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UNFPA-GBV Programming Specialist-P4-Islamabad, Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan
Position Title: GBV Programming Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNFPA
P Level: P4
Location: Islamabad, Pakistan
Duration: 3 months with the possibility of an extension
Language: English is required, local language fluency an asset 

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?  
SSAFE is not mandatory for Islamabad however, is required for field missions specially to Balochistan and Khyber Pakthunkwa.
SSAFE training can be organized upon arrival to staff who are deployed in-country for more than 3 months
Are there any special/new, specific visa considerations that need to be considered?
Government has announced expedited process for SURGE Visa application- online application is possible
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, et.c
No quarantine requirement in Pakistan
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?
No test prior to arrival or upon arrival. However, vaccination certification has to be uploaded in Passtrack App for Pakistan-24 hours before the arrival.
Is there any equipment that the Surge should become equipped with prior to travel, e.g. PPE such as masks, gloves, sanitizer, etc?
Is there any other paperwork that the local government authorities require upon entry/re-entry into the country? Visa paper, vaccination certificate on entry. And travel to field trips require NOC from MoFA
On mission considerations (for physical deployments):
What type of accommodation is available for Surge deployees?
 Hotels and Guest Houses as recommended by UNDSS. List is available
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
 There is no R&R
Medical Treatment
Are there any government restrictions or limitations that would adversely impact in-country medical treatment plans or medical evacuation?
There are no government restrictions or limitations that would adversely impact in-country medical treatment plans or medical evacuations.
What is the capacity of local facilities that can be used to treat and/or stabilize those affected by COVID-19? Government system is well established and functional for treating and stabilizing patients who are suffering from COVID 19 in both Public Sector Hospital, Private hospitals and clinics. over time Government has strengthened its capacity to also treat COVID 19 related complications
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.?
If telecommuting is required, connectivity will not be an issue.
If the Surge is required to physically deploy, can the country office provide necessary equipment, e.g. masks, gloves, sanitizer?
yes, can be provided on demand

Background Description of Emergency / Justification for Request
Nearly one-third of Pakistan is underwater, more than 3,400 kilometers of roads, 149 bridges and close to 1 million houses are damaged. The Government of Pakistan estimates that around 33 million people across the country are affected by the heavy rains, flooding and landslides. Of the 6.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, more than 1.6 million are women of reproductive age. 

A rapid needs assessment found that 86 percent of the flood affected population are mainly concerned about the provision of health services. As evidence shows, women and girls bear the brunt of natural disasters and other emergencies, and pregnancy and childbirth don’t stop for natural disasters. It is estimated that 128,000 women are pregnant, which means they need essential reproductive health services.  Without urgent support and access to medical and health services, the lives of these women will be in great jeopardy.

Women and girls are also at great risk of gender-based violence (GBV) as almost one million houses have been partially or fully damaged and some half a million people displaced by the floods are staying in relief camps and host families with limited access to humanitarian aid and safe spaces. Girls may also face an increased risks of child marriage. Discriminatory culture and social norms are restrictive to women and girls’ access to essential services including relief goods specially for women headed households. Therefore, immediate and appropriate actions must be taken to ensure that affected population including women, girls and children are provided with lifesaving services, including GBV prevention and response services.

In order to respond to the impacts of the flooding, the UNFPA Country Office (CO) is scaling up its response. Given the widespread nature of the emergency, the CO needs additional staffing to ensure that Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and GBV are well positioned in the response, particularly as it covers national level and 4 provinces.
Overall COVID-19 Situation in country:

There are currently 8,554 as of 1 Sep 2022 active cases in Pakistan, and there have been 30,582      deaths (cumulative). There are currently no COVID-19 related restrictions on movement within the country.
Security Situation Summary in country and main threats: (i.e armed conflict, terrorism, crime, social unrest, hazard)

The security situation in Pakistan differs across the country due to the trends and patterns. Thus, the threats related to ‘Armed conflict/Insurgency’ and ‘Terrorism’ continue being most represented in Balochistan and KP/NMDs.

The modus operandi continue targeting security forces, critical/economic infrastructures and soft targets (such as population gatherings, mosques and rallies) with armed attacks, Improvised Explosive devices (IEDs), including even a suicide attacks, such as the Serena Hotel in Quetta (Balochistan) on 21st April 2021, and Mosque in Peshawar on 04 March 2022 where more than 60 people were killed

The security situation in Islamabad/Rawalpindi remains calm yet unpredictable due to unplanned and planned protests; demonstrations that maintains the ‘Civil Unrest’ threat relatively ‘high’ in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Although these protests were generally peaceful, they have on occasions led to the violent clashes between the police/Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and the protestors.

Terrorism threat remains low maintaining no change in the general threat environment, while the threat actors keeping almost the same intent and capability to cause harm in the twin cities. The crime trends show that there has been no increase in the reported criminal activities involving UN personnel in 2022, however, the increase in armed robberies/theft/burglary has the potential to affect UN personnel residing in the region.

The current political and economic environment remains complex due to reports of mounting debt crises and trade imbalance. On the contrary, the increase in gas and petrol prices including prices of basic commodities triggered low-scale and scattered protests in
Islamabad and Rawalpindi and even crimes against properties (theft and robberies). The Low-risk rating assessment is mainly a result of acknowledging the measures the UN has been implementing over the years as well as the robust presence and intervention of Government security forces and not due to a change in the threat environment.

Although the capital Islamabad, Lahore (Punjab), Northern region PAK and Karachi remain in an uneasy calm, some security incidents regarding those specific threats cannot be ruled out.

Crime and Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) across the country continue to be the major concerns from day to day living and mainly in populated cities with Karachi showing the highest rate of criminality.
Role Description: Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Deputy Representative, the incumbent facilitates the implementation of UNFPA’s GBV programming in a humanitarian emergency. The 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 Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for GBV in Emergencies Programming.

In Pakistan, the government currently is not initiating a cluster system. The pre-existing sub-working group on GBV has been activated for flood response in Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. UNFPA co-leads these coordination mechanisms along with respective Provincial Disaster Management Authorities.               


Programme Development and Implementation
  • Support field assessments and/ or situational analyses, including safety audits with displaced populations and service providers to determine key GBV risks, needs and gaps for GBV      response and risk mitigation. In partnership with relevant stakeholders, develop a comprehensive survivor-centered GBV response programme in line with available global guidance that adheres to the IASC Minimum Standards for GBV in Emergencies Programming.
  • Support the establishment of GBV referral mechanisms in each of the flood affected provinces, including most affected districts.
  • Orient UNFPA CO staff, implementing partners, and national authorities on GBViE response program (planning and implementation) including      survivor-centred approach      related to floods in the country.
  • Coordinate and facilitate training sessions on GBViE for service providers from various sectors to ensure high quality and responsiveness for GBV cases.     
  • Oversee the dignity kits and emergency post-rape kits programing, and distribution      utilization by the end-point user.
  • Facilitate development of key messages, IEC materials for awareness raising,
  • Support      strengthening GBV information management and sharing with proper channels.    
  • 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 UNFPA focal persons in the provinces for GBV Sub-working group coordination and GBV programming.    
  • Provide regular and comprehensive updates related to UNFPA’s progress to address GBV with the UN Country Team, GBV Sub-working groups, and other relevant actors.
  • Under the supervision of the UNFPA Deputy Representative, represent UNFPA in relevant working groups, including GBV sub working groups and other humanitarian coordination bodies to ensure that GBV programming issues are adequately considered in the context of the humanitarian response efforts. 

  • Ensure survivor-centered monitor of GBV programming 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, and other units as necessary.
  • Support CO on reports and SitReps with GBV programming inputs, as required.

Capacity Development
  • Provide coaching to newly recruited staff and consultants, where appropriate on survivor centred GBV response programming in humanitarian settings.
  • Coach and build capacity of relevant staff members as well as staff of implementing partners responding to emergency/humanitarian crises on GBV Guiding principles as well as key GBV in emergencies programming tools, 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.
  • 7 to 10 years of specialized experience addressing GBV at the international level; experience in this field in a humanitarian context a requirement.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrated experience of designing and implementing GBV response programming in humanitarian context.
  • Proficiency in English required. Knowledge of Pakistan context and regional languages desirable    
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