Job Description

Candidates must be Malawian nationals.

Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS, UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.1). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

In line with the RALS, the below category of candidates are eligible to apply for internally/externally advertised vacancies.

Group 1 candidates: Current NPO staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment are eligible to apply to advertised positions in the NPO category at their personal grade and one grade below or above, as Group 1 candidates External candidates: All other candidates are eligible to apply to positions in the NPO category as external candidates, including GS staff members holding a university degree and fulfilling eligibility requirements, regardless of grade or length of service, who may apply to any vacant NPO position in their country of assignment for which they qualify. External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position.

Assistant SGBV Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Assistant SGBV Officer supports the operations¿ efforts to fulfil UNHCR¿s mandate and associated obligations on SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response based on policy and guidance.

The Assistant SGBV Officer is part of the protection team normally reports to a higher-grade SGBV or protection staff or the Head of Office.

S/he works directly with communities and persons of concern to identify the risks and ensure the implementation of a community and rights-based approach. The incumbent plans and undertakes quality, timely and effective Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) prevention and response in line with UNHCR¿s policy and guidance on SGBV, in an age, gender and diversity inclusive manner as well as in line with survivor-centred approach. The incumbent works closely with programme and other team members to design Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) prevention and response programs, SGBV being a key protection concern. S/he provides technical advice to other technical units to support SGBV mainstreaming throughout the operation.  S/he is required to lead and strengthen the coordination with inter-agency partners, government authorities and persons of concern at the field. The incumbent contributes to the development of action plans and SOPs, Capacity Building and organizing SGBV workshops for a range of audiences including partners, authorities and persons of concern. The incumbent will contribute to reviewing the current SGBV prevention and response framework on the ground to identify critical gaps to be filled.

The incumbent may supervise some support staff.

S/he also ensures that persons of concern, in particular women and girls, are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties - Function as the SGBV focal point for the area of responsibility and coordinate implementation of SGBV programmes for the operation.

- Liaise with relevant local authorities and other UN agencies to shape and enhance the related working groups as well as technical meetings.

- Provide Technical Support and guidance to operational and implementing partners to ensure good quality implementation of projects in line with the operations SGBV Strategy and global GBV minimum standards.

- Ensure monthly reporting, including GBVIMS and proGres v4 statistics with trends which informs policy, projects development.

- Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.

- Promote mainstreaming of Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) across all sectors and activities such as health, safety and security, psychosocial and legal shelter, WASH, and Energy and coordinate with Programme and Protection sections to ensure that SGBV risk mitigation is incorporated in activities of partners in all sectors.

- Provide technical guidance on integration of the survivor-centred approach into PSEA complaints mechanisms and enhance access of SEA survivors to existing SGBV services.

- Support the integration of SGBV risk mitigation into the role of UNHCR staff across all sectors - Support the initial needs/gaps and capacity assessments on SGBV in close coordination with any on-going joint/common assessments being conducted in the early stages of an emergency response while ensuring compliance with ethical standards for data collection related to SGBV.

- Provide support to include SGBV prevention and response programming in Humanitarian Action plans while providing guidance to other sectors for the inclusion of SGBV risk mitigation into their plans.

- Contribute to the planning and monitoring for multi-sectoral SGBV programming using the Results Framework and Focus in close collaboration with Programme and different sectors.

- Contribute to strengthening of SGBV coordination mechanisms throughout the operation.

- Contribute to establishment and/or strengthening of new strategic and innovative partnerships for SGBV both with community-based, women-led, local, national, and international organizations.

- Provide support in Mapping existing services to address SGBV in the various affected areas, including identifying community capacities and structures for potential partnership.

- Advocate with senior management in UNHCR and other partners, to ensure prioritization of SGBV prevention and response as a life-saving response.

- Monitor SGBV programs implemented by UNHCR and partners (both implementing and operational) and adjust programming as required.

- Monitor the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and global standards within all SGBV programs, including SGBV case management.

- Contribute to the identification of durable solutions for persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.

- Implement capacity-building activities for all actors, persons of concern, service providers including relevant Government institutions and NGOs to strengthen the prevention and response to SGBV as well as risk mitigation thus contributing  to enhance the overall protection situation.

- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology,         Law,         or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Not specified Relevant Job Experience Essential Minimum 1 year of previous work experience relevant to the function of SGBV in an international context, preferably in the field and having experience in the field of SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response, broader protection or social work involving empowerment of women and girls, gender, Child Protection, mental health, counselling and working with survivors, humanitarian and development issues. Applied experience in survivor-centred approach, SGBV guiding and case management principles related to SGBV programs. Demonstrated knowledge in gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and apply, promote and integrate gender Analysis into humanitarian programming. Demonstrated knowledge of and implementation of multi-sectorial responses to SGBV and support to other sectors to mainstream SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response. Demonstrated knowledge and application of SGBV prevention theory and appropriate SGBV prevention and behaviour change strategies at different stages of the humanitarian response. Knowledge and demonstrated use of UNHCR and Interagency SGBV tools and Guidance.

Desirable Demonstrated understanding of critical issues around SGBV data and knowledge of safe and ethical data collection and analysis and conducting assessments. Demonstrated knowledge of engagement with SGBV Interagency humanitarian architecture. Knowledge and experience of participatory approaches to engaging with and mobilizing communities Good understanding of displacement and protection issues including, child protection, education and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

Functional Skills IT-Computer Literacy PR-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Coordination & Projects Management PR-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Prevention, risk mitigation and response programming PR-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Capacity Development and training PR-Refugee Women issues PR-Interviewing and counselling refugees/Asylum Seekers and in individual case management PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) TR-Training/Coaching/Facilitation (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Core Competencies: - Accountability - Communication - Organizational Awareness - Teamwork & Collaboration - Commitment to Continuous Learning - Client & Result Orientation Managerial Competencies - Empowering and Building Trust - Judgement and Decision Making Cross-Functional Competencies - Analytical Thinking - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution - Planning and Organizing Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.

Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org Submission of Applications: Interested internal candidates need apply through MSRP ¿ Self-Service ¿ Recruiting Activities ¿ Careers (please search by JO number or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply. Please consult the attached documents for further guidance on how to update the personal profile.

Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter.  For technical issues with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website.  https://www.unhcr.org/careers.html ¿ Careers ¿ Career opportunities ¿ Other Opportunities ¿ Vacancies ¿ sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.

Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.

Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms gender, disability, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General¿s Office (IGO) at inspector@unhcr.org or through the online complain form at https://www.unhcr.org/php/complaints.php or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled ¿Online VA Query-your name and surname¿. Human Resources Lilongwe  MLWLIHR@UNHCR.ORG Main issues relating to Gender Inequality and GBV in the refugee setting in Malawi include under-reporting of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (GBV) most notably at reception facilities and border entry points in the Northern region of Malawi. UNHCR has endeavoured each year to improve its ability to collect information on GBV incidents, this has resulted in an average increase of 45% the number of incidents reported between 2017 and 2020. Although the annual increase in reported incidents indicates UNHCR¿s awareness raising efforts have had significant impact, under-reporting still remains a challenge.

One explanation for prevalence, and under-reporting of GBV in Malawi, is that many of its forms are behaviour that are normally to be considered as harmful cultural practices from the very early age of population of concern. While Community Based Protection Approach is adopted in the Malawi operation, however meaningful participation of women and girls is limited. Women and girls among the refugee population do not feel empowered enough to be active members of the community. That is women from some tribes of the Democratic Republic of Congo are not culturally allowed to speak against men and report incidents of violence. Response services are also challenged by inadequate services provision due to limited resources. It is also important to note that GBV issues are overwhelmingly resolved by traditional leaders without consideration of national laws which criminalize all forms of violence including rape and child defilement.

Given the context described above, the forms of GBV most documented in refugee camp in Malawi are rape, child defilement, sexual assault, physical assault, denial of resources opportunity, forced marriage, child marriage, survival sex. Most of the incidents happened in the context of intimate relationships and perpetrators were known to the survivors. Reported incidents of rape and child defilements were not high, however given the social stigma associated with sexual violence (the survivor is often blamed for reporting of GBV cases) as well as the prevailing impunity (often the traditional resolution of  rape and child defilement cases is to marry off the survivor to the perpetrator), is likely that such cases are under-reported.

COVID 19 Pandemic has only served to exacerbate GBV especially with regard to adolescent girls see an increase in child marriage and early pregnancies.

The Assistant SGBV Officer supports the operations¿ efforts to fulfil UNHCR¿s mandate and associated obligations on SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response based on policy and guidance.

The Assistant SGBV Officer is part of the protection team normally reports to a higher-grade SGBV or protection staff or the Head of Office.

S/he works directly with communities and persons of concern to identify the risks and ensure the implementation of a community and rights-based approach. The incumbent plans and undertakes quality, timely and effective Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) prevention and response in line with UNHCR¿s policy and guidance on SGBV, in an age, gender and diversity inclusive manner as well as in line with survivor-centred approach. The incumbent works closely with programme and other team members to design Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) prevention and response programs, SGBV being a key protection concern. S/he provides technical advice to other technical units to support SGBV mainstreaming throughout the operation.  S/he is required to lead and strengthen the coordination with inter-agency partners, government authorities and persons of concern at the field. The incumbent contributes to the development of action plans and SOPs, capacity building and organizing SGBV workshops for a range of audiences including partners, authorities and persons of concern. The incumbent will contribute to reviewing the current SGBV prevention and response framework on the ground to identify critical gaps to be filled.

The incumbent may supervise some support staff.

S/he also ensures that persons of concern, in particular women and girls, are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

The closing date for submission of applications is 22 March 2020 midnight Geneva time.

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