Gender Based Violence in Emergency Officer
Job Advert: Gender Based Violence in Emergency Officer (16925)
Plan International is an independent non-profit development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
In order to support our Emergency Response program in Maroua we are recruiting a GBV Officer.
Given the current humanitarian crisis in the Far-North Region of Cameroon Plan International is engaged in providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, protection, education and psychosocial support. Its operations are implemented in key sectors of Child Protection, Education, WASH, NFIs, Livelihood and Food Assistance and in coordination with all other humanitarian institutions.
Thanks to the financial support of UNHCR, the NGO will implement in 2017 a project in the sectors of environment protection, child protection, livelihood and education. Under this project, this position is responsible for the implementation of sub-sector of Gender Based Violence activities.
DIMENSION OF THE ROLE:
Under the CPiE Coordinator, the GBV Officer will among many other tasks perform the following:
- Contribute to the review, assess and update of the child protection and Gender Based Violence situation in the Far North.
- In collaboration with CPIE coordinator, support to conduct issue specific or general needs assessments as necessary, and contribute to assessments in other sectors.
- Organize and support the community partners involved in the recovery process.
- Support potential partnerships identification to implement Gender Based Violence recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.
- Contribute in the process of mapping of institutional response capacities to Gender Based Violence in the Far North
- Participate in the data collect with Plan management for the writing of concept papers, proposals and budgets for Gender Based Violence activities.
- Contribute to ensure that issues of gender, education, DRR, conflict sensitivity and Plan’s guidelines and international Child protection standards are considered in the data collect for the program design.
Response Management and Implementation
- Ensure effective presence of all Community Relays in Women Cohesion Space (WCS);
- Update inventory of WCS materials and report on need for additional items;
- Conduct educational sessions with groups of men and women in the refugee and IDPs sites;
- Ensure with GBV field Officer the implementation of life skills activities with youth groups (girls and boys) in the refugee and host Communities;
- Support organization of raising awareness activities by WCS Community Relays for refugee and children from Host Communities;
- Organize the implementation of Gender Based Violence sensitization campaigns with children and Women in the refugee site;
- Animate listening spaces for girls and women;
- Ensure vulnerable and abuse cases are properly referred to the competent humanitarian actors.
- Ensure the follow up of activities of Gender Based Violence Committees and of Community Relays on the basis on various action plan.
- Organize the work at the Mokolo Office as the donors required.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning
- Make frequent field visits in the refugee camp, and in host communities to ensure and monitor implementation of activities, identify and report to CPiE Coordinator opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed
- Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of Plan Gender Based Violence activities and draft recommendations for improved program design.
- Ensure good follow up of all referred cases and report accordingly;
- Ensure child protection policy of Plan International Cameroon is respected and all concerns reported.
- Collect data and reports from the Social Workers and prepare and submit on weekly to CPIE Coordinator the Reports of activities.
Information and Co-ordination
- Contribute in the reporting of Gender Based Violence activities as per donor and programme requirements, particularly in the UNHCR Project implementation. Provide regular updates to CPIE Coordinator on activities implementation.
- Represent Plan in Gender Based Violence Sub-Working group coordination meeting mechanisms.
Human Resources and Administration
- Supervise the GBV Field Officer and ensure strong coordination of Social workers, the animators of Women Cohesion Spaces and Community workers.
- Participate in the training and briefing of Social Workers, animators of WCS and Community workers and other key stakeholders on Gender Based Violence and/or related issues.
Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
- Be a holder of GCE Advanced Level or BAC.
- Be able to speak one of the local languages mostly the Fulfulde, Haoussa, Kanuri language.
- At least 01 year practical working experience in emergency or with a developing organization.
- Practical and relevant experience of operating in emergency.
- Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards is an asset.
- Demonstrable technical expertise in Gender Based Violence and child protection activities implementation.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Experience in the Far North of Cameroon is an asset.
- Team player
- Highly effective networking and inter-personal skills
- Timely and effective delivery of project activities and other outputs (reports, etc.)
- Commitment to child protection, gender equality and participation
- Demonstrate ability to assess best practice, document and disseminate lessons learned
- Excellent computer skills (Microsoft office including words, excel, power point, internet etc);
- Ability to network with grassroots structures
- Willingness to travel at short notice and be flexible to changing circumstances.
- Proven competence in working with separated and unaccompanied children, case management,
- Skills in participatory assessment.
- Communication Skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of PLAN.
- Commitment and adherence to humanitarian values and standards,
- Aware of own strengths, weaknesses and pro-active in using feedback and self-development
- Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to PLAN's core values and humanitarian principles
- Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
- Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to make accurate self-assessment particularly in high stress and high security contexts.
- Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive under pressure.
- Preparedness to live and work in uncertain security environments.
Physical Environment and Demands:
May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.
- Work intensively in the field: The Gender Based Violence officer will spend at least 80% of his time on the field in the context of the implementation and monitoring of activities.
- Periods of intense work at all times of day.
- Working in multiple locations and on the move.
To apply for this job, kindly click on "Apply". Your application should include:
- A covering letter
- A comprehensive CV including details of two referees, one of whom should be your current of most recent supervisor
Location: Maroua Program Unit – CAMEROON
Closing date: 31st, January 2017
Plan International Cameroon operates in an equal opportunity environment and actively encourages diversity. Only applications received in French or English will be treated and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Plan international has a child protection and gender equality policies that are integral part of the recruitment process.
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