Programme Specialist (GBV), Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, P-3

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 22 Mar 2023 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

The Position:

The Programme Specialist will be based in Port Moresby. S/he will report to the Technical Specialist (GBV) under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative in Papua New Guinea. S/he will lead GBV response programming, with a specific focus on health and social services systems strengthening. S/he will work closely with the Technical Specialist for the incorporation of Sorcery Accusation Related Violence response services into this work as relevant and safe. 

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 Programme Specialist will lead GBV response programming, with a specific focus on health and social services systems strengthening. They will work closely with government and non-government implementing partners to strengthen timely, quality and well coordinated GBV response services. This will encompass legal and policy review, service protocol development, training and capacity building and the development and dissemination of best practice guidelines and technical materials. They will work closely with the Technical Specialist who will lead Sorcery Accusation Related Violence (SARV) programming to incorporate this into their work as relevant and safe to expand and strengthen services for SARV survivors. For example, where appropriate encompassing a focus on SARV in GBV service protocols They will work closely with the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Technical Specialist to ensure the delivery quality and linked MHPSS care across the IASC pyramid including through GBV case management. They will work closely with UNFPA teams for the integration of GBV into sexual and reproductive health and youth programming as relevant and safe.

Qualifications and Experience: 


  • Advanced University degree in social work or other social sciences, public/community health, gender, legal advice as it relates to gender and GBV, and development or related field;

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • At least 5 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience in GBV. Experience in direct implementation of GBV programmes is strongly favored;
  • Expert knowledge of gender and GBV issues including relevant international human rights standards and mechanisms;
  • Experience designing and leading training and capacity building initiatives;
  • Experience in GBV health system strengthening work, including working with national health departments;
  • Experience managing primary prevention interventions, with a preference for positive masculinities, school-based programming, comprehensive sexuality education and/or adolescent girl empowerment programming;
  • Experience with GBV administrative data systems;
  • Experience in utilizing the following internationals tools: GBV Standard Operating Procedures; GBV Information Management System; IASC GBV Guidelines; IASC Gender Handbook; GBV Coordination Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies; the global Essential Services Package for Women and Girls;
  • Prior experience in counseling and psychosocial support will be an asset;


  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another official UN language is desirable.


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