UNFPA-GBV Programme Specialist-P3-Nigeria

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria, Nigeria
Date Posted: 10-11-2017


Since 2009, the ongoing conflict has significantly disrupted the health system in Northeast Nigeria resulting in a rise in outbreaks of preventable communicable diseases, restricted access to essential medicines, poor care for non-communicable diseases and the deterioration of health services affecting the entire population. Vulnerable IDPs living in temporary IDP sites are particularly exposed to health risks. There is an urgent need for life-saving integrated basic primary health care services. These include integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI), emergency obstetrics, child survival activities, management of life threatening and other non-communicable diseases, TB/HIV services as well as immunization, mental health, psycho-social services and referral for IDPs and host communities. 
Reports from health partners in the field point out to the urgent need for health specialists with specific training in emergency care and clinical management of survivors of sexual violence and psychosocial counseling.  Outbreaks of measles and meningitis, wild polio virus, viral hemorrhagic fever, HIV/AIDS, and mental health issues as well as malnutrition among infants, children and young girls are expected to pose serious public health risks.  Further malaria is endemic in the region and represents 50 per cent of the total consultations reported by the sentinel sites.  Along with acute respiratory infections and watery diarrhea, they represent the top three leading causes of illness among IDPs in combination with high levels of acute malnutrition, low access to skilled birth attendance and other health services. 
Reports from partners also show that service delivery in camps do not meet minimum standards. Over 60 per cent of the camps are without health partners, while only 127 health facilities (out of the total of about 600 in Borno State) are partially supported with limited services that are insufficient to address all critical health needs. Civilians, including IDPs, vulnerable host communities and those trapped in conflict areas, face grave protection risks and violations.  The crisis is characterized by protection concerns which include exploitation and abuse, detention, family separation, exposure to mines and explosives, trauma, restrictions on freedom of movement and insecurity exacerbated by the lack of sufficient services and limited prevention measures. Young men particularly face vulnerabilities linked to detention, harassment and forced recruitment.  
The ongoing conflict and continued displacement in the north east has a serious impact particularly on the most vulnerable, including female and child-headed households, unaccompanied/separated children, adolescent boys, pregnant/lactating women and abductees. Sexual violence and abuse against women and children is widespread in temporary IDP sites. Some refugees and IDPs are returning but many are facing secondary displacement.  The conflict affected region has about 26 million people with about 14 million assessed to require humanitarian assistance in 2017. This includes over 1.8 million internally displaced persons, and host communities whose coping mechanisms have been seriously weakened. Humanitarian needs have considerably increased as areas previously under the control of the Boko Haram are recaptured and access to previously stranded communities has improved. Recognizing the importance and the urgency of the situation the Federal Government of Nigeria initiated the following initiatives to address resilience and improve social cohesion in the communities.

Key Profile Information

Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative, the incumbent facilitates the implementation of UNFPA’s GBV programming in a humanitarian emergency. GBV programming in humanitarian emergencies is multi-sectoral and involves organizations and actors from the displaced and host communities, NGO and government implementing partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations that engage in comprehensive prevention and response initiatives. Key duties include: assessment and planning; partnership development; training and sensitization; and monitoring and evaluation. Planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of GBV initiatives will be conducted through the use of available global guidelines and standards, and will be in line with UNFPA’s Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies. The incumbent will represent UNFPA to ensure the Fund’s issues and actions are adequately and appropriately reflected and to enable a better-coordinated response to GBV in the humanitarian setting.

Programme Development and Implementation

  • Conduct field assessments and/ or situational analyses to determine needs and gaps for GBV prevention and response.  Where possible, ensure that GBV issues are integrated into others’ assessments. Assessments should consider the needs of women, girls, boys and men separately and should focus on identifying gaps and trends to improve programming;
  • Develop with colleagues and implementing partners if appropriate GBV specific prevention and response interventions in line with UNFPA minimum Standards for prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies. In emergencies, these should particularly focus on service delivery and protection;
  • Orient and if necessary conduct training UNFPA staff, implementing partners, and national authorities in planning and implementing GBV programmes related to refugees, IDPs/returnees and host communities;
  • Sensitize implementing partners, UN sister agencies and national authorities around the existence and implementation of the Guidelines for Integrating GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Action;
  • Support in the implementation of activities funded through humanitarian appeals, CERF and UNFPA Emergency Response Fund as well as any other projects in country;
  • Monitor and supervise quality of activities, developing as possible best practices and documentation;
  • Proactively engage with donors to raise additional programme funds in line with over-arching vision and work plan.


  • Maintain solid working relationships, with the GBV Interagency Coordinator(s) and all humanitarian partners and agencies; 
  • Provide regular and comprehensive updates related to UNFPA’s progress to address GBV; 
  • As requested, represent UNFPA in relevant humanitarian coordination bodies, including the GBV Sub-Cluster to ensure that GBV issues are adequately considered in the context of the humanitarian response efforts;
  • Establish linkages between existing Gender, RH and HIV programmes to ensure synergies between programmes and maximize programme impact. 


  • Monitor GBV assistance provided by UNFPA through implementing partners to crisis affected populations. 
  • Monitor UNFPA’s GBV programme activities by keeping a close record of activities, such as capacity building, expenditures and agreements made with local partners.
  • Prepare regular progress reports and document lessons learned and challenges and share with the relevant UNFPA Regional Office, UNFPA Humanitarian and Fragile Contexts Branch, and other units as may be necessary. 
  • Support the Emergency Coordinator and the RO on the coordination of humanitarian issues and to prepare reports and SitReps, as required.
Any Other Duties
  • Perform any other duties as required by the Senior Emergency Coordinator, RO/SRO, and HQ.

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Advanced degree with specialization in areas such as social work, public health, gender, law/human rights, international relations, and/or other related social science disciplines.
  • A minimum of 5 years of specialized experience addressing GBV at the international level experience in related humanitarian context in country office will be an asset.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
  • Proved experience in survivors-centered approach
  • Direct experience providing support to GBV survivors an asset.
  • Fluency in English compulsory. 
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