Position Name: GBV Specialist
Duty Station: Çorum, Ankara, Türkiye
Duration: Date to hire- August 31, 2020 (with possible extension)
Applicaton Closing Date: 11 December 2019
RET Turkey works on bridging the gap between humanitarian and development assistance, focusing primarily on vulnerable and marginalised youth residing within country. RET envisions a world in which vulnerable young people overcome multidimensional adversities and are capacitated to lead their own journey towards rebuilding more resilient and peaceful communities. To achieve this goal, RET relies on two decades of experience bridging humanitarian and developmental approaches to act efficiently within our main areas of interventions.
Towards that end, RET has invested in designing evidence-based cross-cutting assistance interventions that aim, among other things, at:
- Countering the marginalisation of vulnerable adolescents by endorsing“a gender-balanced approach”to youth agency pillared around: (i) cultivating leadership congruent with fostering youth peace ambassadorship; (ii) designing and administering technical and vocational capacity building modules conducive to economic integration; and (iii) supporting youth resilience and socio-educational programming (including basic education), as a conduit for conflict transformation and sustainable peace building.
- Responding to the lack of conflict mitigation mechanisms by building “cross-cultural bridges” between host and displaced communities through: (i) creating platforms for inter-communal and cross-generational dialogue and confidence building; and (ii) promoting youth civic empowerment, peer-to-peer mentoring and anti- violence advocacy initiatives that encourage social cohesion and bolster community resilience; and
- Preventing violent extremism through the: (i) promotion of democratic values and practices via educational programming and learning for responsible citizenship; and (ii) provisioning of psychosocial support and counselling.
Since 2014, RET Turkey has been amongst the forefront responders to Syrian crisis, reaching out to over 200’000 beneficiaries, whilst implementing a broad range of interventions, in the fields of: (i) Education; (ii) Community-Based Protection, (iii) Child Protection; (iv) Livelihoods & Self-Reliance; (v) Social Cohesion; (vi) Youth Empowerment; and (vii) Institutional Strengthening /Capacity Building of local and public partners. RET' s mission is to alleviate suffering and catalyzes sustainable
GBV Specialist will oversee GBV programme including emotional support groups, awareness raising sessions and all other activities related to GBV. S/he will be responsible to facilitate coordination of all kind of GBV activities, support planning, and collaborate with Protection Coordinator to ensure quality implementation of GBV component. GBV Specialist will have sufficient working experience related to GBV and assist the Protection Coordinator for planning, coordination and identification the needs and gaps in the field from the point of gender mainstreaming. S/he will facilitate to support GBV staff through the provision of technical support and guidance by the help of Protection Coordinator and ensure that staff implement and respect best-practices and international standards in GBV prevention and response. GBV Specialist will also follow SE GBV sub-working group regularly and support Protection Coordinator to disseminate the information coming from the related working group(s).
Qualifications and Experience Required
We are searching for a GBV Specialist with the following qualifications:
- Excellent command of English. Additional languages will be a district advantage (Arabic, Kurdish, Dari etc.)
- At least Bachelor’s Degree in social sciences (Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, etc.)
- Master’s Degree in social sciences, Human Rights, Gender or related technical fields will be advantage.
- Sound knowledge of and experience in working in gender field. Prior experience in working with children, youth, and refugees, as well as understanding of the region and community to work with is an asset.
- Prior knowledge of Humanitarian Principles, conflicts setting, IDPs, refugees and Syrian Crisis in Turkey as well as protection frameworks.
- Experience in Project/targets-based work and reporting.
- Excellent document preparation and drafting skills.
- Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills. Ability to multitask.
- Experience in research methodologies
- Ability to work at varying levels of institutions and stakeholders
- Dedicated and committed to teamwork
- Proficient MS Office user
- Based in Çorum or willing to relocate
- Female candidates are encouraged to apply
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
1. Program Planning
- Lead assessment to identify settlements of vulnerable women and girls in the catchment areas of centre-based activities
- Conduct GBV prevention and protection needs assessments among the affected populations
- Map points of service for survivors of GBV and vulnerable individuals, and identify points of entry and support structures for reinforcement
- Analyse trends of GBV and develop / adjust program strategies to meet needs
- Contribute to program design and the preparation of future concept notes and proposals
2. Program Implementation and Capacity Development
- Develop guidance, resources, and tools to enable RET staff to identify and address GBV risk in the field.
- Provide guidance to the development of materials for awareness-raising on the various topics related to SGBV
- Identify the risks and mitigate the SGBV for prevention and protection in liaison with RET staff.
- Develop guides, manuals and informative printed and digital materials for the staff and the SGVB survivors in the fields of fragility.
- Document lessons learnt and best practices by collecting information and coordinating with the field staff.
- Supervise and coach the social workers and psychologists in charge of the psychosocial counselling.
- Conduct mapping and develop GBV referral pathways in target locations by reaching out to and partner with relevant local actors
- Identify and reinforce existing support mechanisms and work closely with local and regional counterparts to ensure community buy-in and cultural appropriateness of activities
- Build capacity staff in the Project to offer professional and confidential services including referrals to SGBV survivors, including: developing a referral database, referral pathways, facilitation of contact between service provider and survivor, survivor consent to share information by using the Inter-Agency GBV Referral Form
- Coordinate with national and local actors to strengthen support and information networks
- Maintain flexibility to take on added responsibility as and when needed
- Ensure participation from programme participants in program development, implementation, and evaluation and feedback mechanisms for accountability
3. Monitoring, Evaluation
- Help to ensure that staff in the Project utilize these systems correctly and consistently.
- Support the development of appropriate M&E tools and the collection of program data from program sites
- Maintain program files and documentation as per program management minimum standards, including maintaining the confidentiality of programme participants’ data
- Conduct monitoring visits to project sites as necessary
- Provide regular evaluation reports to the Program Technical Staff concerning satisfaction, needs and demands
- Compile regular technical (SGBV) program reports to the Program Technical Staff on time and with accurate data
- Contribute to the development of annual workplans, materials and tools and writings of Project Report
4. Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
- Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within RET and amongst beneficiaries served by RET.
5. Additional Duties
- Any other duties related to the nature of the job as directed by the Management.
Note: Due to the urgency to fill this post, RET reserves the right to review the CVs on a rolling basis and selected candidates may be interviewed prior to the closing dates listed, therefore early applications are encouraged. RET is not in a position to respond to every applicant individually due to the anticipated high number of applications. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.