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20-216: GBV Program Manager
Department:International Programs
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps has been in Afghanistan since 1984. It is currently implementing approximately 6 programs across twelve provinces (Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar , Nuristan , Jawzjan , Balkh and Samangan , Kundoz , Baghlan , Faryab and Paktika ) covering GBV, health, MHPSS , Respond to COVID 19 and WASH. International Medical Corps is implementing WASH projects include safe drinking water, hygiene promotion related to COVID , hygiene supplies and sanitation facilities to refugees, returnees, IDPs, people affected by conflict and natural disasters and in schools and health facilities.  In addition, International Medical Corps provides Life-Saving Basic Primary Health Services, Trauma Care Services and Referral Services to Conflict-Affected People in Kunar, Nuristan and Paktika provinces.

The GBV Program in Afghanistan has two projects currently with very different approaches. The current IMC Health Sector Response to GBV program, funded by UNFPA, serves seven provinces-Kabul, Balkh, Samangan, Kundoz, Baghlan, Faryab and Jawzjan .IMC works in close coordination with the Gender Directorate of the MoPH to implement an integrated health and women’s protection program focused on strengthening the capacity of the local healthcare system in the seven targeted provinces to effectively respond to the needs of GBV survivors. Project activities take place mainly in family protection centers (FPC) in provincial hospitals where survivors can access comprehensive GBV case management services including the coordination of medical care, psychosocial support and counseling, legal, and referral services. Capacity building efforts aim to increase knowledge and skills of health professionals, social workers, and key actors related to GBV-specific information management, psychosocial support interventions, as well as establishing standard operating procedures and effective referral pathways for the health sector.     

Establish mobile GBV Prevention and Response services:

“The second project is community-based approach to GBV programming in Eastern Provinces (Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman) and Balkh province, funded by BHA. The community-based approach includes both prevention and response to GBV through mobile teams. These teams consist of both MHPSS and GBV staff, addressing different activities. The GBV mobile team members provide both group psychosocial support in women’s and girls’ safe spaces and allow for case management for survivors. Through community focal points and community outreach workers, IMC ensure that messages around prevention and response to GBV, basic health messages including COVID is circulated. IEC materials and global campaigns such as 16 Days of Activism are key to reach the community, and IMC also engages community and religious leaders to change attitudes and practices.”


The GBV Manager is responsible for implementation of a GBV program, including technical oversight of services and activities, capacity building, support and supervision of staff, internal and external coordination, and reporting. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:





Program Planning

•          Lead GBV assessments as required, maximizing available sources of information and opportunities for coordination, and ensuring compliance with safety and ethical standards

•          Identify local partners and women’s networks to reinforce local efforts to promote women’s and girls’ rights and address GBV

•          Ensure that programs are driven by women and girls and planned with community stakeholders

•          Identify appropriate locations and orientation for services, including women and /girls safe spaces

•          Contribute to concept notes/proposals/appeals as needed


Implementation and Capacity Building

•          Work closely with GBV Technical Advisor, country level senior management, and program team to achieve program goals and ensure quality of GBV prevention and response initiatives

•          Ensure adherence to IMC’s GBV Minimum Standards, as well as relevant inter-agency guidelines and standards

•          Lead the delivery of program interventions, including the establishment and delivery of focused GBV response services

•          Build capacity of program staff/volunteers/partners in relevant technical areas to deliver services and lead interventions

•          Organize/support/facilitate technical trainings as needed, including GBV case management and clinical response to rape and intimate partner violence

•          Establish and monitor supervision and support systems for GBV case management services

•          Establish appropriate systems for information management 

•          Ensure effective community participation throughout implementation, including leadership of women and girls  

•          Work with teams and communities to develop appropriate prevention and awareness-raising/behavior change strategies 

•          Lead regular program monitoring and apply learning for continuous improvement of interventions

•          Contribute to regular program reports, on time and with accurate data


Coordination, Representation and Advocacy

•          Coordinate with other service providers, and collect community input, to establish and strengthen referral pathways

•          Actively participate in relevant coordination meetings ensuring IMC GBV/MHPSS program visibility within the relevant coordination forums

•          Coordinate with, and build capacity of, other sectors as possible to ensure integration of GBV concerns into various services and broader humanitarian response

•          Represent program goals and GBV standards, advocating as necessary with relevant leaders, authorities, and humanitarian actors 


Human Resources Management

•          Select and orient program staff/volunteers/partners for effective implementation

•          Supervise Deputy GBV Program Manager to build her/his capacity on GBV and program management 

•          Support, coach and supervise staff to build capacity and strengthen quality of interventions

•          Develop support strategies for staff, foster teambuilding, and introduce principles of self-care

•          Provide supportive and constructive feedback, and conduct regular performance appraisals


Financial Management

•          Develop work plans in line with financial pipelines

•          Plan and procure supplies required for program activities, in line with budget and project timelines

•          Ensure compliance with donor regulations


Security and Conduct

•          Ensure compliance with security protocols and policies

•          Consider security implications of all program activities, reviewing initiatives with appropriate stakeholders

•          Foster a safe and supportive working environment for all GBV staff/volunteers/partners

•          Exemplify core principles of GBV programming, including respect, non-discrimination, responsible use of power, nonviolence, and promotion of gender equality 

•          Contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of the program and organization, notably through adherence to the Code of Conduct and Ethics, including compliance with anti-harassment, safeguarding and PSEA policies


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.


As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.


It is all staff 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 and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If a staff sees, hears or is made aware of any suggested activities then the staff has an obligation to report. 


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. 


•          Bachelor’s degree, or relevant level of experience required. Advanced degree an advantage, particularly in related fields including Social Work, Public Health, International Development or Gender Studies.

•          Minimum three years related experience, preferably direct experience with GBV programming

•          Demonstrated application of GBV core competencies and commitment to core principles of GBV programming 

•          Experience working in humanitarian contexts preferred

•          Relevant regional experience preferred

•          Familiarity with humanitarian architecture and the mandates/roles of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs

•          Strong knowledge of standards and guidelines for GBV programming, coordination, and data management

•          Knowledge of standards and guidance related to protection from SEA

•          Experience with, or strong knowledge of, GBV case management services

•          Knowledge of, and/or experience with, relevant program approaches, e.g. WGSS, Life Skills, EA$E, EMAP, SASA! etc.

•          Facilitation experience

•          Commitment to supportive supervision 

•          Experience working with local partners and community mobilization preferred

•          Profound cross-cultural awareness 

•          Ability to exercise sound judgment, remain flexible, and apply experience and guidance to evolving challenges

Strong communication skills, both oral and written