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UNFPA-Field GBV Specialist-P3-Farchana, Chad (Sudan response)

Farchana, Chad
Position Title: Field GBV Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNFPA
P Level: P3
Location: Farchana, Chad (80%) / Nairobi, Kenya (20%) (Sudan response)
Duration: 3 months
Language: Fluency in English and French required, knowledge of Arabic is an asset. 
 
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. Clash in Jazeira state in mid-December 2023 has resulted in additional IDP influx. As of the date of this note, the conflict is still ongoing and, in some areas, it even intensifies.

The ongoing conflicts human cost is already very high; over 1,3000 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.

The ongoing conflict’s human cost is already very high; over 2,000 civilians were killed, thousands were injured, and around 6,505,486 were forced to flee their homes with 1,955,726 seeking refuge in neighboring countries, particularly in Chad, Egypt, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Ethiopia.

While Chad has kept its borders open, the arrival of more than 729,473 refugees in three months has put immense pressure on already stretched public services and resources. In the sites where the refugees have been arriving – most of them women and children – there is an urgent need for more water, food, shelter, access to healthcare, and protection. When the rainy season begins in a matter of weeks, delivering assistance becomes even more challenging.

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 for Darfur states, and UNFPA GBV programme management for Darfur States, Chad cross-border operation for Sudanese refugees, and any other states as assigned.
The deployee will be assigned to travel to Abyei, Sudan, Farchana, Chad, and Nairobi, Kenya (the beginning and the end of assignment) to coordinate the GBV Program cross-border response, while
leading GBV AOR coordination for North, South and West Darfur States.

Coordination:
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.

Programming:
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 GBV Unit, the Field GBV Specialist will provide technical support 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.

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




MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


1.   Coordination, Advocacy, and Promoting Joint Action

•   Reinforce  the  GBV working  grou(WG) icoordination; 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.

2.   Program and Technical Leadership

Chad-Darfur (Cross border response to Darfur states)
•   Conduct field assessments and/ or situational analyses to determine needs and gaps for GBV prevention and response in Darfur states. Where appropriate, ensure GBV issues and concerns are well assessed in other key assessments.
•   In partnership with relevant UN agency including UNHCR, UNICEF, national and international NGOs and local authorities, develop a comprehensive GBV prevention and response interventions in line with the global guidance that adheres to UNFPAs Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies.
•   Orient  implementing  partners,  and  national  authorities  in  planning  and  implementing  GBV
programmes related to internally displaced people (IDPs) and Chadian returnees.
•   Coordinate and facilitate capacity building trainings on GBV core concepts, GBV in emergencies, GBV Case Management, for UNFPA IP staff, for 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 miles assurance.
•   Support the implementation of program activities, contribute to the development of concepts notes and proposals and engage with donors as required to raise additional programme funds in line with overarching vision and work plan.



Darfur States (North, South and West Darfur)

•   Support the implementation of UNFPA GBV program interventions in the state.
•   Coordinate GBV response activities, using a results-based approach incorporating creativity,
innovation, and responsiveness to the needs, and thorough monitoring and reporting.

•   Support and advise the UNFPA field office team and build knowledge and programming practices in relation to GBV.
•   Promote awareness of, access to, and use of relevant tools and guidelines across sectors to support effective GBV prevention and response.
•   Support capacity building and ongoing support of partners at various levels including GBV Working Group partners and support institutional capacity building of government and other partners.
•   Mentor GBV case workers of UNFPA partners and monitor their implementation and support implementation of GBV case Management and GBVIMS.
•   Support UNFPA field staff in drafting and submitting progress reports as requested by the GBV
program unit.
•   Monitor the quality of GBV prevention and response services and its implementation.


3.   Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
•   Support UNFPA Sudan CO PSEA focal point in developing and implementing PSEA strategy for the perspective of Darfur states and Abyei.
•   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 communitys needs.

4.   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 to deepen the knowledge base among relevant partners.
•   Prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.

5.   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.
•   Training 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.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE

•   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 experience in GBV coordination/GBV programming, protection
•   Fluency in oral and written English and French is essential. Arabic speaking candidates will be
given priority.


Job knowledge and Experience:
•   Management in humanitarian settings.
o Demonstrable knowledge of protection issues in humanitarian settings.
o Demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations, including the Cluster System
and HPC, roles/responsibilities of key humanitarian actors and managing GBV program in emergencies,
•   Group facilitation skills and experience, capacity building, and training skills, coalition-building.
•   Prior training in gender and GBViE issues and their application in international humanitarian or development settings.
•   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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