Duties and Qualifications
Senior SGBV Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Senior SGBV Officer is a member of the Protection Team in a Regional Bureau or a Country Office and normally reports to the (Deputy/Assistant) Representative or the Head of Protection Unit or the Senior Protection Coordinator.
The incumbent leads the operations’ efforts to fulfil UNHCR¿s mandate and associated obligations on SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response based on policy and guidance.
S/he collaborates closely with the UNHCR management and the head of the Protection team in the country and strengthens working relations with other agencies involved in SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response.
S/he 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.
Implementation of UNHCR¿s Global Policies and Standards
- Lead the effective and timely development, implementation and monitoring of a clear and coherent multi-year and multi-sectoral SGBV strategy as part of the operation¿s broader Protection and Solutions Strategy, coordinate timely reporting on progress including the documentation of promising practices.
- Promote compliance with UNHCR¿s SGBV 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, ensure harmonization of SGBV strategies in the region and alignment with global policies and commitments, drive the exchange of expertise and practices in the region and provide a regional level analysis of trends as well as aggregated reporting on SGBV.
- Provide technical guidance on integration of the survivor-centred approach into PSEA complaints mechanisms and enhance access of SEA survivors to existing SGBV services
Planning / Programming
- Develop and implement programming for specialized SGBV prevention and response based on needs, risks and capacity assessments at the onset of an emergency and throughout all phases of displacement.
- Lead the operation in conducting, consolidating and reporting on SGBV 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 SGBV risks in their specific technical areas.
Capacity Development, Technical Support and Coordination
- Provide technical guidance and support field colleagues to operationalise and comply with UNHCR¿s corporate SGBV policy, priorities and commitments (aligned with policies on AGD and AAP, Child protection, disability, youth empowerment and gender equality).
- Lead on supporting operational capacity development efforts and provide technical support on gender and SGBV mainstreaming.
- Facilitate the establishment and functioning of SGBV coordination mechanisms with all relevant stakeholders.
- Facilitate and strengthen the development and implementation of SGBV Standard Operating Procedures for all sites that enable all survivors to access, at a minimum, appropriate health, psychosocial, security and safety, and legal support.
- Lead on supporting and building capacity and systems for individual SGBV case management for survivors and persons at-risk of SGBV.
- Support operations in strengthening safe and ethical data collection, sharing and analysis. Promote the use of the SGBV module of PRIMES or another SGBV 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).
- 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 SGBV.
- Systematically develop the capacity of staff, partners and other stakeholders to address SGBV 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 SGBV, to promote gender equality and to ensure age and gender-informed protection and solution programs.
- Ensure community-based approaches are applied in SGBV programming and communities considered as key stakeholders.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P4/NOD – 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
Human rights, Social Anthropology,
International Development, Social Sciences, or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
9 years relevant work experience in an international context including field experience in a humanitarian context. Applied experience in survivor-centred approach, SGBV guiding and Case management principles related to SGBV 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 SGBV and support to other sectors to mainstream SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response. Demonstrated knowledge and application of SGBV prevention theory and appropriate SGBV prevention and behaviour change strategies at different stages of the humanitarian response. Knowledge and demonstrated use of SGBV tools and Guidance.
Demonstrated understanding of critical issues around SGBV data and knowledge of safe and ethical data collection and analysis and conducting assessments. Demonstrated knowledge of engagement with SGBV 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, SGBV and Gender Equality. Experience in a humanitarian context.
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
How to apply
Interested candidates are requested to apply on the UNHCR career page at
www.unhcr.org/careers – by clicking on the Vacancies tab and entering job ID 26618.
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
Please note that the closing date is Tuesday 11 May 2021 (mid-night Geneva time).