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20-022: Roving GBV Advisor
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 areas worldwide. By offering training and health care 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 health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


International Medical Corps is a leading organization in gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response programming. International Medical Corps’ GBV programs aim to support and empower women and girls who face particular risks in humanitarian settings. Through GBV programs, International Medical Corps strengthens core services for survivors of GBV, including GBV case management services, and works with communities to address protection risks and combat harmful practices. Through programs and global coordination efforts, International Medical Corps also contributes to the development of best practices and global standards for the GBV Sector.

Job Purpose

The GBV Advisor will provide technical support and guidance to the design and implementation of GBV prevention and response programs, with a focus on Francophone countries in Africa. The GBV Advisor will support relevant emergency response operations. The GBV Advisor will also contribute to global projects and resource development, inter-agency GBV coordination and representation, and advocacy initiatives.

Main Responsibility

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.

Most relevant tasks and responsibilities are ongoing. The following areas of work are not exhaustive and additional responsibilities may arise. 


Technical Support for Program Design and Implementation

  • Support teams to design, conduct and analyse assessments.
  • Work with teams to design appropriate GBV prevention and response programs, including approaches for implementation, program timelines, staffing structures, and required budgets.
  • Provide regular input and review of proposals and program reports.
  • Explore and encourage integration of GBV concerns and activities into existing or planned public health programs, including reproductive and primary health, mental health and psychosocial, and youth programming.
  • Maintain regular contact with program teams in select countries, as well as relevant regional platform, to stay abreast of issues, program concerns and needs for assistance.
  • Conduct field visits to select countries to provide support, guidance, and recommendations for improved programming.
  • Develop and deliver technical trainings for field staff, volunteers, and partner organizations.
  • Support the recruitment and retention of GBV specialists to lead country operations.
  • Contribute to the development of guidance notes, tools, and resources for HQ staff and field teams.
  • Contribute to knowledge management through the production and dissemination of case studies, promising practices, lesson-learned documents.


Emergency Response

  • Provide remote or direct technical support to new emergency response operations, where relevant.
  • Support program design and proposal development for new emergencies.
  • Coordinate with national/regional/global partners and experts to support new emergencies and recruit staff.
  • Contribute to advocacy for attention to GBV in new emergencies.


Representation and Other Responsibilities

  • Meet with partners and donor representatives as necessary.
  • Participate in relevant coordination forums.
  • Support the development and implementation of global GBV projects, as relevant.
  • Contribute to maintenance of good working relations within and between International Medical Corps’ departments and offices.
  • Remain flexible in adopting additional responsibilities based on organizational and programming needs, in coordination with the Senior GBV Advisor and other members of the GBV Technical Advisory Team.

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.

    • Master’s degree in social work, public health, psychology, international development or related field.


    • Five years’ experience in humanitarian settings, including experience with GBV program design and implementation.
    • Commitment to safeguarding issues and demonstrated adherence to core values of GBV programming
    • Demonstrated skill in conducting analysis and evaluation of technical aspects of proposals and programs.
    • Good understanding of current issues and emerging practices in GBV prevention and response programming.
    • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs.
    • Strong written and oral communications skills including ability to write technical documents and give presentations to colleagues in and outside of IMC
    • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environments.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and experience in working effectively in an independent capacity and as a member of a team.
    • Interest in international travel, including to remote and volatile locations, with expected 75% travel.
    • Fluency in English and French; additional languages considered an advantage. 

    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.

    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.