REGA GBV Prevention Specialist (Men & Boys) UNFPA Nairobi, Kenya P3/P4 NORCAP

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

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Women and girls around the world are disproportionately affected by gender-based violence due in large part to gender inequalities manifested through harmful masculinities. The scale of male perpetrated violence against women is enormous, and the impact is far-reaching. While violence against women and girls take various forms in different communities and countries, it stems from gender inequality and the patriarchal norms and beliefs that shape how individuals and groups are socialized. These cultural norms – and the institutional structures and every day practices that result from them – lead to gender-based violence.[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]

Women and girls exposed to violence throughout their life cycle have lower education, health and economic outcomes. Research indicates that engaging men and boys is an integral pathway to bring about positive changes for women and girls. There is now a growing body of successful male engagement approaches that have been largely implemented in development contexts. However, there are very few documented examples of large scale engagement of men and boys as agents of change in humanitarian settings, and even fewer instances of clear strategies that reflect a gender-transformative approach to the prevention and response to GBV. Working with men and boys in humanitarian crises can also present opportunities for reflection on negative patterns and behaviors.

It is against this backdrop that the GBV AoR is recruiting a Regional Emergency GBV Specialist (REGS) who will focus on developing a gender-transformative, multi-systems approach to engaging/involving men and boys in the prevention of GBV that is accountable to the feminist perspective and the women’s rights movement. The Specialist will join the GBV AoR’s multi-disciplinary team based in Nairobi, Kenya. The REGS will carry out her/his duties in consultation with the REGA team lead. The REGS will report to the REGA team lead for supervision and liaise with the global GBV AoR team to ensure that GBV AoR resources are utilised in a coherent, collaborative and effective way and draws on existing training materials, GBV IM tools, remote support and guidance. This position is a regional post that will have a global impact. Therefore, the candidate is expected to develop tools and approaches that could potentially be rolled out in other regions.

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The Specialist on men and boys will be expected to co-lead the “intersectionality” pillar of the Regional GBV Working Group for East and Southern Africa as well as provide remote and in-country support to countries in the region, especially those that are part of the IASC cluster system, including on GBV AoR guidance on establishing inclusive referral pathways. The Specialist will develop the capacity of regional, national, and local actors to engage/involve men and boys through supporting the development of prevention tools and capacity building initiatives; to provide field teams and GBV sub clusters coordinators with the tools and skills necessary to promote responsible approaches to women and girls and for the emergence of transformative changes. The REGS will support national, regional and global level advocacy efforts to increase visibility and engage in resource mobilization to sustain evidence-based interventions.


Advocacy and Resource Mobilization

[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1250″ title=”Display Ads”]Support inter-agency GBV prevention and response advocacy and resource mobilisation efforts; engage with and present evidence to the regional donor group on the need to fund gender-transformative prevention actions, identify other regional entry points through which to promote GBV prevention and risk mitigation.
Lead consultations on behalf of global GBV AoR to understand evidence-based approaches to gender-transformative prevention activities that are being used in other regions and their impact; explore how these approaches can be used in humanitarian contexts; consult with frontline GBV service providers in humanitarian contexts to better understand their perceptions and expectations around engagement with men and boys
Develop a theory of change model that will serve as the foundation for the identification and/or development of a gender-transformative multi-systems approach to engaging and involving men and boys in GBV prevention in humanitarian settings that is accountable to the feminist perspective and women’s rights movement.
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Coordination Participation

Support country level coordination mechanisms to actively integrate gender-transformative actions throughout their sector response plans that will lead to longer-term prevention outcomes
Work closely with priority clusters such as Education and Health to integrate gender-transformative activities into their HRPs and other strategic documents to mitigate and prevent acts of violence, promoting increased access to education and better health outcomes among women and girls. For example, engage with education colleagues to integrate social and behavioural change communication frameworks during the development of curriculums, when establishing learning spaces and within school-based forums. Schools are a widely recognized entry point for changing the violent social norms of children and adolescents.
Co-lead the “intersectionality” pillar of the Regional GBV Working Group; continue to recruit organizations that represent a broad range of stakeholders such as Men Engage and Promundo; oversee the implementation of the annual work plan among other activities
Capacity Building

Conduct and support capacity building activities, that targets specifically GBV coordinators and GBV sub-cluster/working group member organisations with a focus on local and civil society organisations, to ensure adherence to global guidance and ethical standards and country take up of the GBV AoR Coordination Handbook, the GBV AoR Global Minimum Standards, and ensuring country coordinators are aware of other global GBV AoR resources, such as the Helpdesk and Community of Practice. The aim of this capacity building is for GBV coordinators and local partners at national and sub-national level to have strengthened capacity to deliver gender-transformative functions of coordination and minimum deliverables, ultimately leading to an effective, timely and life-saving multi-sectoral prevention and response strategy
Communicate global discussions or initiatives on male engagement/involvement and how these can be leveraged by country actors
Develop, lead or support regional-level inter-agency trainings to address capacity gaps as applicable to the context, including but not limited to conducting mappings of gender-transformative prevention activities, establishing inclusive referral pathways, and developing SOPs around the engagement and involvement of men and boys while still prioritizing the needs of women and girls.
Strengthen capacity of GBV Sub Cluster or Working Group Coordinators to successfully lead their members in the implementation of gender transformative prevention activities through mentoring and coaching, including in non-emergency times.
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Knowledge Management

Actively share regional good practices with country level actors, and ensure that global guidance reflects field challenges and good practice, and the take up of global resources at country level.
Maintain a regional repository of all REGA documents, including mission reports, training tools, HPC documents, tools and examples
Support the development of global and regional technical guidance based on experiences and promising practices from country programs, and also propose and measure updates of existing tools and GBV AoR resources.
Support the development of tools to assist countries in knowledge management, particularly monitoring and evaluation tools that can measure the short, medium, and long term impact of the proposed prevention activities.


Core Competencies

[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]Demonstrates knowledge of the GBV Guiding Principles, the survivor-centred approach, and the feminist approach to reaching gender equality
Clear understanding of gender-transformative approaches to engaging/involving men and boys in GBV prevention that are accountable to the feminist perspective and women’s rights movement.
Strong background in training and learning techniques, including the ability to create a learning environment, implement an interactive and experiential learning process, and turn difficult moments into learning opportunities.
Professional Competencies

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Understands and can implement multi-sectoral prevention programs within the humanitarian architecture that
Demonstrated knowledge of coordination of GBV in multiple emergency settings, including roles of coordinators, government, key actors
Excellent understanding of IASC humanitarian architecture and global GBV initiatives.
Can locate and apply key GBV resources
Understands and uses participatory approaches to engaging with and mobilizing communities
Provides strategic planning and funding appeals for GBV prevention
Conducts Advocacy on behalf of GBV programming and survivors
Ability to mainstream gender-transformative prevention and risk mitigation measures throughout other clusters
Understands basics and conducts ethical safe assessments, data collection, and information-sharing
Facilitates a collaborative culture to promote coordination
Fluency in English Language – essential
Knowledge of a local language, or second UN working language – desired
Behavioural Competencies

Able to adapt and cope to high-stressful and pressure situations
Gender and GBV sensitive
Fosters effective communication[wbcr_html_snippet id=”1252″ title=”In- Article Ads”]
Excellent interpersonal skills – including, but not limited to, fostering effective communication and maintaining a positive and professional attitude.
Sensitivity to political and cultural contexts and dynamics and ability to communicate strategically with humanitarian leadership
Ability to share successes, and take a less visible leadership role, in order to promote the ownership and leadership of GBV actors in the region, including governments.

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