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17-459: Consultant- GBV Community Leaders
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.


International Medical Corps’ GBV prevention and response programs are designed to support and empower women and girls who are most at risk of GBV and who face particular risks during and after armed conflict and natural disasters. International Medical Corps’ priority is to strengthen core services for survivors of GBV, particularly case management and psychosocial support services, as well as quality healthcare. In areas of operation, International Medical Corps works with local organizations, community-based support workers, and healthcare providers to provide survivor-centred care and support. International Medical Corps also works with communities to promote women’s equality and to combat beliefs and practices that perpetuate different forms of GBV. International Medical Corps tailors its programs to ensure activities are needs-driven, adapted for cultural and security considerations, and responsive to the nature and extent of GBV present in different contexts. With focused GBV prevention and response programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and International Medical Corps also contributes to the development of global standards and lessons learned for this field of work.


International Medical Corps is leading a program to develop a resource toolkit for GBV program teams to use in their work with community leaders. While leaders are widely recognized as important stakeholders in community protection, gender-based violence (GBV) programs lack specific guidance to effectively and safely engage traditional leaders, and to consider the breadth of areas in which leaders might contribute to both GBV prevention and response.


Through this program, International Medical Corps will consult GBV specialists, review available materials, and conduct formative research in three diverse humanitarian contexts to develop a draft toolkit, which will then be piloted in those contexts. Once finalized, the toolkit will be published and shared with the global humanitarian community for adaptation and application in a range of settings.


The GBV Specialist- Community Leaders will be dedicate his/her time to the development and piloting of a program toolkit, including both program guidance and training materials, to assist GBV programs in their work with traditional leaders.


This position will report to International Medical Corps’ Senior GBV Advisor. The position is home based and will involve approximately 20% travel. 


Resource Development  

  • Review published and unpublished resources related to work with traditional leaders and empowerment of women leaders
  • Collect lessons learned and recommendations from practitioners
  • Lead formative research in three pilot countries
  • Draft program guidance and training materials
  • Write and edit content for the final toolkit

Field Support: Training and Capacity Building

  • Provide training and ongoing technical support (both on-site and remote) for implementation of the draft guidance and tools in three pilot countries
  • Collect feedback from pilot country teams and adapt resources as necessary


  • Consult with external agencies and GBV specialists to collect lessons learned and resources for review
  • Coordinate with external agencies to review and endorse the toolkit
  • Work closely with International Medical Corps’ GBV Technical Team


  • Prepare timely internal and donor progress reports
  • Develop and follow an implementation and spending plan for the project
  • Track spending and coordinate with Finance department to manage the project budget
  • Interest in international travel, including to remote and volatile locations

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Master’s degree in social work, public health, psychology, international development or related field.
  • Five years’ experience with humanitarian and development organizations, including direct humanitarian experience and direct experience with GBV program design and implementation.
  • Specific experience with engagement of traditional leaders, preferably in multiple contexts
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Training and facilitation experience
  • Past experience developing guidance materials a strong advantage
  • Past research experience an advantage
  • Highly organized and self-motivated, able to work efficiently on his/her own
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs.
  • Interest in international travel, including to remote and volatile locations