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19-348: Gender-Based Violence Sub Cluster Co-Lead
Department:Technical Unit
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Job Purpose

The GBV SC Co-Lead will work closely with the GBV SC Coordinator (UNFPA) to oversee GBV prevention and response coordination efforts and to represent GBV SC members to the wider humanitarian community. The position is based in Erbil with occasional travel to other governorates and field sites, including Baghdad, Ninewa, Duhok, Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah.
The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Sub-Cluster is a coordination group under the Protection Cluster to coordinate GBV prevention and response activities for the humanitarian response in Iraq, including Kurdistan. The GBV SC is co-chaired by UNFPA and an INGO partner. International Medical Corps currently hosts the INGO co-chair position The GBV SC is part of the Protection Cluster, and the Inter Cluster Coordination Group. It is also represented in Humanitarian Coordination meeting and other inter-sector and inter-agency forum. IMC Iraq also has a working partnership with UNFPA. 

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive. 


  • Co-facilitate Iraq GBV Sub-Cluster meetings at national level in partnership with UNFPA and regularly support local-level GBV working groups 
  • Work with relevant Ministries and agencies to ensure appropriate coordination and timely information sharing to implement GBV-related policies and programs. 
  • Coordinate with other clusters to mainstream and integrate GBV concerns across the humanitarian response in Iraq, including needs assessments, program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation 
  • Work to identify and support international and national organizations with potential to implement GBV prevention and response activities, and encourage their active participation in the GBV Sub-Cluster
  • Coordinate with the global GBV AoR for information sharing and support 
  • Ensure inclusion of key humanitarian partners in the sub-cluster, respecting their respective mandates and program priorities 

Standard Setting and Capacity Building 

  • Promote adherence to standards, including the IASC Guidelines and WHO Recommendations, and promote a survivor-centered approach to GBV prevention and response 
  • Support the development, implementation and monitoring of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and referral pathways for all actors involved in GBV response 
  • Support Sub-Cluster members to identify good practices, tools and resources for GBV interventions 
  • Draft technical guidance notes 
  • Facilitate GBV mainstreaming trainings for other sector actors 
  • Identify and support training needs for GBV actors as appropriate 

Strategic Planning 

  • Lead or coordinate service mappings and assessments as needed 
  • Collect and analyze information from Sub-Cluster members and other relevant sources 
  • Identify both immediate and longer-term recommended actions to improve response to GBV and to prevent further incidents of GBV 
  • Contribute to humanitarian response plans and develop GBV-specific plans as appropriate 
  • Ensure gender-sensitive programming and promote gender equality and that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed 
  • Ensure integration of GBV issues in sectoral needs assessment, analysis, planning, monitoring, and response 

Representation and Advocacy 

  • In all actions, represent the collective membership of the GBV Sub-Cluster 
  • Share information on identified needs and recommendations of the GBV Sub-Cluster with government partners, UN, other sector leads, donors, and others as relevant 
  • Coordinate with donors to mobilize funds to address identified gaps in GBV prevention and response 
  • Promote standards for collecting and distributing information related to GBV 
  • Draft advocacy briefs on key GBV issues with key partners/stakeholders and follow through on recommendations 
  • Co-develop and contribute to 

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Public Health, International Development or other relevant field of study. 
  • Desirable: Advanced degree (preferred) in social work or other social sciences, public health, international relations, international law, human rights or related field 


  • Minimum 4 years' experience in GBV field
  • Two years’ experience in GBV program design and implementation, including at least one year of international, humanitarian experience
  • Three years’ experience in GBV program design and implementation, including at least one year of international, humanitarian experience
  • Five years of field experience, including NGO experience, humanitarian/emergency experience, and experience in GBV program management/GBV coordination, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience designing and managing GBV programs in an NGO is highly recommended
  • Previous experience chairing a GBV coordination group preferred
  • Familiarity with standards and guidelines for GBV programming, coordination, and data management
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, the cluster system and coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs
  • Experience in capacity-building and training for local partners, and national and local authorities;
  • Experience working in middle east


  • Networking and negotiation skills;
  • Flexibility and stress tolerance
  • Proactive problem solving
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal communication, advocacy, and diplomacy
  • Demonstrated success in working in a fast-paced and collaborative manner with multicultural teams
  • Strong organizational skills and capacity to self-manage
  • Essential managerial skills
  • Demonstrated team building and communication skills
  • Able to manage and work in or with a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • English fluency required; Arabic or Kurdish language skills are helpful