Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence Officer

  • Added Date: Friday, 15 October 2021
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Position Title : Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence Officer

Duty Station : Juba, South Sudan

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Special short-term graded, six months with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 26 October 2021

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states:

Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba (Netherlands); Botswana; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Congo (the); Cook Islands; Cuba; Fiji; Gabon; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


IOM in South Sudan has a broad range of programming centered around three broad areas: humanitarian coordination and support; humanitarian response and resilience; and peacebuilding, transition and development. Humanitarian coordination and support includes leading/co-leading the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) and Shelter and Non-Food Items (NFI) Clusters, Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and management of WASH and Shelter and NFI core-pipelines, humanitarian hubs and common transport services. Humanitarian response and resilience includes CCCM, WASH, Shelter & NFI, health, protection, gender equality and inclusion, mental health and psychosocial support and the management of a Rapid Response Fund. Under peacebuilding, transition and development, IOM South Sudan implements programming on housing, land and property Page issues, transition and recovery, transhumance conflict prevention, community-based violence reduction, community development and migration management.

IOM is committed to addressing Gender-Based Violence in Crisis through an institutional framework launched in 2018. Furthermore, IOM transition, recovery and resilience strategy (2019- 2021) aims to specifically empower women and girls and prevent GBV. In South Sudan, IOM has been working to strengthen national partner's capacity on GBV prevention and response and working with IOM transition, recovery, peace and security programmes to integrate gender transformative approaches to address root causes and contribute to womenโ€™s empowerment, and inclusive conflict resolution and peacebuilding outcomes.

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Operations and the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator (Protection, Gender Equality & Inclusion), the Gender Equality & Gender-Based Violence Officer will complete the tasks outlined below:

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Provide overall technical and operational support for gender equality and GBV primary prevention aspects for peacebuilding, livelihoods and other IOM integrated and GBV standalone programming. This includes: (a) Conduct regular evidence-based review of these integrated programme elements through monitoring and evaluation, especially in coordination with IOMโ€™s Transition and Recovery portfolio programme managers; (b) Based on evidence review, provide technical inputs for the development of strategic approach that strengthen gender transformative, womenโ€™s empowerment and inclusion approaches for transition and recovery programming for peacebuilding, community development and security and migration management sector strengthening.
  2. Conduct assessments, contribute to the development and implementation of tailored capacity building to help improve the technical capacities among IOM teams and implementing partners for GBV prevention and response for stand-alone and integrated GBV programming. Encourage de-incentivized, community-led approaches to improve access to services for GBV survivors, governance of WGFS and effective GBV primary prevention.
  3. Conduct assessments, contribute to the development and implementation of tailored capacity building to help improve the technical capacities among IOM teams and implementing partners for a coordinated approach to protection, gender and GBV mainstreaming in IOM South Sudan humanitarian and transition and recovery portfolio.
  4. Coordinate project administration for allocated GBV projects, including implementing partner coordination and effective supervision of IOM GBV support staff. Update teamwork plans to facilitate the achievement of project outcomes and outputs, and facilitate timely and accurate reporting.
  5. Assist in strengthening accountability to affected population (AAP), including complaints-feedback mechanisms and disability inclusion measures within IOM GBV programming.
  6. Assist in strengthening the implementation and utilization of monitoring and evaluation for GBV programming.
  7. Provide technical support for the implementation for IOM Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) system.
  8. Participate in gender equality and GBV coordination mechanisms at national level, check that reporting to the GBV sub-cluster is carried out in a timely manner, and facilitate coordinated state-level participation.
  9. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


โ€ข Masterโ€™s Degree in Human Rights, Behavioral Science, Social Work, Humanities, Social Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

โ€ข University Degree in above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


โ€ข Professional experience working on gender transformative programming and/or GBV primary prevention programmes with a focus on male engagement and women and girl's empowerment;

โ€ข Experience in delivering effective gender transformative programming and strong community engagement;

โ€ข Experience working in difficult locations; ability to be resourceful and flexible in a limited resource environment;

โ€ข Previous experience in equivalent role in South Sudan is an advantage.


โ€ข Demonstrated skills and ability to conduct formative research and establish quantitative and qualitative indicators of change;

โ€ข Strong communication and project management skills;

โ€ข Desirable skills in GBV primary prevention and response programming.


IOMโ€™s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

External applicants for all positions in the Professional category are required to be proficient in English and have at least a working knowledge of one additional UN Language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese).

For all applicants, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic, French, Spanish and/or a local language is an advantage.

Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process, which may include written and/or oral assessments.


1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database


Required Competencies:

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

โ€ข Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

โ€ข Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner

consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

โ€ข Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

โ€ข Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

โ€ข Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

โ€ข Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organizationโ€™s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

โ€ข Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies โ€“ behavioural indicators level 2

โ€ข Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organizationโ€™s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

โ€ข Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

โ€ข Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organizationโ€™s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOMโ€™s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty stationโ€™s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

This vacancy is archived.

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