GBV Specialist At INTERSOS

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

Terms of reference

Job Title: GBV Specialist

Code: SR53-1867

Duty station: Damascus

Starting date: 01/05/2021

Contract duration: 5 months

Reporting to: Head of Mission

Supervision of: N/A

Dependents: Non-family Duty Station /non-accompanied

General context of the project

The Gender Based Violence Specialist assist the Protection Coordinator in the technical implementation of GBV related projects. The GBV Specialist will assist in the development of training courses, mentoring and coaching of the Protection team and other personnel. The GBV Specialist also support in the recruitment of technical Staff. INTERSOS is implementing several projects with a GBV component.

General purpose of the position

Support Protection Coordinator in defining, supervising and implementing GBV component of protection programme. In close collaboration with Protection Coordinator, provide technical guidance and advices to protection staffs ensuring that specific GBV components of the programme are delivered according to internal guidelines and in line with international standards and principles, in order to achieve missions goals effectively, according to INTERSOS human resources vision and values.

Main responsibilities and tasks

Coordination and support:

  • Contribute to design the protection strategy of the mission and provide technical support and assistance to the implementation of the GBV related components
  • In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, support to contextualize and adapt internal and global guidelines, making sure these are rolled out and known by staffs
  • Ensure cohesion and harmonization of GBV related activities and services across the different implementation sites within the mission
  • · In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, deliver trainings and workshops to protection staffs to build their skills on GBV related topics identified with them
  • Support the Protection Coordinator to deliver trainings and workshops to non-protection staffs to build their skills and knowledge of GBV related principles and enable them to mainstream gender component in their sectors
  • In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, assess GBV needs and gaps of target populations in current and prospective areas of operations, periodically update the protection situation analysis and inform the programme accordingly
  • Support the Protection Coordinator in providing ongoing strategic protection analysis and development of periodic trend reports (including aspects of conflict analysis, gender, and risk management) and lessons from programme experience to inform programme development, implementation and policy/advocacy work
  • Support the Protection Coordinator insuring that protection data is collected, stored, archived, processed, analysed and disseminated in ethical modalities, in line with internal data protection protocols
  • Under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator, undertake regular field monitoring visits and provide support tools to monitor quality of programme implementation
  • Identify opportunities for new GBV interventions and support in assessments and developments of new GBV related project proposals
  • Support the Protection Coordinator in the development of complaints mechanisms for beneficiaries and make sure complaints are addressed properly
  • Support the Protection Coordinator in the follow up on the implementation of the Child Protection (CP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) policies
  • Guarantee potential survivors of SEA are interviewed in safety and dignity respecting principles of confidentiality

Supervision and Staff Management

  • In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, organize ad hoc GBV meetings with protection staffs to share challenges and priorities in GBV related field and develop action plans

Networking and Partnerships

  • Maintain collaborative working relationships with relevant clusters and related working groups at national and/or field level
  • In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, ensure that main GBV concerns are brought to relevant stakeholders to advocate for the respect of human rights and minimum protection standards
  • Network with GBV Specialists of other missions to share best practices and resources

Required profile and experience

  • Relevant working experience of at least 3 years and previous Humanitarian experience. Previous experience in Middle East is an asset


  • Master’s degree in Psychology, social sciences, development studies, gender and/or women’s studies or other related field and/or Bachelor degree with equivalent MHPSS/GBV working experience.

Professional Experience

  • Relevant working experience of at least 3 years and previous Humanitarian experience. Previous experience in Middle East is an asset

Professional Requirements

  • Demonstrated field activity and deployment in emergency contexts
  • Demonstrated proficiency in technical GBV case management and gender analysis. (including MHPSS PFA, GBVIMS)
  • Good knowledge of the international standard on GBV and Protection
  • Good knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)


  • Fully proficient in written and spoken English

Personal Requirements

  • Ability to deal with stress and demanding working environment
  • Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of INTERSOS
  • Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player.
  • Strong Leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in highly complex emergency operations
  • Knowledge of communication strategies and techniques

How to apply


Interested candidates are invited to apply following the link below:…

Please note that our application process is made of 3 quick stepsregister (including your name, email, password, citizenship and Skype address), sign-up and apply attaching your CV and motivation letter in PDF format. Through the platform, candidates will be able to track their applications’ history with INTERSOS.

In case you encounter severe difficulties applying through the platform, you can send an email attaching your CV and motivation letter (both in PDF version) via email to [email protected], with subject line: “Platform issue  SR-53-1867– Position”.

Please also mention the name, position and contact details of at least three references, including the line manager during your last job. Family members are to be excluded.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.

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