Senior Gender-based Violence Assistant (GBV)

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  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Gender and Diversity, Peace and Security, Social and Inclusive Development
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Staff Member / Affiliate Type

General Service


Temporary > Temporary Assignment/ Appointment

Hardship Level


Family Type


Residential location (if applicable)

Target Start Date


Target End Date


Job Posting End Date

March 3, 2024

Standard Job Description

Senior GBV Assistant

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior GBV Assistant supports the operations’ efforts to fulfil UNHCR’s mandate and associated obligations on GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response based on policy and guidance.

The Senior GBV Assistant works under direct supervision of a more senior GBV/Protection colleague who defines overall work objectives and provides regular advice and guidance. S/he collaborates closely with the UNHCR management and the Protection team in the country and strengthens working relations with other agencies involved in GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response.

The Senior GBV Assistant will focus on individual case management and provision of counselling to GBV survivors, while strengthening safe and ethical data collection.

S/he promotes alignment with GBV minimum standards and respect of GBV Guiding Principles.
S/he also ensures that persons of concern, women and girls, are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

– Support activities in GBV prevention and response with implementing and operational partners
– Support the implementation of multi-sectorial response to GBV (including health, psychosocial support, case management, legal, and security).
– Contribute to measures to prevent and respond to GBV incidents.
– Contribute to safety audits and other relevant assessments.
– Support the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for GBV response as well as other protection/solutions activities.
– Support the provision of case management to GBV survivors (if relevant in operation) in line with GBV Guiding Principles;
– Liaise with other protection units for relevant referrals (including to the durable solutions unit).
– Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for the protection unit / section.
– Ensure the wishes of survivors are prioritized as per the survivor-centred approach. Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures for GBV as well as the GBV minimum standards and Guiding Principles.

– Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).

– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G5 – 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education
Not applicable.

Certificates and/or Licenses
Human rights, Social Anthropology Social work,
Law, International Development, Social Sciences, or other relevant field.

HCR Protection Learning Prg
HCR Gender Equality Lrng prg
HCR Gender-Based Violence
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
2 years of previous work experience relevant to the function of GBV in a local context and having experience in the field of GBV prevention, mitigation and response, broader protection or social work involving empowerment of women and girls, gender, child protection, mental health, counselling and working with survivors, humanitarian and development issues. Knowledge of GBV minimum standards, Guiding Principles and GBV case management standards.

Knowledge and experience of participatory approaches to engaging with and mobilizing communities. Good understanding of displacement and protection issues including, child protection, education and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

Functional Skills
IT-Computer Literacy
PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming
PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming
PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) risk mitigation
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

Knowledge of the local context and communities in Petén.
Knowledge and experience of participatory approaches to engaging with and mobilizing communities.
Good understanding of displacement and protection issues including child protection, education, and the application of the Age, Gender, and Diversity Policy.
Experience in planning and reporting activities.
Knowledge in designing and facilitating trainings.

Functional Clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level)





Desired languages



Additional Qualifications


IT-Computer Literacy, PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD), PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming, PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming, PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) risk mitigation



Community Development/Social Work – Other, HCR Gender Equality Learning Program. – UNHCR, HCR Protection Learning Program – UNHCR, HCR Sexual and Gender_Based Violence – UNHCR, Human Rights – Other, Law – Other, Social Sciences – Other

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Other information

– Guatemalan candidates or foreigners with residence in Guatemala must be present in the country at the time of the recruitment process.

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