UNFPA-GBV Specialist-P3-Damascus, Syria

Location: Damascus, Syria, Syrian Arab Republic
Date Posted: 04-12-2017

The situation in the north eastern areas has been evolving dramatically since the beginning of 2017 along with the military operation to liberate Al-Raqaa from ISIL. Raqqa hosting community is in move and the governorate is hosting IDPs from Deir ez-Zor and refugees from nearby Iraqi city (Mosul). Frequent movement of different communities causing problems for the service providers and challenging the capacities of humanitarian response in the ground. Since April 1st till the end of July the number of IDPS has reached 319,741 individuals, most of whom are women and girls. All of those IDPs have suffered from life threatening conditions and no protection services were available in the territories they moved from. There is barely any data or information about types of GBV in Raqqa. Meanwhile observations gathered from UN implementation partners proof that the extremist militias are discriminating against gender roles and treat women and girls as second class citizens.

Women and girls fleeing ISIS controlled areas have suffered movement restrictions, such as obligation to dress full body covers, including the face, and in addition the high risk of child marriage exists. Some of them reported that forced marriage to fighters is one of the main reasons which drives families to flee their homes.

Adolescent girls and women are exposed to exploitation, abuse, sexual slavery and international trafficking. There is wide recognition that gender-based violence against women and girls increases during conflict, including domestic violence, sexual violence/exploitation, and child or forced marriages. Increasing difficulties in data gathering, collation, analysis and utilization impede institutional capacities to plan and monitor health programmes. Increased poverty and displacement, coupled with lack of formal health insurance, constrain the population’s access to health services

Mission Purpose

Emergency preparedness and humanitarian assistance are integrated in UNFPA’s work in Syria and are an important aspect in its country programme. UNFPA, in line with its global strategy, contributes to strengthening national capacity to provide sexual and reproductive health services, gender based violence prevention and response and the use of population and rights-based data in humanitarian settings.
The programme specialist will oversee and manage UNFPA’s humanitarian and multi-sectoral GBV prevention and response of GBV programming efforts in Syria. This will include the provision of high quality technical, financial, advocacy and coordination support in order to ensure compliance with international standards across the areas of UNFPA mandated areas of work.
The programme specialist is directly responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and integration of GBV programming with other UNFPA programmes (namely Gender, RH and Youth) in close collaboration with other programme units, Implementing Partners, relevant government institutions, NGOs and civil society partners.

Job Requirements
•          Advanced University degree in social work or other social sciences, public/community health, gender, legal advice as it relates to gender and GBV, and development or related field;

Knowledge and Experience
  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience in programme management, including technical and financial management of large multi-sectoral projects, designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners;
  • Knowledge of gender issues in development, particularly GBV, including relevant international human rights standards;
  • Knowledge of reproductive health, HIV and protection issues in humanitarian and recovery settings;
  • Prior training in gender and GBV issues and their application in humanitarian, conflict, recovery and development settings;
  • Experience in utilizing the following internationals tools:
  • GBV Standard Operating Procedures;
  • GBV Information Management System;
    • IASC GBV
    • IASC Gender
    • GBV Coordination
    • WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies  
    • the global Essential Services Package for Women and Girls;
    • Operational and advocacy experience implementing UNSC resolutions on Women Peace and Security (1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960 and 2242) and Youth, Peace and Security (2250);
  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of Arabic is desirable.
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