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    UNOPS – SGBV Expert – contingency roster, various duty stations

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    Scadenza: 13 settembre 2017

    In accordance with its mandate and as an agency of the United Nations, UNHCR is required to uphold and promote the rights of women and girls, men and boys, to mainstream a gender perspective in all our policies and operations, and to work towards the empowerment of women and the elimination of violence. These responsibilities, which are core to UNHCR’s protection mandate, are reflected in UNHCR’s Executive Committee Conclusions and UNHCR policies, including the Agenda for Protection. They are also outlined in resolutions adopted by ECOSOC, the General Assembly, and the Security Council, and in instructions from the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

    In 2016, more than 180,000 persons arrived to Italy by sea. Women and children represent over 40% of them. 5,096 persons were reported as dead or missing at sea in 2016. Libya still represents the main country of departure for persons arriving in Italy by sea. UNHCR notes that a large number of arrivals have experienced extremely traumatic events during their journey to Europe, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Italy historically represents both a country of arrival and transit to other European countries, as well as an established country of asylum where populations of concern, including refugees, persons who have been granted complementary forms of international protection – beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and humanitarian protection – stateless persons and resettled population who have established their residence in Italy.

    By the end of 2016, UNHCR estimates that there were 147,000 recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection permanently living in Italy, including 547 resettled refugees in 2016 and an increased number of returnees from other European countries under Dublin, as well as an estimated 5000 to 15,000 stateless persons or at risk of statelessness. UNHCR notes and is concerned about indications that point survival sex as frequent coping mechanism, as well as trafficking a common protection risk. In addition, early marriage, harmful traditional practices or domestic violence seems to be common forms of SGBV among PoC in Italy. For population of concern permanently residing in Italy, prevention of SGBV and full access to relevant response services on equal footing with Italian citizens, as well as enhancing their participation, represent a crucial components of UNHCR strategy.

    UNHCR is looking for qualified candidates to perform functions of Sexual Gender Based Violence Expert, with possibility of immediate deployment.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities:

    The SGBV Expert will – in coordination with the other partners and actors, in liaison with the relevant Authorities as appropriate and under the supervision of the UNHCR Senior Protection Officer or other senior protection staff in the operation, be called to carry out the following activities:

    1. Produce Age, Gender and Diversity analysis on the protection risks, including SGBV risks, affecting refugee and asylum seekers in Italy;
    2. Contribute to the design, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of protection programs undertaken by UNHCR and its partners, with particular focus on SGBV related programs and activities; 2 | 3
    3. Provide technical expertise on prevention and response to SGBV, including on multisector response and referral pathways, SGBV case management, SGBV information management, policy and protocols applicable in the Italian context or other relevant topics;
    4. Promote engagement and participation of refugee and Italian communities, civil society, and media, on the effective prevention and response to SGBV and on the promotion of gender equality;
    5. Advocate and promote mainstreaming of protection considerations related to SGBV into the activities and approaches by all stakeholders;
    6. Advocate for and promote respect of the choices, rights, and dignity of the SGBV survivor(s) when making any decision affecting his/her/ their life;
    7. Represent UNHCR on liaising with relevant stakeholders, including relevant institutions, partners, NGOs, professionals, refugees and asylum seekers and others as appropriate;
    8. Provide support to the Senior Protection Officer, and other senior protection staff in the operation, in her functions as required and depending on needs;
    9. Carry out other activities and perform other duties as required.

    Qualifications Required:

    • University degree in Law, Political Science, Social Science, Public health or related areas;
    • At least four years of experience in the field of SGBV, anti-trafficking, gender or social issues;
    • Good knowledge of international standards and tools on prevention and response to SGBV;
    • Good knowledge of Italian national system on SGBV prevention and response and national stakeholders and services;
    • Great availability to move and travel mainly in the assigned AoR but also outside, depending on needs and also at short notice;
    • Knowledge and skills on needs assessment methodologies, data management and communication tools are an asset;
    • Fluency in Italian and English are essential and knowledge of other languages spoken by refugees and asylum seekers are desirable;
    • Driving licence (category B).

    Starting Date: to be defined
    Envisaged Duration: initial period of three months (probationary) with possibility of extension Envisaged Duty Stations: various duty stations across the country
    Remuneration: UNOPS Local Individual Contractor Agreement (L-ICA) terms and conditions
    Closing date for applications: 13 September
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