GBV Coordinator, Damascus

UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund

UNFPA Damascus, Syria

Job Identification : 7634

Locations : Syrian Arab Republic

Posting Date : 12/21/2022, 09:49 AM

Apply Before : 01/20/2023, 09:49 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : P4

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Rotational/Non Rotational : Non-Rotational

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education and Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 7 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages

Working level of Arabic is desirable.

Job Category : Gender Equality & Human Rights

Job Description

The Position:

The inter-agency GBV Coordinator (referred to as “GBV Coordinator) will support the UNCT to develop strategies and priorities and to strengthen partner’s technical capacity through capacity building and monitoring activities. The GBV Coordinator will be based at UNFPA, under the supervision of UNFPA Representative.

The GBV Coordinator facilitates and coordinates the development of GBV programming priorities and their rapid implementation, in accordance with the IASC Guidelines for GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings. GBV programming in humanitarian emergencies is multi-sectoral, involving multiple organizations and actors from the displaced and host communities. NGO and government partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations to engage in comprehensive prevention and response 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 strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

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.

Job Purpose:

< The GBV Coordinator’s duties include liaison and coordination with other organizations, capacity building, analysis of risks and priorities, including protection analysis, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation. The coordinator will use the IASC Guidelines for Integrating GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Settings and companion materials to support sectors in the integration of GBV interventions in their work and the Handbook for Coordinating Interventions in Humanitarian Settings to facilitate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of GBV initiatives.>

You would be responsible for:

  • Promote a coherent, comprehensive and coordinated approach to address GBV in Syria with a focus on establishing coordination mechanisms as needed and ensuring that existing working groups also include an appropriate focus on GBV (e.g. Community Services WG).
  • Work with coordination mechanisms and inter-agency partners to ensure an appropriate response is in places that adheres to international standards, always including prioritizing safety and confidentiality and that GBV prevention and response services are extended inside and outside of Damascus.
  • Provide technical leadership and support on mainstreaming of GBV prevention and response actions into Cluster/sector plans, programmes and activities to cluster leads through close collaboration with Cluster coordinators and partners.
  • In line with the WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies, support the ethical, safe and methodologically sound collection sharing and use of data on GBV. This might include conducting / supporting assessments in areas outside of Damascus to identify possible partners and priority activities for each of the areas, depending on existing services and informal networks and a protection analysis. Support the integration of the relevant cluster/sectoral GBV prevention and response activities in the overall strategic planning, design, programming and gaps of various sectors/clusters, including the CSWG to finalize and implement the GBV component of the interagency sectoral Protection Strategy for Syria and action plans specific for each area.
  • Providing (and/or facilitating) training/orientation on and promoting the use of the IASC Guidelines for Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings (and IASC Gender Handbook in Humanitarian Action) and other relevant guidance in all sectors/clusters. Capacity building should include training, training-of-trainers, mentoring and one-on-one support.
  • ·Working with the relevant networks, coordination mechanisms, and other relevant partners, to build capacity to ensure implementation of GBV prevention and response actions through the facilitation of training and on-going mentoring for partners.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Advanced university degree in law, international relations, international law, human rights or related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

At least 7 years of experience, with progressive responsibilities, in humanitarian protection in complex emergencies.  Demonstrable experience in working in gender-based violence programming and/or coordination. Knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors.  Group facilitation skills and experience.  Experience in conducting trainings  Experience in conducting protection analysis in complex emergencies.  Commitment to a survivor-centered approach in the response to GBV.  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.


  • Proficiency in English oral and written is a must. Working level of Arabic is desirable.

Required Competencies:


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,

  • Embracing change

Core Competencies:

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,

Functional Competencies:

  • Business acumen
  • Implementing management systems
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches
  • Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information;
  • Facilitating quality programmatic results
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners, and building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Client orientation

Managerial Competencies (if applicable):

Providing strategic focus,  Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders,  Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance  Making decisions and exercising judgment

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


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Tags: complex emergencies, family planning, human rights, humanitarian emergencies, international law, international relations, monitoring and evaluation, reproductive health, sdgs, sexual violence, trainings