Background to the Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA)
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is a politically independent membership-based organisation working in Norway and in more than 30 countries around the world. Founded in 1939 as the labour movement’s humanitarian solidarity organisation, NPA aims to improve people’s living conditions and to create societies that are more just and more democratic. NPA’s vision is to show “Solidarity in Practice”; NPA partners with local civil society organisations dedicated to defending the rights and interests of marginalised groups. NPA believes that broad popular mobilisation and collective organising is essential to ensuring lasting change. NPA works with organisations rooted in their social, cultural and political context, which are best placed to mobilise people for a just distribution of resources and wealth and to claim rights vis-à-vis political and business elites and the state.
Background to NPA Syria
NPA’s concern for increased Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) was echoed by the 2018 UN Syria Commission Inquiry Report on SGBV in Syria. The report systematically documents how especially sexual violence has been used to instil fear, humiliate, punish or enforce social order, while highlighting that women and girls are disproportionately affected.
Responding to the gap in protection and empowerment programming for women and girls surviving SGBV in North East Syria (NES) NPA, we began community-based interventions in NES, aiming to support the rehabilitation and reintegration of survivors and those at risk of SGBV and has the following objectives:
· Women and girls facing SGBV risks and threats have access to and are provided with timely and quality specialized response services (case management, PSS and referral pathways)
· Women, men and girls and boys are empowered and community groups sensitized of SGBV and its harmful impact and supported to act upon this by reporting cases and preventing such practices.
General description of Scope of Service:
We are seeking the services of a consultant with experience in humanitarian and development programmes in conflict-affected contexts to provide capacity building (training, coaching and mentoring) to the staff and volunteers of NPA and local partner organisations on SGBV and the rehabilitation of and reintegration of survivors and women and children at risk into their communities in NES
The overall aim of the consultancy is to strengthen the technical and operational capacity of NPA’s local partners, enabling them to deliver comprehensive SGBV rehabilitation and reintegration services. The following are the consultancy’s objectives:
· Supporting the local partner staff and volunteers in implementing activities aimed at responding to and the prevention of SGBV in all its forms
· Improving the capacity and competency of the local partners on how to implement women’s protection and empowerment interventions (quality case management and PSS services, giving due attention to protocol, social norms, attitude change and advocacy work) as well as capacitating them to carry out gender and do-no-harm assessments.
The consultant is expected to develop a capacity-building curricula and work plan with content that meets the specific needs of the local partners staff and is culturally adapted to the Syrian context. Furthermore, 1) the consultant will be required to spend substantial time in NES, with 20% of her time initially spent in NPA Iraq’s office in Erbil for the desk review, induction, and to develop the methodology.
NPA has robust measures in place for COVID 19. NPA facilities and vehicles are sanitized regularly, and offices are equipped with PPEs for the staff. For the training sessions, NPA has large meeting rooms and can rent a large hall where only limited participants can be invited for in-person training respecting social distancing. NPA has strong working relations with the NES authorities, NES forum, and OCHA Iraq, responsible for a medivac from NES to Iraq.
Skills and Qualifications
· University degree in social work, gender/development studies or in other relevant fields;
· Thorough understanding of best practice and strategies in SGBV response (case management, psychosocial support, etc.) and SGBV primary prevention and risk reduction;
· Thorough understanding of approaches for engaging men and boys and past experience in capacity building on such approaches;
· Relevant past experience in developing materials and activities for women’s empowerment;
· Experience in conducting training needs analysis/assessments and developing training programmes for a broad range of audiences from a diversity of backgrounds;
· Experience in conducting gender assessment and analysis;
· At least 4 years of proven international experience in designing and delivery of training and capacity building initiatives;
· Good knowledge and experience of working on SGBV issues and needs of women displaced by war and conflict;
· Experience in SGBV response and prevention and in building capacities of local partners and providing direct technical support to local organizations in the Middle East context;
· Self-discipline and organized in approach, able to work on own initiative with little supervision;
· Ability to plan and work in a fast-paced and -changing context and flexible to change plans and methods to suit changing needs and circumstance;
· Working knowledge of Syria and a good understanding of its social, political, and economic context;
· Previous experience of work in challenging environments, able to work effectively in high-stress and difficult conditions;
· Written & verbal proficiency in English and fluency in Arabic verbal and writing
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
· Strong leadership and management skills;
· Willingness & ability to travel and work in NES.
Experience in gender research and advocacy
We are looking for a SGBV and Gender Equality Capacity Building Consultant with:
· Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
· Excellent and innovative capacity building skills
· Ability to adapt existing knowledge and training materials to local culture and context
· Ability to engage local partners in project activities
· Ability to motivate local partners, developing a close respectful professional relationship and rapport with them
· Ability to adpat to a fast changing environment and flexible with revising plans, as and when needed
· Ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members
· Competency in report writing and meeting set deadlines
How to apply
Interested applicants should submit detailed CV and covering note, explaining why they think they are suitable for the role, what they will bring to it and their approach to the work
Applications should be submitted to: HRiraqsyria@npaid.org before closing date October 24, 2020.
Please mention the vacancy title: SGBV and Gender Equality Capacity Building Consultant in subject box of your email, CVs received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.