Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Consultant, UNICEF Athens, Greece (Greek nationals only)
UNICEF Athens is seeking qualified Greek nationals to apply to this new opportunity to strengthen GBV response for refugee women and their children in Greece with the General Secretariat for Gender Equality (GSGE).
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Greece, as one of the major entry points into Europe for refugees and migrants, has received over a million asylum seekers since January 2015, 37% of them children. As of August 2018, there were an estimated over 60,000 refugee and migrants in Greece including 20 percent women and an estimated 23,500 children including 3,280 unaccompanied children (UAC).
GBV assessments conducted in Greece identified domestic violence as the most commonly occurring and/or reported form of GBV affecting refugee and migrant women and children, although various other forms of GBV were also reported, including trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and early marriage. As refugee and migrant populations move from organized reception facilities into private accommodation schemes in urban areas, opportunities to identify and support those most at risk may become increasingly challenging. Outreach teams are limited, and existing services for survivors (including domestic violence shelters) are limited in their capacity to cater to the linguistic and cultural needs of the refugee and migrant population. Furthermore, the majority of existing services are concentrated in and around urban Athens, leaving more remote parts of the country underserviced.
UNICEF’s multi-sectoral response to the refugee and migrant crisis in the region aims to ensure that protection, care and support is assured for refugee and migrant survivors, including children through the provision of integrated technical assistance and service delivery support, and a complementary focus on provision of direct services, systems building and advocacy. In Greece, since its operational presence started in March 2016, UNICEF has integrated GBV prevention and response through its child protection programs in open accommodation facilities and urban settings.
The General Secretariat for Gender Equality (“GSGE”) is the governmental actor in Greece responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring policies on equality between women and men in all sectors. The GSGE implements co-financed Programmes and Actions through the Coordination, Managing and Implementation Authority under the Ministry of Interior. Among the priorities of the GSGE is to prevent and combat sexual and gender based violence, including against vulnerable group. As part of the national plan for gender equality, GSGE oversees a national network of services (counseling centers) and structures (shelters for survivors) to prevent and combat violence against women, including an SOS hotline.
The Unit for Social Protection and Tackling Multiple Discriminations has in this respect, expanded its role to include refugee women and their children, while the latter group was included in the group of potential beneficiaries of the GSGE national network of services. For this reason, the aforementioned Unit under the Social Protection Directorate, led a multi stakeholder process, involving different public authorities, which culminated in the adoption of the Cooperation Protocol for the Referral of Refugee women and their children, that is the pathway to refer refugee women at risk from camps and RICs to the GSGE’s counselling centres, for support. In expanding its scope, the need for support to the Unit for Social Protection and Tackling Multiple Discriminations (the Unit for Social Protection) has become evident, since the undertaking of an additional portfolio including the dissemination of the Cooperation protocol, the assessment of its implementation, the engagement of CSOs active in the refugee response among other areas, was not accompanied by a relevant reinforcement of staff, overstretching significantly their capacity to respond to the different needs.
Within the framework of UNICEF’s Humanitarian Response to Refugee and Migration in Greece, and in line with actions foreseen under the MOU between UNICEF and the General Secretariat for Gender Equality, UNICEF is seeking to enhance GBV prevention and protection for refugee and migrant women and children through the placement of a GBV specialist to the GSGE Unit for Social Protection.
Management and Reporting
The GBV Consultant will be contracted by UNICEF and will be placed to the General Secretariat for Gender Equality’s Unit for Social Protection and Tackling Multiple Discriminations. The GBV Consultant will be based in and work as part of the team of the GSGE Unit office under the guidance of head of unit, and will work on a regular full time work week scheulde for GSGE Staff. S/he will benefit from technical support provided by UNICEF Child Protection section and the GSGE. The GBV Consultant will be managed by and provide brief monthly progress reports to UNICEF (Child Protection Specialist) on progress against the duties above.
How can you make a difference?
1. Providing regular updates on the current and evolving GBV situation and related protection risks, and available services, facing refugee and migrant populations, by collecting and analysing information and data from a range of sources and preparing bi-monthly situation updates to inform policy and planning.
2. Supporting efforts to raise awareness among refugee women about services offered by the GSGE
3. Maintaining and strengthening channels of communication between the civil society and the GSGE including through regular participation in select GBV coordination working groups at national and sub-national level
4. Supporting the revision of the GSGE Cooperation Protocol on the referral of refugee women, including by supporting GSGE in the organization of relevant regional consultations with state authorities and civil society actors.
5. Support the dissemination of revised Cooperation protocol to front line workers including those working in Open Reception Facilities and Urban settings, through organization of dissemination events, public information materials, and direct site visits.
6. Supporting the GSGE Unit on Social Protection in carrying out relevant tasks and actions as needed.
- Detailed work plan (Due: Month 1)
- Bi-monthly situation updates on GBV and related protection risks affecting refugee and migrant women and children, with proposed action points for GSGE and the inter-ministerial committee (Due: first day of the month, every second month)
- Communication plan to raise awareness about available services with refugee women; report on progress (Due: Month 2)
- Minutes from participation in relevant GBV coordination groups, with a focus on clear suggested action points for the GSGE (Due: no later than 1 week following meeting).
- Agendas, and reports from Regional Consultations and Consultation Workshop for revision of protocol - reports should summarize the discussions, highlight the main issues identified, and suggested action points, including for GSGE and other relevant stakeholders (Due: no later than 2 weeks following regional consultation).
- Written inputs to revised GSGE Cooperation protocol (as requested by GSGE)
- Reports on progress implementation of Cooperation Protocol and the challenges that field staff is faced with in implementing it, with clear suggested action points for the GSGE and the inter-ministerial committee (Due: no later than 1 week following site visit).
- Monthly progress reports summarising activities and progress against main duties listed above (Due: first Monday of new month)
- Advanced professional university degree in Social work, gender studies, law, or other related social/humanitarian sciences;
- 5-7 years relevant professional experience working on gender based violence, including with refugee and migrant populations in displacement and integration contexts;
- Experience preparing situation analysis, needs assessments, and related reports on GBV;
- Experience drafting SOPs, protocols and other referral pathways and overseeing their implementation;
- Experience working in coordination with government, international and national actors, including civil society organizations;
- Fluency in English and Greek is required;
- Ability to work through networking and partnership;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are
- Analyzing (II)
- Planning and Organizing (II)
- Relating and Networking (II)
- Persuading and Influencing (II)
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.