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Fast Track Procedure: GBV Inter-Agency Coordinator – UNFPA, October 20 2022



Fast Track Procedure: GBV Inter-Agency Coordinator, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, P-4

Organization: UNFPA
Position: Fast Track Procedure: GBV Inter-Agency Coordinator
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date of Announcement: 10/17/2022, 03:47 PM
Deadline:10/25/2022, 06:59 AM
Job Schedule: Full time
Vacancy Type: Temporary, Non-Rotational
Contract Duration: 364 days


Job Description

Job title: GBV Inter-Agency Coordinator

Level: P4

Position Number:00175440

Location:Addis Ababa / Ethiopia

Full/Part time:Full-Time

Fixed term/Temporary: Temporary Appointment

Rotational/Non Rotational: Non-Rotational

Duration:364 days

The Position:

Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Ethiopia Country Office Humanitarian Programme Coordinator, the GBV Inter-Agency Coordinator will be part of the UNFPA Humanitarian Response Team under the overall direction of the UNFPA Ethiopia Country Office Representative and programmatic guidance of the Deputy Representative.  The GBV Inter-Agency Coordinator facilitates and coordinates the rapid implementation of multi-sectoral, inter-agency GBV interventions in Ethiopia.

How Gender-Based Violence Coordinator can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

Job Purpose:

In recent times, Ethiopia has been affected by various shocks, including violent conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic, drought, desert locusts, and floods. Since the end of 2017, violent conflict has emerged as a significant driver of humanitarian needs. This combination of multiple interlocked shocks is driving the humanitarian needs higher, particularly for those already marginalized and at risk. According to the 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), about 29.7 million people are estimated to need humanitarian assistance in 2022, including 23.9 million non-displaced and around 5.8 million displaced people. Indications are that the current drivers of humanitarian needs will continue to affect the country for the foreseeable future.

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Gender-based violence is an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will, and that is based on socially ascribed (gender) differences between males and females. It includes acts that inflict physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion, and other deprivations of liberty. These acts can occur in public or in private. GBV occurs in all humanitarian emergencies and humanitarian practitioners must assume that GBV is occurring in any humanitarian emergency and act to address it, regardless of the absence or presence of data about its scope and impact.

Comprehensive GBV prevention and response programming in humanitarian emergencies requires skilled coordination of a range of organizations and actors from the displaced and host communities, NGOs, government partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations. The GBV Inter-Agency Coordinator’s duties include: building and sustaining partnerships, strategic planning, capacity development, advocacy, and information management.

The GBV inter-agency Coordinator will use the GBV Area of Responsibility’s Handbook for Coordinating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Emergencies (2019), the Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for Prevention and Response to GBV in Emergencies and the IASC’s Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action: Reducing Risk, Promoting Resilience, and Aiding Recovery, to facilitate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of inter-agency GBV initiatives

The GBV inter-agency Coordinator will be responsible for:

A. Building and Sustaining Partnerships: 

  • Facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination group (“AoR”) at national level in Addis Ababa. Promote, respect and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV AoR.
  • Establish result-oriented, two-way communication channels between national and sub-national GBV coordination groups to ensure a standardized response to GBV.
  • Proactively engage with all relevant stakeholders to ensure coordination bodies reflect the range of actors addressing GBV, including across multiple sectors (health, psychosocial, legal, security, etc.) and categories of actors (UN, NGO, civil society, government, etc.).
  • As feasible, engage UN missions who may be active in addressing GBV, including but not limited to ensuring inter-agency inputs to the annual SG’s report on conflict-related sexual violence.
  • Regularly represent the GBV AoR in Protection sector meetings, OCHA-led meetings (e.g. around development of the Strategic Response Plan or for Inter-sector Coordination), and other relevant meetings, including those called by the Humanitarian Coordinator.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other sectors/working groups at national level such as the Health Cluster, Child Protection AoR, Shelter/NFI Cluster, Food Security Cluster, Education Cluster, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Technical Working Group, and other relevant ones. To ensure integration and risk mitigation of GBV-related action into cluster plans and to advocate for joint awareness-raising for non-GBV specialists.
  • Advocate with donors and mobilize resources for inter-agency GBV prevention and response in line with GBV AoR and HRP.
  • In consultation with non-governmental GBV actors and national civil society, identify appropriate mechanisms for working with and collaborating with national authorities on GBV issues.

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B. Strategic Planning 

  • Facilitate implementation of Standard Operating Procedures if necessary. Regularly review and revisit SOPs at strategic points throughout the crisis response.
  • In collaboration with national and international GBV actors, map current institutional response capacities, including facilitating mapping of GBV-specific 4 and 5Ws.
  • Lead a process to develop a realistic, evidence-based multi-sectoral and inter-agency prevention and response plan.
  • Promote engagement of a range of sectors and ensure realistic benchmarks and timelines for achieving set objectives.
  • Regularly monitor progress against plans during coordination meetings. Allow space for new actors to engage with a plan over the course of the crisis response.
  • Work with partners to continually identify response gaps in line with proposed work plans (including geographic coverage and programmatic scope) and seek solutions to fill gaps.

C. Capacity Development

  • Work with partners to develop an inter-agency GBV capacity development plan that meets the needs and priorities of key national and local stakeholders to facilitate implementation of agreed work plan.
  • Revise existing training materials according to local context and ensure partners’ access to relevant training sessions.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of sub-sector members on planning and responding to GBV in emergencies and on safe and ethical GBV information management.
  • Ensure all GBV sub-sector partners and others are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards, and other resource materials (go to for the latest information).

D. Advocacy: 

  • Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address GBV in the context of broader gender inequality issues.
  • Promote awareness of national laws and policies that inform action to address GBV.

E. Information Management

In line with the WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies:

  • Engage in robust analyses of available secondary data to ensure readily-available information on known trends and patterns on GBV for inclusion at relevant points along the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, including the MIRA.
  • Consolidate existing assessments on the GBV situation and/or work with relevant agencies, the displaced and host populations to conduct relevant participatory analyses of GBV.
  • Undertake new assessment missions as necessary/appropriate to determine the magnitude and scope of GBV and identify strategic inter-sectoral approaches for addressing it.
  • Work with the GBV AoR and other relevant stakeholders to adopt a standardized GBV incident report, intake form and other relevant forms for incident reporting, data collection, and case management as necessary.
  • If necessary, develop monthly report formats that capture relevant information and that support the analysis and evaluation of program progress and outcomes.
  • Document best practices and approaches for responding to issues of GBV in order to deepen the knowledge base among relevant partners.
  • Prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.

Any other duties;

Carry out any other duties as may be required by UNFPA leadership.


Job requirements

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Qualifications and Experience 


Advanced university degree in social work or other social sciences, public health, community health, international relations, international law, human rights or related field.

Knowledge and Experience: 

At least 7 years of experience working on gender-based violence, of which 4 years are at the international level, preferably in a humanitarian context.

  • Experience leading inter-agency coordination mechanisms with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the critical components to facilitate effective inter-agency coordination.
  • Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of how GBV manifests in humanitarian settings and ability to describe context-specific prevention and response actions.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations, including the Cluster System and HPC, and roles/responsibilities of key humanitarian actors.
  •  Demonstrated leadership, facilitation, and team working skills and ability to establish   harmonious working relations in an international and multicultural environment.
  •  Demonstrated representational, leadership and management skills.
  •  Excellent computer literacy (windows environment, MS office applications including Word, Excel and Power-point and Internet skills).


Fluency in English is required; Working Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset.

Required Competencies:


  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing cultural diversity
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Delivering results-based programmers
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization

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