GBV Sub-Cluster Field Coordinator

International Rescue Committee

South Sudan, an independent nation since 9 July 2011, is emerging from decades of brutal civil war rooted in disputes over religion, ethnicity, resources, governance, and self-determination. The security situation remains unpredictable, and the operational context is challenging. IRC has operated in South Sudan for over 30 years now delivering humanitarian relief, post-conflict assistance, and development programs in both refugees, internally displaced and host community settings. IRC operates in 9 field offices including in Juba with field program portfolio covering health, nutrition, child protection, Economic Recovery and Development (Livelihoods), women’s protection and empowerment and general protection. IRC continues to provide life-saving assistance and humanitarian aid to vulnerable South Sudanese and continues to work with the affected to rebuild their lives and restore peace.

Program Background

The IRC has been working in South Sudan since 1989. During this time, strong and sustainable relationships with local community structures has been established. The IRC implements programs in South Sudan through 7 field offices distributed across Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, Lakes and central Equatoria States. In Unity State, IRC delivers health, nutrition, women’s protection and empowerment, child protection and livelihoods projects across 5 Counties. This is done in close collaboration stakeholders. IRC provides health and nutrition services as the lead Health Pooled Fund Partner in Lot 21 (Koch, Leer, Mayendit and Panyijar Counties) and Lot 17 in Aweil East County.

The Gender-Based Violence Sub-Cluster is a working group under the protection cluster that coordinates GBV prevention and response activities for the humanitarian response in South Sudan. The GBV SC is co-chaired by UNFPA and an INGO partner in this case is IRC. The Position will focus on GBV SC coordination in three former states of Lakes, warrap and Unity States.

Job summary

The GBV SC Field Coordinator will provide leadership for GBV programing in their areas of jurisdiction in collaboration with all stakeholders and Government line Ministries. In consultation with the GBV SC National Coordination, The position will coordinate resources for GBV programing in line with global IASC standards. GBV information management for coordination including assessments and Standing Operation procedures, capacity of GBV partners including co-leads of the GBV SC at the state level, Resources mobilization initiatives, strategic partnership with stakeholders for GBV prevention, mitigation and advocacy. The main outcome is to see lifesaving multi-sectoral services for survivors and risk to GBV for women and girls are minimized.

Coordination and Promoting Joint Action

• Reinforce and/or establish GBV working groups or focal points in collaboration with the Government to ensure GBV programing and information is for the whole state

• Be part of all Coordination forums in the state to represent GBV SC, these may include Protection cluster, ICWG, clusters, PSEA, MHPSS, Government forums etc. to promote engagement of relevant humanitarian actors including government actors and UNMISS.

• Identify focal points to engage with other relevant sectors/clusters for GBV risk mitigation and survivor referral

• Work with different clusters such as WASH, Nutrition, Education, Health, CCCM, FSL, CP, etc to ensure that GBV is mainstreamed in the sectors

• Collaborate with the OCHA focal person in the state to ensure that GBV SC is part of joint assessments, responses

Technical Leadership and Capacity Building

• Disseminate the GBV Strategy for South Sudan to all GBV Partners, Other stakeholders and Government

• Update or develop SOPs for the state and develop/review location specific GBV referral pathways

• Promote awareness of, access to and use of relevant tools and guidelines across clusters

• Promote shared knowledge and understanding of the GBV guiding principles and globally-endorsed tools for effective GBV

Programme management and inter-agency coordination

• Participate in training and Mentorship of GBV partners in the location

• Assess capacity gaps that hinder quality and/or coverage of GBV prevention and response interventions

• Develop/adapt and conduct trainings to address capacity gaps

• Facilitate GBV mainstreaming training for other sector response. Mentor other sectors(identified priority clusters in the uptake of

GBV mainstreaming tools and monitor their implementation

• Monitor the implementation and quality of GBV service provision

• Develop and packaged training materials related to coordination and GBV prevention and response

Information Management

• Lead and/or contribute to assessments and situational analyses including interagency assessments; ensure GBV concerns included in multi-cluster assessments and link to consolidated appeals

• Map actors who are supporting/could support GBV-related interventions and identify gaps

• Ensure a standardized approach to data gathering, with an emphasis on ensuring safe and ethical practices as promoted by the Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS), the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors, and the WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies

• Establish a system for information sharing and dissemination, including for advocacy purposes

• Develop and regularly update an inter-agency M&E framework to guide work of GBV coordination body and support accountability

• Prepare standard periodic reports and progress updates on on-going GBV working group for inclusion in GBV SC updates OCHA Streps, Humanitarian Bulletins, Protection Advisories, Global GBV AoR Weekly Updates, UNFPA HQ internal and external meetings and advocacy, etc.

• Develop strategy for effective communications with affected populations on GBV services, risk mitigation strategies, and to promote gender equality

• Collaborate with Partners in the location to collect their views for the Humanitarian Needs overview (HNO) in preparation for the

Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)

• Ensure all partners receive relevant GBV SC documents, Guidelines, SOPS, Strategy, and Reports etc.

• Common IEC material for GBV shared

GBV SC funding opportunities

• Collaborate with GBV partners in the location to participate in Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)

• Where possible meet with Donors to highlight funding gaps for GBV programing

• Proactively fund-raise for joint Programme to support the work plan, plus relevant humanitarian funding mechanisms


• Draft key messages and advocacy notes to promote consistent communications that emphasize the life-saving nature of GBV-related interventions in the crisis-affected context

• Meeting with Donors or any relevant authorities to highlight the short falls in Funding for GBV programs

• Work with the media

Planning and Reporting

• Develop location specific GBV working group work plans in line with the outcomes of the GBV Strategy for South Sudan

• Ensure that partners send their bi weekly updates, GBVIMS monthly reports, 5W reports using the kobo system, Training reports, Safety Audit reports and all other assessment reports

Monitoring and Evaluation

• Monitoring GBV Programing in the location

Job Requirements

• Master’s degree in social work, Public Health psychology, international law, human rights law, international relations, social sciences or another related field.

• Minimum 9 years’ experience working in the field of GBV prevention and response programming and Coordination in conflict-affected areas; INGO experience required.

• Thorough understanding of best practices and evidence-based strategies in GBV response (case management, psychosocial support, legal support; medical support) and GBV secondary and tertiary prevention and risk reduction.

• Demonstrated coordination and capacity building skills with key partners; case management for survivors of GBV / VAWG;

• Demonstrated experience in facilitating practical workshops and educating others on issues including violence against women and girls, GBV, adolescent girls’ protection and empowerment, GBV response and service provision, women’s networking and movement building, leadership, advocacy, psychosocial support.

• Strong experience, knowledge and skills in participatory methods, community development and partnership.

• Excellent project management skills.

• Demonstrated experience in successfully leading, building and strengthening a team of staff in a dynamic, remote and changing context.

• Strong ability to respect differences of culture, opinion and lived experiences while upholding rights-based principles and women’s protection and empowerment.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, positive and professional attitude, ability to lead and work well in a team setting and with multiple partners.

• Strengths in listening, empathy, flexibility, and creativity. Self-reflective, collegial; and open to feedback.

• Professional fluency in spoken and written English is required. Arabic a plus.

• Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

• Ability to Travel: 70% to different field locations

Housing: Staff will be accommodated in a basic housing according to IRC standards in both sites. In Rumbek and sites, the accommodation is in a basic room with shared amenities. Electricity and internet are available Individual contributes towards food which is prepared in a communal kitchen in the compound by a hired cook.

Standards for Professional Conduct: THE IRC Way: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Accountability, Service and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances

Work Environment: Security level orange. The situation in Juba is calm now. Hopes the signed peace agreement will improve the life of the people all over the country.

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