The Republic of Haiti's population in 2022 is 11.8 million, with 57 percent living in urban areas. Young people under 25 account for 51.4 percent of the population in 2022. Over the last two decades, population growth has slowed down, due to declining fertility rates (from 4.8 in 1994 to 3 in 2017) and increased out-migration flows.
Haiti faces multiple structural and multidimensional challenges in the political, social, economic, security, environmental and humanitarian spheres. The political and socio-economic crisis, food insecurity, gangs’ violence, disasters, climate change and the cholera endemic have contributed to worsen the precarious humanitarian situation. An estimated 4.9 million Haitians (43 percent) need humanitarian assistance (OCHA, 2022). Haiti´s high vulnerability to recurrent disasters - especially hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes - contributes to deepening the cycles of poverty, inequalities, displacement, and migration. Since the end of July 2022, Haiti has been experiencing social protests that have gradually gained momentum, through roadblocks across major cities, looting the offices and warehouses of international and national organizations, until reaching an alarming peak across the country on 12 September and the entire country remains paralyzed.
The GBV Sub-sector is co-chaired by the UNFPA and Ministry of social affairs (MCFDF). The UNFPA plays a technical role and supports the ministry and GBV members with adequate capacities as needed. Indeed, the goal of the GBV Sub-sector is to develop effective and inclusive mechanisms that promote a coherent, comprehensive and coordinated approach to GBV including prevention, care, support to GBV survivors with multi sectoral services, data collection for advocacy and services coordination. As it continues to scale up its support within the Haiti humanitarian response and addressing immediate needs for the emergency due to the political, security and economic crisis impacting all population in the country, UNFPA in Haiti is sustaining its operation to cater for the needs of the affected population including Haitian displaced and refugees’ people, vulnerable Haitian as well as returned migrants’ groups.
Based in Port au Prince, under the direct supervision of international humanitarian coordinator and overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, the interagency GBV Coordinator will work closely with GBV information Management specialist, the Humanitarian coordinator, Program and Operations Teams in the UNFPA Country office. S/he will also work closely with different entities in the Ministry of social affairs, NGOs and partners to reinforce in the humanitarian assistance.
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 (2022-2025), 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
The Interagency GBV Coordinator is responsible for supporting the country office to better assume its role of lead of GBV sub-cluster plunged in cyclic conflicts, political instability and violence, as well as to be better positioned in UN System and with humanitarian community in general as lead of GBV response coordination.
He/She will assist the UNFPA in the planning, coordination and oversight of the humanitarian related interventions, including provision of overall coordination support related to undertaking of assessments, resource mobilization, integrated programme approach, joint programming, strategic partnerships, interagency coordination and advocacy. The GBV Coordinators ensure that the coordination mechanism is established and properly supported; Sourcing and funding dedicated to GBV AoR and working groups at department level and GBV IM. Give the technical support on GBV and CO responsibilities; Act as first point of call for Government and humanitarian coordination team (in collaboration with OHCHR as protection lead); He/she will support the GBV AoR works in partnership to address strategic, technical, and policy gaps while communicating and promoting best practice; ensure that the GBV AoR risk mitigation is integrated into all humanitarian response efforts and is central to humanitarian action; facilitate the GBV response is life-saving, timely, and responsive to the needs, rights and dignity of those at risk. She/he will represent the GBV sub-sector in Protection sector meetings, OCHA-led meetings and other relevant meetings, including those called by the Humanitarian Coordinator. She/he will play a key role in HRP/HNO process to ensure that the GBV is represented. The GBV Sub-cluster Interagency Coordinator will report directly to the Deputy Representative.
You would be responsible for:
A. Leading and coordination of the GBV Sub-sector
- Liaise with other sectors/Clusters (such as health, protection, WASH, camp management, education, logistics, early recovery) to ensure inclusion of relevant GBV and gender elements in their cluster response.
- Strengthen referral pathways for treatment of GBV survivors through various service provision levels including clinical management of rape (CMR), GBV case management (CM) psychosocial support and counselling,
- Work in close collaboration with the OCHA Protection focal Point and the UNHCR Protection Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF Child Protection Coordinator in Burundi to mainstream GBV issues across sectors.
- Provide technical support for the development of communication products on the GBV situation, needs and gaps, including in OCHA sit-reps and stories, in the GBV page in humanitarian response website, in front of the GBV AoR and other inter-agency communication products
- Coordinate the PSEA process (eg. development of PSEA action plan, task force TOR,etc) and oversee its mechanisms and report to the UNFPA country Representative
- Identify key areas of UNFPA strategic positioning on GBV and support the development of proposals and engage in resource mobilization efforts
- Coordinate and support training, capacity building, and technical support with regards to prevention and response to GBV.
- Lead/conduct rapid needs assessments of the protection needs of women and girl’s vis-a-vis GBV in displaced settings and areas identified at risk of violence with relevant agencies.
- In collaboration with national and international GBV actors, map current institutional response capacities, including facilitating mapping of GBV-specific 3/4/5Ws.
- Promote the Institutional Capacity Development for both Government and Non-State actors on GBV and provide technical support to the development of relevant policy and advocacy documents to address GBV and broader gender issues
- Ensure the roll out of new IASC Guidelines on GBV, and in particular the mainstreaming of GBV across other areas of humanitarian intervention in particular Child Protection, CCM/Shelter/NFI, Education, WASH and Health sectors.
- Represent the GBV sub-sector in Protection sector meetings, OCHA-led meetings and other relevant meetings, including those called by the Humanitarian Coordinator
- Support the development of humanitarian action plan or development of the Strategic Response Plan or for Inter-Cluster Coordination to ensure that GBV issues/needs are integrated
- Facilitate the vulgarization of GBV Standard Operating Procedures, new GBV guidelines, GBV in Emergencies Minimum Standards and other related policies and practices.
B. Technical Representation
- Collaborate with UN agencies, academia, research and training institutions, professional societies, and act when necessary, as focal point for interagency working groups in the substantive area representing the project on issues related to GBV and SRHR issues.
C. Follow up of the REGA mission
- Assist in the developing of relevant strategies, tools and documents for a better preparedness of GBV response;
- Assist in the preparation of and participate in coordination meetings relating to emergency response, and ensure follow up;
- Participate and ensure inclusion of GBV and gender concerns in joint missions and other rapid assessments;
- Ensure inclusion of UNFPA mandate through participation in existing Clusters;
- Assist the CO in preparing relevant advocacy materials and updates for relevant stakeholders and partners including donors.
- Assist in providing regular updates to OCHA and/or Cluster leads on UNFPA’s humanitarian interventions to be included in situation reports (i.e. OCHA SitReps and 3W/5Ws);
- Assist in tracking and regularly update supported humanitarian interventions (i.e. status of funding proposals, distribution of supplies, training);
- Assist in preparing of proposals for resources mobilization (CHF, flash appeal, CERF etc.).
- Work with the GBV AoR to adopt a standardized GBV incident report/intake form and other relevant forms as necessary.
- Train partner organizations and other sectors in the use of this form with particular emphasis to the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors.
- Assist the sub-sector in HRP/HNO process
Qualifications and Experience
University diploma/ master degree in Social Sciences or related technical field. Any certifications in Humanitarian would be preferred.
Knowledge and Experience:
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in Humanitarian settings, working on gender-based violence, as GBV sub-sector/cluster coordinator
- Experience on GBV mainstreaming with other sectors
- Significant experience analyzing humanitarian situations and producing reports;
- Maturity and professional ability to handle sensitive information and ability to respect the confidentiality of such information while working with UNFPA and even after the contract ends;
- NGO international and UN common system experience, especially field experience, is desirable.
- Be able to quickly understand and adapt to context and factors that might enable positive collaboration and coordination and be willing to seek regular guidance from country office leadership on these matters.
- Must have political sensitivity and excellent diplomatic skills,
- Strong understanding of ethical issues with regards to collecting GBV data and design of safe GBV assessments.
- Experience of using GBVIMS would be an asset
- Previous experience working with an international organization in a humanitarian or development context.
- Knowledge of international protection, human rights and international humanitarian law is desirable
- Commitment to a survivor-centered approach in the response to GBV.
- Ability to work effectively under pressure.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills.
Fluency in French and English
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