Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Sub-Cluster Coordinator, P-4, Maiduguri, Nigeria

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 01 Mar 2021 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Maiduguri, Nigeria


Nigeria faces multiple crises, with a protracted conflict in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states, which has spread to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger, intercommunal clashes in the northwest that have led to over 40,000 people crossing the border with Niger for safety, and climate shocks such as drought and floods. Nigeria also hosts about 50,000 Cameroonian refugees in the west and faces a widespread farmers/herders crisis in its middle belt region.  The crisis is predominantly a protection crisis characterized by grave violations of human rights and dignity. Protection concerns including killings and maiming, sexual violence and abuse, arbitrary arrests and detention without access to justice and legal services, physical safety and security, forced recruitment, abductions forced marriages and forced displacement remain a major concern for the physical and mental wellbeing of IDPs, returnees and host communities in the BAY states. 

In response to the humanitarian situation, UNFPA is working with government authorities, UN sister agencies and non-governmental organizations on the prevention and response to GBV as well as delivery of a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services to the affected population. UNFPA is delivering a response package that includes assisted delivery, obstetric care, family planning, GBV coordination, clinical management of rape, psychosocial support (PSS), case management, establishment of safe spaces for women and girls, and GBV prevention. UNFPA is also the lead agency for interagency GBV and SRH coordination where it coordinates the GBV Sub-Sector, the SRH Working Group, the GBVIMS Technical Group and the PSEA Task Force.

The Position:

The GBV Sub-cluster Coordinator’s role will be pivotal to strengthening interagency GBV coordination mechanisms in the BAY states for a more effective and coordinated GBV response.  The GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator will facilitate the implementation of inter-sector and agency GBV programming in a humanitarian emergency. GBV programming in humanitarian emergencies is multi-sectoral, which involves organizations and actors from the displaced and host communities, NGO, and government implementing partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organizations that 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 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:


  • 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:

  • A minimum of 7 years of specialized experience addressing GBV at the international level, preferably in a humanitarian context.
  • Experience leading inter-agency coordination mechanisms with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of how GBV manifests in humanitarian settings and ability to describe context-specific prevention and response actions.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations, including the Sector System and HPC, and roles/responsibilities of key humanitarian actors.
  • Direct experience providing support to GBV survivors is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable

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