SGBV Specialist

IFRC, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th June, 2020

Job Description

Job Purpose

To provide high quality technical SGBV support to the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners in MENA. The post holder will support IFRC MENA in developing SGBV & Covid-19 technical resources adapted to the MENA context and will provide support to Partner National Societies (PNSs) and Host National Societies on SGBV risk mitigation and integration in their Covid-19 response, business continuity plans and programs tackling the secondary effects of Covid-19.

The post-holder will also coordinate with PNSs, IFRC and ICRC on the BRC SGBV MENA file, ensuring that opportunities are identified, taken forward and maximized and that SGBV risk mitigation and SGBV activities are integrated into other sectors.

She/he will support BRC in developing its SGBV MENA Strategy and framework in coordination with RCRCM partners and will identify fundraising opportunities and lead on technical SGBV proposal development supporting BRC Country Managers. The SGBV Specialist will provide technical support to BRC programs in the region, ensuring SGBV mainstreaming in the various sectors of interventions (Livelihood, cash, health, protection) and advice on how to integrate SGBV components into BRC programs, particularly livelihood and Cash and Voucher Assistance.
Moreover, she/he will support IFRC Libya and the Libyan Red Crescent Society on the related component of the BRC supported protection program in addition to representing BRC in the RCRCM Libya Sub-Protection Working Group focused on integrating protection-related components into their Covid-19 response.
The SGBV Specialist will conduct SGBV assessments in the MENA region, conduct SGBV desk reviews and situational analysis, develop SGBV Guidance, SOPs, tools and training adapted to the MENA context and will facilitate SGBV capacity building for RCRCM partners, with a Covid-19 focus.

The role will provide specialist advice and technical support to strengthen/establish SGBV capacities, SGBV mainstreaming and SGBV Prevention and response interventions with relevant national societies. In particular, it is envisaged that this post will contribute to:

  • Building programme, country office and partners’ capacities on SGBV mainstreaming and SGBV prevention and response.
  • Building SGBV guidance and tools adapted to the MENA and County context

The SGBV Specialist will actively support staff in the implementation of programmes ensuring that interventions are in accordance with agreed standards, statutory obligations, donor requirements, partnership agreements and community-driven priorities.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support IFRC MENA on SGBV & Covid-19 (40%)
  • Support IFRC MENA on SGBV& Covid-19, working closely with IFRC MENA Protection, Gender and Inclusion (PGI) Officer and leading on the SGBV file of the PGI section;
  • Review the IFRC MENA EoPA SGBV related components and work with the team, supporting them to operalize it as requested and needed
  • Participate actively in RCRCM Covid-19 MENA coordination forum as needed and agreed with IFRC
  • Review Natioanl Societies, IFRC and Regional Covid-19 Response Plans, provide feedback, input and technical support related to the areas of expertise of SGBV including identifying entry points for SGBV related work
  • Review National Societies business continuity plans/operations and provide feedback and technical advice on mitigating SGBV risks related to Covid-19, Provide technical advice on how to adapt activities to address the needs of SGBV survivors in light of Covid-19 and provide guidance on integrating SGBV considerations and activities into the long-terms response of various sectors tackling secondary effects of Covid-19
  • Conduct rapid desk review and situational analysis of main SGBV risks related to Covid-19 in the MENA region and per Country (increase in SGBV as a result of the pandemic; barriers in accessing life-saving SGBV services related to Covid-19 etc)
  • Review Global SGBV & Covid-19 related guidance and tools(GBV AoR, IASC, RCRCM, GBV IMS and others) and support IFRC MENA in operationalize it as needed, adapting it to the MENA context including:
  • Integrating SGBV considerations into Contingency plans
  • SGBV Referral pathways
  • SGBV Risk mitigation measures into Covid-19 response programs
  • SGBV Key messages to be integrated into Risk Reduction and Community Engagement activities
  • Collaborate with IFRC CEA officer (currently seconded from BRC) integrating SGBV considerations and key messages into CEA and ensuring that CEA activities and information can reach SGBV survivors and persons at risk of SGBV
  • Creation and leading of a MENA SGBV RCRCM Network
  • Review and adaptat SGBV training modules for Covid-19 response in MENA, integrating SGBV into existing Covid-19 related trainings and facilitate trainings or training component on SGBV


  • Ensure regular communication with relevant BRC teams in Beirut and London offices.
  • Produce monthly SGBV MENA report and share it with the SGBV Advisor
  • Periodically develop evidence-based SGBV learnnings including best practices and lesson learned in MENA
  • Proactively engage with (support and learn from) other RCRCM SGBV colleagues
  • Ensure compliance with BRC relevant procedures, SOPs and guidelines.
  • Participate in relevant internal BRC meetings, development forums, workshops, courses, etc.
  • Be available and willing to carry out short missions to the MENA Region (e.g. Syria, Tunisia, Iraq, Yemen) as required (up to 30%) to conduct the above-mentioned tasks


  • University degree or humanitarian qualification in human rights/humanitarian law, international relations, gender, social work, psychology or other relevant field-Required


  • Relevant professional experience in GBV roles-Required
  • Experience working with and/or reporting to major donors-Preferred
  • Experience in humanitarian operations-Required
  • Experience in RC/RC movement-Preferred
  • Experience in working on protection and/or GBV in conflict-related and/or displacement contexts-Preferred
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating GBV-focussed programmes-Required
  • Substantial experience in providing technical advice on GBV programming-Required
  • Experience in designing and leading vulnerability and GBV needs assessments and needs analysis-Required
  • Experience in partnership development and relationship building with local partners
  • Substantial experience in GBV capacity-building, both face-to-face and remotely-Required
  • Experience in providing technical advice/ working on GBV& Livelihood/cash programs -Required
  •  Experience in providing technical advice/ working on GBV& MHPSS/Case Management programs-Required
  •  Experience in providing technical advice/ working on GBV& Health programs-Required
  •  Experience in supporting policy and advocacy work-Required
  •  Experience in developing and conducting research and learning on GBV-Required

Knowledge, skills and languages

  • Strong understanding of GBV issues within conflict and displacement settings in MENA and the general humanitarian sector-Required
  • Strong knowledge of GBV/Protection related Minimum Standards and International Commitments-Required
  • Good knowledge of GBV case management guidance's and practices-Required
  • Knowledge of working with the GBV Information Management System (GBV IMS)-Preferred
  • Understanding of International legal and policy framework on SGBV and MENA specific context-Required
  • Knowledge of diversity and inclusion issues-Preferred
  • Strong communication skills, including ability to prepare and present concise oral and written reports, briefings, updates and other documentation-Required
  • Strong capacity-building and training skills--Required
  • Teamwork & commitment to the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement; integrity & personal conduct; sensitivity to diversity; interpersonal skills; resilience; friendly.-Required
  • Have a positive attitude, proactive, resourceful, hardworking, trustworthy, mature and able to maintain confidentiality at all times-Required
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure-Required
  • Planning and analytical skills, with proven problem solving experience-Required
  • Self-sufficient in computers (particularly Excel, Word, Sharepoint)-Required
  • Ability to establish priorities, plan, coordinate, implement and monitor work plans
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and diplomatic skills to influence long-term change and help collaborative working relationships with partners across the RCRCM (including ICRC, IFRC, National Societies) and beyond-Required
  • Strong organisational skills including accuracy, consistency and flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances-Required


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