UNFPA-GBV Coordinator-P4-Bangui, CAR

Location: Bangui, CAR, Central African Republic
Date Posted: 22-12-2017
Central African Republic (CAR) is experiencing a political-military crisis since 2013 that has caused thousands of killings, massive population displacement, serious human rights violations, and the destruction of goods and services. Over the past three years, the country has experienced a major political crisis which has resulted in a violent conflict that has affected nearly the entire population and has left some 2.3 million people, over half the population, in direct need of assistance. Local conflicts resulting in particular from Intercommunity, transhumance, clashes between armed groups or arbitrary attacks on the population and civil society, persist. The humanitarian consequences of long years of instability and high level of violence with ongoing lawlessness constitute a burden that requires an immediate need of continuous assistance.
The total collapse of local administration as well as public services reinforced by the magnitude of the protection and security matters remains of great concern despite the efforts of the United Nations Multidimensional Mission for the stabilization of CAR (MINUSCA). The consequences of the violence are the displacement of populations all over the country. As of today, more than 503 600 displaced persons are registered, while the number of refugees in neighboring countries has recently increased to 467,960 persons. The humanitarian consequences of the years of instability and high level of violence with an ongoing lawlessness constitute a burden on the population that requires an immediate need of continuous assistance. The total collapse of local administration as well as public services reinforced by the magnitude of the protection and security matters remains of great concern despite the efforts of the United Nations Multidimensional Mission for the stabilization of CAR (MINUSCA) to bring peace and stability. 
The series of conflicts has also contributed to a substantial increase in gender based violence in the country. According to the Gender Based Violence Information Management System (GBVI MS), in 2016, more than 11,110 GBV survivors have received medical and psychosocial care since the start of the conflict. Such numbers are unprecedented in reporting on CAR. The rise in the number of verified incidents is consistent with the steady deterioration of the security situation in the areas covered by reporting partners but also because of an improved performance and coverage of the GBV management information system in 2015. The country is also facing the Sexual Exploitation Abuse (SEA by uniformed and non-uniformed staff) and UNFPA is a focal agency to provide assistance to victims and contribute to the reporting. UNFPA is a member of the HCT and has the lead role for the coordination of the sub cluster on GBV. UNFPA-CAR is playing a leading role on GBV Coordination under the GBV Sub Cluster which is integrated in the Protection Cluster under the Humanitarian Country Team.  In addition, UNFPA acts as facilitator of the Joint Prevention Task with other UN Agencies as UNICEF, WHO, UNHCR, UNWOMEN. 
Based in Bangui, under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative for GBV coordination, the GBV Coordinator provides technical support to ensure strong UNFPA leadership, partnership and collaboration with UN Peace Keeping mission, UN agencies, and national/international counterparts, in a comprehensive multi-sectorial survivor-centered response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV). This response includes a close cooperation with health, psycho-social, protection, early recovery and legal sectors to ensure that survivor's holistic needs are met. UNFPA is the lead of the GBV Sub Cluster including the Task Force for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuses, which the incumbent will coordinate. UNFPA is also the co-lead of the Conflict-related Sexual Violence {CRSV) Working Group, which the GBV Coordinator will support jointly with MINUSCA Senior Women Protection Advisor.



Inter-Agency Coordination and Partnerships 

  • Facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination groups (“sub-clusters/sub-sectors”) at national and sub-national levels. Promote, respect and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV sub-cluster.
  • Ensure the overall coordination of the GBV Sub-Cluster, and oversees the GBV coordination mechanisms that consist of a national working group, four regional working groups (Bangui, Bambari, Kaga-Bandoro and Bossangoa), a medical task force and the GBV/MS working group who all report to the sub-cluster
  • 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 S-G’s report on conflict-related sexual violence.
  • Coordinate the PSEA task Force and oversee its mechanisms and report to the Office of   the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator
  • coordinating jointly with MINUSCA Senior Women Protection Advisor the correspondent technical working group and ensure the functioning of the CRSV joint-consultation forum •     Represent the GBV Sub-Cluster in the Protection Cluster, Inter-Cluster, MINUSCA Protection of Civilian Tasks Force and MRM task Force; and at the Humanitarian Country
Team and CIMCORD when required
  • Work in close collaboration with the UNFPA Humanitarian Coordinator and the UNHCR Protection Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF Child Protection Coordinator in CAR to mainstream GBV issues
  • Liaise with the main GBV actors particularly UNWOMEN to strengthen inter-agency, multi- sectoral GBV coordination groups at national and sub-regional levels.
  • Liaise with different governmental agencies to enhance an inter-agency GBV capacity development programme in line with the Global GBV AoR guidelines and reinforce national ownership for GBV
  • Provide technical support for the development of communication products on the GBV situation, needs and gaps, including in OCHA sit-reps and stories, in the GBV page in humanitarian response website, in front of the GBV AoR and other inter-agency communication products
  • Identify key areas of UNFPA strategic positioning on GBV and support the development of proposals and engage in resource mobilization efforts
  • support the One UN approach, through joint the Development of Joint Program formulation, •           Lead the technical support in developing and implementing multi-sectoral and coordinated GBV prevention and response programmes to include referral and reporting mechanisms, information sharing, coordination, and monitoring/evaluation
  • Facilitate the vulgarization of GBV Standard Operating Procedures, new GBV guidelines, GBV in Emergencies Minimum Standards and other related policies and practices and ensure their periodic revision (twice a year if needed)

Technical Leadership and strategic planning

  • Carry out rapid needs assessments of the protection needs of women and girls vis-a-vis GBV in displaced settings and areas identified at risk of violence with relevant agencies
  • Reinforce, enlarge coverage, ensure update and diffusion of referral pathways for GBV victims' access to services and make recommendations to support and to strengthen coordinated approach and integrated service access/delivery for victims
  • Ensure and facilitate the inclusion of GBV into the CAR Strategic Humanitarian Documents and other appeal processes and documents
  • Work with partners to develop and/or revise training materials according to local context, identify capacity gaps, review national training materials and guidelines according to international guidelines and standards
  • Promote the Institutional Capacity Development for both Government and Non-State actors on GBV and provide technical support to the development of relevant policy and advocacy documents to address GBV and broader gender issues
  • Ensure the roll out of new IASC Guidelines on GBV, and in particular the mainstreaming of GBV across other areas of humanitarian intervention in particular Child Protection, CCM/Shelter/NFI, Education, WASH and Health sectors.
  • Advise UNFPA Senior Management on any urgent matter on the GBV situation that required its attention, in particular to support the role of the Representative as co-chair of CRSV working group

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Work with the GBV Su b-Cluster members, the technical level of the CRSV working group, the medical task force and the GBVIMS working group to regularly review GBV Incident Report and other relevant forms as needed in line with WHO's Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies
  • As member of the MRM task-force ensure the integration of GBV monitoring and reporting into MRM on grave rights violations against children in armed conflict under SCR 1612 & 1882
  • Oversee the functioning of GBV Information Management System, and develop monthly and quarterly incident reports according to UNFPA role as consolidating agency ensuring the monthly dissemination of GBV trends and patterns and its interaction with the MARA under SCR 1325,1820,1888, 1960,2106
  • Analyze and report on progress results of GBV sub-cluster annual action plan and strategy, on GBV programme and project progress in terms of achieving results, using existing monitoring and evaluation tools and introducing new mechanisms and systems; identifies constraints and resource deficiencies and recommends corrective action
  • Supervise preparation by implementing partners of annual and other periodic work plans and monitors and evaluates progress, including contracts with UNFPA partners towards projected programme results, and documents and applies lessons learnt to close the gaps
  • Undertake regular monitoring missions and meetings with relevant actors including project partners in assessing the GBV trends and advises on the prevention and response strategies

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Advanced university degree in public health, law, social sciences, or gender and development or related field
  • 7 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience, including experience in programme management, including large multi-sectoral projects, designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners
  • Experience in drafting and implementing advocacy notes, in particular, related to GBV issues
  • Knowledge of gender issues in humanitarian, particularly GBV and CRSV, including relevant international human rights standards
  • Prior training in gender and GBV issues and their application in humanitarian, recovery and development settings is an asset
  • Experience in using the following internationals tools: GBV Standard Operating Procedures; GBV Information Management System; IASC GBV Guidelines; TASC Gender Handbook; GBV Coordination Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations; UN Action 1960 Guidelines; analytical conceptual framework of CRSW
  • Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response is an asset
  • Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of gender issues and their relevance in humanitarian as well as knowledge of reproductive health issues and protection issues emergency settings and early recovery stages
  • Knowledge, skill, and experience in participatory methods for community development and mobilization.
  • Knowledge and experience in monitoring and data collection/research on GBV •         Group facilitation skills, training skills, counselling skills and experience.
  • Experience in leading effective meetings
  • Diplomacy and assertiveness; the ability to respectfully and carefully confront and discuss sensitive issues with a wide range of actors, groups, and individuals.
  • Excellent command of French and English

Functional Competencies

  • Advocacy I advancing a policy oriented agenda
  • Results-based programme development and management; 
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners;
  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships;
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches; •             Resource mobilization (Programme);
  • Job knowledge I technical expertise.
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