Position Title: Gender Based Violence in Emergencies Expert Receiving Agency: WHO P Level: P3 Location: Bucharest, Romania (Ukraine Response) Duration: 3 months Language: English required, Ukrainian or Romanian is an asset
WHO seeks a qualified individual consultant with expert knowledge of gender-based violence (GBV) response and prevention, some knowledge of sexual and reproductive health in emergencies as well as demonstrated professional experience in humanitarian response and preparedness, to implement activities to strengthen integration of GBV interventions into the WHO and the interagency health sector response in Romania to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The war in Ukraine has sparked significant displacement and movement of refugees escaping conflict into EU and non-EU border countries. By April 21st 2023, approximately 127,000 refugees had obtained temporary protection, with approximately 75% women and children who need specialized care and protection. In conflict situations, and certainly during displacement, the risk of sexual violence and gender-based violence (GBV) are increased. Access to survivor-centred clinical management of rape (CMR) services must be available by trained providers, including linkage to confidential psychosocial care and legal services. Women of reproductive age need sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care, and access to quality services must be available, including for maternal and neonatal health services, contraception, assessment and treatment of STI (including HIV), and management of other women’s health issues, including cervical and breast concerns.
WHO in Romania has a Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and an SRH specialist consultant working on the emergency response. They are also currently the GBV and PSEAH focal point as well. Following initial CMR training at government run sexual violence centers there is a need for technical assistance in helping institutions integrate GBV care into health systems alongside SRH. A consultant is sought to provide support to this role and to bring GBV expertise into SRH programming.
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Country Office in Romania, the Consultant will work proactively to operationalize GBV/SRH interventions within coordinated interagency efforts to respond to the GBV situation in humanitarian settings by: providing timely and sustainable technical support on GBV to WHO and the Health sector, strengthening the skills and knowledge of health partners to respond to GBV, and enhancing multi-sectoral linkages to improve referral to other services. The Consultant will work in close collaboration with the Country Office Team, the GBV Technical Advisors in the EURO region and in HQ, as well as with other health partners. Output 1: Provide timely and sustainable technical support on GBV to the WHO emergency team and Health sector Activity 1.1: Actively participate in and provide technical leadership and direction to the GBV sub-working group with joint reporting to the Protection Sector (led by UNHCR) and the Health Sector (led by WHO). Activity 1.2: Ensure appropriate integration of GBV into Health sector information management mechanisms and tools, communications, and reporting especially in the SRH sector Activity 1.3: Integrate GBV health response needs into flash appeals, humanitarian needs/response plans, and/or other relevant advocacy and resource mobilization products Output 2: Enhance the capacity of WHO staff and health partners to respond to GBV Activity 2.1: Support WHO partners to provide access to high quality GBV/SRHR services, through technical support /resourcing of services and/or referrals to service providers. Activity 3.3: Lead WHO’s work on the dissemination of WHO guidelines on the health response to GBV survivors into the Romanian system, including building on existing relationships with academic institutions, civil society organizations, private sector and the Ministry of Health. Activity 3.4: Identify new allies, partners and entry points to improve access to quality health care for GBV survivors and integrate these into the work of the Health Sector where possible. Activity 3.5: Work with National institutions to provide technical input in developing policies and protocols for CMR-IPV response. Output 3: Support linkages and coordination between the health sector (including SRHR, MHPSS, Protection working groups as relevant) and the GBV Sub-sector.
Activity 3.1: Ensure synergy with other humanitarian and local actors on activities around GBV, including by ensuring that strategies and plans for any coordination groups (Protection, Health Sector including SRHR, CMR, MHPSS, CP and PRSEAH) are aligned, reflect the needs of civil society organisations providing services and reduce duplication amongst actors. Activity 3.2: Strengthen integration of quality assured sexual health services into GBV referral network/referral pathways, in coordination with the GBV Sub-sector and PSEA network. Activity 3.3: Maintain/establish connection with SRH and GBV colleagues from other UN, INGO, and NGO agencies working in Romania for networking, information and resource sharing, and potential collaboration. Activity 3.4: Liaise for technical support with WHO Regional SRHiE and GBViE staff to ensure seamless interagency cooperation and quality technical presence.
Competencies: Generic • Producing results • Moving forward in a changing environment • Fostering integration and teamwork • Creating an empowering and motivating environment • Promoting innovation and organizational learning
Functional Knowledge and Skills
Education Qualifications A first university degree in one of the following fields: health, public health, women's or gender and development studies, social sciences Experience • At least 5 years' work experience in violence against women/gender-based violence response and prevention, ideally with some of this in humanitarian settings, and experience in training health organizations and health providers. • Proven work experience of violence against women/gender-based violence response and prevention in emergencies, with proven knowledge of health and gender-based violence issues, a good understanding of gender quality and survivor-centered perspectives and a good understanding of the humanitarian organizational structure. • Expertise in integrating SRH and GBV programming. • Demonstrated capacity to work in challenging circumstances, administer projects and build partnerships involving technical and political elements. • Demonstrated ability to work in multicultural settings and excellent interpersonal skills. • Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response.
4. Use of Language Skills Languages English Read: Expert knowledge [Yes] Required Write: Expert knowledge Speak: Expert knowledge Ukrainian and/or Romanian language Read: Intermediate knowledge [Yes] Desirable Write: Intermediate knowledge [Yes] Desirable Speak: Intermediate knowledge [Yes] Desirable
CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy towards Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH). For this reason, we adhere to all policies, procedures and training of the United Nations on The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH). CANADEM mandates all deployees successfully complete the PSEA online course. This e-learning course is composed of a set of lessons designed to raise awareness about SEAH, become familiar with a range of measures to combat SEAH, understand the impact on victims and the consequences for UN Personnel who commit Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment.