Program Description (Background)
International Medical Corps (IMC) is working alongside the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to implement a three-year integrated protection intervention focusing on mitigating and responding to child protection and gender-based violence risks in the Far North region. The partnership between IMC and IRC allows continuity for: 1) the delivery of a common approach to protection risk mitigation and response to improve the project’s holistic impact; 2) a complimentary implementation approach between both partners which has permitted the program to reach more beneficiaries and increase geographic reach; and 3) the strengthening of community-based approaches focusing on building local capacities for prevention and response of GBV and Child Protection risks. Within this common approach, the partnership has improved the delivery of protection services through evidence-based programming models, sharing of best practices and lessons learned from several years of programming in the Far North. The partnership has begun to implement the integrated approach in different locations, building on each other’s technical capacities and experiences in Y1. With the establishment of the programme the partnership will build its programme in Y2 (and Y3) in the following areas: Child Protection Thefirst component is aimed at strengthening the protective environment for children through building local capacities of key actors, including government actors, community members and caregivers, on protection, mental health and psychosocial support, in order to facilitate behaviour change in communities and with caregivers. In Y2, the partnership has adapted this component by updating its strategy and will conduct evaluations to measure the impact of sensitizations carried out so far. Lessons learned from Y1 will be applied in Y2;for example, youths who were provided with theorical skills in Y1, will instead receive active support to access employment in Y2 , as IMC gained clearer context of the high level of unemployment and lack of training opportunities for youth in its intervention areas. Therefore, youth will be trained by professionals with certificates granted at the end of their training and provided with start-up kits for social integration. Youth empowerment activities for vulnerable youth, aiming to strengthen their resilience and facilitate the development of their life skills, will continue to be implemented alongside all Y2 child protection activities. The reorientation activities in Y2 will continue in Y3 with newly selected youth. During Y3, those trained in Y2 will also be followed up with to make sure their businesses are well conducted and that line ministries are providing technical support.
Refresher training will be scaled up throughout year 2 (and year 3) with increased support in Y2(and Y3) of local structures (government and community-based actors) to lead and coordinate activities to facilitate community ownership as pathway for the project’s exit strategy. The same actors trained in Y1 will benefit from refresher training in Y2 with a focus on training contents that are not yet well assimilated. The objective is to draw their attention on child protection violations in conflict settings to prevent violations of children’s rights. In Y3, people trained since Y1 will receive knowledge on training techniques and tips on how to transfer or conduct trainings towards adults, for them to replicate the knowledge received to their peers. The second component will continue to aim at emergency response activities to mitigate child protection risks faced by vulnerable and at-risk children affected by the conflict. This remains a focus of Y2 and will be implemented through case management, development of safe healing and learning spaces and support for civil documentation. Case management services will focus on vulnerable children including unaccompanied, separated children, children associated with armed forces and armed groups, children living with disabilities, as well as other vulnerable children will continue to be provided with psychosocial support by dedicated staff. Children aged 6- 11 years will continue to be targeted in Y2 to take part in activities with more focus with line ministries including the Ministry of Basic Education and MINAS. They will provide technical support in the follow up of children placed in foster care and validation of training curricula used in SHLS activities, participate in the training of animators, and follow up of children and their referrals to formal schools. Children at risk of statelessness will be targeted by the project in Y2 during which birth certificates will be produced for them. In Y3, activities will continue in the same light with focus on the transfer of these activities to local communities and authorities as part of the project’s exit strategy. GBVBuilding from, Y1 results, lessons learned and the existing GBV programming in the Far North, the partnership will continue to enhance the safety, security, wellbeing and empowerment of women and girls through the same integrated approach proposed for child protection implementation (capacity building and emergency response). To ensure a safe environment for women and girls, IMC and IRC will continue strengthening the protective environment for women and girls through dedicated activities carried out such as the Girl Shine approach for girls and support of women-led Community Based Organisations (CBOs) for women. CBOs selected and trained in Y1 will continue supporting prevention and response services in Y2 and Y3 to improve activities ownership and sustainability. In Y2, based on the capacity checklist to be carried by the partnership, CBO focal points will take the lead in providing psychosocial services, case management and referrals in the Far North. IRC and IMC will continue to provide monthly support through operational meetings to discuss the progress of activities, challenges encountered, and additional support required. Empowerment curriculums such as Girl Shine and “Economic and Social Empowerment” (EA$E) implementation will continue in year 2 and 3. Sensitization activities will continue to be carried out under strategy of behaviour change using community key factors such as husband schools’ members, protection committees, CBOs, VSLA members and Girl Shine mentors and participants.
In the East, Adamawa and North . IMC will facilitate the establishment and support of community-based protection committees (Community Based Organization (CBO), women committees and Husband schools). These protection committees, including community volunteers, will be trained during 03 days on GBV core concepts and sensitization techniques. They will also be involved in information dissemination, identification and addressing of protection risks in the community. Through the Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) and “Economic and Social Empowerment” (EA$E) curriculum, IMC will continue to build the capacity of women in order to allow them to implement small-scale projects and to address GBV among communities. These VSLA members will be weekly coached by IMC staffs (Women Engagement) with the collaboration of MINPROFF staff who will provide supervision as part of the sustainability of this approach. As in Far North, Social workers will continuously provide individualized case management and psychosocial services for survivors of GBV in line with the Inter-Agency GBV Case Management Guidelines in East and Adamawa and North. IMC will continue to strengthen the referral pathway for GBV cases through the departmental and regional coordination lead by MINPROFF. During this project, IMC will also support the health regional delegation by training the heath personnel of intervention areas on Clinical Management of Rape (CMR) in order to ameliorate the care of sexual violence.
MHPSSMHPSS as a cross-cutting component that supports all child protection and GBV activities. The program is designed to integrates psychological aspects and capacity building for long term impact. Which consist of refresher training for staff, supervision of activities and psychosocial support for beneficiaries. In Y2, the project will continue supporting Child Protection and GBV activities through MHPSS interventions
JOB SUMMARY: The GBV Coordinator is responsible for senior oversight of multiple GBV programs, or a large program with multiple sites of operation. This role includes strategic planning, technical leadership, capacity building, support and supervision of staff, senior internal and external coordination and representation, proposal development and reporting.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:
MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Strategic Planning • Provide strategic direction and undertake analysis of GBV trends, gaps in services, and IMC’s capacities to guide IMC’s programming in country • Contribute to national and inter-agency strategies • Lead GBV assessments as required, maximizing available sources of information and opportunities for coordination, and ensuring compliance with safety and ethical standards • Identify and build strategic partnerships with national and local partners • Ensure that programs are driven by women and girls and planned with community stakeholders • Identify appropriate locations and orientation for services • Develop concept notes/proposals/appeals as needed
Implementation and Capacity Building • Work closely with GBV Technical Advisor, country level senior management, and program team to achieve program goals • Ensure adherence to IMC’s GBV Minimum Standards, as well as relevant inter-agency guidelines and standards • Oversee program interventions, including the establishment and delivery of focused GBV response services • Build capacity of program staff/partners in relevant technical areas to deliver services and lead interventions • Organize/support/facilitate technical trainings as needed, including GBV case management and clinical response to rape and intimate partner violence • Establish and monitor supervision and support systems for GBV case management services • Establish and maintain appropriate systems for information management • Ensure effective community participation throughout implementation, including leadership of women and girls • Oversee appropriate prevention and awareness-raising/behavior change strategies • Conduct regular program monitoring and quality assurance and apply learning for continuous improvement of interventions • Produce regular program reports, on time and with accurate data
Senior Coordination, Representation and Advocacy • Coordinate with other service providers to ensure holistic support for survivors, including participation in strengthening GBV SOPs and referral pathways • Represent IMC’s GBV programming in relevant coordination meetings and with a range of stakeholders • Contribute to inter-agency efforts to strengthen GBV prevention and response through active participation in coordination mechanisms and promotion of sector principles, standards, and guidelines • Coordinate with, and build capacity of, other sectors as possible to ensure integration of GBV concerns into various services and broader humanitarian response • Advocate as necessary with relevant authorities, humanitarian actors, donors, and other stakeholders
Human Resources Management • Select and orient program staff/volunteers/partners for effective implementation • Support, coach and supervise staff to build capacity and strengthen quality of interventions • Develop support strategies for staff, foster teambuilding, and introduce principles of self-care • Provide supportive and constructive feedback, and conduct regular performance appraisals
Financial Management • Develop work plans in line with financial pipelines • Plan and procure supplies required for program activities, in line with budget and project timelines • Ensure compliance with donor regulations
Security and Conduct • Ensure compliance with security protocols and policies • Consider security implications of programs, reviewing plans with teams and appropriate stakeholders • Foster a safe and supportive working environment for all GBV staff/volunteers/partners • Exemplify core principles of GBV programming, including respect, non-discrimination, responsible use of power, nonviolence, and promotion of gender equality • Contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of the program and organization, notably through adherence to the Code of Conduct and Ethics, including compliance with anti-harassment, safeguarding and PSEA policies
Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.
Code of Conduct As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.
If this is a supervisory position, one must set an example of ethical behavior through one’s own conduct and oversight of the work of others; ensure that those who report to you have sufficient knowledge and resources to follow the standards outlined in the Code of Conduct & Ethics; monitor compliance of the people you supervise; enforce the Code of Conduct & Ethics and International Medical Corps’ policies, including the Safeguarding Policy and the Protection from Harassment, Bullying and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, consistently and fairly; support employees who in good faith raise questions or concerns.
Safeguarding It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.
Equal Opportunities International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.
• Typically a Bachelor’s Degree in social work, public health, international development, gender studies, or related field. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. • Typically, 8+ years’ and progressive experience in GBV related projects, including minimum 5 years of GBV program design and management, and 1 year of international humanitarian experience • Demonstrated application of GBV core competencies and commitment to core principles of GBV programming • Relevant regional experience preferred • Experience with humanitarian architecture and knowledge of mandates/roles of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs • Strong knowledge of standards and guidelines for GBV programming, coordination, and data management • Knowledge of standards and guidance related to protection from SEA • Experience with GBV case management services • Facilitation experience required • Supervisory experience required • Experience working with local partners and community mobilization preferred • Profound cross-cultural awareness • Ability to exercise sound judgment, remain flexible, and apply experience and guidance to evolving challenges • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
Additional Technical or Language Requirements
Must be able to conduct business in French
MISCONDUCT DISCLOSURE SCHEME
All offers of employment at International Medical Corps are subject to satisfactory references and background checks. International Medical Corps participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme from the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR). In accordance with this, we will request information from an applicant’s previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.