GBV Sub-Cluster Co-Coordinator, Iraq

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 22 July 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 13 August 2020

Norwegian Church Aid is an ecumenical diaconal organisation for global justice. We work to help the poorest and those in need, regardless of their creed, race, political or religious affiliation.
To ensure efficiency and create results, Norwegian Church Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, one of the world's largest humanitarian alliances, with presence in over 140 countries. The alliance consists of church-based organisations throughout the world and cooperates with organizations across religious faiths. We are now seeking an engaged colleague who will work with us "Together for a just world".

Norwegian Church Aid began GBV emergency prevention and response activities in Northern Iraq (Nineveh governorate) in February 2016 as part of the emergency response to ISIS offensive. With an emphasis on specialized life-saving GBV services for survivors of GBV through safe spaces, PSS unit and mobile teams. It also utilizes community outreach teams to address stigma, challenge harmful norms, and strengthen community based social and protective structures to ensure that women and girls enjoy a life free of GBV, the programme engages men and boys to prevent violence, reintegrate survivors, and works with boys who has witnessed atrocities. To achieve their mandate, NCA has a team of dedicated GBV community outreach workers, case managers, psychologists, and psychiatrists who are the first points of contacts for the survivors.

Norwegian Church Aid is seeking a GBV Sub-Cluster Co-Coordinator for our Iraq office. The GBV Sub-Cluster has a co-leadership structure of UN with INGO/NGO under the umbrella of the Protection Cluster. At country level UNFPA leads the GBV sub-cluster coordination efforts and acts as provider of last resort, often in partnership with a government ministry or non-governmental organization. In the field, the aim of GBV coordination is to facilitate rapid implementation of GBV programming, including liaison and coordination with other sectors to facilitate integration of GBV interventions within their humanitarian response plans. GBV Sub-Cluster partners will target 403,294 individuals in 32 districts with access to multisectoral services for GBV survivors and those at risk of GBV, particularly women and girls, female headed households and child survivors of GBV, through engaging health, psychosocial, legal, safety and security, and livelihood service providers. Advocacy and coordination with the child protection, CCCM, Shelter/NFI, WASH and emergency livelihoods clusters will be strengthened to ensure effective GBV mainstreaming and implementation of plans relevant to GBV risk mitigation as per IASC Guidelines (2015). The sub-cluster will advocate and work in partnership with relevant national authorities to ensure that measures to protect women and girls are prioritized in national emergency planning and programming. We are looking at a start date as soon as possible for the right candidate.

Start date: ASAP
Contract duration: until 30.04.2021
Duty station: Erbil


In coordination with the GBV SC Coordinator:

  • Co-facilitate Iraq GBV Sub-Cluster meetings in partnership with UNFPA
  • Coordinate with other sectors/ clusters to mainstream and integrate GBV concerns and IASC essential actions across the humanitarian response in Iraq, including needs assessments, program planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation

Standard Setting and Capacity Building

  • Promote adherence to standards, including the IASC Guidelines and the WHO Recommendations, and promote a survivor-centred approach to GBV prevention and response
  • Support the implementation and monitoring of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and referral pathways for all actors involved in GBV response

Strategic Planning

  • Co-lead service mappings and assessments as needed
  • Identify both immediate and longer-term recommended actions to improve response to GBV and to prevent further incidents of GBV
  • Contribute to humanitarian response plans and develop GBV-specific plans as appropriate

Representation and Advocacy

  • In coordination with the GBV Sub-Cluster Coordinator:
  • Represent the collective membership of the GBV Sub-Cluster in other sectors and humanitarian forums.
  • Share information on identified needs and recommendations of the GBV Sub-Cluster with government partners, clusters leads, donor agencies and others as relevant

Other core responsibilities in supporting NCA Iraq team will include:

  • Provide strategic direction and technical advice on programme development with a focus on the prevention, protection and response to GBV, contributing to more integrated and long-term approaches and supporting the GBV PM to develop and/or review project proposals/reports, while strengthening monitoring and evaluation tools.
  • Design and deliver trainings/workshops, including training materials, provide mentorship, advice and follow-up on-the-job coaching on both GBV project/programme management and implementation of prevention and response.


  • University degree or relevant higher education
  • Professional experience related to GBV coordination, preferably in a cluster, and in conflict and post conflict settings
  • Understanding of best practices and strategies in GBV response (case management, psychosocial support, mental health, etc.) and GBV primary prevention and risk reduction.
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian standards for GBV prevention, protection and response
  • Strong training and capacity building experience
  • Knowledge of international best practices, key international policy processes and frameworks related to GBV prevention, protection and response
  • Skills in gender and conflict analysis
  • Fluency in English is required, Arabic is an advantage

Personal Qualities

  • Exceptional cooperative skills, seeing strengths as well as opportunities in colleagues and partners
  • Demonstrate flexibility, reflection, and the ability to maintain positive relationships and composure in stressful situations
  • Ability to listen and build trust while at the same time a establish a clear direction and motivate others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, strong multi-tasking, organizational, prioritization skills are necessary

We can offer

  • Interesting and challenging work
  • Competitive terms and conditions

This vacancy is archived.

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