Gender Based Violence Advisor (M/F) Nigeria - Maiduguri

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2017
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 30 April 2017

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For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations. MdM currently works in 44 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction associated with drug use, emergencies and crisis.**

Violence in the northeast of Nigeria has caused massive displacement and at the same time restricted movement: it has disrupted food supplies, seriously hindered access to basic services, and limited agricultural activities. In seven years of conflict, over 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram-related incidents. The entire population of northeast Nigeria – 24.5 million people – is indirectly affected. People affected by violence in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, and neighbouring Bauchi, Taraba, and Gombe states are in urgent need of protection, shelter, food, and access to health services and education. Since February 2016, as humanitarian access is increasing, extreme food insecurity and malnutrition conditions have been revealed in Borno state.

As of 3rd August, 1.82 million people are estimated to be displaced within/from of Borno state, from which 1.63 million actually stayed within the state. Most of them (more than 1.2m) are living in Maiduguri with the host community and others in formal and informal camps.

MdM is starting an emergency response to this crisis, in the Borno state and is looking for experienced human resources to join our team on the field in the coming weeks.**


As Gender Based Violence (GBV) Advisor you will be responsible of defining MdM strategy regarding GBV in close collaboration with the general coordinator and the medical coordinator, and will be in charge of supervising the implementation of MdM GBV activities.

More in details you will be in charge of:

  1. Organization, coordination and supervision of GBV activities

Based on the Borno state GBV context, define in close collaboration with the medical department and the general coordinator, the MdM GBV implementation strategy.
Conduct trainings on various aspects of GBV such as survivor centred approach and informed consent to healthcare workers and MdM staff.
Identify a national partner, formalize the partnership (MoU) for the implementation of the “sensitization / awareness raising” component and provide technical support.
Supervise the implementation of GBV activities, in close collaboration with the medical department and other GBV actors.
Actively participate to coordination efforts with GBV actors (ex: GBV sub cluster).
Coordinate the community mobilization activities in close collaboration with our partner, GBV actors as well as other stakeholders (ex: community leaders …)
Ensure the capitalization of MdM GBV component implementation.
2. Human resource, capacity building / training

Define the job descriptions and supervise, in close collaboration with the admin department, the recruitment of the GBV team.

Identify the capacity building needs of this team, the medical team in general, MdM partner related to GBV and provide trainings.Provide technical support to MdM partner for the good implementation of the “sensitization / awareness raising” component or any relevant topic related to MdM GBV strategy.
Collaborate with the medical team and particularly the sexual and reproductive health department of MdM to set up trainings and supervision of the activities and the quality of the medical care for victims of GBV.

Collaborate with the Mental Health and Psychosocial Coordinator in order to define and implement psychosocial care of GBV survivors

  1. Advocacy

Take part, if necessary, with the MdM team, partners or other actors to advocacy activities.

  1. Reporting, information management, coordination / representation

Increase and enhance program monitoring and evaluation, and determining impact, wherever possible, including the use of standard indicators

Share to the general coordinator and the medical team any difficulties met in the field and propose solutions or adjustments.Participate to internal MdM meetings and to the GBV sub sectors meetings and actively contribute to coordination efforts.
Contribute to the preparation of new proposals or reports to donors.


Status : Volunteer - VSI

Contract : Volunteer - VSI (French status)

Duration : 6 months

915 euros / month + perdiem

Position to be filled as soon as possible.

Single posting


Skills required
Demonstrated 2-3 years professional experience in humanitarian settings, including at least 1 year of direct program management of Protection/GBV programs in the field. Experience with GBV programming and implementation is required.
Excellent knowledge of IASC GBV Guidelines and ability to implement GBV mainstreaming in accordance with the guidelines
Master’s degree in relevant field (public health, social work, development studies, humanitarian affairs, or related social sciences disciplines).
Knowledge, skills, and experience in providing/leading direct services to survivors of gender-based violence using a survivor-centered and multi-sectoral approach.
Knowledge, skills, and experience in implementing primary prevention of violence against women and girls
Good knowledge of WHO ethical data sharing guidelines
Strong skills in Microsoft Office.
Personal skills required
Individual and group training skills in GBV and SEA.
Ability to take initiative, work independently and foster a team environment.
Excellent project design and proposal development skills and developing tools for cross-organizational sharing of best practices.
Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
Good sense of diplomacy and understanding of international global political issues.

English: fluent
French: added value
You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.


Médecins du Monde reserves the right to fill the vacancy before the closing date for applications.

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This vacancy is archived.

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