Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist, P-3, Yaoundé, Cameroon 212 views0 applications


The Position:

Under the direct supervision of the Representative, and the functional supervision of the Humanitarian Coordinator. The incumbent facilitates the rapid implementation of UNFPA´s multi-sectoral GBV interventions in Cameroon and strengthens the coordination of the GBV sub-sector working group. S/he will work in close collaboration with WCARO’s GBViE Specialists to ensure proper integration of GBV in the UNFPA national and regional responses.

Job Purpose:

Cameroon is today affected by two concurrent, complex humanitarian crises: Boko Haram violence in the Far North region and growing humanitarian needs due to the conflict in the Northwest (NW) and Southwest (SW) regions of Cameroon. Humanitarian challenges are reinforced by structural factors and chronic vulnerabilities that hinder the long-term recovery of affected people.

Conflict in the Far North: Cameroon is the country most affected by the regional extension of the conflict with Boko Haram, after Nigeria. About 1.2 million people in this region of Cameroon need urgent assistance. Women and girls have been particularly affected by this crisis, exacerbating the structural inequalities they have been facing. Most of them are exposed to different forms of violence and abuse, including sexual violence.

SW and NW region: The situation in the SW and NW which started as a political crisis has now turned into a significant, complex humanitarian emergency with around 2.3 million people in need, an increase of 80 per cent compared to 2018. In October 2019, UN estimates indicated that at least 1.3 million people are in need of assistance and over 656,000 are internally displaced within the two regions. Over 86,000 IDPs have moved into Francophone regions – primarily in the Littoral and West but also into Yaoundé, the nation’s capital.

In 2020, people in Cameroon will continue to be affected by the two above mentioned concurrent and complex humanitarian crises. The overall number of people in need of assistance and protection in Cameroon in 2020 is projected at 6.2 million.

The GBViE Specialist will make good use of tools such as IASC’s Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action – Reducing Risk, Promoting Resilience, and Aiding Recovery, the GBV Area of Responsibility’s GBV Coordination Handbook, UNFPA’s Managing GBV Programmes in Emergencies Guide and Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies – to facilitate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of inter-agency GBV initiatives.

How You Can Make A Difference :

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Qualifications and Experience:

Education:

  • Advanced university degree, with specialization in areas such as social work, public health, gender, law/human rights, international relations, and/or other related social science disciplines.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least of 5 years of experience in developing and implementing protection and /or GBV interventions, some of which in humanitarian settings.
  • Experience in implementing training programs for GBV response/GBV case management.
  • Experience in leading inter-agency GBV coordination mechanisms with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong understanding of ethical issues with regards to collecting GBV data and design of safe GBV assessments. Experience of using GBVIMS would be an asset.
  • 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.
  • Must have political sensitivity and excellent diplomatic skills, be able to quickly understand and adapt to context and factors that might enable positive collaboration and coordination and be willing to seek regular guidance from country office leadership on these matters.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English and French is required.

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UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.

Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are smaller and healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before.

Too many left behind

But too many are still left behind. Nearly a billion people remain mired in extreme poverty. Sexual and reproductive health problems are a leading cause of death and disability for women in the developing world. Young people bear the highest risks of HIV infection and unintended pregnancy. More than a hundred million girls face the prospect of child marriage and other harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation.

Much more needs to be done to ensure a world in which all individuals can exercise their basic human rights, including those that relate to the most intimate and fundamental aspects of life.

Ensuring every pregnancy is wanted

Few things have a greater impact on the life of a woman than the number and spacing of her children. That’s why international agreements going back decades affirm that individuals should have the right (and the means) to freely decide when (or if) to start a family and how many children to bear. Yet, in this new century, some 225 million women who want to avoid or delay childbearing still lack access to the quality services and supplies needed to manage their fertility.

Supporting maternal health

We know how to save almost all women who die giving life. The first step is to ensure they can plan their pregnancies and space their births. Skilled birth attendance at delivery, with backup emergency obstetric care and essential supplies in place, is also critical.

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of reducing maternal death and disability is finding ways to reach all women, even those in the poorest, most remote areas, or in times of natural or man-made disasters. This involves bolstering health systems. It is also critical that pregnant women are able to access all the care they need, from prenatal HIV testing to post-natal care for newborns, at the same clinic or health centre. This approach saves money and saves lives.

Helping young people fulfil their potential

Young people from age 10-24 constitute a quarter of the world’s population (2014).  Their reproductive choices will shape future demographic trends.

UNFPA advocates for the rights of young people, including the right to accurate information and services related to sexuality and reproductive health. Empowered with knowledge and skills to protect themselves and make informed decisions, they can realize their full potential and contribute to economic and social transformation.

Investing in young people, especially adolescent girls, is one of the smartest investments a country can make. As parents, teachers and leaders of the next generation, they can help break the cycle of poverty, strengthen the social fabric and create a sustainable future.

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The Position:

Under the direct supervision of the Representative, and the functional supervision of the Humanitarian Coordinator. The incumbent facilitates the rapid implementation of UNFPA´s multi-sectoral GBV interventions in Cameroon and strengthens the coordination of the GBV sub-sector working group. S/he will work in close collaboration with WCARO’s GBViE Specialists to ensure proper integration of GBV in the UNFPA national and regional responses.

Job Purpose:

Cameroon is today affected by two concurrent, complex humanitarian crises: Boko Haram violence in the Far North region and growing humanitarian needs due to the conflict in the Northwest (NW) and Southwest (SW) regions of Cameroon. Humanitarian challenges are reinforced by structural factors and chronic vulnerabilities that hinder the long-term recovery of affected people.

Conflict in the Far North: Cameroon is the country most affected by the regional extension of the conflict with Boko Haram, after Nigeria. About 1.2 million people in this region of Cameroon need urgent assistance. Women and girls have been particularly affected by this crisis, exacerbating the structural inequalities they have been facing. Most of them are exposed to different forms of violence and abuse, including sexual violence.

SW and NW region: The situation in the SW and NW which started as a political crisis has now turned into a significant, complex humanitarian emergency with around 2.3 million people in need, an increase of 80 per cent compared to 2018. In October 2019, UN estimates indicated that at least 1.3 million people are in need of assistance and over 656,000 are internally displaced within the two regions. Over 86,000 IDPs have moved into Francophone regions – primarily in the Littoral and West but also into Yaoundé, the nation’s capital.

In 2020, people in Cameroon will continue to be affected by the two above mentioned concurrent and complex humanitarian crises. The overall number of people in need of assistance and protection in Cameroon in 2020 is projected at 6.2 million.

The GBViE Specialist will make good use of tools such as IASC’s Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action – Reducing Risk, Promoting Resilience, and Aiding Recovery, the GBV Area of Responsibility’s GBV Coordination Handbook, UNFPA’s Managing GBV Programmes in Emergencies Guide and Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies – to facilitate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of inter-agency GBV initiatives.

How You Can Make A Difference :

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Qualifications and Experience:

Education:

  • Advanced university degree, with specialization in areas such as social work, public health, gender, law/human rights, international relations, and/or other related social science disciplines.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least of 5 years of experience in developing and implementing protection and /or GBV interventions, some of which in humanitarian settings.
  • Experience in implementing training programs for GBV response/GBV case management.
  • Experience in leading inter-agency GBV coordination mechanisms with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Strong understanding of ethical issues with regards to collecting GBV data and design of safe GBV assessments. Experience of using GBVIMS would be an asset.
  • 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.
  • Must have political sensitivity and excellent diplomatic skills, be able to quickly understand and adapt to context and factors that might enable positive collaboration and coordination and be willing to seek regular guidance from country office leadership on these matters.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English and French is required.
2020-11-24

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