Vacancy Announcement - GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator, UNFPA South Sudan

UNFPA South Sudan is seeking applications for an International consultancy for the position of GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator

Purpose of Consultancy:

By 2019, the conflict in South Sudan has entered its sixth year. The humanitarian crisis has continued to intensify and expand. The compounding effects of widespread violence and sustained economic decline have further diminished the capacity of people to face threats to their health, safety, and livelihoods. The spread of the crisis to new areas, bringing shocks such as disease outbreaks and the breakdown of markets, has compromised critical services to people in need of assistance and protection, who now number over 7 million.

The number of people uprooted since the start of the conflict in 2013 has reached over 4 million, including 1.9 million internally displaced people. Violence and rights violations continue unchecked and have become a persistent reality for civilians. Internally displaced people’s access to services has been eroded with insecurity and economic decline. Rape and other gender-based violence is pervasive but goes largely unreported

Sustained economic freefall has undermined people’s access to basic resources. The cost of living has continued to escalate markedly, with the South Sudan annual Consumer Price Index increasing by 165 per cent from August 2016 to August 2017. The effects are particularly acute in urban areas, with inflation skyrocketing every day.

Scope of Work:

Under the overall supervision of the UNFPA CO Representative and direct supervision of Deputy Representative, the incumbent operates within the Country Office Humanitarian Unit and works collaboratively with the UNFPA Emergency Coordinator and other colleagues within the unit to facilitate and coordinate Inter-agency multi-sectoral GBV in emergency interventions in South Sudan . The incumbent will coordinate a range of organisations and actors from the displaced and host communities, NGOs, government partners, UN agencies, and other national and international organisations. The GBV sub-cluster Coordinator’s duties include building and sustaining partnerships, coordination, strategic planning, capacity development, advocacy, and information management. The GBV sub-cluster Coordinator will use the IASC’s Guidelines for Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action: Reducing Risk, Promoting Resilience, and Aiding Recovery, the GBV Area of Responsibility’s GBV Coordination Handbook , UNFPA’s Managing GBV Programmes in Emergencies Guide and Minimum Standards for Addressing GBV in Emergencies to facilitate planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of inter-agency GBV initiatives.


Building and Sustaining Partnerships:

Facilitate inter-agency, multi-sectoral GBV coordination through the GBV Sub cluster at national and sub-national levels. Promote, respect and ensure that the Principles of Partnership are reflected in the day-to-day ** work of the GBV sub-cluster.

  • Ensure result-oriented, two-way communication channels between national and sub-national GBV coordination groups to ensure a standardized response to GBV.
  • Proactively engage with all relevant stakeholders to ensure coordination bodies reflect the range of actors addressing GBV, including across multiple sectors (health, psychosocial, legal, security, etc.) and categories of actors (UN, NGO, civil society, government, etc.). As feasible, engage UN missions which may be active in addressing GBV, including but not limited to ensuring inter-agency inputs to the annual S-G’s report on conflict-related sexual violence.
  • Regularly represent the GBV sub-cluster in Protection Cluster meetings, OCHA-led meetings (e.g. around the development of the Humanitarian Response Plan or for Inter-Cluster Coordination), and other relevant meetings, including those called by the Humanitarian Coordinator.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other clusters/working groups such as the Health Cluster, Child Protection Sub-Cluster, Shelter Cluster, Food Security Cluster, Education Cluster, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Working Group, etc. to ensure integration of GBV-related action in their Cluster plans and to advocate for joint awareness-raising for non-GBV specialists.
  • Advocate with donors and mobilize resources for inter-agency GBV prevention and response in line with GBV sub-cluster work plan and SRP. As necessary, leverage resources within UNFPA to support inter-agency GBV activities under the Sub-Cluster.
  • In consultation with non-governmental GBV actors and national civil society, identify appropriate mechanisms for working with and collaborating with national authorities on GBV issues.

Strategic Planning

  • Facilitate the establishment of Standard Operating Procedures, initially emphasizing the development of referral pathways in advance of full SOP completion. Regularly review and revisit SOPs at strategic points throughout the crisis response.
  • In collaboration with national and international GBV actors, map current institutional response capacities, including facilitating mapping of GBV-specific 3Ws.
  • Lead a process to develop a realistic, evidence-based multi-sectoral and inter-agency prevention and response plan. Promote engagement of a range of sectors and ensure realistic benchmarks and timelines for achieving set objectives. Regularly monitor progress against the plan during coordination meetings. Allow space for new actors to engage with the plan throughout the crisis response. Work with partners to continually identify response gaps in line with a proposed work plan (including geographic coverage and programmatic scope) and seek solutions to fill gaps. Advocate with UNFPA as sub-cluster lead to address gaps not yet filled by partners.

Capacity Development

  • Work with partners to develop an inter-agency GBV capacity development strategy that meets the needs and priorities of key national and local stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of the agreed work plan.
  • Revise existing training materials according to the local context and ensure partners’ access to relevant training sessions.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of sub-cluster members on planning and to respond to GBV in emergencies and on safe and ethical GBV information management.
  • Ensure all GBV sub-cluster partners and others are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards, and other resource materials (go to for the latest information).


  • Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents to address GBV in the context of broader gender inequality issues.
  • Promote awareness of national laws and policies that inform action to address GBV.

Information Management

  • In line with WHO’s Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Researching, Documenting and Monitoring Sexual Violence in Emergencies:
  • Engage in robust analyses of available secondary data to ensure readily-available information on known trends and patterns on GBV for inclusion at relevant points along the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, including the MIRA.
  • Consolidate existing assessments on the GBV situation and/or work with relevant agencies, the displaced and host populations to conduct relevant participatory analyses of GBV.
  • Undertake new assessment missions as necessary/appropriate to determine the magnitude and scope of GBV and identify strategic inter-sectoral approaches for addressing it.
  • Work with the GBV coordination groups to adopt a standardized GBV incident report/intake form and other relevant forms as necessary. Train partner organizations and other sectors in the use of this form with particular emphasis to the Guiding Principles for Working with GBV Survivors and in line with the GBV Information Management System (GBVIMS).
  • If necessary, develop monthly report formats that capture relevant information and that support the analysis and evaluation of program progress and outcomes.
  • Document best practices and approaches for responding to issues of GBV to deepen the knowledge base among relevant partners.
  • Prepare regular analytical reports on emerging issues.

Administrative and Miscellaneous Duties

  • Write monthly reports documenting progress against work plan outputs. Carry out any other duties as may be required by the Country Representative, Deputy Representative or the Humanitarian Team Leader


Duration of Assignment: Six (6) months

Starting: August 2019

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered (e.g. electronic, hard copy etc.):*

  • An electronic copy of the final assessment report with recommendations.

Monitoring and progress control, including reporting requirements, periodicity format and deadline:

  • UNFPA will be responsible to monitor Consultant’s work based on the agreed work plan and agreed deliverables.
  • The final deliverables will be submitted to UNFPA on the last day of the consultancy

Supervisory arrangements:

  • Reports to the Deputy Representative

Expected travel:

  • In the field locations

Required expertise, qualifications and competencies, including language requirements:

  • Advanced degree in social work or other social sciences, public health, community health, international relations, international law, human rights or related field.
  • 7-10 years of experience working on gender-based violence, of which four are at the international level, preferably in a humanitarian context.
  • Experience Coordinating GBV sub cluster in a complex humanitarian context, especially in Africa is a plus.
  • Experience leading inter-agency coordination mechanisms with a wide range of stakeholders. Demonstrable knowledge of the critical components to facilitate effective inter-agency coordination. Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of how GBV manifests in humanitarian settings and ability to describe context-specific prevention and response actions
  • Demonstrable knowledge of humanitarian emergency operations, including the Cluster System and HPC, and roles/responsibilities of key humanitarian actors.
  • Experience designing and managing GBV programmes in an NGO (recommended).
  • Proficiency in English and in other official languages or the UN required/desirable.

Applicants are kindly requested to send their applications to [email protected] by COB 02 August 2019 . Applications received after this date will not be considered.

All applications should be clearly marked with subject line Consultancy - GBV Sub-cluster Coordinator, South Sudan”.

Applications will be short-listed on the basis of relevant qualifications and work experience. Due to the large number of applications received for UNFPA South Sudan vacancies, only applicants short-listed will be contacted.

General Information:

UNFPA is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staffs and encourages applications from qualified female candidates and persons with disabilities.

UNFPA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNFPA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNFPA jobs.

UNFPA has zero tolerance of sexual abuse, abuse of authority and exploitation. The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.