Women’s Safe Spaces have been used for decades by GBV actors in humanitarian programming as an entry point for women and girls to report protection concerns, express their needs, engage in empowerment activities, and connect with the wider community. In the past decade the use of Women’s Safe Spaces has proliferated and models and modes of implementation have expanded. Yet despite their widespread use, as well as emerging evidence of their positive effect for women and girls, to date only a handful of context-specific WSS resources exist. International Medical Corps has partnered with the International Rescue Committee to address this resource gap and build the capacity of the humanitarian community to better design and implement women and girls’ safe spaces to meet the needs of vulnerable women and girls, and GBV survivors in humanitarian settings.
The GBV Specialist for Women’s Safe Spaces will be dedicate his/her time to the development and piloting of a globally-endorsed Women and Girls’ Safe Space Toolkit (WSSTK) that that combines best practices, guidance on different implementation models, sample activities and training tools to support humanitarian practitioners in the start-up, implementation, and the transitioning of WSS to local ownership. The WSSTK will provide practitioners with step-by-step guidance through the project-cycle from start-up to handing over to local ownership. The toolkit will include tested project management tools, staff capacity-building training materials, activity guides for developing culturally appropriate psychosocial, life-skills, and outreach activities and a monitoring and evaluation framework. This toolkit will improve the quality of existing women and girl’s safe spaces. It will empower agencies who have limited to no experience with this approach but are committed to supporting women and girls in humanitarian settings by providing them with the necessary tools to roll-out this intervention. The toolkit will be open source, and available for electronic downloading via multiple inter-agency platforms.
This position will report to International Medical Corps’ Senior GBV Advisor and will work in close collaboration with the International Rescue Committee Women’s Safe Spaces Specialist who will lead this project. The position is home based and will involve up to 40% travel for piloting activities.