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Gender-Based Violence Coordinator

UNFPA. Jimani, Dominican Republic.\n\nClosing date: February 22, 2010.\nBackground Information:\n\nJob Title: Gender-Based Violence Coordinator, Jimani/Dominican Republic, ICS-11 (P4) - Roster

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16th February 2010 23:25



Source: UNFPA

The Programme Specialist for GBV whilst base in Jimani in the Dominican Republic is in support of the current emergency effort in Haiti. UNFPA has provided assistance to Haiti since 1970. The current country programme for the period 2009-2011 is based on the priorities identified in the poverty reduction strategy paper and the UNDAF. It takes into account national priorities, the Millennium Development Goals, the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the UNFPA strategic plan, 2008-2011. The current country programme, which incorporates a gender and human rights approach, has three components: (a) reproductive health and rights; (b) population and development; and (c) gender equality.

It will support:

* (a) an evidence-based national youth policy and the participation of youth in implementing the policy;
* (b) national-level policies, focusing on geographical areas in greatest need, in coordination with inter-agency initiatives; and
* (c) South-South cooperation.

Strengthening national capacity remains a challenge, requiring strong partnerships with public institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as joint programming with United Nations organizations. Emergency preparedness and humanitarian response have been mainstreamed throughout.

At the global level, since 2005 UNFPA has been the co-lead with UNICEF of the Gender-based Violence (GBV) Area of Responsibility (AoR) of the global Protection Cluster. The aim of the GBV AoR is to facilitate a more predictable, accountable and effective protection response to GBV in complex emergencies, natural disasters and other such situations. The co-leadership arrangement between UNFPA and UNICEF is increasingly being reflected in humanitarian contexts where the Cluster System has been enacted. In Haiti, UNFPA, as the primary lead agency for coordination of inter-agency GBV interventions, also benefits from UNICEF’s support in this role.
Main Tasks & Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Humanitarian Response Coordinator a.i., with support from the Humanitarian Response Branch, and in partnership with UNICEF, the GBV Coordinator is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Partnerships and Coalition Building

* 1. Actively engaged UNFPA, UNICEF and UNIFEM staff at multiple levels to ensure full participation and buy-in to the coordination efforts by those UN entities at the forefront of the response.
* 2. Liaise with the Humanitarian Coordinator, UN Country Representatives, Cluster leads, NGO GBV managers, SEA focal points, UN and NGO gender advisers in other agencies and organizations (including governments, national and international NGOs and women’s groups and in the peacekeeping mission) and all other relevant Government and national civil society actors to form and/or strengthen inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV sub-clusters at national and sub-national levels.
* 3. Lead the effort to develop a multi-sectoral and inter-agency prevention and response programme to include referral and reporting mechanisms, information sharing, coordination, and monitoring/evaluation. Facilitate rapid development of agreed-upon Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and related policies and practices.
* 4. Represent UNFPA and the GBV Sub-Cluster in all relevant humanitarian forums including within the Protection Cluster, Gender Theme Groups, and other clusters such as Food/Nutrition and Shelter.

Technical Leadership

* 5. In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies, conduct a rapid needs assessments and situational analyses as appropriate to determine the protection needs of women and girls and identify available services for survivors.
* 6. Coordinate resource mobilization for GBV activities (for preparedness, response and recovery); ensure the inclusion of GBV into CAP, CERF, Flash and other appeal processes and documents.
* 7. Work with partners to develop and/or revise training materials according to local context and implement relevant training sessions for multi-sectoral prevention and response actors including in the health, security, psycho-social and judicial sectors.
* 8. Provide authoritative technical and police advice to partner organizations and authorities on issues related to the protection of women and girls. Support a comprehensive approach to addressing physical protection issues and develop relevant GBV prevention strategies.
* 9. Actively engage with civil society and Government to develop relevant IEC materials and advocacy and policy documents to address GBV in the context of broader gender inequality issues.
* 10. Support the Government to develop and/or enhance national action plans to address GBV in crisis/post-crises contexts.

Monitoring and Evaluation

In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies and using materials developed through the UNFPA-managed GBV Information Management System project:

* 11. Work with the GBV coordination groups to revise GBV Incident Report and other relevant forms as needed for the setting. Train partner organizations and other sectors in use of this form with particular emphasis to the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors.
* 12. Collect, compile, and analyze monthly GBV report data with an emphasis on identifying trends and patterns. Develop monthly report formats that capture relevant information and that support the analysis and evaluation of program progress and outcomes.

Qualifications and Experience:

* Advanced degree in social sciences or humanities, public health or social work
* Specialized training in reproductive health, social work and/or fields directly related to gender-based violence response
* 7 years of experience – of which at least 2 at the international level
* Practical experience in GBV programme development and management and technical knowledge and experience in GBV prevention and response using a survivor-centered approach highly desirable
* Previous experience in humanitarian response/emergencies an asset
* Proficiency in Spanish and English required; French desirable

Required Competencies:


* Values/Guiding Principles/Performance management
* Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment
* Working in teams at all levels
* Communicating information and ideas/Knowledge sharing
* Self-management/Emotional intelligence and Conflict management/Negotiating and resolving disagreements
* Appropriate and transparent decision making
* Analytical and Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence


* Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
* Results-based programme development and management
* Leveraging the resources of national governments & partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships
* Innovation and marketing of new approaches
* Job knowledge/technical expertise

UNFPA Work Environment:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post. The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

Notice: UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
UNFPA reserves the right to appoint prior to closing date. This is a project funded post.
To Apply:

Job ID: 1529

Please apply online at:
Closing date: February 22, 2010.
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