UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

UNDP Senegal

Job Identification : 4897

Locations : Dakar, Senegal

Posting Date : 07/22/2022, 09:33 PM

Apply Before : 08/12/2022, 09:00 PM

Job Schedule : Full time

Grade : P4

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Rotational/Non Rotational


Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

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

Required Languages : English

Desired Languages : French

Vacancy Timeline

3 Weeks

Job Category : Gender Equality & Human Rights

Job Description

The Position:

The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Technical Specialist post is located at the UNFPA West Africa Regional Office (WCARO) and works under the overall direction and leadership of the Regional Director and direct supervision of the Gender and Human Rights Adviser and with reporting line to the deputy Regional Director.

S/he maintains primary responsibility for coordination of provision of technical assistance and programme support to the countries of the region in GBV prevention and response, and GBV risk mitigation. S/he works very closely with the GBV in emergency specialist and in an integrated manner with the other technical and programme staff in the RO, and as part of the team which provides technical and programme support to country offices (COs).

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 Technical Specialist provides technical, policy and programmatic support to the region in the area of GBV, to ensure the Regional (RO) and Country Offices (CO) remain abreast of the Fund’s policies and programme strategies, as well as current thinking, innovation and academic advance in the substantive area.

S/he analyses regional/cluster trends, and contributes to strategic action in response to these, and ensures that GBV prevention and response are adequately addressed within regional and national development frameworks and programmes, including the achievement of the SDGs and ICPD Programme of Action. S/he maintains primary responsibility for the provision of technical assistance, advocacy, policy and programme support to the countries of the region for GBV prevention and response.

In all activities, s/he works within an interdisciplinary team providing integrated policy, programme and technical support to the region and the respective country teams. S/he also liaises with other units, such as the regional Programme and Technical Units, ensuring the timeliness, adequacy, relevance and quality of technical support to COs. S/he also collaborates within the broader organisation across other regions and with the Headquarter teams working on gender equality and SRHR broadly and GBV more specifically.

You would be responsible for:

  • Strategic advice and oversight
  • Provide strategic, technical and programme leadership, management advice and guidance in GBV prevention and response to countries in the region, in collaboration with technical and programme staff in the RO and CO;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an integrated strategy for the delivery of technical assistance and programme support in the region and manage the GBV components of the regional programme in close coordination with the GBV in Emergency specialist and other technical teams;
  • Identify requirements for and contribute to the development of new or updated policies, positioning, frameworks, guidance, standards, instruments and tools to ensure UNFPA is addressing the region-specific GBV prevention and response agenda;
  • Identify and provide analysis and advice on GBV prevention and response, and UNFPA’s comparative advantage and specific contribution in the changing development, peace and humanitarian agendas, and participate in advocacy and policy dialogue at global, continental and regional levels;
  • Ensure that evidence-informed thinking and research on GBV prevention and response is integrated within the work of the regional/sub-regional offices and partnership networks;
  • Form strategic linkages between GBV policy and technical work with action to address global/regional megatrends including climate change, migration and the digital world;
  • Support resource mobilization to better fund GBV activities at the RO and CO level including development of grant proposals including for funding with IFIs;
  • Participate in the UNFPA gender, human rights, harmful practices and culture network, maintaining communication and feedback loops on all substantive work;
  • Technical support and capacity development
  • Advise and provide direct support to COs on the implementation and compliance with UNFPA policies, strategies, guidelines and tools on GBV, ensuring consistency and coherence in addressing priorities for UNFPA and Member States;
  • Provide technical support to COs in developing and implementing a multi-sectoral and coordinated GBV prevention and response work inclusive of safe and effective referral and reporting mechanisms, information sharing and monitoring/evaluation achieved through strong coordination;
  • Substantially contribute and lead the implementation of priority UNFPA programmes to address GBV including the Spotlight Initiative and the roll-out of the ‘Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence’;
  • Review products of technical support at key stages of development including draft UNFPA guidelines and tools as well as national CPDs;
  • Analyze technical and programmatic reports from the field and identify optimal measures to implement recommended/required follow-up actions;
  • Provide technical leadership in the effective collection, analysis and application of data to measure violence against women;
  • Support the regional adaptation of training materials, manuals and tools in GBV and ensure their availability and promote their use for capacity development;
  • Organize and contribute to regional, national and inter-country capacity development activities in GBV prevention and response;
  • Support the continued strengthening of national government capacity to address GBV and collect data, including through the GBV Information Management System;
  • Monitor the quality of the technical support received at the country level for GBV prevention and response, and for effective policy dialogue and programming;
  • Contribute to providing guidance to COs to include South-South and triangular cooperation in the development of Country Programmes;
  • Liaise with respective counterparts in the global headquarter units including Technical Division and Policy and Strategy Division To identify opportunities for South-South and triangular GBV cooperation in the region and with other regions;
  • Contribute to the corporate efforts on PSEA by collaborating with the GBV in emergency (GBViE) specialist under the leadership of the gender and human rights adviser reporting on WCARO efforts to integrate and mainstream PSEA in all its work;
  • Evidence and knowledge development, dissemination of use
  • Play a key role in developing, coordinating, monitoring and further strengthening regional knowledge platform(s) for GBV prevention and response including those that facilitate evidence-informed country programming and evaluations;
  • Support the development of mechanisms – including databases – to effectively share technical skills and knowledge within and among programme countries and/or other regions in GBV prevention and response best practices/lessons;
  • Collect, analyze and synthesize information/data and experience on GBV programme priorities to be used in regional and global advocacy and prepare white papers, briefing notes and other priority resources that can be used for evidence-based policy dialogues at regional and country levels;
  • Support systematic evaluations of GBV prevention and response programming including work around identification, measurement and monitoring of social and gender norm change programmes;
  • Coordinate analysis and synthesis of GBV trends, emerging needs and research findings in the region and beyond in order to produce new, cutting-edge technical knowledge;
  • Disseminate and promote the use of cutting-edge technical knowledge, evidence, lessons learned, and success stories and ensure their use to improve the effectiveness of UNFPA programmes for GBV and intersecting priority areas;
  • Knowledge Management and coordination of networks
  • Coordinate the overall provision of technical support to COs in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a specific focus on GBV;
  • Develop and co-ordinate the substantive elements that underpin UNFPA partnerships and collaboration in GBV prevention and response across the region including with other UN agencies, regional institutions and national agencies;
  • Identify high-quality sources of technical knowledge among key stakeholder groups in the region and strengthen working relationships with them (e.g., civil society leaders, academia, private sector, regional networks etc.);
  • Technical representation, advocacy and partnership development
  • Represent UNFPA on substantive issues in the region and strengthen UNFPA’s regional and global role to lead in GBV prevention and response through evidence-informed policy advocacy, knowledge generation and high-quality programming;
  • Participate in global, regional intergovernmental, U.N. and other policy fora to promote and advocate for substantive progress in addressing GBV;

  • Develop and implement innovative communication and advocacy strategies to scale-up knowledge and awareness of GBV programming practices and priorities including as part of global/regional advocacy events such as the 16 Days of Activism to end GBV;
  • Collaborate with UN agencies, academia, research and training institutions, think tanks, centers of excellence, professional societies in the region to enhance the availability and uptake of knowledge products related to GBV prevention and response;
  • Participate as the focal point for inter-agency working groups in GBV and lead the coordination of inter-agency GBV work where needed;
  • Initiate, develop, strengthen and monitor intellectual regional partnerships in GBV prevention and response, including for South-South technical support to countries and for the implementation of the regional programme;
  • Carry out any other duties as may be requested by the Regional Director and the Deputy Regional Director.

Qualifications and Experience:


Advanced university degree in gender studies, anthropology, feminist studies, public health, medicine, sociology, human rights, law, cultural studies, international development, or other field directly related to GBV prevention and response;

Knowledge and Experience:

  • At least 7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in developing and implementing quality GBV programming, gender mainstreaming, and rights-based programming of which five years at the international level;
  • Knowledge and understanding of a Human Rights based approach essential;
  • Extensive experience in gender mainstreaming and programming for women’s development;
  • Experience in evidence informed policy advocacy for GBV prevention and response and development of national actions plans to address GBV Experience in addressing gender and social equity issues in Reproductive health and Population issues;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of GBV Guiding Principles, survivor-centered approach, latest evidence, research, global guidelines and good practices on prevention and response to gender-based violence;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading capacity building initiatives in GBV prevention and response in development settings;
  • Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response is desirable;
  • Knowledge and experience of working on social protection and Civil Society involvement in related security & protection;
  • Strong track record of technical leadership, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Demonstrated ability to network within the academic and development community;
  • Familiarity with UN systems and procedures, management and monitoring tools;
  • Field experience is strongly desirable;


  • Fluency in English is required and French is desirable to enable effective communication with English speaking and French speaking country coordination groups and local organizations (West and Central Africa region);

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:

  • Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda,
  • Delivering results-based programmes,
  • Providing conceptual innovation to support programme effectiveness,
  • Providing a technical support system,
  • Strengthening the programming capacity of Country Offices,
  • Facilitating quality programmatic results,
  • Internal and external relations and advocacy for resources mobilization,
  • Creating visibility for the organization,
  • Job/knowledge and technical expertise,

Managerial Competencies (if applicable):

  • Engaging 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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In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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