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Gender Based Violence Officer

Hatay (Turkey)

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Hatay (Turkey)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: 2016-08-28

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The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more specific objectives focusing both on immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. DRC works with beneficiary communities and individuals to prevent and reduce protection threats, and build resilience. Connected to this is the key objective of providing support for persons at risk of Gender Based Violence (GBV). DRC is implementing projects to increase awareness of women / girl’s rights, strengthen protection mechanisms, reduce the prevalence and harm of GBV, and provide direct response support to survivors of GBV.

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Turkey since early 2013, working with by and large with non-camp Syrian refugees and affected host communities. DRC is committed to basic humanitarian principles; including impartiality and neutrality, and offers the highest standards of accountability to the people it serves. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more immediate objectives focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. In Turkey, DRC works partially through partners, also providing intensive capacity building support, while also conducting direct implementation.

About the job:

DRC is looking for a Gender Base Violence Officer for its program in Turkey. In close cooperation with the GBV Manager and Protection Program Manager. Gender Base Violence Officer is responsible for;

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Abide by and promote DRC’s code of conduct, vision, and values, aims & objectives and equal opportunities policy.
  • Daily management and supervision of GBV staff;
  • Support GBV staff through the provision of technical support and guidance. Ensure that staff implement and respect best-practice and international standards in GBV prevention and response;
  • Understand and follow up on activities and assess progress of implementation, provide solutions and report issues when needed;
  • Oversee awareness raising activities and support the development of messaging.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationship with relevant stakeholders including partner agencies, community leaders and service providers;
  • Oversee case management (including follow up on referrals and action plans) and support services provided to GBV survivors (awareness sessions, emotional support sessions);
  • Manage individual protection cases, including maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and consent;
  • Update case files on individual developments, following DRC Data management protocols and ensuring beneficiary data is protected;
  • Report on special needs cases and advise on type of assistance, following discussions with beneficiaries;
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments and identify cases for assistance according to pre-defined criteria;
  • Refer protection cases to relevant partners; including updating the database on case referrals and feedback;
  • Follow DRC Standard Operation Procedures for vulnerability assessment and assistance;
  • Participate in the post assistance monitoring; Report internally to the Senior Protection Officer on weekly and monthly achievements;
  • Oversee internal GBV protection case management and planning meetings;
  • Collaborate with other DRC team members when needed;
  • On the job training and coaching of volunteers on different topics but prioritizing: minimum protection standards, consent and confidentiality standards and how to work with community based protection strategies;
  • Any other duties as agreed with the DRC GBV Manager and Senior Protection Officer.
  • Any other duties related to the nature of the job as directed by the supervisor.

About you

To be successful in this role you must have:

  • University degree or advances training/ course in sociology, social work, international affairs, humanitarian or related field;
  • At least 2 years’ work experience (in paid or voluntary capacity) in NGO or voluntary sector
  • Experience working with GBV survivors
  • Experience in conducting community outreach
  • Trained in offering psychosocial support
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • Experience or educational background specializing in GBV programming
  • Experience with case management protocols desirable
  • An understanding of humanitarian/civil society issues in Turkey and the region
  • Experience working in the field (preferably experience from Southern Turkey)
  • Experience with managing teams.
  • Understands rights and protection issues of refugees, children and women - experience working with Syrian refugees is an advantage;
  • Proven communication, interpersonal, representation, negotiation, promotion and diplomacy skills,
  • Level of knowledge and practice with Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. required.
  • Arabic and English essential (Turkish is an asset)
  • Strong initiative and self-motivation, with a commitment to teamwork;
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willingness to learn from others;
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, in English and Arabic.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies: 

Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process. 

Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback. 

Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation. 

Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly. 

Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values. 


We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a 4 month contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 19.09.2016 and be willing and able to work in Hatay.

We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences as well as additional allowances such as relocation allowance and living allowances, if applicable. DRC Turkey is income tax exempted.

Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button or Apply HERE.

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact

Applications close 28.08.2016. The interviews are expected to take place within 1 week after the application closing. 

Need further information?

For more details on this position please contact HR team at

Please note that applications sent directly to HR team will not be considered.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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