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  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Gender-based violence
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-19

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Technical Assistant –GBV program Specialist

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

Background Information - Job-specific

Gender based violence (GBV) is a phenomena which is prevalent in all countries in the world. Gender based violence takes different forms like physical, psychological and sexual violence. Violence against children is also considered a form of gender based violence. In cases of domestic violence, children are often witnesses or survivors of violence themselves. Though women and girls are overwhelmingly the targets of GBV, men and boys can also be subject to GBV, especially if they are perceived to be acting outside the prescribed social norms for males. Violence has immediate and long term consequences to survivors with respect to health, economic and social dimensions. The health consequence on health bears the central effect with physical, cognitive and psychological and developmental, which its repercussion reflect in high costs, lower productivity bearing great burden for different sectors of the society. The health effect of GBV runs across different health programs ranging from Communicable and non-communicable disease to maternal and child health as well as mental health programs.  . With renewed commitment, FMOH planned to address the gap in GBV response within the health sector as per the internationally adopted national standards and operating frameworks. In light with this, FMOH envisaged to embark on five year strategic document to guide the national response to gender based violence within the health sector. Therefore the GBV program specialist will be responsible to plan, coordinate and monitor the implementation of national response to GBV within the health sector that directed towards prevention and/or addressing health related consequences of GBV, identify potential partners and mobilize fund through proposal write-up for funding opportunities.

  Objective of the Position  

  1. To support the FMOH – Women and Youth Affair Directorate to better strategize and respond to GBV survivors
  2. To plan (technical and financial), coordinate, monitor the implementation and report
  3. To oversee and execute activities prioritized by the ministry and GBV working group
  4. To establish baseline assessment that identify gaps, barriers and challenges to enable make meaningful input to the strategic plan for gender-based violence
  5. Spearhead the development of five-year strategic plan for the health sector response to GBV
  6. Create innovative approaches that mitigate and promptly respond

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the FMOH-Women and Youth Affairs Director the Gender-based violence program specialist will undertake the following tasks:

1. Assist the WYAD in planning, monitoring implementation and reporting 2. Coordinate and lead GBV related activities, revise training materials and communication messages. Support in the development of strategic plan for  the health response of GBV for effective implementation of multi-sectoral implementation of the SOPs

3. Prepare concept notes and project proposals to mobilize financial resources 4. Coordinate communications between FMoH and development partners concerning GBV issues
  • Evaluate the health sector response to gender- based violence by the health institutions, NGOs and other relevant organizations.
  • Map existing treatment and rehabilitation facilities that provide health service for survivors of gender based violence.
  • Analyze the national policies and priorities, framework and activities in addressing issues related to the health response of GBV and provide recommendations to address the challenges and gaps.
  • Support FMOH, RHBs and partners involved in the initiatives to implement the Standard Operating Procedure within their programmes.
  • Develop case studies/documentation of good practices on addressing GBV in health care setting

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • At least master degree in Gender, Public Health, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work, Development Studies, Public Policy or a related fields

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in related fields
  • At least two years of experience in gender and / or domestic violence programming.
  • Experience in developing public policies on gender, health, social services or other field.
  • Previous experience with ministry of health, regional health bureaus, donor agencies and partner organizations working to address gender based violence Language 

  • Excellent written and spoken English and Amharic is required 


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Functional competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of the Gender and Development approach.
  • Significant working experience in GBV program interventions
  • Work experience with FMOH and RHBs is an asset.
  • Result-based management.
  • High level writing and speaking skills.
  • Capacity to work in an intercultural context.
  • Experience/skills in research-action is an asset.
  • Workshop and training facilitation skills.
  • Capacity to gather and network stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable knowledge on gender equity, equality and empowerment
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Power Point)
  • Managing and administrating statistical software like SPSS, EPI InfoSTATA etc

Contract type, level and duration

This position is a local position , therefore it is open only for nationals  of Ethiopia 

  1. Contract type -Local Individual Contract Agreement 
  2. Contract level - LICA10
  3. Contract duration- Initially one year renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability
For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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