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Gender-Based Violence in Emergency (GBViE) Specialist, Humanitarian Response Division (HRD), Geneva, Switzerland, P-3

  • Contractor
  • Geneva Switzerland
  • TBD USD / Year
  • United Nations Population Fund profile

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United Nations Population Fund

The Position:

The Gender-Based Violence in Emergency Specialist (GBV) is located in the Programme Support Unit, of the Humanitarian Response Division (HRD), based in Geneva, and works under the day-to-day guidance and supervision of the GBViE Specialist. The post is part of the integrated technical team of experts, working under the close supervision of the Head of the Programme Support Unit. The incumbent supports capacity building and acts as focal point for GBV programming in humanitarian and Emergency (GBV) response.

The position reports to the P-4 Head of the Programme Support Unit.

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 overall purpose of the Humanitarian Response Division (HRD) is to facilitate the delivery of the UNFPA mandate by leading emergency response and supporting humanitarian preparedness actions in increasingly complex humanitarian situations, within globally agreed frameworks (2030 Agenda, Grand Bargain Commitments, Sendai Framework, etc.). The HRD leads in leveraging and increasing effectiveness, efficiency and capacity of UNFPA staff and partners to scale up UNFPA’s role as a key global humanitarian leader. Through the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (IASC) and other associated entities, the HRD acts as a point of convergence on humanitarian activities, including policy, coordination, programming, advocacy, field capacity development, resource mobilization, innovation, partnerships, technical guidance and, crucially, thematic integration, ensuring complementarity between humanitarian and development action within the organization.

HRD advocates among humanitarian agencies to include sexual and reproductive health and rights needs and sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response needs and humanitarian concerns and specific needs of women, adolescents and young people into the overall humanitarian preparedness and response frameworks. The HRD facilitates the development of UNFPA capacities to prepare and respond to the emergencies and to ensure the Agency is well equipped to deal with the context of fragility and disaster risk reduction.

Under the guidance and supervision of the GBViE, the Gender-Based Violence Specialist provides technical support on GBViE programming to UNFPA GBV preparedness, protection and response efforts in the field. S/he assesses needs, provides technical backstopping and supports capacity development for UNFPA GBV programmes on GBViE, working in particular with regional and country GBV colleagues. S/he and supports an integrated SRH and GBV approach and works in close collaborate with other work stream in ERD, other entities within UNFPA and with external partners.

Qualifications and Experience:


Advanced university degree in social sciences, gender studies, humanitarian practice, international development, public health or related field.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in humanitarian programming in the field essential, of which 3 should be in the field of GBV programming in emergencies
  • Experience in developing and facilitating training courses on GBV or a related subject, essential
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, creativity, strong project management skills, a positive and outgoing personality, and ability to interact successfully with people of different backgrounds and cultures
  • Familiarity with IASC and other humanitarian coordination mechanisms, guiding principles and standards.
  • Excellent command of English.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of other official UN languages an asset.

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