Gender Based Violence (GBV) Officer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Gender Based Violence (GBV) Officer

Job Requisition ID: JR2315775
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Grade: PR3
Family Type (not applicable for home-based): Non Family with Residential Location
Staff Member / Affiliate Type: Professional
Target Start Date: 2023-03-24

Standard Job Description

  • Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
  • The GBV Officer is a member of the Protection Team in a Regional Bureau or a Country Office and normally reports to the Senior GBV Officer or the Senior Community-Based Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer or the Head of Sub-Office or the Assistant Representative for protection. In smaller offices, the post may report directly to the Representative.
  • The GBV Officer supports the operations¿ efforts to fulfil UNHCR¿s mandate and associated obligations on GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response based on policy and guidance.
  • S/he collaborates closely with the UNHCR management and the Protection team in the country and strengthens working relations with other agencies involved in GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response.
  • The incumbent will maintain a close working relationship with the Bureau and the Division of International Protection for system-wide coherence.
  • 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.

Implementation of UNHCR’s Global Policies and Standards:

  • Support and facilitate the effective and timely development, implementation and monitoring of a clear and coherent multi-year and multi-sectoral GBV strategy as part of the operation¿s broader Protection and Solutions Strategy, coordinate timely reporting on progress including the documentation of promising practices.
  • Participate in the promotion of compliance with UNHCR¿s GBV policy, priorities and commitments (aligned with polices on age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP), Child protection, gender equality, disability and youth empowerment.
  • For functions at regional level, support the harmonization of GBV strategies in the region and alignment with global policies and commitments, support exchange of expertise and practices in the region and provide a regional level analysis of trends as well as aggregated reporting on GBV.
  • Provide technical guidance on integration of the survivor-centred approach into PSEA complaints mechanisms and enhance access of SEA survivors to existing GBV services.

Planning / Programming:

  • Support the development and implementation of programming for specialized GBV prevention and response based on needs, risks and capacity assessments at the onset of an emergency and throughout all phases of displacement.
  • Participate in conducting, consolidating and reporting on GBV assessments including gender equality components at least once per year, linked to annual planning processes and participatory assessments and sharing strategic trends analyses.
  • Contribute to planning processes and advocate for adequate resource (re)allocation and mobilization.
  • Support cross-cutting programs and technical sectors to mainstream gender and to program for mitigation of GBV risks in their specific technical areas, and report on progress.

Capacity Development, Technical Support and Coordination:

  • Provide technical guidance and support field colleagues to operationalise and comply with UNHCR’s corporate GBV policy, priorities and commitments (aligned with policies on AGD and AAP, Child protection, disability, youth empowerment and gender equality).
  • Support operational capacity development efforts and provide technical support on gender and GBV mainstreaming
  • Under the guidance of the Senior Protection Officer, support and facilitate the establishment of and ensure the functioning of GBV coordination mechanisms with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Facilitate and strengthen the development and implementation of GBV Standard Operating Procedures for all sites that enable all survivors to access, at a minimum, appropriate health, psychosocial, security and safety, and legal support.
  • Support and build capacity and systems for individual GBV case management for survivors and persons at-risk of GBV.
  • Ensure safe and ethical GBV data collection and reporting is functioning and regular reporting is done on GBV, including through PRIMES and protection monitoring processes. Promote the use of the GBV module of PRIMES or another GBV information management system that provides for safe and ethical data collection and analysis. Where applicable, support reporting under the Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Arrangements on conflict-related sexual violence (MARA).


  • Strengthen UNHCR’s collaboration with host governments to develop national services in order to expand safe access for Persons of concern to services that prevent, mitigate, and respond to GBV.
  • Support the capacity development of staff, partners and other stakeholders to address GBV and to promote gender equality and the empowerment of displaced women and girls.
  • Strengthen partnerships including with UN agencies, governments, civil society and with displaced and host communities, to prevent, mitigate, and respond to GBV, to promote gender equality and to ensure age and gender-informed protection and solution programs.
  • Support that community-based approaches are applied in GBV programming and communities considered as key stakeholders.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Years of Experience / Degree Level:

  • For P3/NOC 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate Degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate Degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education:

  • Human Rights,  Social Anthropology,  Social Work, Law, International Development, Social Sciences,  or other relevant field.
  • (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience:

  • 6 years of previous work experience relevant to the function of GBV in an international context, of which two years in the field and having experience in the field of GBV prevention, 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, GBV guiding and Case management principles related to GBV 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 GBV and support to other sectors to mainstream GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of GBV prevention theory and appropriate GBV prevention and behaviour change strategies at different stages of the humanitarian response. Knowledge and demonstrated use of GBV tools and Guidance.


  • Demonstrated understanding of critical issues around GBV data and knowledge of safe and ethical data collection and analysis, and conducting assessments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engagement with GBV 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. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position such as: Protection Learning Programme, Operations Management Learning Programme, Middle Management Learning Programme, GBV and Gender Equality. Experience in a humanitarian context.

Functional Skills:

  • PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
  • TR-Training Virtual and face to face
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordination
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Capacity development and training
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) risk mitigation
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming
  • (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.

Desired Candidate Profile:
The GBV Officer should have a strong ability to work under pressure in a high-risk duty station and should possess the following:

  • Previous experience working in an IDP context/Cluster approach.
  • Good understanding of Inter-Agency and multisectoral coordination.
  • Good knowledge of mixed IDP/refugee situations.
  • Good knowledge of UNHCR’s Global GBV policy.
  • Good knowledge of UNHCR’s Global Framework for the Protection of Children.
  • Experience in community-based protection and area-based initiatives.
  • Awareness and demonstrable knowledge of gender issues and their relevance in humanitarian emergency settings.
  • Demonstrated organizational and management skills, including project management and fund raising.
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills in English.
  • Demonstrated coordination and consensus building skills to manage multiple stakeholder consultation process including the ability to work collaboratively with government counterparts and other UN agencies.
  • Ability to work under pressure and come up with innovative and creative solutions given the complex and evolving nature of the humanitarian crisis in the country.
  • Experience in providing on the job training, coaching and mentoring support to UNHCR and partner staff including the development of training materials.
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and evaluation of GBV/CP programmes.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing GBV/CP strategic priorities and case management tools such as referral pathways.
  • Good understanding of UNHCR software such as WorkDay, RBM, MSRP, etc.

Deadline: 20th April, 2023.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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