RE-ADVERTISEMENT- TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT (Fast Track) - Coordination Specialist, Gender-based Violence & Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (GBV/MHPSS),Yangon, Myanmar, P-3

Level: P-3
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Closing date: 25 February 2021 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: Yangon
Job ID: 35510



Duty Station: Yangon, Myanmar


The Position:

Under the overall guidance of the Representative/Deputy Representative, and with direct supervision of Gender Equality/GBV Programme Specialist, the GBV/MHPSS Coordination Specialist will support the Myanmar Country office in leading coordination platforms for GBV and MHPSS in Myanmar. More specifically, this includes chairing national-level GBV sub-sector, providing technical and coordination support to state-level GBV working groups, co-chairing national-level MHPSS working group, and representing GBV and MHPSS coordination mechanism at inter-agency forum. 

The GBV/MHPSS Coordination Specialist is located in the UNFPA Country Office in Yangon. 

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.

Job Purpose:

UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. We support countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.  Advancing gender equality and promoting the empowerment of women is a key programme priority of UNFPA Myanmar’s fourth Country Programme Document (2018-2022). This includes addressing gaps in gender equality, improving sexual and reproductive health services, responding to and preventing Gender Based Violence (GBV) and integrating gender equality and human rights perspectives into national policies, development frameworks and laws. 

Under its global mandate to address GBV in humanitarian settings, and as the lead agency for multi sectoral coordination of GBV, UNFPA is committed to ensuring that women and girls affected by the different emergencies are protected and that the needs of GBV survivors are met through adequate health responses, psychosocial support and case management in line with international guidelines and best practices. In Myanmar, UNFPA leads the national GBV sub-sector under the Protection Sector (led by UNHCR) and works closely with Child Protection sub-sector (led by UNICEF and Save the Children) and MHPSS working group (led by UNFPA and Johns Hopkins University) to ensure strong linkages between the sub-sectors and the Protection Sector. UNFPA currently also assumes lead role for state-level GBV working groups in Rakhine, Kachin, and Northern Shan, co-chairs GBV working group in Kayin, and provides technical support to GBV working group in Southern Shan. MHPSS Working Group currently operates at the national level, but with strong participation from the field level. MHPSS working group is also under Protection Sector and sits in at the Protection Sector Strategic Advisory Group. 

The incumbent will assist the Myanmar Country office in leading GBV and MHPSS coordination mechanism. He/she will provide GBV/MHPSS coordination support for national and state-level GBV sub-sector/working groups and MHPSS working group to ensure strong partnership and collaboration with the UN, CSOs and national/international NGOs towards a comprehensive multi-sectoral GBV survivor-centered prevention and response and prioritization/integration of quality MHPSS services. 

Through the coordination mechanism, the GBV/MHPSS Coordination Specialist will support quality and multi-sectoral service delivery, contribute to strategic decision making, plan and implement sector/cluster strategies, coordinate for monitoring and evaluation, build national capacity and support advocacy. He/she will coordinate closely with the UNFPA Gender/GBV team and other relevant programme colleagues to reinforce linkages between humanitarian and development interventions.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree with specialization in areas such as public health, psychology, (clinical) social work, gender studies, development studies, law, or other related disciplines.

Knowledge and Experience: 

• Five years of relevant professional experiences, including experiences on GBV/MHPSS-related coordination and programme management 

• Demonstrated experience engaging with and providing technical assistance to national/governmental actors and counterparts. 

• Demonstrated knowledge of IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergency Settings, GBV Standard Operating Procedures, GBV Information Management System, IASC GBV Guidelines, GBV Coordination Handbook, etc.

• Demonstrated experience on Counseling skills and clinical supervision of lay counsellors 

• Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response, in the areas of GBV and/or MHPSS as an advantage.


Fluency in oral and written English essential.


We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Population : 54.4 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 61%
Girls 67%

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