GBV Officer in UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency Ouagadougou, Centre, Burkina Faso

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December 15, 2022

Standard Job Description

GBV Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The GBV Officer is a member of the Protection Team in a Regional Bureau or a Country Office and normally reports to the Senior GBV Officer or the Senior Community-Based Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer or the Head of Sub-Office or the Assistant Representative for protection. In smaller offices, the post may report directly to the Representative. The GBV Officer supports the operations¿ efforts to fulfil UNHCR¿s mandate and associated obligations on GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response based on policy and guidance. S/he collaborates closely with the UNHCR management and the Protection team in the country and strengthens working relations with other agencies involved in GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response. The incumbent will maintain a close working relationship with the Bureau and the Division of International Protection for system-wide coherence. All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity. Duties Implementation of UNHCR¿s Global Policies and Standards – Support and facilitate the effective and timely development, implementation and monitoring of a clear and coherent multi-year and multi-sectoral GBV strategy as part of the operation¿s broader Protection and Solutions Strategy, coordinate timely reporting on progress including the documentation of promising practices. – Participate in the promotion of compliance with UNHCR¿s GBV policy, priorities and commitments (aligned with polices on age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP), Child protection, gender equality, disability and youth empowerment. – For functions at regional level, support the harmonization of GBV strategies in the region and alignment with global policies and commitments, support exchange of expertise and practices in the region and provide a regional level analysis of trends as well as aggregated reporting on GBV. – Provide technical guidance on integration of the survivor-centred approach into PSEA complaints mechanisms and enhance access of SEA survivors to existing GBV services Planning / Programming – Support the development and implementation of programming for specialized GBV prevention and response based on needs, risks and capacity assessments at the onset of an emergency and throughout all phases of displacement. – Participate in conducting, consolidating and reporting on GBV assessments including gender equality components at least once per year, linked to annual planning processes and participatory assessments and sharing strategic trends analyses. – Contribute to planning processes and advocate for adequate resource (re)allocation and mobilization. – Support cross-cutting programs and technical sectors to mainstream gender and to program for mitigation of GBV risks in their specific technical areas, and report on progress. Capacity Development, Technical Support and Coordination – Provide technical guidance and support field colleagues to operationalise and comply with UNHCR¿s corporate GBV policy, priorities and commitments (aligned with policies on AGD and AAP, Child protection, disability, youth empowerment and gender equality). – Support operational capacity development efforts and provide technical support on gender and GBV mainstreaming – Under the guidance of the Senior Protection Officer, support and facilitate the establishment of and ensure the functioning of GBV coordination mechanisms with all relevant stakeholders. – Facilitate and strengthen the development and implementation of GBV Standard Operating Procedures for all sites that enable all survivors to access, at a minimum, appropriate health, psychosocial, security and safety, and legal support. – Support and build capacity and systems for individual GBV case management for survivors and persons at-risk of GBV. – Ensure safe and ethical GBV data collection and reporting is functioning and regular reporting is done on GBV, including through PRIMES and protection monitoring processes. Promote the use of the GBV module of PRIMES or another GBV information management system that provides for safe and ethical data collection and analysis. Where applicable, support reporting under the Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Arrangements on conflict-related sexual violence (MARA). Partnerships – Strengthen UNHCR¿s collaboration with host governments to develop national services in order to expand safe access for Persons of concern to services that prevent, mitigate, and respond to GBV. – Support the capacity development of staff, partners and other stakeholders to address GBV and to promote gender equality and the empowerment of displaced women and girls. – Strengthen partnerships including with UN agencies, governments, civil society and with displaced and host communities, to prevent, mitigate, and respond to GBV, to promote gender equality and to ensure age and gender-informed protection and solution programs. – Support that community-based approaches are applied in GBV programming and communities considered as key stakeholders. – Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Years of Experience / Degree Level For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Human rights, Social Anthropology, Social work, Law, International Development, Social Sciences, or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Not specified. (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential 6 years of previous work experience relevant to the function of GBV in an international context, of which two years in the field and having experience in the field of GBV prevention, mitigation and response, broader protection or social work involving empowerment of women and girls, gender, child protection, mental health, counselling and working with survivors, humanitarian and development issues. Applied experience in survivor-centred approach, GBV guiding and Case management principles related to GBV programs. Demonstrated knowledge in gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and apply, promote and integrate gender analysis into humanitarian programming. Demonstrated knowledge of and implementation of multi-sectorial responses to GBV and support to other sectors to mainstream GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response. Demonstrated knowledge and application of GBV prevention theory and appropriate GBV prevention and behaviour change strategies at different stages of the humanitarian response. Knowledge and demonstrated use of GBV tools and Guidance. Desirable Demonstrated understanding of critical issues around GBV data and knowledge of safe and ethical data collection and analysis, and conducting assessments. Demonstrated knowledge of engagement with GBV Interagency humanitarian architecture. Knowledge and experience of participatory approaches to engaging with and mobilizing communities Good understanding of displacement and protection issues including, child protection, education and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position such as: Protection Learning Programme, Operations Management Learning Programme, Middle Management Learning Programme, GBV and Gender Equality. Experience in a humanitarian context. Functional Skills PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) TR-Training – Virtual and face to face PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordination PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Capacity development and training PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) risk mitigation PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

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Nature of Position:

SGBV is a major concern mainly among the IDPs in Burkina Faso. The operation requires an experienced SGBV officer who will be involved in SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response. UNHCR’s Operation in Burkina Faso is responsible for some 21,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mainly Malians, who had to flee their country of origin because of the socio-political crisis that prevail since February 2012. The majority of refugees fled the two camps of Mentao and Goudoubo earlier this year and live in the towns of Dori, Djibo and Gorom Gorom. A relocation to the camp of Goudoubo is being envisaged July /August 2020. Others are living in border areas in the Sahel and in urban areas such as the two biggest cities of Burkina (Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso). Due to insecurity, people in Burkina Faso have been uprooted from their homes due to the presence of armed groups, increased criminality and ongoing counterterrorism operations which expose the population to violence. This has been coupled with inter communal clashes. Therefore, the number of people moving continue to increase particularly in the Sahel and Centre Nord regions. As of 7 June 2020, their number of IDPs amounted to 921,471 displaced. UNHCR provides them with shelter, Core Relief Items and protection and supports the Government with registration and CCCM activities. While most of the IDPs were living with host communities, who are no longer able to absorb the continuous and multiple displacements, in 2020 many spontaneous sites have been created. The security situation in northern Burkina has also led Burkinabe citizens to flee to neighbouring countries to ask asylum.

Living and Working Conditions:

Burkina Faso has very basic infrastructures, including in the health sector. In Ouagadougou, there are more than 20 health clinics, but only four are recommended by the UN System. Epidemics and other disease outbreaks are common in the operational area. Ouagadougou is a family duty station and education is carried generally out in French, however there is also a US English school. Banking services are available including more than five international banks among which two are recommended by the UN System (United Bank of Africa and Ecobank). The weather is hot and dry with high daylight temperature fluctuations. Housing in Ouagadougou is mainly individual houses which are easily available. But most buildings are not well maintained and need repair. Electricity is very expensive and a backup generator is recommended. In the past one year, the security and human rights situation in Northern and Eastern Burkina Faso has significantly deteriorated, leading to substantial displacement. The number of IDPs has reached 921,471 displaced in 7 June 2020. Cross-border displacement is also occurring. As a result of the internal displacement, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), in close collaboration with the Government of Burkina Faso, has set up a coordination mechanism involving seven clusters to respond to the needs of the population affected by the crisis. The Sahel region (Northern part of Burkina Faso, bordering Mali), our main operational area, is permanently facing terrorist attacks, resulting to casualties and kidnappings. Although a C category family duty station, there is general criminality and banditry due to the prevailing security situation. COVID: As of 8 July, some 1,000 confirmed cases in country, mainly in Ouagadougou with 53 deaths recorded. Preventive measures such as temperature checks, wearing of masks, use of gels is introduced within the UNHCR premises. No casualties so far between UNHCR staff nor among the Persons of Concern.


Additional Qualifications


BA: Anthropology (Required), BA: Gender Studies (Required), BA: Human Rights (Required), BA: International Development (Required), BA: International Relations (Required), BA: Law (Required), BA: Political Science (Required), BA: Social Science (Required), BA: Social Work (Required)


Work Experience


Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Negotiation & conflict resolution, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Teamwork & collaboration

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Company: UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location:  Ouagadougou, Centre, Burkina Faso

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