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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
The political uncertainty, fragmented governments, and instability in security have prolonged the crisis in Libya and have caused untold suffering including grave human rights violations among civilians, including migrants and refugees, and multiple internal displacements within the country. The most affected are migrants, refugees, and IDPs particularly female head of households, pregnant women and children. Libya has always been a country of destination and transit area for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; and today, over 600,000 of them are in Libya but are particularly vulnerable to abuse and human rights violations by being captives in detention centers by the authorities and armed groups, and in the unofficial camps by traffickers whilst a huge number of them are spread in urban areas with limited access to services, basic needs, and support. Women and girls are the most vulnerable among the affected communities, and experience extreme insecurity, including a particular threat from gender-based violence (GBV), trafficking for sexual exploitation and forced labor, or being forced to resort to smuggling networks. Prostitution rings reportedly subject sub-Saharan women to sex trafficking in brothels, particularly in southern Libya. Women who have been smuggled report being raped by authority figures before being handed over to the detention centers, meaning they are unsafe in communities in the absence of law and appropriate oversight mechanisms.
The GBV Sub-sector in Libya aims, in collaboration with and in support of the relevant government ministries, UN agencies, and local and international NGOs, to consolidate and coordinate the activities of all relevant stakeholders so as to provide prompt, accessible, appropriate and confidential services for GBV survivors and put in place mechanisms to prevent GBV.
The GBV sub-sector will prioritize efforts around GBV mainstreaming, advocacy, resource mobilization, training and sensitization, assessments, data collection and monitoring, information sharing, IEC materials development and standard operating procedures that will guide activities on GBV prevention, response and risk mitigation in all geographical areas in Libya targeting the host communities, IDPs, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.
The Gender-Based Violence Sub-Sector (GBV SS) is an inter-agency coordination group part of the Protection Sector, with the aim of coordinating GBV prevention and response activities for the humanitarian response in Libya. The GBV SS is co-chaired by UNFPA and an INGO partner. International Medical Corps will host the INGO co-chair position starting by December 2018.
The GBV SS Co-Lead will work closely with the GBV SS Lead (UNFPA) to oversee GBV prevention and response coordination efforts and to represent GBV SS members to the wider humanitarian community. Within IMC the GBV SS Co-Lead reports to Country Director and works in coordination with the GBV TA for Libya.
• Co-facilitate Libya GBV SS meetings at national level in partnership with UNFPA and regularly support Protection Sector, Health Sector, MHPSS and SRH Sub-Sector and other sectors where GBV mainstreaming is requires and needed;
• Work with relevant local authorities (MoSA and MoH), local CSOs, UN Agencies, and INGOs to ensure appropriate coordination and timely information sharing to implement GBV-related policies and programs.
• Coordinate with other sectors to mainstream and integrate GBV related concerns across the humanitarian response in Libya, 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-Sector
• Ensure inclusion of key humanitarian partners in the sub-sector, 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-Sector 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
• Lead or coordinate service mappings and assessments as needed
• Collect and analyze information from Sub-Sector members and other relevant sources
• Identify both immediate and longer-term recommended actions to improve response to GBV and to prevent further GBV incidents
• 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-Sector
• Share information on identified needs and recommendations of the GBV Sub-Sector 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 in Libya
• Promote standards for collecting and distributing information related to GBV
• Draft advocacy and Sub-Sector position briefs on key GBV issues with key partners/stakeholders and follow through on recommendations
• Other duties as assigned
The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.
• Advanced degree (preferred) in social work or other social sciences, public health, international relations, international law, human rights or related field
• Fluency in English. Knowledge of Arabic will be an asset.
Experience (Identify specific experiences necessary for this position)
• 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 Libya context is an advantage
• 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;
• Demonstrated success in working in a fast-paced and collaborative manner with multicultural teams
• Excellent skills in interpersonal communication, advocacy, and diplomacy
• Strong writing, multi-tasking and organization skills and ability to work under pressure, mange time and prioritize work to deadlines,
• Well-developed organization skills,
• Able to work independently, with minimal supervision and under pressure.
The position is based in Tripoli, Libya with occasional travel to other field locations in Western Libya, including Misrata, Zawiya, Zintan, and Khoms, as well as to Tunis. The Co-Lead will accommodate with other IMC expatriate staff in a shared Guesthouse. This is not a family duty station.