Duration: 364 days (Temporary Appointment)
The SRH and GBV Integration Specialist will be based in Cox’s Bazar. Under the overall guidance of the Head of Sub-Office in Cox’s Bazar, he/she will directly report to the Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) Team Leader.
How you can make a difference:
UNFPA is the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, taking the lead in delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s current strategic plan (2018-2021) focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
UNFPA recruits principled and ethical staff with a firm belief in and commitment to upholding human rights and gender equality, who embody UN international norms and standards, and who will defend these diplomatically and courageously.
UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results and who are true team workers; we recruit staff who are transparent, exceptional in how resources entrusted to us are managed, and are committed to delivering excellence in programme results.
The unprecedented level of the influx of Rohingya refugees seeking refuge in Bangladesh from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State since 25 August 2017, led to the new arrival of over 850,000 Rohingya refugees staying in Cox’s Bazar district (according to the Inter Sectoral Coordination Group). More than half of these new arrivals were women and girls. Refugees, especially women and girls were disproportionately affected by many forms and patterns of GBV including rape, conflict-related sexual violence, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, child and forced marriages, sexual exploitation, survival sex, and forced engagement in drug and sex trade.
There are significant safety and security concerns for women and girls in the camps due to the numerous challenges they face in their daily lives. Just moving in public to access water points, latrines, bathing areas and safe spaces puts them at risk. Women and girls lack adequate clothing and personal dignity items which also increases risk. Furthermore, overcrowding and limited privacy across all refugee sites elevates safety and security risks. Many Rohingya refugee family units are female-headed (up to one in five), leading to greater vulnerability. In addition, the burden of care women assume for children and others can make it difficult for them to take proper care of themselves, women often neglect their own needs as they care for their families and neighbours. UNFPA estimates that approximately more than 2000 will face life-threatening complications from pregnancy requiring accessible health facilities in order to save lives
In response to this, UNFPA is supporting 23 Women Friendly Spaces (WFS), and 35 SRH (sexual and reproductive health) facilities (government and NGO run). At the health facilities UNFPA has deployed 114 licensed midwives and supplied essential commodities to support implementation of comprehensive SRH services. At the WFS, over 65 case workers are trained to offer specialized case management services for survivors of GBV, provide psychosocial support activities, disseminate key information to enable women and girls’ access to services, and awareness raising sessions for women and girls at risk of GBV. Recently UNFPA has introduced case workers in to the health facilities to ensure all women seeking SRH have access to GBV awareness and response. In addition, midwives will be placed at the WFS to provide health education as well as family planning and clinical management of rape services.
Under the overall supervision of Head of Sub Office in Cox’s Bazar and direct supervision by the SRH Team lead; under the framework of both SRH and GBV guidelines, the SRH and GBV Integration Specialist will oversee the integration process of SRH and GBV into project activities and ensure that improved and expanded services addressing sexual and reproductive health and the needs of women to prevent and respond to GBV are successfully integrated.
Qualifications and Experience
Advanced university degree master’s in Gender studies, Psychology, Midwifery, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, or other relevant Social Sciences.
Knowledge and Experience:
• At least 5 years of relevant experience in integration of SRH/GBViE program development and management, preferably in an emergency context, particularly implementing the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) and GBViE programming.
• Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response.
• Leadership and management experience within a multinational and multicultural environment.
• Ability to develop and coordinate SRH/GBViE programs that target refugees, IDPs/returnees and their host communities.
Fluency in English is required; knowledge of other official UN languages is preferable.