Terms of Reference for
International Consultant to coordinate prevention of and response to GBV among multiple actors in humanitarian emergencies
Purpose: The GBV Coordinator facilitates and coordinates rapid implementation of GBV programming related to the humanitarian situation in Ukraine in accordance with the IASC Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings
Agency: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Position: International Consultant for Coordination GBV among multiple actors in response to GBV in humanitarian emergencies
Post Level: International Consultant
Start date: 15 April, 2015
Duration: 6 months with possibility of extension (total contract duration – up to 11 months)
Duty station: Kyiv, Ukraine with frequent travels to the Eastern Regions of Ukraine
Type of Contract: SSA/Individual Contract
Languages Required: English, Russian
Deadline for application: 27 March, 2015
- 1. BACGROUND AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY:
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) was recognized by all communities as a major concern during the crisis and remains a significant risk in crisis affected areas. NGOs and GBV sub-cluster partners report a number of cases of sexual violence and GBV among women and girls. Anecdotal evidence and on-line articles showing incidents of sexual violence have been circulated. In the absence of clear referral and confidential reporting mechanisms, reported numbers yet to be identified. However, numbers are believed to be even higher as one of the characteristics of GBV, and in particular sexual violence, is under-reporting.
Several types of violence against women and men have already been identified. Women have faced a series of challenges, including being prevented by their partners from leaving conflict zones, increasing instances of rape and being forced to live with and do unpaid domestic labour for separatists, as well as violence in collective centers. There are unverified reports of trafficking and looting affecting women in rural areas outside the control of the Government areas. A high proportion of men have not accompanied their families in displacement and women comprises approximately two thirds of all adult IDPs. They face gender-specific protection and health issues. The Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) has stated concerns about the negative consequences of the current crisis on anti-trafficking activities, and has noted that the growing number of IDPs are vulnerable to human trafficking.
The stress of daily survival on the affected population still living in the conflict areas is enormous let alone the loss of and/or injury to life, fear of arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence towards men and women, forced conscription to fight, and illegal seizure and destruction of property. The breakdown of basic services, law and order leaves people – families, children, widows, and elderly – on their own to face intimidation and reprisals, with little to no access to social, medical or legal services or any means of livelihoods support. There is a need to strengthen the current monitoring, reporting and advocacy on protection needs and gaps, and to ensure the provision of a protective environment and to build community cohesion and resilience in the post-conflict area.
Hence, the lack of pre-existing safe referral pathways for GBV cases results in a strong need for multi-sectoral and interagency coordination among multiple actors on the ground and in Kiev. It is also important that GBV response be mainstreamed in other clusters’ response. UNFPA has found temporary measures to coordinate activities, but a longer term and strong coordination mechanism must be put in place to ensure complementarity of efforts and ensure that GBV survivors receive care and treatment in a confidential and effective manner. Another, but related, objective is to integrate emergency/humanitarian GBV interventions into United Nations, Government and non-governmental structures to support longer-term, sustained, structural and systemic interventions that protect populations in Ukraine, especially women and girls, from gender-based violence.
A strong GBV coordination of multiple actors should be ensured in Kiev and region, including through inter-cluster collaboration to strengthen the multi-sectoral response to GBV. For this purpose, UNFPA has decided to deploy international GBV sub-cluster coordinator to facilitate and coordinate the rapid response and prevention of SGBV/GBV in east Ukraine.
- MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
GBV programming in humanitarian emergencies is multi-sectoral, involving multiple organizations and actors from the displaced and host communities, NGO and government implementing partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations to engage in comprehensive prevention and response initiatives. The GBV Coordinator’s duties include liaison and coordination with other organizations (coalition building), training and sensitization, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation. The Coordinator chairs the GBV sub-cluster.and represents the interests of the sub-cluster partners. The Coordinator will use the IASC Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings and companion materials (orientation and training guides, planning worksheets, etc.) to facilitate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of GBV initiatives.
Partnerships and Coordination
- Maintain and strengthen the GBV sub-cluster to facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination at national, regional, and local levels.
- Lead the effort to develop a multi-sectoral and inter-agency prevention and response program to include referral and reporting mechanisms, information sharing, coordination, and monitoring/evaluation.
- Work in close partnerships with other sectors and the protection working group, to ensure GBV and protection is mainstreamed across other areas of intervention such as Shelter, WASH and Health
- In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies, consolidate existing assessments on the GBV situation and/or work with relevant agencies and the displaced and host populations to conduct relevant participatory analyses of GBV.
- Promote and facilitate the inclusion of GBV into available appeal processes and documents.
- Work with partners to develop and/or revise training materials according to local context and implement relevant training sessions for multi-sectoral prevention and response actors.
- Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address GBV in the context of broader gender (inequality) issues.
- Facilitate rapid development of agreed-upon GBV Standard Operating Procedures and related policies and practices.
Monitoring and Evaluation
In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies:
- Work with the GBV coordination groups to revise GBV Incident Report and other relevant forms as needed for the setting. Train partner organizations and other sectors in use of this form with particular emphasis to the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors.
- Provide regular reporting to Protection Cluster lead and OCHA, as required.
- Work closely with relevant partners in the field, collect, compile, and analyze monthly GBV report data with an emphasis on identifying trends and patterns. Develop monthly report formats that capture relevant information and that support the analysis and evaluation of program progress and outcomes.
- Develop and implement GBV Information Management System
Administrative and Miscellaneous Duties
- Write and review monthly work plans, monthly reports, and other reports as needed or requested.
- Assist in writing proposals and engaging in other fundraising efforts to support joint programming.
- Other duties as required.
- DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Training
- Advanced university degree in social work or other social sciences, public health, community health, international relations, international law, human rights or related field.
- Prior training in gender, GBV and their application in international humanitarian or development settings.
Experience and Knowledge
- 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience of which a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in humanitarian and relief operations.
- Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of gender, GBV issues and their relevance in humanitarian emergency settings.
- Demonstrable knowledge of reproductive health issues and protection issues in humanitarian settings.
- Knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors
- Knowledge, skills and experience in participatory methods for community development and mobilization.
- Experience in group facilitation and training skills.
- Counselling skills and experience (recommended).
- Basic knowledge of information management systems and commitment to using computer technologies for information sharing and work processes.
Skills and Philosophical Orientation
- Belief in and commitment to a survivor-centred approach in response to GBV.
- Belief in and commitment to gender equality and human rights.
- Diplomacy and assertiveness; the ability to respectfully and carefully confront and discuss sensitive issues with a wide range of actors, groups, and individuals.
- Sensitivity to and respect for a range of cultural beliefs.
- Fluency in Russian and English is required.
Consultancy fees will be paid in United States Dollars (USD) through monthly instalments deposited in the Consultant’s bank account, after acceptance by UNFPA of the monthly report on the services delivered by the Consultant.
Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals
Applicants shall submit the following documents:
- Personal CVs, including information about past experience in similar assignments and at least 3 references;
- Completed UN Personal History Form (P11) including information on previous salary/fee levels;