groups and a total budget of USD10,725,500 required. USD1,668,428.57 of the required funding has already been raised with a gap of USD 9,057,017.43 to be covered. The plan will be implemented in 15 districts wherein 10 districts will have integrated SRH and GBV response and 5 districts will have targeted response based on unique vulnerabilities.

The plan has three objectives:
  1. Ensure coordination and continuity of life-saving SRH information and services for women and girls;
  2. Mitigate and respond to gender-based violence and strengthen GBV coordination;
  3. Protect and maintain economic resilience and dignity of women, girls and young people.

Overall COVID-19 Situation in country:
There are a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country causing deaths. The government has imposed certain travel restrictions and procedures in the country. The COVID-19 situation also changes day by day. The government strongly recommends having COVID-19 vaccines. Please follow the government guidelines and advisories at https://www.hpb.health.gov.lk/en/covid-19#healthCirculars. For travel advisory and restrictions, kindly visit: https://data.humdata.org/dataset/covid-19-global-travel-restrictions-and-airline-information. Other than COVID-19, it is advised to bring mosquito repellents and use mosquito nets as mitigation against dengue and other related diseases.

Security Situation Summary in country and main threats:
Massive protests with occasional clashes with police continue in Sri Lanka. Gatherings at fuel stations and gas distribution points may erupt spontaneously and turn violent, not leaving time for bystanders to run away or react adequately. Hence, the risk of collateral damage cannot be ruled out. There are no restrictions on UN incoming missions in Sri Lanka, however, new staff and visitors must contact UNDSS and receive a country security briefing immediately on arrival.

Role 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 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.

UNFPA Sri Lanka leads the GBV sub-sector with UNICEF leading the Protection sector. The members of the development-centered Forum for SGBV are invited to participate in the GBV sub-sector for the socio-economic crisis. The body meets every 2 weeks. 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 SG’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 humanitarian needs and priorities (HNP)     . 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 draft, 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 plans 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 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 plans.
  • 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 www.gbvaor.net 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
  • 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 Multi Initial Rapid Assessment (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 introduce and co-develop 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.

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 fields. 
  • 3-7 years of experience working on gender-based violence, of which 1 is 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 is required.
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