UNFPA-GBV-Coordinator-P4-Sana'a, Yemen

Location: Sana'a, Yemen, Yemen
Date Posted: 29-11-2017

The Level 3 (L3) emergency response in Yemen has been extended further for additional six months on 12 September due to continuous escalation of violence, increasing humanitarian needs and no signs of an end of conflict. The 32-month long conflict in Yemen has left around 20.7 million people in need some form of assistance or protection, including 9.8 million who are in acute need.

Women and girls continue to bear the brunt of more than two years of conflict in Yemen. Out of 75 people killed or injured on average every day, many are women and girls; and among the 2.9 million people displaced, more than half are women and girls. An estimated 2.2 million women and girls at reproductive age are at risk, 1.1 million are malnourished pregnant women and 352,000 are pregnant expected to give birth within the next nine months.
An estimated 11.3 million people are in need of protection, of which 2.6 million women and girls are at risk of gender-based violence. Incidents of gender-based violence have reportedly increased by over 63 percent since before the conflict.

UNFPA is an active member of Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) in Yemen and leads GBV sub-cluster under Protection cluster. Members include government bodies, national NGOs, international NGOs and UN agencies. UNFPA also supports GBV coordination at sub-national level. For this, UNFPA is working towards strengthening the coordination mechanisms at the sub-national level to ensure sustainability and effectiveness in GBV coordination and response, through the positioning of national GBV Coordinators at the UN humanitarian hubs (Aden, Sa'ada, Al-Hudydah and Ibb governorates) to lead the coordination of working groups at the sub-national level.

UNFPA along with key partners could strengthen referral mechanisms; initiate the roll out of GBV IMS, etc. in Yemen. Currently, at the national level, UNFPA Deputy Representative chairs GBV sub-cluster and is backstopped by the Gender Programme Analyst.

Due to current crisis, CO has following limitations on GBV coordination at the national level:

•    Current crisis has significant implications on the operations of already established GBV coordination, referral mechanisms, etc. Substantial efforts are required to ensure functionality of these systems and strengthen them to respond to the current context.

•    At the sub-national level, there are GBV Coordinators at the UN humanitarian hubs. Although these GBV Coordinators have established good working network at the field level and well familiar with the situation, they strongly need support in their capacity development on inter-agency coordination as well as UNFPA programme commitments on GBV to strengthen the coordination mechanisms and to enhance the capacity of partners working at the sub-national level. For this, further roll out of CO's developed GBV checklists on coordination and programme are essential.

•    UNFPA Yemen staff including the Deputy Representative, Gender programme Analyst, Assistant Representative, and GBV Information Management Associate along with GBV project staff based in Sana'a require additional support given their many commitments to other aspects of the CO's programme, and the overall response would benefit from the expertise and support of a coordination-focused GBV expert.

By taking into consideration all above-mentioned limitation UNFPA Yemen has decided to deploy International GBV Coordinator to Sana'a from 1 December, 2017.

Under the overall direction of the UNFPA Representative for Yemen and direct supervision of Deputy Representative, the incumbent will be responsible for the chairing of GBV sub-cluster at national level.

The incumbent will work closely with Assistant Representative acting as Humanitarian Coordinator, Gender Programme Analyst and GBV IMS Programme Associate. GBV Coordinator will collaborate with Interagency Regional Emergency GBV Advisor (REGA), upon request of the CO.

Partnerships and interagency Coordination

•    Chair GBV sub-cluster at national level; Promote, respect and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV sub-cluster

•    Establish result-oriented, two-way communication channels between national and sub-national GBV coordination groups to ensure a standardized response to GBV.

•    Liaise with (i) cluster leads, particularly with Protection Cluster and Child protection sub-cluster Leads, Represent UNFPA at the Protection cluster coordination meetings.

Technical Leadership

•    In line with WHO's Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies, 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;

•    Promote and facilitate the further inclusion of GBV into 2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan and other appeal processes and documents;

•    Work with partners to develop and/or revise training materials according to local context and implement relevant training sessions for multi-sectoral prevention and response actors.

•    Facilitate revision/ update of established Standard Operating Procedures and related policies and practices.

•    Build the capacity of partners to provide support to survivors of GBV.


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

•    Undertake assessment missions as appropriate to determine the magnitude and scope of GBV and identify strategic inter-sectoral approaches for addressing it;

•    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.

•    Work with the GBV coordination groups to adopt a standardized GBV incident report/intake form and other relevant forms as necessary. Train partner organizations and other sectors in the use of this form with particular emphasis to the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors and in line with the interagency GBV Information Management System (UNFPA/IRC/UNHCR);
Support the further strengthening of GBV reporting, including OCHA dashboard as well as GBV IMS dashboard;

•    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 issues as guided by UNFPA and/or the inter-agency GBV coordination body;


•    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.

Administrative and Miscellaneous Duties

•    Write monthly work plans, monthly reports and other reports as needed or requested;

•    Assist in writing proposals and engaging in other fundraising efforts to support joint program;

•    Other duties as required.

Qualifications and Required Skills

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

•    7-10 years' experience in gender issues and their application in international humanitarian or development settings;

•    Experience in humanitarian coordination particularly in area of GBV is required;

•    Previous experience with the GBV IMS is highly desirable

•    Valid SSAFE training certificate

•    Knowledge of the humanitarian reform process and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors;

•    Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of gender issues and their relevance in humanitarian emergency settings;

•    Demonstrable knowledge of reproductive health issues and/or protection issues in humanitarian settings, and of humanitarian emergency operations and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors;

•    Experience working directly with survivors of GBV is recommended

•    Experience in program management;

•    Proficiency in English. Advanced Arabic is an asset.
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