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18-057: GBV Specialist
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
In Libya, women and girls are particularly vulnerable 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.
GBV in Libya, as elsewhere, continues to be underreported as survivors face stigma and risks to their safety by reporting given the cultural constraints, and those who accept those risks are not offered meaningful services. Survivors also face considerable challenges as a consequence of provision within Libyan law, which punishes sexual relations and pregnancy outside of marriage. The capacity to detect, treat and provide counselling to GBV survivors is absent or weak, representing a critical gap in life-saving health and psycho-social support services.
The GBV Specialist will support the program and health departments and staff in providing appropriate services to GBV survivors. He/She will tailor and oversee programming in light of the needs, set-up the initial programming, develop necessary Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines. GBV Specialist will be charged with providing training and capacity building to the local staff in order to build their capacity to treat GBV cases and survivors of rape. He/She will also be involved in the development of relevant IEC materials and awareness activities. The position will work together with the medical and program departments.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation
• Tailoring and overseeing the GBV program provision in light of a ‘survivor centered approach’, creating confidential and secure filing and tracking mechanisms. Establish clear referral pathways for survivors.
• Develop training curriculums (adapting standard training materials in line with national protocols and Libya context) and deliver trainings to the program and medical staff on GBV. Trainings might include CMR, basic GBV concepts and guiding principles, communicating with survivors and others as relevant in order to increase GBV response capacity.
• Provide on-going technical support (both on-site and remote), follow up visits to the program sites, on job support as needed and ensure that the relevant documentation and guidelines are available to the staff on the field,
• Work with medical teams to recommend changes in systems related to patient flow, privacy, security of files etc.
• Ensure coordination with the donors and the relevant partners as needed.
• Prepare regular and timely updates and reports in coordination with the Program Director.
• Ensure that program activities developed are implemented in line with IMC mandate, policies, procedures and country strategy, including donor’s requirements, national and international rules and guidelines.
• Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.
Relevant University Master’s degree or a higher qualification in international development, public health, or related field,
5-6 years of experience in protection and GBV interventions,
In-depth knowledge of and expertise in GBV interventions and program start-up. Demonstrated experience and successful track record in leading program development,
Strong writing and communication skills,
Flexibility and ability to work under pressure, mange time and prioritize work to deadlines,
Experience in training and capacity building,
Well-developed organization skills,