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GBV Primary Prevention Specialist

Department: HIAS Kenya
Location: Nairobi, KY


HIAS is an international non-profit organization that stands for a world in which    refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. HIASí operation in Kenya was established in 2002 with the mission to serve the most vulnerable refugees through community-based protection including psychosocial support, resilience building and the provision of durable solutions.

Organizationally, HIAS is guided by the Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIASí focus on refugee protection. This framework prioritizes programming impact that ensures forcibly displaced people realize their potential and become contributors to society, with this impact being achieved through the realization of legal and civil rights, social and economic rights including 1) the right to protection from harm, violence and discrimination, 2) the right to recovery from the shock of displacement, and 3) the right to economic self-sufficiency and inclusion.

The overall goal of HIASí global GBV Prevention and Response programming is for forcibly displaced refugee women, girls, sexual and gender minorities to pursue their potential and to access their human and legal rights, free from violence and oppression. This means HIAS GBV programming works to ensure; 

  1. Forcibly displaced women, girls, sexual and gender minorities face a reduced risk of GBV,

  2. Survivors of sexual and physical violence have access to coordinated psychosocial, health, and legal services,

  3. Family, community, and institutions support refugee women, girls, sexual and gender minorities in accessing and using their rights.

HIAS uses a survivor-centered, community-based approach and programs consider the voices, needs of survivors and prioritize their leadership in program design and implementation. HIAS aims to contribute to the reduction of VAWG (Violence against Women and Girls) among refugees in Nairobi. Refugee women and adolescent girls will (1) Support each other through separate discussion groups and (2) Gain increased knowledge about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and confidence in seeking help. Primary beneficiaries within this project will benefit through a decrease in violence. The project will include a community-wide social norms campaign designed to diffuse new, positive norms throughout the community. This approach enables HIAS to meet the safety, psychosocial, economic, and justice needs of survivors; facilitate their access to appropriate care; and empower communities to lead efforts that challenge beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate or condone violence against women, girls, sexual and gender minorities in the community.

The Primary Prevention Specialist (PPS) will lead the implementation of interventions towards Engaging Men in Accountable Practices (EMAP) for refugees living in Nairobi and its environs. The PPS will collaborate and guide GBV facilitators on EMAP and will also oversee the Behavior Change Campaign (BCC) activities.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop a detailed project plan to track progress and ensure adherence to timelines and scope with regards to implementation of activities relating to engagement of men in accountable practices, engagement of women and/or men in relation to Gender, Power and Violence

  • Contribute to the design of new ways of engaging men in ending violence against refugee women and girls.

  • Design systems/platforms that will support community sensitization/ awareness on the Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

  • Participate in design and development of contents message for Behavior Change Campaign (BCC) on Social Media

  • Supervise the Communication consultant to ensure the development of BCC (Behavior Change and Communication) -social media messages adhere to the project goals and timelines.

  • Plan and conduct outreach/ sensitization campaigns to disseminate information on Behavior Change

  • Oversee the training of GBV Prevention Facilitators on EMAP for an increased accountability in implementing the project activities.

  • Facilitate training for partners, law enforcement officers, local leaders, civil society organizations and chiefs on IPV for their increased knowledge on prevention principles and best practices.

  • Make relevant referrals for response services to refugees by providing them with information and resources to access services to other service providers if required

  • Support EMAP Monitoring and Evaluation processes which includes the EMAP Pre- and Post- Questionnaires, the Womenís Reflection Surveys and the End of Intervention Reports.

  • Collaborate with finance and logistics to ensure program supplies and resources are available in a timely manner to support program implementation.

  • Update and maintain work and spending plans that support the achievement of the Projectí activities.

  • Periodic assessments, reporting and ongoing monitoring of data to create increased actionable learning on Engagement of Men in Accountable Practices

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelorís Degree in Social Sciences; that is Sociology, Psychology, Gender studies, Law, Human Rights and/or other related fields of Study.

Desirable Experiences

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in working in the social sector, particularly working with refugee and/or IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) populations.

  • MUST have a strong understanding and experience in response and prevention of Violence against Women (VAW)

  • MUST have an experience in facilitating activities with women and /or men related to Gender, Power and Violence

  • Demonstrated experience in providing prevention and /or response services in communities

  • Experience working in humanitarian responses targeting vulnerable women and girls.

  • Strong knowledge of referral networks within Nairobi

  • Demonstrated experience working directly with refugees who are survivors of GBV/IPV

Required Skills and Competences

  • High standard of spoken and written English.

  • Proficiency Swahili

  • Computer literacy a must with strong knowledge of Access, Excel and Word

  • Ability to work in a team, maintain respect for diversity, uphold integrity, respect and accountability

  • Self-starter with an ability to work with minimal supervision, in a culturally diverse team

  • Excellent Analytical, Communication and Report writing skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff, beneficiaries and other stakeholders

  • Commitment to transformational change and learning, for one self as well as others.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative and problem solving abilities.

How to Apply

The applications (CV and Cover letter) should be submitted through the link internship-opportunities quoting the Position Title: GBV Primary Prevention Specialist. Kindly indicate your expected salary.

Closing Date:  25th October 2021

Important: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Late applications will not be considered.

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