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GBVSC Field Coordinator

Juba

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Juba
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
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The IRC has been operating in South Sudan since 1989 and currently operates in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes, Unity and Central Equatorial states. Currently, IRC South Sudan implements health, nutrition, WASH, economic recovery and development (food security and livelihoods), women’s protection and empowerment, general protection, peacebuilding and child protection programming.

The GBV Sub cluster is one of the Areas of Responsibilities AoR under the Protection cluster under the global and country level humanitarian Architecture. It is the lead coordinating mechanism for all GBV related humanitarian Action, and it promotes, and coordinates inter Agency and multisector partners for prevention and response to GBV. The GBV SC is co-chaired by UNFPA and an INGO partner in this case is IRC. The goal is to ensure that GBV partners are accountable to the people of concern, programming systems are effective to ensure accessible and safe services and GBV prevention mechanisms are in place. The main key functions of the GBV sub cluster includes (i) Ensure GBV service delivery including systems to support referrals for services, (ii) Developing strategic direction for GBV programing informed by assessments, (iii) Develop an information system for coordination, (iv) Make appeals for GBV funding, (v) Conduct advocacy including Working with the media, (vi) Mainstream GBV into different clusters, (vii) Build capacity of GBV partners. 

Job summary
 
The GBV SC Field Coordinator will provide leadership for GBV programing in their areas of jurisdiction in collaboration with all stakeholders and Government line Ministries. In consultation with the GBV SC National Coordination, the position will coordinate resources for GBV programing in line with global IASC standards. GBV information management for coordination including assessments and Standing Operation procedures, capacity of GBV partners including co-leads of the GBV SC at the state level, Resources mobilization initiatives, strategic partnership with stakeholders for GBV prevention, mitigation and advocacy. The main outcome is to see lifesaving multi-sectoral services for survivors and risk to GBV for women and girls are minimized.

The Gender-Based Violence Sub-Cluster is a working group under the protection cluster that coordinates GBV prevention and response activities for the humanitarian response in South Sudan. The GBV SC is co-chaired by UNFPA and an INGO partner in this case is IRC. The Position will focus on GBV SC coordination in the central Equatoria states. 

Coordination and Promoting Joint Action
Reinforce and/or establish GBV working groups or focal points in collaboration with the Government to ensure GBV programing and information is for the whole state 
Be part of all Coordination forums in the state to represent GBV SC, these may include Protection cluster, ICWG, clusters, PSEA, MHPSS, Government forums etc. to promote engagement of relevant humanitarian actors including government actors and UNMISS.
Identify focal points to engage with other relevant sectors/clusters for GBV risk mitigation and survivor referral
Work with different clusters such as WASH, Nutrition, Education, Health, CCCM, FSL, CP, etc to ensure that GBV is mainstreamed in the sectors
Collaborate with the OCHA focal person in the state to ensure that GBV SC is part of joint assessments, responses

Technical Leadership and Capacity Building
Disseminate the GBV Strategy for South Sudan to all GBV Partners, Other stakeholders and Government
Update or develop SOPs for the state and develop/review location specific GBV referral pathways 
Promote awareness of access to and use of relevant tools and guidelines across clusters 
Promote shared knowledge and understanding of the GBV guiding principles and globally endorsed tools for effective GBV Programme management and inter-agency coordination
Participate in training and Mentorship of GBV partners in the location
Assess capacity gaps that hinder quality and/or coverage of GBV prevention and response interventions
Develop/adapt and conduct trainings to address capacity gaps
Facilitate GBV mainstreaming training for other sector response. Mentor other sectors (identified priority clusters in the uptake of GBV mainstreaming tools and monitor their implementation 
Monitor the implementation and quality of GBV service provision
Develop and packaged training materials related to coordination and GBV prevention and response 

Information Management
Lead and/or contribute to assessments and situational analyses including interagency assessments; ensure GBV concerns included in multi-cluster assessments and link to consolidated appeals
Map actors who are supporting/could support GBV-related interventions and identify gaps
Ensure a standardized approach to data gathering, with an emphasis on ensuring safe and ethical practices as promoted by the Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS), the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors, and the WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies
Establish a system for information sharing and dissemination, including for advocacy purposes 
Develop and regularly update an inter-agency M&E framework to guide work of GBV coordination body and support accountability
Prepare standard periodic reports and progress updates on on-going GBV working group for inclusion in GBV SC updates OCHA Streps, Humanitarian Bulletins, Protection Advisories, Global GBV AoR Weekly Updates, UNFPA HQ internal and external meetings and advocacy, etc.
Develop strategy for effective communications with affected populations on GBV services, risk mitigation strategies, and to promote gender equality
Collaborate with Partners in the location to collect their views for the Humanitarian Needs overview (HNO) in preparation for the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)
Ensure all partners receive relevant GBV SC documents, Guidelines, SOPS, Strategy, and Reports etc.
Common IEC material for GBV shared

GBV SC funding opportunities
Collaborate with GBV partners in the location to participate in Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)
Where possible meet with Donors to highlight funding gaps for GBV programing
Proactively fund-raise for joint Programme to support the work plan, plus relevant humanitarian funding mechanisms

Advocacy
Draft key messages and advocacy notes to promote consistent communications that emphasize the life-saving nature of GBV-related interventions in the crisis-affected context
Meeting with Donors or any relevant authorities to highlight the short falls in Funding for GBV programs
Work with the media 

Planning and Reporting
Develop location specific GBV working group work plans in line with the outcomes of the GBV Strategy for South Sudan
Ensure that partners send their biweekly updates, GBVIMS monthly reports, 5W reports using the kobo system, Training reports, Safety Audit reports and all other assessment reports
 
Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring GBV Programing in the location 

Key working relationships:
Direct Reports: Gender Based Violence Sub Cluster Co Lead
Supervise: Gender Based violence Sub cluster Assistant

Requirements: 
 
Master’s degree in social work, Public Health psychology, international law, human rights law, international relations, social sciences, or another related field.
Minimum 9 years’ experience working in the field of GBV prevention and response programming and Coordination in conflict-affected areas; INGO experience required. 
Thorough understanding of best practices and evidence-based strategies in GBV response (case management, psychosocial support, legal support; medical support) and GBV secondary and tertiary prevention and risk reduction.
Demonstrated coordination and capacity building skills with key partners; case management for survivors of GBV / VAWG.
Demonstrated experience in facilitating practical workshops and educating others on issues including violence against women and girls, GBV, adolescent girls’ protection and empowerment, GBV response and service provision, women’s networking and movement building, leadership, advocacy, psychosocial support.
Strong experience, knowledge and skills in participatory methods, community development and partnership.
Excellent project management skills.
Demonstrated experience in successfully leading, building, and strengthening a team of staff in a dynamic, remote, and changing context.
Strong ability to respect differences of culture, opinion and lived experiences while upholding rights-based principles and women’s protection and empowerment.
Excellent interpersonal skills, positive and professional attitude, ability to lead and work well in a team setting and with multiple partners.
Strengths in listening, empathy, flexibility, and creativity. Self-reflective, collegial; and open to feedback.
Professional fluency in spoken and written English is required. Arabic a plus. 
Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.  
Ability to Travel: 70% to different field locations 

Personal specifications: 
Ability to work under pressure, long work hours, and high workload. 
Ability to independently organize work and prioritize tasks. 
Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual. 
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. 
 
Working environment:
Security level: Yellow. The situation in the country is generally calm but can be tense and unpredictable; concerns include criminality, presence of armed troops, and looting. The position is based in Juba. Lodging is a private bedroom in a shared IRC guest house – with electricity, internet and cable TV. Food is the individual’s responsibility. Field office housing is more basic, i.e. in traditional huts or tents with separate shared latrines and showers
 
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Narrowing the Gender Gap: The International Rescue Committee is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including a flexible hour (when possible), maternity leave, transportation support, and gender-sensitive security protocols.

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.
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