RE-ADVERTISEMENT- TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT : Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist, Yaoundé, Cameroon, P-3

  • Level: P-3
  • Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
  • Closing date: 20 Jan 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Yaoundé


Post Designation         :      Non-Rotational

Appointment Type       :     Temporary Appointment - International

Appoitment Duration   :     364 Days 

Vacancy End Date       :      20 January 2021 (5:00 p.m. New York, USA)

The Position:

The GBV in Emergencies (GBViE) Specialist will support and strengthen the capacity of a national GBV coordinator to ensure a robust and well-functioning coordination body that promotes the highest standards of GBV prevention and response, in line with global guidance. The GBV Specialist will also help establish sustainable mechanisms and build national capacity (of UNFPA and partners) to continue the successful implementation of GBV programmes.

Under the direct supervision of the Representative, and the functional supervision of the Humanitarian Coordinator, the incumbent facilitates the rapid implementation of UNFPA´s multi-sectoral GBV interventions in Cameroon and strengthens the coordination of the GBV sub-sector working group. S/he will work in close collaboration with WCARO’s GBViE Specialists to ensure proper integration of GBV in the UNFPA national and regional responses.

Job Purpose:

Cameroon is today affected by two concurrent, complex humanitarian crises: Boko Haram violence in the Far North region and growing humanitarian needs due to the conflict in the Northwest (NW) and Southwest (SW) regions of Cameroon. Humanitarian challenges are reinforced by structural factors and chronic vulnerabilities that hinder the long-term recovery of affected people.

Conflict in the Far North: Cameroon is the country most affected by the regional extension of the conflict with Boko Haram, after Nigeria. About 1.2 million people in this region of Cameroon need urgent assistance. Women and girls have been particularly affected by this crisis, exacerbating the structural inequalities they have been facing.  Most of them are exposed to different forms of violence and abuse, including sexual violence.

SW and NW region: The situation in the SW and NW which started as a political crisis has now turned into a significant, complex humanitarian emergency with around 2.3 million people in need, an increase of 80 per cent compared to 2018. In October 2019, UN estimates indicated that at least 1.3 million people are in need of assistance and over 656,000 are internally displaced within the two regions. Over 86,000 IDPs have moved into Francophone regions – primarily in the Littoral and West but also into Yaoundé, the nation’s capital.

In 2020, people in Cameroon will continue to be affected by the two above mentioned concurrent and complex humanitarian crises. The overall number of people in need of assistance and protection in Cameroon in 2020 is projected at 6.2 million.

The GBViE Specialist will make good use of tools such as IASC’s Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action – Reducing Risk, Promoting Resilience, and Aiding Recovery, the GBV Area of Responsibility’s GBV Coordination Handbook, UNFPA’s Managing GBV Programmes in Emergencies Guide and Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies – to facilitate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of inter-agency GBV 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.

I.    Capacity Development:

  • Build capacity of UNFPA personnel (including national subsector coordinator, GBV Experts and other GBV local staff) to effectively implement GBV prevention and response activities through on-the-job technical support, training and mentoring;
  • Promote principles of self-care for personnel and provide opportunities for team to seek support;
  • Deliver effective and participatory trainings on a) core concepts of gender and GBV; b) GBV programming and minimum standards, c) GBV case management, d) GBV Coordination, e) Safe Spaces for women and girls, f) Safe and ethical GBV data collection, g) other technical trainings as requested;
  • Work with partners to develop an inter-agency GBV capacity development strategy that meets the needs and priorities of national and local stakeholders to facilitate implementation of agreed work plan;
  • Analyse existing capacities and identify training needs for staff, subsector members and implementing partners; 
  • Revise existing training materials according to local context and ensure implementing partners’ access to relevant training sessions;
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of sub-sector members on planning and responding to GBV in emergencies and on safe and ethical GBV information management;
  • Ensure all GBV sub-sector partners and others are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards, and other resource materials (go to for the latest information);
  • Based on needs, supports other sectors to mainstream GBV prevention and response.

II.    Building and Sustaining Partnerships:

  • In collaboration with the UNFPA National GBV Coordinator and GBV Sub Cluster Coordinator, facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination at national and sub-national levels, ensuring that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day work of the GBV sub-sector;
  • Provide technical support and facilitation for the development and implementation of the GBV subsector workplan, promoting engagement of a range of sectors and ensuring realistic benchmarks and timelines for achieving set objectives;
  • Regularly monitor progress against plan during coordination meetings and allow space for new actors to engage with plan over the course of the crisis response;
  • Support the national coordinator to establish result-oriented, two-way communication channels between national GBV coordination and field level to ensure a standardized response to GBV;
  • Proactively engage with all relevant stakeholders to ensure coordination bodies reflect the range of actors addressing GBV, including across multiple sectors (health, psychosocial, legal, security, etc.) and categories of actors (UN, NGO, civil society, government, etc.);
  • Liaise closely and promote inter-agency coordination among the different agencies, government and NGOs, including with the different gender related coordination mechanisms and other actors;
  • Support the National GBV Experts, GBV Sub Cluster Coordinator and GBV Coordinator in GBV and Protection technical meetings;
  • As required represent UNFPA and/or the GBV Subsector in Protection Sector meetings, OCHA-led meetings (e.g. around development of the Strategic Response Plan or for Inter-Sector Coordination), and other relevant meetings, including those called by the Humanitarian Coordinator;
  • In collaboration with GBV local personnel, coordinate and collaborate with other sectors/working groups such as the Health Sector, Shelter Sector, Food Security Sector, Education Sector, etc. to ensure integration of GBV-related action in their Sector plans and to advocate for joint awareness-raising for non-GBV specialists.

 III.   Strategic Planning, Programme Development and Implementation:

  • Develop, update and monitor the actors mapping, in collaboration with national and international GBV actors, map current institutional response capacities, including facilitating mapping of GBV-specific 3-4-5Ws;
  • Facilitate rapid establishment of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) at national and local levels and regularly review SOPs at strategic points throughout the crisis response;
  • Work with partners to continually identify response gaps in line with proposed work plan (including geographic coverage and programmatic scope) and seek solutions to fill gaps.
  • Provide technical and strategic support and guidance to UNFPA country office and counterparts in matters relating to GBV and the response to the crisis.
  • Work with partners to continually identify response gaps in line with proposed work plan (including geographic coverage and programmatic scope) and seek solutions to fill gaps.
  • Provide technical inputs for the preparation of plans, briefs, proposals, reports and other strategic documents.

IV.    Information Management:

In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies:

  • Engage in robust analyses of available secondary data to ensure readily available information on known trends and patterns on GBV;
  • Consolidate existing assessments on the GBV situation and/or work with relevant agencies to conduct relevant participatory analyses of GBV;
  • Undertake new assessment missions as necessary/appropriate to determine the magnitude and scope of GBV and identify strategic inter-sectoral approaches for addressing it;
  • Work with the GBV actors at national and local level and GBV actors, 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 emphasis to the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors and in line with the GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS);
  • Document best practices and approaches for responding to issues of GBV in order to deepen the knowledge base among relevant partners;
  • Prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.

V.   Resource Mobilization:

  • Provide technical support and inputs to develop strong proposals for CERF, Flash Appeals and other funds.
  • Provide inputs and technical information to the Resident Representative and the Humanitarian Coordinator for advocacy with donors and stakeholders for integration of GBV priorities;
  • Identify and suggest potential funding opportunities;
  • Advocate with donors and mobilize resources for inter-agency GBV prevention and response in line with GBV sub-sector work plan and HRP. As necessary, leverage resources within UNFPA to support inter-agency GBV activities under the Sub-Sector.

Perform any other duties as required by the Representative and/or Head of Office.


  • 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:

  • At least of 5 years of experience in developing and implementing protection and /or GBV interventions, some of which in humanitarian settings.
  • Experience in implementing training programs for GBV response/GBV case management.
  • Experience in leading inter-agency GBV coordination mechanisms with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • Understanding of international humanitarian, development, migration and refugee frameworks and architecture.
  • Excellent leadership, coordination and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a diverse team, including with team members based in other countries and/or organizations.
  • Must have political sensitivity and excellent diplomatic skills, 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. 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.


  • Fluency in English is required.
  • French language skills are advantage.


  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system
  • Embracing diversity in all its forms
  • 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
  • Communicating for Impac

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners
  • Building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Delivering results-based programmes
  • Internal and External communication and advocacy for resource mobilization

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This is a project funded post.
This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post.   The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

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