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18-380: Gender-Based Violence Manager - Emergency Response Team
Country:Global
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare 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 areas worldwide. By offering training and healthcare to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated healthcare systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Background

When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care; offers needs-based response according to the context and type of sudden onset disaster (SOD) and/or outbreak in the affected nation; adopts a human rights-based approach to its response; ensures it is accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak, particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner.

International Medical Corps is accountable to patients and communities, host governments and ministries of health, and its organization and donors. International Medical Corps commits to a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities. International Medical Corps collaborates with the national health system, the clusters and the humanitarian community.

Selected personnel are on standby to deploy to a crisis within 48 hours. Personnel may deploy to new areas of operation or lend support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers and staff who have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on a regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants maintain professional profiles with International Medical Corps, so that information is complete and readily available for an emergency response deployment.

Job Purpose

This position will support International Medical Corps’ emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster-affected populations.

The Gender Based Violence (GBV) Manager leads GBV assessments, designs and implements program interventions, integrates protection concerns, ensures compliance with safety and ethical standards.  They support proposal development, data management, and reporting; hire, train, and mentor personnel, volunteers, and partners; and coordinate with relevant actors, sub/clusters, working groups, government bodies, other organizations, and partners.

**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for International Medical Corps’ standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will be contacted only when there is an emergency-response need for which the responder is qualified. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

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.

Assessment and Program Planning 

  • Conduct GBV assessments as required, maximizing available sources of information and opportunities for coordination, and ensuring compliance with safety and ethical recommendations.
  • Through assessment, identify protection concerns for women and girls, risks of GBV, points of service and support for survivors, and appropriate priorities and approaches for programming.  
  • Plan for appropriate emergency interventions as well as opportunities for expanded programming, including identification of local partners, support structures to reinforce, and appropriate points of entry for GBV case management services.
  • Prepare reports of assessment findings and recommendations.
  • Contribute to concept notes/proposals/consolidated appeals as needed.

Program Implementation 

  • Lead interventions to increase women and girls’ protection, as relevant. Interventions likely to include information dissemination, advocacy, trainings and coordination with other sectors and partners for GBV mainstreaming.
  • Lead the establishment and delivery of key services, as relevant. Services likely include psychosocial support for survivors of GBV, safe spaces, and support for medical response.
  • Ensure that all interventions comply with technical standards and safety and ethical guidelines.
  • Ensure appropriate community participation in the design and delivery of program activities.
  • Identify and build capacity of partners, staff, volunteers as relevant. Implementation is likely to involve significant training and coaching.
  • Conduct regular program monitoring and compile activity and donor reports as required.

Coordination 

  • Coordinate with all relevant actors and actively participate in protection/ GBV sub-cluster/working groups, coordinated assessments, mapping of services, information sharing, etc. 
  • Coordinate with other GBV actors, including local organizations and security representatives.
  • Identify and support local organizations committed to women’s rights and empowerment.
  • Work with partners and community members to develop a referral mechanism for available services.
  • Coordinate with other sectors as possible to ensure integration of GBV concerns into various interventions, in line with the IASC GBV Guidelines.

Security and Conduct 

  • Ensure compliance with policies and protocols.
  • Consider security implications of all GBV interventions, in consultation with relevant partners.
  • Create a safe and supportive working environment for all GBV staff and partners, including attention to team-building and self-care.
  • Contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through adherence to the Code of Conduct and Ethics.

General

  • Deployed personnel are expected to assist with the setup, maintenance and demobilization of the clinical spaces and base camp as required.

 Policy Adherence

  • Actively promote PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.

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. The fluid nature of emergency response requires personnel to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape; duties may be reconfigured to meet operational requirements.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking in persons, child safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct that may involve conflicts-of-interest, fraud, corruption or harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any such activities, you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree in Social Work, Public Health, International Development or other relevant field of study preferred

Experience:

  • Experience managing GBV prevention and response programs. Prior emergency response experience strongly preferred
  • Experience conducting GBV assessments
  • Experience facilitating GBV trainings
  • Familiarity with standards and current guidance for GBV prevention, response, and coordination, including standards for protection from SEA
  • Familiarity with humanitarian architecture and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs

 Competencies:

  • Profound cross-cultural awareness
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently, as well as to work well with a team
  • Extremely flexible, and the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in Spanish, French, Arabic is desirable

Other

In addition to the responsibilities referenced above, candidates can expect to be living and working in austere conditions. Lifting moderately heavy objects from the ground, carrying a backpack for extended periods of time, and walking or hiking in remote locations may be necessary to perform these functions.

International Medical Corps is a first responder to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations. The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and is committed to doing everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff members who have a high degree of resilience, extremely decisive qualities and the ability to move fast.

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.