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UNFPA-Field GBV Specialist-P3-Port Sudan, Sudan (20% Nairobi)

Port Sudan (20% Nairobi), Sudan (20% Kenya)
Position Title: Field GBV Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNFPA
P Level: P3
Location: Port Sudan, Sudan (20% Nairobi, Kenya)
Duration: 3 months
Language: English

Mission Specific Considerations

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?
The incumbent need to apply for a visa in advance
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? N/A
On mission considerations (for physical deployments):
What type of accommodation is available for Surge deployees?
 Hotel or UNDSS security cleared apartment (including serviced apartment)
Is the duty station on an R&R cycle and if so how often?
Medical Treatment
Are there any government restrictions or limitations that would adversely impact in-country medical treatment plans or medical evacuation?
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 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 (Please provide a short paragraph outlining the prevailing humanitarian situation and context and why this justifies the role.)

On April 15th, 2023, military conflict erupted between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The conflict started in Khartoum State and quickly spread to the States of West Darfur, South Darfur, North Darfur, South Kordofan, North Kordofan, Blue Nile, Kassala and the Red Sea. As of the date of this note, the conflict is still ongoing and, in some areas, it even intensifies.

The ongoing conflict’s human cost is already very high; over 13,000 civilians were killed, thousands were injured, and around  6.5 million were forced to flee their homes within the country with 1.9 million seeking refuge in neighboring countries, particularly in Tchad, Egypt, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Ethiopia. 729,473 has been displaced to Tchad as of 13 March 2024 (Source: IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix, 13 March 2024).
The 2024 Humanitarian Needs and Response Plan (HNRP) for Sudan estimates that before the conflict, around 6.9 million women and girls and other vulnerable people are facing the risk of life-threatening violence in Sudan, as violence continues, inter-communal tensions mount and protection services and support systems are increasingly breaking down, and access to lifesaving services is heavily impacted with the ongoing conflict.

Women and girls continue to live at extremely high risk of all forms of gender-based violence (GBV). The presence of armed actors, resource shortages -including of water, food, and fuel - and even the humanitarian response itself continue to exacerbate risk of GBV and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in the public sphere, while long periods trapped within homes due to fighting increases incidents of intimate partner and domestic violence. Multiple women and girls, including non-Sudanese individuals, are experiencing secondary displacement and psychological impacts of displacement. Older women, adolescent girls and women and girls living with disabilities face additional concerns and challenges in this unstable environment. Vulnerable men and boys are also exposed to the risks of GBV.
Ongoing insecurity, looting, and inability to ensure reliable supply-chains for commodities, combined with electricity cuts and fuel shortages all continue to prohibit GBV humanitarian response of the scale necessary to meet the needs in conflict affected states. While humanitarian actors, including coordination mechanisms, are now operating through locations including States affected by new IDP influx, such as Port Sudan and Al Jazeirah State, administrative challenges, shortages of supplies, and unmet needs for GBV services continue to exist.

UNFPA Sudan supports GBV interventions at two levels. It coordinates multi-sectoral and comprehensive partner interventions through the GBV sub-sector under the overall protection sector. UNFPA also implements specific prevention and response activities. Specifically, this includes coordination of comprehensive GBV-related prevention and response activities among different actors through chairing the GBV sub-sector under the protection sector to ensure comprehensive sharing of information, identification of response gaps, and follow-up through relevant protection stakeholders. UNFPA also supports the revision and operationalization of already developed National Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Programmatically, UNFPA conducts community sensitization on GBV issues, supports women centers providing entry points for livelihood opportunities, and provide personal hygiene/dignity kits to the most vulnerable women and adolescent girls of communities affected by humanitarian crisis.

UNFPA leads the national/federal GBV sub-sector under the Protection Sector (led by UNHCR) and works closely with UNICEF (Child Protection) and UNHCR (Protection) to ensure strong linkages between the sub-sector and the Protection sector. UNFPA currently also assumes the GBV coordination by leading 15 GBV sub-sector working groups (GBV WG) in 4 Darfur states (North, West, South, and Central), Blue Nile state, White Nile state, South Kordofan state, Kassala state, Gadarif state, Aj Jazeira state, Khartoum State, Red Sea state, Sennar State, Northen State, and River Nile State.

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

Sudan continues to have security concerns across the country, driven by heavy armed clashes, inter-communal violence, massive internal displacement, climatic shocks and hazards, disease outbreaks, disrupted livelihoods of vulnerable households, and aggravated food insecurity, malnutrition, and protection risks.

Role Description: This position is a double-hatting position of GBV AoR coordination and UNFPA GBV programme management for River Nile state and any other states as assigned.

In Sudan, UNFPA has responsibility for leading GBV AoR, called “GBV Sub-Sector”, under the Protection Cluster or for actively identifying and supporting another agency to take on this role. The incumbent will support UNFPA/GBVAoR in an inter-agency capacity to ensure  technical capacities of national actors is built and the quality of GBV prevention and response is promoted and in line with global guidance.
The field GBV Specialist will be part of the UNFPA GBV Coordination team in Sudan GBV unit, report directly to the UNFPA Sub-Sector Coordinator, and be supervised by the GBV Sub-National Coordinator.

The Field GBV Specialist also facilitates and supports the rapid and quality implementation of the UNFPA GBV prevention and response programming in emergencies per the Inter-Agency GBV Minimum Standards of GBV programming in Emergencies. Under the guidance of the Head of the GBV Unit, the Field GBV Specialist will provide GBV technical support, facilitate capacity-building and mentoring sessions to UNFPA national GBV staff, heads of sub-offices, and UNFPA implementing partners in the mentioned states. This will include day-to-day technical guidance on the establishment and operationalization of WGSSs, implementation of GBV prevention and response interventions including PSS and GBV Case Management services and assessing the needs and gaps in programming. GBV programming in humanitarian emergencies is multi-sectoral, involving multiple organizations and actors serving the displaced and host communities, NGO and government partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations to engage in comprehensive prevention and response initiatives.
The Field GBV Specialist will support priority areas without national GBV specialists, fill gaps in the GBV sub-national leadership, and conduct specific tasks, under the guidance of the GBV unit chief. GBV programming in humanitarian emergencies is multi-sectoral, involving multiple organizations and actors serving the displaced and host communities, NGO and government partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations to engage in comprehensive prevention initiatives.

Field GBV specialists will use the GBV Area of Responsibility’s Handbook for Coordinating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Emergencies (2019), the Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for GBV programming in Emergencies, and the IASC’s Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action: Reducing Risk, Promoting Resilience, and Aiding Recovery, to Improve the GBV response and Prevention quality are improved.

  1. Coordination, Advocacy, and Promoting Joint Action
  • Reinforce the GBV working group (WG) in coordination; promote engagement of relevant humanitarian actors including government actors and international/local organizations;
  • Closely coordinate with the Protection WG, Child Protection WG, Sexual Reproductive Health WG, PSEA Network, and other relevant task forces at the state level, for GBV risk mitigation and survivor referral;
  • Promote shared knowledge and understanding of the GBV guiding principles and globally and nationally endorsed tools, for effective GBV program management and inter-agency coordination;
  • Support the development, implementation, and monitoring of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and referral pathways for all actors involved in GBV response;
  • Develop location-specific GBV working group work plans, emergency response plans as well as preparedness plans
  • Draft key messages and advocacy notes to promote consistent communications that emphasize the life-saving nature of GBV-related interventions in the crisis-affected context;
  • Develop a strategy for effective communications with affected populations on GBV services, risk mitigation strategies, and to promote gender equality;
  • Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address GBV in the context of broader gender inequality issues.
  • Support GBV Sub-National Coordinator in technical guidance and capacity building of GBV Working Group Coordinators and UNFPA GBV programme staff
  1. Program and Technical Leadership
  •  Conduct field assessments and/ or situational analyses to determine needs and gaps for GBV prevention and response in Kassala and other states covered. Where appropriate, ensure GBV issues and concerns are well assessed in other key assessments.
  • In partnership with relevant UN agencies including UNHCR, UNICEF, national and international NGOs, and local authorities, develop comprehensive GBV prevention and response interventions in line with the global guidance that adheres to UNFPA’s Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies.
  • Coordinate and facilitate capacity-building training on GBV core concepts, GBV in emergencies, and GBV Case Management, for UNFPA IP staff, health care providers, community-based protection network members, legal and security personnel, and other stakeholders.
  • Establish linkages between existing SRH and HIV programmes to ensure synergies between programmes and integrated response that maximize programme impact.
  • Support the procurement of dignity kits, Tents, solar lamps, and other relevant commodities and monitor their distribution and utilization by the end-point user to guarantee the last-mile assurance.
  • Support the implementation of program activities, contribute to the development of concept notes and proposals, and engage with donors as required to raise additional programme funds in line with the overarching vision and work plan.
  • Support the program in preparing progress reports, inputs to sitreps, and donor reports.
  • Support the implementation of the regional GBV and SRH guidelines and the implementation plan for the integrated response to SRH and GBV in Sudan.
  1. Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
  • Support UNFPA Sudan CO PSEA focal point in developing and implementing PSEA strategy
  • Support carrying out a PSEA risk assessment to inform the CO PSEA focal point and senior management on strategic decision-making
  • Oversee SEA prevention, risk mitigation, and response measures during planning, policy and project development, and programming at field level with the guidance of CO PSEA focal point
  • In consultation with the national PSEA coordinator, train staff on PSEA, including appropriate conduct for aid workers and how to submit and receive complaints under internal and inter-agency reporting systems
  • Strengthen safe SEA-specific procedures for internal complaint and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) and referrals to survivor assistance, informed by good practice and community consultations
  • Engage local actors to ensure that the implementation of the PSEA Network Work Plan is informed by community participation, contextually and culturally appropriate, and based on the community’s needs
  1. Information Management, Assessments, and Reporting
  • Lead and/or contribute to assessments and situational analyses including interagency assessments and monitoring missions; ensure GBV concerns are included in multi-sectoral assessments and link to consolidated appeals;
  • Map existing GBV actors using the GBV SS service mapping tool;
  • Ensure a standardized approach to data gathering using the GBV SS 4Ws template, with an emphasis on ensuring safe and ethical practices as promoted by the GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS), the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors, and the WHO 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;
  • Prepare standard periodic reports and progress updates on on-going GBV WG for inclusion in GBV SS updates, OCHA SitReps, Humanitarian Bulletins, Protection Advisories, Global GBV AoR Updates, UNFPA HQ internal and external meetings and advocacy, etc.;
  • 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.
  1. Other
  • Up-to-date contact list of the GBV WG members;
  • Up-to-date Service mapping, directory, and GBV referral pathway database;
  • Monthly WG Progress reports;
  • Monthly personal plan and individual report;
  • Up-to-date Safe spaces and community protection-based network updates.
  • Undertake other relevant tasks as requested by the sub-national GBV coordinator and GBV Sub-Sector Coordinator.

  • Advanced degree in social work or other social sciences, public health, community health, International relations, international law, rights, or other related fields.
  • Five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in GBV coordination/GBV programming and/or general protection program
  • Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Arabic-speaking candidates will be given priority.

Job Knowledge and Experience:
  • Management in humanitarian settings;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of GBV and protection issues in humanitarian settings;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations, including the Cluster System and HPC, and roles/responsibilities of key humanitarian actors.
  • Group facilitation skills and experience, capacity building, and training skills, coalition-building
  • Prior training and field-based experience in gender and GBViE issues and their application in international humanitarian or development settings;
  • Experience in developing and facilitating training courses on GBV or a related subject, essential
  • Experience in implementing specialized GBV response services such as GBV case management, Women and Girls Safe Spaces at minimum.      
  • Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of gender issues and their relevance in humanitarian emergency settings;
  • Knowledge, skill, and experience in participatory methods for community development and mobilization.

CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy for inaction to prevent, respond to and follow up on alleged cases of 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.

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