UNFPA Technical Specialist Job in Kenya

Technical Specialist  
(Gender–Based Violence (GBV)), Nairobi, with frequent travel to Somalia, UNFPA, ICS-11 (P-4)

UN Population Fund

Closing date:  21 Nov 2012
Vacancy No.: Job ID 2135
Post Type: Non-Rotational
Duration: One year (renewable) Organizational Unit: Somalia Country Office, Arab States Region

Organizational Setting:

UNFPA works in partnership with the Ministries of Gender, Women Development and Family Affair (MoDWAFA) in Somalia (South Central, Puntland and Somaliland) to implement a large national/zonal programme to address gender-based violence (GBV).

Under the direct supervision of the UNFPA Representative of the Somalia Office, the GBV Specialist provides programmatic and technical support and coordination to ensure strong partnership and collaboration with the UN as well as with national/international counterparts in a comprehensive multi-sectoral survivor-centered prevention and response Gender-Based Violence (GBV) programming. 

This response includes a close cooperation with health, psycho-social, protection and legal sectors to ensure that survivor’s needs are met. 
UNFPA is the Lead on the GBV Sub-Cluster, and the Coordinator for the GBV Capacity Development programme, which the incumbent will coordinate. 
The GBV Specialist supervises national staff and international consultants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Partnerships and Coordination

  • Works in close collaboration with the (MoDWAFA), Ministries of Health, Ministries of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, Ministries of Internal Affairs/Somalia Police Service, the UN Country Team, Humanitarian Country Team and other stakeholders to strengthen and facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV prevention and response interventions at national, county, and zonal levels.
  • As UNFPA is the Lead Agency on the GBV Sub-Cluster, the GBV Specialist is the GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator, and oversees the task forces that reports to the sub-cluster (SEA task force, Special Protection Unit task force, GBV Capacity Development task force, CMR Task Force).
  • Act as coordinator for the inter-agency GBV Capacity Development Programme, which is part of the global programme
  • Represent UNFPA and the GBV Sub-Cluster in the Protection Cluster, Inter-Sector Working Group, and in the development of the inter-sector assessment tool which is led by OCHA.
  • The GBV Specialist represents UNFPA in the Government of Somalia Development Planning and Budget Sector Working Groups.
  • Provide technical support in developing and implementing a multi-sectoral and coordinated GBV prevention and response programmes to include referral and reporting mechanisms, information sharing, coordination, and monitoring/evaluation.
  • Is the Coordinator for the GBV Information Management System, and as UNFPA is identified as the agency that partners send their information through developing monthly and quarterly incident reports

B. Technical Support and Programming
  • Coordinates and supports the coherent and effective implementation of the GBV/Gender component of the CPD, using a results-based approach incorporating creativity, innovation, and responsiveness to the needs, and thorough monitoring and reporting.
  • Collaborates with other stakeholders and partners, in Government institutions, the donor community and the civil society, to ensure mainstreaming of culture, gender and human rights in all population and development programmes and policies.
  • Provides technical support to the country office, the UN and other partners aimed at capacity building and institutional strengthening.
  • Supports and advises the country office management and builds knowledge and programming practices in relation to GBV/Gender through information sharing and facilitation of external and internal trainings aimed at multi-sectoral prevention and response.
  • Provides technical support to the development of relevant legislative, policy and advocacy documents to address GBV in the context of broader gender (inequality) issues.
  • Assists in writing proposals and engaging in resource mobilization efforts to support joint programming.
  • Responsible for the overall coordination, design and monitoring of GBV/Gender component of the work of UNFPA in Somalia.
C. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
  • Analyzes and reports on programme and project progress in terms of achieving results, using existing monitoring and evaluation tools and introducing new mechanisms and systems; identifies constraints and resource deficiencies and recommends corrective action.
  • Supervises preparation by implementing partners of annual and other periodic work plans and monitors and evaluates progress according to the Project monitoring plan, including contracts with UNFPA partners towards projected programme results, and documents and applies lessons learnt to close the gaps.
  • Monitors projects expenditures and disbursements to ensure delivery is in line with approved project budgets and to realize targeted delivery levels, and coordinates timely delivery of quality project and financial reporting and ensures adequacy with finance and activities.
  • Undertakes regular monitoring missions and meetings with relevant actors including project partners in assessing the GBV trends, patterns and advises on the prevention and response strategies.
  • Perform other duties as required.
Core Competencies:
  • Values/Guiding Principles
  • Integrity/Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing Diversity/Commitment to Mandate
  • Developing People/Coaching and Mentoring/Performance Management
  • Working in teams/Communication/Self-Management/Emotional Intelligence
  • Analytical and Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence/ Knowledge Sharing/Continuous Learning
Functional Competencies:
  • Advocacy / advancing a policy oriented agenda;
  • Results-based programme development and management;
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners / building strategic alliances and partnerships;
  • Innovation and marketing of new approaches;
  • Resource mobilization ;
  • Job knowledge / technical expertise
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Advanced university degree in law, social sciences, or gender and development or related field;
  • 7 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience, including experience in programme management, including large multi-sectoral projects, designing and appraising proposals and actively liaising with relevant and potential project partners;
  • Experience in drafting and implementing legislation, in particular, related to GBV issues;
  • Knowledge of gender issues in development, particularly GBV, including relevant international human rights standards;
  • Prior training in gender and GBV issues and their application in humanitarian, recovery and development settings;
  • Experience in utilising the following internationals tools: GBV Standard Operating Procedures; GBV Information Management System; IASC GBV Guidelines; IASC Gender Handbook; GBV Coordination Handbook; WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations;
  • Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response an asset;
  • Prior experience in the UN system will be a strong asset;
  • Fluency in oral and written English essential; ability to communicate in Arabic an advantage.

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender quality, teamwork, respect for diversity, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. 
We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply.

We offer an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the position. The package includes a competitive salary plus housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.

How to apply

UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy.

Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at http://www.unfpa.org/employment/application_guide.doc. 

Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process.

There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. 
UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. 

Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: 
  • stateless persons; 
  • newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; 
  • acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; 
  • staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.
*No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5

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