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17-369: GBV- Women's Safe Space Specialist
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 underserved communities worldwide.

International Medical Corps’ GBV prevention and response programs are designed to support and empower women and girls who are most at risk of GBV and who face particular risks during and after armed conflict and natural disasters. International Medical Corps’ priority is to strengthen core services for survivors of GBV, particularly case management and psychosocial support services, as well as quality healthcare. In areas of operation, International Medical Corps works with local organizations, community-based support workers, and healthcare providers to provide survivor-centred care and support. International Medical Corps also works with communities to promote women’s equality and to combat beliefs and practices that perpetuate different forms of GBV. International Medical Corps tailors its programs to ensure activities are needs-driven, adapted for cultural and security considerations, and responsive to the nature and extent of GBV present in different contexts. With focused GBV prevention and response programs in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and International Medical Corps also contributes to the development of global standards and lessons learned for this field of work.

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. 


Resource Development
• Review existing guidance tools and training materials on implementing Women’s Safe Spaces.
• Lead formative research in two pilot countries to identify existing best practices for implementing Women’s Safe Spaces.
• In coordination with the IRC Women’s Safe Space Specialist, develop Women’s Safe Space guidance and tools for piloting in two countries.
• Write and edit content for the final toolkit.

Field Support: Training and Capacity Building
• Conduct field visits to two pilot countries (to-be selected)
• Provide training and ongoing technical support (both on-site and remote) for implementation of the Women’s Safe Spaces guidance and tools in two countries
• Integrate adaptations from pilot testing into the toolkit.

• Work closely with IRC Women’s Safe Space Specialist who will lead this project.
• Coordinate with external agencies to review and endorse the resource package.
• Work closely with International Medical Corps’ GBV Technical Team
• Organize and participate in regular partner meetings

• Prepare timely internal and donor progress reports
• Develop and follow an implementation and spending plan for the project
• Track spending and coordinate with Finance department to manage the project budget

& Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 
  • Master’s degree in social work, public health, psychology, international development or related field.
  • Five years’ experience with humanitarian and development organizations, including direct humanitarian experience and direct experience with GBV program design and implementation.
  • Specific experience managing women’s safe spaces/women and girls’ centers
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Training and facilitation experience
  • Past experience developing guidance materials a strong advantage
  • Past research experience an advantage
  • Highly organized and self-motivated, able to work efficiently on his/her own
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs.
  • Interest in international travel, including to remote and volatile locations