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Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist needed at UNICEF


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Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist needed at UNICEF, June 24 2022



Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist


Organization: UNICEF

Position: Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist

Contract type: Temporary Appointment

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Level: P-4

Location: Ethiopia





UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, protection

The conflict that erupted in November 2020 in the Tigray region and expanded into the Amhara and Afar regions since 2021, is having serious political, social, and economic consequences on Northern Ethiopia. It has had a devastating impact for women and girls who are experiencing growing risks of gender-based violence (GBV). Incidents of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) have been widely documented, and the crisis has compounded multiple forms of GBV including sexual violence, intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and child marriage among displaced and conflict-affected populations. Lack of access to food, cash, and other resources has led to an increase of women and girls engaging in negative coping strategies, including survival sex, and increased vulnerability to SEA. In addition to the on-going conflict in Northern Ethiopia, the Horn of Africa is experiencing one of its worst droughts in recent history. The frequency of drought eroding resources and families are taking desperate measures to survive, with thousands leaving their homes in search of safety and assistance including food, water and shelter with devastating consequences for women and girls.

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How can you make a difference?

UNICEF requires dedicated expertise to provide technical support and strategic direction to support expansion of GBViE programming, in a complementary manner funded by multiple existing and new donors. The incumbent will focus on shaping a new tripartite partnership between the Government of Ethiopia, UNICEF and the World Bank on GBViE in conflict-affected regions in Ethiopia. S/he will be responsible for providing high quality technical guidance and assistance on GBViE prevention, risk mitigation and response for the design, planning and expansion of programming in Northern Ethiopia as part of the World Bank funding and start-up of programming in drought-affected regions. This will include oversight for quality assurance and coherence with UNICEF’s global level GBViE Operational Guidance and Resource Pack, as well as other global standards and guidelines and the UNICEF Strategic Plan and Gender Action Plan. S/he will ensure that the GBViE programming is aligned with the Core Commitments for Children.

The GBViE Specialist will work directly with GBViE Specialists based in Tigray and the Child Protection teams based in Afar, Amhara, Somali, Oromia and SNNP and other regions. S/he will work collaboratively with UNICEF Child Protection Specialists based in Addis Ababa and will report directly to the Chief of Child Protection.

Provide strategic and technical support to UNICEF Ethiopia to scale up GBViE programming in Northern Ethiopia and in drought-affected regions

  • Conduct a detailed mapping and capacity assessment of available GBV services including health, GBV case management and psychosocial support, safety, legal and other services provided by government and NGO service providers in Tigray, Amhara and Afar in Northern Ethiopia and in drought affected regions including Somalia, Oromia and SNNP.
  • Review existing UNICEF GBViE approaches in Tigray to document lessons learned and good practices that can be expanded upon in Northern Ethiopia and in drought-affected regions.
  • Organise and facilitate a workshop for UNICEF GBViE, Health and Child Protection staff to develop a GBViE strategy including a minimum package of services to support implementation of GBViE interventions covering the three pillars approach as per the UNICEF GBViE Operational Guide: response, risk mitigation and prevention adapted to the operating environments in each region.
  • Based on GBViE strategy, mapping and capacity assessment conducted, work with the UNICEF field office’s and country office, Child Protection teams and across other UNICEF sectors to design, plan and coordinate scale-up of GBViE interventions for priority locations.
  • Provide technical oversight to develop an internal UNICEF workplan to guide implementation of the 3R-4-CACE project outlining technical support needs and resources required to address GBViE across humanitarian interventions in conflict-affected areas.
  • To support GBViE services at the national and regional levels, develop a detailed capacity building plan to strengthen GBV case management practices in line with global standards (including support to child protection partners to improve care to child survivors whenever appropriate) that are adapted to the needs of NGO and government implementing partners across Ethiopia.
  • Based on UNICEF GBViE strategy and capacity building needs and plans, develop terms of references and identify staff, consultants and other technical resources required to strengthen GBViE programming.
  • Ensure allocation and management of sufficient financial and human resource capacity is in place to effectively achieve UNICEF components of 3R-4-CACE project and other GBViE donor funding.
  • Support the planning, design and development of Programme Cooperation Agreements (PCA) with implementing partners in support of GBViE expansion in Ethiopia in close collaboration with Tigray-based GBViE Specialists and UNICEF field offices and country office. This should include an open call for proposals to identify potential partners.

Coordinate with the MoWSA to develop 3R-4-CACE project workplan

  • In partnership with MoWSA, engage with relevant government ministries including MoH, Attorney General, UN agencies (UNFPA and UNHCR in particular), as well as with country and regional Child Protection and GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) and NGOs working on GBV to build understanding for the 3R-4-CACE project in Tigray, Amhara, Afar and other conflict-affected regions and ensure GBViE programming is well coordinated in Northern Ethiopia.
  • In coordination with MoWSA, provide technical assistance to facilitate a planning and inception workshop with MoH and other relevant stakeholders at the national and regional level to develop a detailed MoWSA workplan with corresponding budget, timeline and partners. This should include plans to ensure sufficient financial and human resource capacity is in place to effectively achieve project objectives at the national and regional levels.

Provide technical support to strengthen GBViE service delivery at national level, in conflict and drought- affected regions.

  • In coordination with the MoWSA, MoH, Attorney General’s Office and other relevant government ministries, GBV and Child Protection AoR and relevant partners, conduct a review of existing national and regional guidance for OSC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure they are fit for purpose, in line with survivor-centred approaches, GBV guiding principles and adapted to the conflict and drought-affected regions.
  • Based on consultative review process, contextualize SOPs for OSC for regional application and use. This should include guidance on survivor-centred approaches, care for child survivors and safe information sharing practices, including through interagency information management systems.
  • Work closely with the Child Protection and GBV AoR to identify areas for joint collaboration to meet the needs of child survivors of sexual violence, child marriage and develop appropriate responses for adolescent girls at risk or experiencing abuse.
  • In collaboration with GBViE Specialists based in Tigray and Child Protection teams in Tigray, Amhara and Afar and country offices, and with support from UNICEF regional and head offices, begin to identify approaches and strategies to respond to the needs of women and girls with children born out of sexual violence (e.g. civil documentation including birth registration, alternative care arrangements, MHPSS, reintegration support, community outreach to reduce stigma, education or livelihood opportunities etc.)
  • Document lessons learned and good practices and submit a final report outlining the progress, challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations.

Work relationships: The GBViE Specialist will participate in, contribute to and leverage the use of existing internal UNICEF and inter-agency cross-sectoral coordination platforms related to GBViE such as the UNICEF Ethiopia Programme Management Team meeting, and the CP GBV AOR and with the engagement of the Steering Committee, Project Implementation UNIT in the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs. The incumbent will avail/leverage these opportunities to systematically build the capacities of other sectors and systems.


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To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Master’s degree in psychology, social work, human rights and public health or other related degree, or equivalent programming experience;
  • At least 8-10 years professional experience in GBViE prevention and response in humanitarian settings (with UN agencies and/or NGOs);
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of the guiding principles for GBViE programming and IASC GBV Guidelines required;
  • Experience working on large scale donor projects, understanding and knowledge of World Bank funding preferred;
  • Strong planning, project management and budget skills required;
  • Experience in coordinating with a range of donor, government, UN and NGO stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated skills in planning and facilitating workshops and other capacity-building modalities;
  • Ability to work independently and productively, with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment;
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and to handle requests or issues as they arise;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills;
  • Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in an additional official United Nations language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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