GBV Primary Prevention Specialist

  • Published date: October 30, 2019
  • Category: Non-profit - Volunteer
    • Location: Nairobi, Nairobi
  • Jop type:
  • Salary: Ksh Not mentioned
  • Company name: Jobs in Kenya

Job Description

Organization: HIAS
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 08 Nov 2019

HIAS is an international nonprofit organization with a vision for a world in which refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers find welcome, safety and freedom. HIAS operation in Kenya was established in 2002 with the mission to serve the most vulnerable refugees through protection, resilience, economic inclusion and provision of durable solutions.

Organizationally, HIAS is guided by its Refugee Rights Framework. This rights-based approach, based on international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law and practice, provides a programming framework for HIAS’ 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 and social and economic rights including through 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 vision of the HIAS Kenya office is a world where refugees find welcome, safety and freedom.

The overall goal of HIAS’ global GBV Prevention and Response programming is for forcibly displaced women and girls and LGBTQ-identified refugees 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, and LGBTQ-identified refugees 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 women, girls, and LGBTQ-identified refugees in accessing and using their rights.

HIAS Kenya is seeking a Primary Prevention Specialist to support a multi-year body of work using community based transformative approaches to prevent violence against women and girls at multiple levels (national, community, interpersonal), and to ensure survivors have access to quality response services. These efforts will contribute to refugee women and girls facing less interpersonal violence among the urban refugee population in Nairobi. The work is part of HIAS Kenya’s overall GBV Prevention and Response Program and uses a survivor-centered, community-based approach and programs consider the voices, needs of survivors and prioritize their leadership in program design and implementation.

The GBV Primary Prevention Specialist will bring together, civil society organizations, communities, authorities and other partners to challenge and change the social norms that allow violence against women and girls to continue and to ensure HIAS prevention work is linked with survivors’ access to quality response services.

He or she will be required to provide technical oversight and support to GBV staff focused on prevention and to ensure all activities supported are designed and conducted in accordance to HIAS Standards Operating Procedures and within the GBV local and global guidelines. The GBV Primary Prevention Specialist will support specific program components related to social norms, transformative behavior change and other elements that go beyond awareness raising and into the social change needed to ensure women and girls can access their rights.

Duration: 1 Year Contract with possibility of renewal subject to availability of funding and performance

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop an implementation plan for HIAS Kenya’s programming objectives related to prevention GBV as articulated in specific proposals.

  • Develop transformative prevention materials including curriculums and training guides that help men reflect on and change attitudes around power, gender, masculinities and male privilege.

  • Design and implement activities that support men becoming active bystanders and take action to prevent IPV.

  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and develop, implement and oversee corresponding mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives for partners.

  • Train HIAS staff on components of existing, evidence based prevention models like SASA and EMAP.

  • Oversee community engagement related to HIAS prevention activities to facilitate acceptance of activities and approaches.

  • Ensure that refugee women and girls are consulted regularly on prevention work with men and boys.

  • Support monthly and quarterly monitoring to ensure the project is on track and there are no unintended consequences for the community, in particular women and girls.

  • Ensure response services are integrated into prevention activities.

  • Coordinate with partners and local organizations to create linkages and buy in for community based prevention work with refugees.

  • Produce accurate, detailed and timely reports of project’s activities and progress using program monitoring and information from the GBVIMS.

  • Contribute to writing proposals for funding opportunities for GBV Prevention and Response Projects.

  • Performing other duties as required.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years working on GBV programming with a focus on prevention preferred.

  • Previous experience working on social norms change.

  • Demonstrated experience working with men to end violence against women and girls.

  • Demonstrated understanding of gender and patriarchy and the role both play in violence against women and girls and LGBTQ identified refugees.

  • Demonstrated experience working directly with survivors of GBV

  • Awareness and demonstrable knowledge on how GBV manifests in urban refugee settings and ability to describe context that is specific to prevention and response actions.

  • Demonstrated experience with operationalizing GBV principles, knowledge of International humanitarian standards for GBV prevention and response.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Gender Studies, Community Development and Population Studies, Social Science and/or other related fields of study.

  • Master’s Degree in any of the above fields will be added advantage

Desirable Experiences

  • Strong training and capacity building experience, particularly using participatory techniques for training related to different components of GBV programming.

  • Prior experience with SASA or EMAP.

Required Skills and Competences

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

  • Ability to work and supervise 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.

  • Ability to maintain one’s composure while under pressure

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. Late applications will not be considered. HRTK is an equal opportunity employer.

HRTK is an equal opportunity employer, does not charge candidates for recruitment and dissociates itself from any entity defrauding candidates.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to

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