Gender Based Violence Assistant

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According to the UNHCR and LSHTM rapid assessment on the GBV situation and response in Cabo Delgado

The conflict in Cabo Delgado has had a devastating impact, especially for women and girls who are experiencing ongoing and new forms of GBV. The crisis has compounded multiple forms of GBV including intimate partner violence (IPV), physical and sexual violence, abduction, sexual trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), early and forced marriage, and economic violence. Existing support structures and prevention measures have been widely compromised by conflict and displacement, leaving the urgent needs of GBV survivors overwhelming unaddressed.

Throughout the UNHCR mandate to provide protection to affected populations, UNHCR and partners is implementing a wide range of GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response, through the province. Moreover, UNHCR also directly engage with government counterparts and with other humanitarian and development partners active in the response.

Under the direct supervision of the GBV Officer, the NUNV will undertake the following tasks:

  • Be fully informed about GBV risks and response needs and the protection and security situation of the population of concern and develop strong links with IDPs and members of the host communities.
  • Through relationships with persons of concern and network of partners, stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to senior management.
  • Ensure that the perspectives, needs and resources of the persons of concern are reflected in the response implemented by UNHCR, taking into consideration the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities and minority groups.
  • Support in the implementation of integrated strategies that addresses key protection priorities for GBV.
  • Provide support to UNHCR and partners in the implementation of the GBV activities in the field.
  • Supporting communities in establishing representation, and coordination structures and assist in the implementation of UNHCR projects in the affected areas.
  • Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among populations of concern, authorities and host communities.
  • Maintain protection presence through regular field missions to the areas covered by UNHCR Pemba Field Unit and report on the main issues, establishing direct contact with IDPs and host communities, local authorities and partners.
  • Work with implementing and operational partners as well as with displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho- social, cultural, health, organizational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to SGBV.
  • Assist in analyzing protection risks and capacities of communities of concern, in particular through supporting GBV safety audits, communicating findings and following up recommendations on the ground with diverse community and humanitarian actor stakeholders.
  • Build and reinforce GBV service mapping and consolidate referrals pathways that are shared with the forced displaced women and girls. Ensuring support for the community in survivors centred disclosure and referral as well as providing survivor centred support and referral directly where required.
  • Provide trainings on GBV and PSEA related issues to communities and other key stakeholders.
  • Guarantee that the views of women and girls are taking into account within UNHCR interventions, strategies and approaches
  • Support the Information Management Unit on the elaboration of GBV trends that are survivor-centered.
  • Conduct regular community consultations, in particular with women and girls, on GBV projects, response and needs and share reports
  • Contribute to the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR’s work. Initiate AGD sensitive interventions at the appropriate level on community-based protection issues and to respond to protection concerns and incidents within the office, with external interlocutors, groups and individuals based on agreed parameters.
  • Reporting on activities, support community volunteers, partners and other key collaborators to also report on activities.
  • Perform other duties as required taking into essentiality the survivor centered approach

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNHCR technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNHCR procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNHCR in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNHCR`s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Administrative/financial rules, procedures, processes in the context of UNHCR offices and Field operations. (desirable) - UNHCR learning programmes (PLP); (desirable) - Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position will be an added advantage - Production of concise and clearly written communication products. - Planning and organizational skills: Ability to develop clear objectives that are aligned with strategies, identified activities and priority assignments, ability to monitor project, adjust priorities, time and resources to complete assignment, make provisions to manage risks and contingencies whenever necessary;

The position is based in Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado Province, in the north of Mozambique. Pemba is a D, Non-Family duty-station. Mozambique has a total population of about 29 million people and Maputo is its capital city. The total area of Mozambique is 799,380 Km square from North to South. It is tropical hot and humid. The hottest and wettest months are December to February, when the average daily minimum temperatures are around 22°c and the average daily highs of 30°c. The rain season is between October and April. Winters (June to August) are mild with the average daily temperature ranging from 13°C to 24°C. Cabo Delgado is bordering Tanzania, with a population of over 2.2 million individuals according to the 2017 census. The province, considered one of the poorest in the country, was hit by cyclone Kenneth in April 2019, which affected several villages, causing material damage and the displacement of many residents. The province has also been targeted by armed groups that have been attacking local villages since October 2017 to date. The number and intensity of attacks increased consistently in 2020. Communication and transport services are available at various costs. The housing market is healthy but quite expensive (from US$ 800 to US$ 1,500 per month). Pemba has one medium-large supermarket and one international airport. The metical is the local currency and exchange rate stands at USD 1 equivalent to about 63.8 meticais (MZN) as per April 2022. Pemba has 3 health facilities: ISOS clinic, CLIDIS private clinic and the Provincial hospital. There is a wide range of Banks and ATMs to meet financial needs. Credit/debit cards are accepted in most places. UNDSS-cleared hotels are available, with the rates differing depending on the availability and season. MOSS compliant apartments are available. The current operational circumstances require frequently long working hours. This is a stressful work context, making capacity for self-care critical. According to the security level system, Cabo Delgado is at level 4. Crime in Pemba and villages outside of the capital is concerning and UN personnel must remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. Traffic accidents are common in Mozambique due to the poor condition of the roads and poor driving and vehicle standards.

Mozambique is a unique country and Pemba is a unique (humanitarian) operation. It provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential.

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