The Protection Associate (SGBV) (Sexual and Gender-Based Violence) reports to the Protection Officer. He/she monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff.
The Protection Associate (SGBV) is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (children, women, survivors of SGBV, including men and boys) and identify opportunities to mainstream SGBV protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.
The Protection Associate (SGBV) also ensures that persons of concern under area of responsibility 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.
3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
• Assist the Protection Officer in the preparations and holdings of the coordination meetings of the SGBV sub-working group (and/or Protection Working Group) or support follow-up required within GBV sub-clusters chaired by other organizations.
• Support the development and strengthening of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with comprehensive referral mechanism for response services through a consultative process with NGOs and community groups;
o Support the development of coordination tools such as referral pathways;
• Conduct mapping and maintain a “who, what where” matrix of existing services to address SGBV, including community capacities and structures;
• Contribute to safety audits and other relevant assessments.
• Contribute to support other sectors/units on SGBV risk mitigation under overall guidance of Protection officer. Contribute to the design of SGBV prevention, risk mitigation and response interventions.
• Support in providing technical guidance to partners and government counterparts on SGBV minimum standards under overall direction of the supervisor.
• Contribute to SGBV partners’ monitoring by undertaking regular field visits and drafting monitoring reports; Provide inputs to donor reports;
• Provide SGBV case management services for survivors at high risk and/or other complex cases (if relevant in operation) and follow-up with other units/partners as relevant;
• Ensure technical supervision of UNHCR staff providing SGBV case management (including coaching and implementation of staff care strategies);
• Support SGBV capacity building initiatives, including on SGBV safe disclosure and referrals.
• Ensure the wishes of survivors are prioritized as per the survivor-centred approach.
• Assist to enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures for SGBV as well as the SGBV minimum standards and Guiding Principles.
• Assist the operation in developing/ strengthening and implementing a country/ location specific Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) strategy is in line with UNHCR guidelines and updated global SGBV strategy. The SGBV strategy should be part of the operation’s Protection & Solutions Strategy;
• Establish and/or strengthen strategic and innovative partnerships for SGBV with community-based, local, national, and international organizations;
• 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 programming is incorporated in partner agreements in all sectors;
• Support the operation in conducting assessments and safety audits on SGBV in coordination with other units and other agencies;
• Strengthen and lead SGBV coordination mechanisms in refugee contexts or, in the context of IDPs, support the Sub-cluster SGBV coordination structure;
• Support SGBV data management (collection, storage, analysis and sharing) in line with safety and ethical standards.
o Contribute to effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
o Prepare regular consolidated reports on the progress, challenges, gaps and recommendations on SGBV prevention and response;
o Contribute to analysis of SGBV trends and gaps, including by assisting with drafting briefing notes and analytical reports.
• Conduct training on basic elements of SGBV prevention and response, the design of SGBV programmes and coordination mechanisms;
• Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
• Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
• Provide advice on SGBV issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
• Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
• Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
• Perform other related duties as required.