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Level: P-3

Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment

Closing date: 30 July 2018 - 5:00pm (New York time)

Duty station: Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar

Job ID: 16910



Position summary:

The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Specialist position is located in Sittwe, Rakhine State. Under the overall guidance of Deputy Representative, and with direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, GBV based in Yangon, the GBV Specialist will represent UNFPA in Rakhine State and lead the multi sectoral programme response and coordination for prevention and response to GBV in Rakhine State.

UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. We support countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV and AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. Eliminating maternal mortality, advancing gender equality and promoting the empowerment of women are key programme priorities of UNFPA defined in the UNFPA Strategic Plan (2018-2021). This includes improving sexual and reproductive health services, addressing gaps in gender equality, responding to and preventing Gender Based Violence (GBV) and integrating gender equality and human rights perspectives into humanitarian response, national policies, development frameworks and laws. 

UNFPA has been scaling up its programming in Rakhine State from 2016 through the multi-year UNFPA-donor joint trust fund “Women and Girls First Programme” (2016-2018). Under the Women and Girls First Programme, UNFPA is committed to leading the international community and supporting national stakeholders in addressing gaps in gender equality, improving sexual and reproductive health services, responding to and preventing gender based violence (GBV) and integrating gender equality and women's human rights perspectives into national policies, development frameworks and laws. Through these key outcomes, UNFPA will also be seeking to achieve improved and strengthened access to justice and increased participation of women in the peace process, through economic and political empowerment. UNFPA continues to invest and scale up its programming in Rakhine State through multiple projects and investments with humanitarian, social cohesion and development objectives and a strong emphasis on strengthening SRHR.  

The GBV Specialist will support implementation of UNFPA’s country programme in Rakhine State. In close coordination with UNFPA Country Office team in Yangon, the GBV Specialist provides technical, operational and coordination support to UNFPA’s programme implementation in the Rakhine State. The Programme Specialist will work in close collaboration with national and state authorities, humanitarian, peace building and development agencies (UN, NGOs and INGOs) and civil society organizations to provide GBV coordination as appropriate. 


Qualifications and Experience


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, including experience in programme management, including 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 post-conflict 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 Guidelines; IASC Gender Handbook; GBV Coordination Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies; 

• Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response and peace and reconciliation

• Prior experience in counselling and psychosocial support will be an asset


Fluency in oral and written English essential.

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