Temporary Appointment: GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist, GBV Guidelines Implementation Support Team, P4, (364 days), Geneva
The efforts of the GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist will result in strengthened UNICEF capacity for addressing GBV-related prevention and risk mitigation across the humanitarian system. The effective rollout of the GBV Guidelines through surge support and technical trainings will build capacity of UNICEF and partners to tackle GBViE in a manner that allows for effective delivery of results and achievement of goals and objectives, thus strengthening the protective environment for children and women in all settings and responding to their GBV-related support needs in line with the UNICEF Core Commitments to Children and the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
Related to this mission, UNICEF is directly involved in addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in some of the world's most intense and complex conflicts and disasters. GBV in its various forms constitutes a global crisis which undermines social and economic progress; as one of the world's greatest human rights violations, GBV must be addressed to ensure universal rights and principles with regard to equality, security, liberty, integrity and dignity of human beings. Preventing and responding to gender-based violence in emergencies (GBViE) is recognized as a life-saving measure and an essential component of humanitarian action.
As a lead agency in addressing GBViE, UNICEF has expanded its on-the-ground programming in recent years and made prevention of and response to GBViE one of four cross-sectoral targeted priorities in its Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2014-2017. The GAP is integrally linked to UNICEF's Strategic Plan (SP) and provides a clear programmatic focus on the gender-equitable results that UNICEF aims to achieve across all seven areas of its SP. UNICEF is also a leading agency in the development of programming and tools related to GBViE, including the revision and rollout of the revised IASC GBV Guidelines (2015). The GBV Guidelines support humanitarian stakeholders to fulfil their responsibility to protect all those affected by crises through reducing the risk of GBV, promoting resilience, and aiding recovery of communities and societies.
UNICEF is reinforcing its own capacity to implement the GBV Guidelines and to demonstrate and document the tangible results that can be achieved through their implementation in some of the world's most intense and complex emergencies. Lessons learned from the early stages of the first year of the Guidelines rollout (2016) are demonstrating the importance of a flexible emergency response capacity that can be quickly deployed to emergencies and support, advocate and build the capacity of various UNICEF humanitarian response sectors to integrate the recommendations from the Guidelines into their emergency response planning, and therefore mitigate GBV risk from the outset of emergency response. Experience in previous emergencies demonstrates that if GBV prevention and risk mitigation measures are not integrated into emergency response planning and action from the outset, it is more costly to retrofit programmes.
Building on a successful experience in the WASH sector, Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) are now established within all of the UNICEF-led clusters, and this position is part of UNICEF's efforts to have increased focus on addressing GBV in emergencies. The main purpose of the RRT is to provide high quality, rapidly deployable capacity in humanitarian situations.
Duration: 364 days
Job organizational context:
This position will be based at the Geneva HQ, and will include frequent deployments to emergency settings in Country Offices (COs) with a Level 2 or Level 3 crisis to promote the uptake and use of the GBV Guidelines and mitigate the risk of GBV. While the GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist will function as part of the GBViE Guidelines Implementation Support Team, s/he will be under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Chief, Office of Emergency Programmes in Geneva/Global Inter-cluster Coordinator, with a dotted supervision line to the Gender-based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist, based in the Child Protection Section, Programme Division at New York Headquarters.
Purpose of the Position:
To support effective rollout of the GBV Guidelines, a surge position is needed for deployment to emergencies (Level 2 or Level 3) to promote use of the GBV Guidelines and support integration of GBV risk mitigation measures in emergency programme planning across UNICEF sectors from the outset of an emergency (Level 2 or Level 3). The GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist will be a dedicated member of the UNICEF RRT who can be deployed at the country-level to a Level 2 or Level 3 crisis within 72 hours. During these deployments (estimated 5-8 throughout the duration of the contract, approximately 50% of their time), the GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist will manage the uptake and implementation of the GBV Guidelines, inform the immediate response planning, and build capacity for integrating recommendations from the Guidelines into all future response planning. S/he will also be responsible for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the implementation of the GBV Guidelines and the overall achievement of results during each response, as well as capacity building efforts, according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF's Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework. These activities will support continuous and ongoing evidence generation by the organization.
When not deployed, this GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist will provide remote technical assistance for emergency preparedness planning and will help develop additional materials to facilitate risk mitigation across humanitarian action to COs of all sizes.
Finally, s/he will provide advisory support to the HQ team while deployed and while stationed at Geneva HQ in developing strategies and determining priority deployments and assistant efforts, as well as designing performance measurements.
Key Expected Results, Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks:
The efforts of the GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist at the P-4 level will result in strengthened UNICEF capacity for addressing GBV-related prevention and risk mitigation across the humanitarian system. The effective rollout of the GBV Guidelines through surge support and technical trainings will build capacity of UNICEF and partners to tackle GBViE in a manner that allows for effective delivery of results and achievement of goals and objectives, thus strengthening the protective environment for children and women in all settings and responding to their GBV-related support needs in line with the UNICEF Core Commitments to Children and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist at the P-4 level will provide technical assistance and support in the field to COs experiencing Level 2 or Level 3 emergencies, and remotely to COs of all sizes in order to provide:
1. GBViE-related advisory support to HQ (in-country and at HQ)
- Provide advice to the GBViE Guidelines RRT GBV Guidelines Implementation Support Team in developing strategies and determining priority deployments and assistant efforts, as well as designing performance measurements.
- Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards and report to team on critical issues for timely action.
- Provide technical assistance/advice to team management and Level 3 GBViE Guidelines Surge Specialist on all aspects of responses (planning, partnership building, implementation, M&E, etc.) to enable team to achieve program/performance objectives
2. GBViE-related in-country support for capacity development and implementation of GBV Guidelines to COs experiencing Level 2 or Level 3 emergencies
- Provide in-depth technical training and support for integrating and implementing GBV Guidelines recommendations into emergency response operations, and complete corresponding M&E and reporting activities.
- Support senior management to promote accountability around use and uptake of the GBV Guidelines.
- Lead trainings and other capacity development activities to UNICEF staff and partners as needed in an emergency response
- Deploy to ongoing emergency environments to catalyse additional action, partnership building, and capacity development in order to facilitate prevention and risk mitigation.
- Support operations in COs to carry out agreed action plan activities to promote prevention and risk mitigation, and conduct monitoring and evaluation activities
- Provide documented reports of in-person technical support given to emergency-affected countries (Level 2 or Level 3 emergencies
3. GBViE-related evidence generation via monitoring and evaluation
- Document lessons learned throughout the GBV Guidelines rollout process via monitoring and evaluation activities, to build the evidence base of what works to prevent and mitigate GBV from the earliest onset of an emergency (Level 2 or 3 emergencies).
- Develop concrete case studies that can be shared across UNICEF and among partners that demonstrate tangible outcomes for children and women when it comes to prevention and risk mitigation across UNICEF sectors, and more broadly as possible.
4. GBViE-related remote (Geneva-based) technical training and support
- Provide support to the GBViE Guidelines RRT GBV Guidelines Implementation Support Team for the planning of emergency responses and partnership building for emergencies (Levels 1-3)
- Lead ongoing trainings and other capacity development activities, such as ongoing mentorship, to UNICEF staff and partners as needed in emergency responses in COs experiencing Level 2 or Level 3 emergencies.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree or equivalent in gender studies, social anthropology, law and women's rights, sociology, public health or other field related to GBV in emergency programming.
- At least 8 years of relevant work experience. Experience in GBV programme management including at least 3 years implementing a GBV program in a humanitarian context, and at least 3 years of experience on training and capacity building related to addressing GBViE is considered an asset. Significant experience with planning strategies and responses to humanitarian crises, and engaging with partners, and leading a team.
- Excellent analytical, communication, writing and editorial skills in English. Proficiency in an additional official United Nations language (French, Arabic or Spanish) is mandatory.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
- Analyzing (III)
- Applying technical expertise (III)
- Deciding and initiating action (III)
- Planning and Organizing (III)
- Persuading and Influencing (III)
- Leading and supervising (I)
- Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Geneva
- Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
- Closing Date: 2017-03-30