Position Title: Regional Protection and Gender-Based Violence Specialist
Duty Station: Dakar, Senegal
Classification: Professional Staff, Grade P3
Type of Appointment: Special short-term graded, nine months with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: 24 November 2021
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IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at www.iom.int/diversity.
Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.
For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:
- Internal candidates
- Candidates from the following non-represented member states:
Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros;Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu
Second tier candidates include:
All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 173-member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
As an important function of its mandate, IOM is the Cluster Lead Agency for Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) for natural disaster-induced displacement situations under the 2005 Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Humanitarian Reform. Since 2015, IOM HQ has been implementing a global project on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and mitigation activities under the Safe from the Start Initiative (SFTS) supported by The Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). The fifth -phased “Promoting the Reduction of and Improved Operational Response to GBV through Camp Management and Site Planning” project has allowed IOM to advance commitments made to the global Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies and become one of the leading agencies on mainstreaming GBV risk mitigation measures in humanitarian settings. Embedded in its broader approach to protection, IOM’s interventions have been designed to reduce vulnerabilities to GBV at the onset of emergencies, by building the capacity of field practitioners to identify, prevent and mitigate GBV risks; providing innovative tools to improve the management of sectoral responses and coordination of service provision in response to identified risks; enhancing operational collaboration between IOM sectors and, GBV and other specialized Protection actors; and improving women’s participation in camp governance structures.
As part of the effort to better address needs at the operational level, IOM is progressively regionalizing Protection and GBV technical capacities and support, in line with the objective set in the Global SFTS project.
Under the overall supervision of the Regional Director and the direct supervision of the Senior Regional Thematic Specialist (RTS), the successful candidate will: 1) lead the protection and GBV mainstreaming initiatives at the regional level and provide in-country and remote technical support to country missions – including rapid response- based on needs identified 2) contribute to operationalize IOM’s institutional approach to protection in general, and support the roll out of the Gender-Based Violence in Crises (GBViC) Institutional Framework in particular 3) provide support to the IASC GBV guidelines initiatives at the regional and global level.
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
- Conduct regional analysis on current protection and GBV programming at country and regional level and identify potential areas of expansion.
- Work with Regional Office (RO) and missions in the region to develop and strengthen institutional protection and GBV planning; including support for development, and implementation of regional and/or country level protection and GBV programming as required in coordination with the RTS, IOM Headquarters (HQ), and relevant protection actors.
- Provide in-country surge support as needed and requested by country missions in emergencies to ensure protection and GBV are mainstreamed from the launch of IOM humanitarian interventions.
- Develop guidance and tools on protection and GBV integrating international and regional good practices, keep abreast of international debates and advocate for Protection/GBV mainstreaming, within IOM and on behalf of IOM with external stakeholders.
- Represent IOM, and actively engage, in the Protection and Gender-Based Violencecoordination fora such as the Protection, Child protection and/or GBV sub-clusters and other relevant actors; establish and further partnerships at the regional and operational level with external stakeholders.
- Under the guidance of the RTS and with the technical support of the Global teams, work with relevant units to develop technical guidance on how to strengthen inclusion and protection/GBV mainstreaming in the development, implementation and monitoring of IOM programmes at both regional and country levels
- Work with the global protection and GBV teams to support roll out of the GBViC Framework and other protection programming at regional and country levels.
- Provide in-country and remote support to IOM’s coordination and operations effort to better mitigate Protection and GBV risks, advice on respond to reported incidents, and help teams devise strategies to uphold the safety, dignity and privacy of people affected by humanitarian crises
- Design and adapt training materials aiming to address protection risks and GBV issues inIOM crisis operations, ensuring complementarities with the IASC GBV Guidelines; Ensure linkages and alignments with IOM’s Global Gender, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Protection and GBV efforts.
- Build and strengthen internal capacity and expertise on protection and GBV within the region and provide capacity building support in the form of training, Training of Trainers (ToTs), and mentorship to staff at both country and regional levels.
- Support the IASC GBV guidelines initiatives in the region, and act as focal point for supporting CCCM and Shelter sectors within the IASC GBV Guidelines reference group in the region.
- Support global capacity building activities of the IASC GBV Guidelines Implementationsupport team as required.
- Review, write or contribute to protection related proposal, reports, position papers, strategies, collection of lessons learned and good practices, and other documents and publications as required.
- Keep HQ informed of progress and undertake periodical reporting, as per global SFTSproject requirements.
- Deploy as part of Rapid Response Team and other travels when required.
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
• Master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, Development Studies, Political Science, International Relations or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
• University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.
• Solid expertise in Protection and GBV programming in emergency settings, including extensive work experience at the operational level in various humanitarian responses;
• Demonstrable experience developing strategies, operational frameworks and tools to address protection needs and GBV in emergency settings;
• Proven expertise coordinating, working with and providing technical support various teams, including non-protection specialists;
• Experience in developing capacity building materials on Protection and GBV and delivering trainings for various stakeholders- protection teams, non-specialized staff, national authorities, partners etc.;
• Previous experience in mainstreaming Protection and GBV within CCCM, Shelter and NFIs, WASH, DTM and other IOM emergency technical areas, highly desirable;
• Excellent knowledge of and solid experience working with global and national coordinating mechanisms – including humanitarian clusters, and working groups.
• Sound ability to communicate practical knowledge on actions to address Protection and GBVissues at the operational level;
• Excellent ability to develop and support partnerships, strong representation and communication skills, and proven experience working with national authorities, humanitarian partners, donors and other key stakeholders.
IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).
For all applicants, fluency in English and French is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Spanish is an advantage.
Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.
Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database (https://whed.net/home.php).
Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
• Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
• Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
• Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
• Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.
Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.
Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.
The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country and who do not have prior experience outside the duty station’s country as staff member in the Professional category cannot be considered eligible.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.
How to apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via PRISM, IOM e-Recruitment system, by 24 November 2021 at the latest, referring to this advertisement.
IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their application.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
For further information please refer to: www.iom.int/recruitment
From 11.11.2021 to 24.11.2021
IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or other fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.
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