UNFPA-GBViE Specialist-P3-P4-Panama City, Panama

Location: Panama City, Panama, Panama
Date Posted: 27-08-2018
Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist
Basic Information
Title: GBV Specialist Level: P3 or P4 depending on experience and context
Requesting agency UNFPA Country LACRO
Duty station Panama City, Panama Security phase in country / duty station  
Requested date of deployment ASAP Requested length of deployment 3 months with possibility of extension
First request
(indicate with Yes/No)
YES Extension
(indicate with No. of extension 1,2,3)
According to the IASC Early Warning Analysis from May 2018 to October 2018, Venezuela is at very high risk due to the economic crisis resulting in scarcity of food and hyperinflation, compounded by a health crisis, protection concerns and lack of access to other basic rights. The on-going political and socio­economic developments in Venezuela have led to the outflow of an estimated 1.5 million Venezuelans into neighboring countries and beyond[1]. According to UNHCR, the number of arrivals in neighboring states had steadily increased to 5,000 a day as of early 20 1 8[2]. A significant number remain in an irregular situation which makes them vulnerable to exploitation, extortion, exactions, violence, trafficking, sexual abuse, recruitment, and discrimination and xenophobia, especially in insecure border areas where criminal and armed groups operate.
The increase in mixed flows from Venezuela has surpassed the capacity of public institutions to respond in multiple countries. The need for predictable legal status, documentation, shelter, access to health care and other basic and protection services is acute and necessary. Receiving communities are themselves coming under increasing strain, which can undermine peaceful coexistence and feed manifestations of discrimination and xenophobia.
The search for economic options, partial or complete family separation, changes in conditions and roles, barriers in social assistance and exposure to higher risks of sexual violence and other forms of gender based violence, including violence perpetrated by armed groups and traffickers, have created a situation of special need and vulnerability for women and girls. These needs require a protection response, with a gender focus, from the regional, national and local level. In line with this, UNFPA will focus on the development and implementation of integrated programmatic strategies at regional and country level to respond to SGBV and address SRH needs.
The Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) has provided initial CERF funding of $6.2 million[3] to UNHCR and IOM for life-saving activities outlined in their respective regional response plans. At the same time the ERC has expressed his openness to consider country-specific CERF requests under the leadership of the relevant RC/HCs. National CERF is under discussion for Colombia, Guyana, Trinidad and other affected Caribbean islands. Concept notes are being developed and UNFPA is fully engaged in this process.
In April 2018, the Secretary General's Executive Committee confirmed the regional coordinating role of UNHCR and IOM to ensure an adequate UN response to the pressing needs of millions of Venezuelans leaving the country. In line with this UNHCR and IOM are co-leading establishment of a regional coordination platform for the operational response which will integrate a range of humanitarian and development actors including governments, UN, NGOs and CSOs. By the end of 2018, a joint regional response plan will have been developed for implementation in 2019. Additionally, the regional platform will focus on priority areas for immediate action in 2018 including addressing sexual violence and other forms of GBV (emphasis on sexual violence due to the high level of trafficking and sexual exploitation); communication with affected communities; campaign against xenophobia; and information management.
Through UNFPA's leadership role in the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (AoR) of the Global Protection Cluster, UNFPA works to strengthen services, information and referral systems for survivors and helps develop the capacity of partners across the humanitarian system to address gender-based violence in emergencies. Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA's Regional Programme Advisor, and in close liaison with UNFPA's GBV Coordinator for the Venezuela migration response platform[4], the incumbent will facilitate development of UNFPA's programmatic strategies and interventions to respond to sexual violence and other forms of GBV and provide technical guidance to country offices and counterparts to integrate GBV in the response to mixed migration flows from Venezuela.

Programme Development and Implementation
  • Facilitate rapid establishment of UNFPA's regional GBV prevention and response strategy and the work plan for its implementation;
  • In close collaboration with LACRO's Humanitarian Specialist (SRH), ensure integration of GBV and SRH in the regional strategy to support countries affected by the outflow of migration from Venezuela;
  • Provide technical and strategic support and guidance to UNFPA regional and country offices and counterparts in matters relating to GBV and the response to the crisis;
  • Work with partners to continually identify response gaps in line with proposed work plan (including geographic coverage and programmatic scope) and seek solutions to fill gaps.
  • Provide technical inputs for the preparation of strategic documents and draft reports, including SitReps, as required.
Capacity building
  • Build capacity of UNFPA staff and partners to prevent and respond to GBV in Emergencies, including sensitization of humanitarian actors on the Guidelines for Integrating GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Action and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA);
  • Develop a regional strategy to strengthen health sector response to sexual violence, based on the existing SOPs and Protocols that exist at the national level;
  • Support the development and delivery of trainings on referral pathways, GBV case management systems and psychosocial service networks at the country and regional levels including implementation of a training program in select countries for doctors, nurses and health staff on the clinical management of rape (CMR) and intimate partner violence;
  • Promote and support the establishment of coherent GBV referral pathways across the region including through direct technical support and the sharing of tools, protocols and promising practices that can be adapted at country level;
  • Work with national partners to promote the adoption of a standardized GBV incident report/intake form and other relevant forms as necessary at country level in line with the GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS).
Rapid Assessments/field visits
  • Undertake assessment missions as necessary/appropriate to determine the magnitude and scope of GBV and identify strategic approaches for addressing it;
  • Facilitate communication with crisis-affected populations and inclusion of GBV in needs assessments, ensuring compliance with the ethical standards for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies [5].
Partnership and Coordination
  • Ensure coordination with UNHCR and IOM and the Regional Interagency Platform
  • Maintain working relationship and share relevant information with REDLAC, the Protection Working Group and other partners working in the area of Integrated GBV;
  • In collaboration with UN Women (as co-lead with UNFPA), strengthen the role of the Regional GBViE Working Group, including by finalizing the TOR, the group membership and work plan priorities.
Resource Mobilization
  • Provide technical support and UNFPA inputs for CERF, Flash Appeals and other proposals;
  • Advocate with donors and partners for integration of GBV priorities
  • Master's degree or equivalent in Gender, Human Rights, International Development, Social Science, Public Health or related field
  • Minimum of five to seven years of experience in coordinating, developing and implementing survivor-centered interventions to address sexual violence and other forms of GBV, some of which in humanitarian settings
  • Experience in implementing training programs for GBV response/CMR;
  • Knowledge of the current LAC context
  • Understanding of international humanitarian, development, migration and refugee frameworks and architecture;
  • Excellent leadership, coordination and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a diverse team, including with team members based in other countries and/or organizations
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and under pressure
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Fluency in Spanish and English required, Portuguese would be an asset
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