GBV Program Specialist

at International Medical Corps (IMC)
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted January 4, 2023
Currency ETB



The primary function of the GBV specialist is to oversee the implementation of GBV programs in the project location, ensuring that there is adequate staff capacity to deliver quality programming of projects throughout their cycles.

The GBV Program Specialist works under the direction of the GBV Program Coordinator, and shares responsibility for overseeing the proper program management, technical and financial monitoring, and successful implementation of IMC projects in the designated areas.

This position requires extensive experience and a proven track-record of coordinating and managing emergency response and recovery programs and as well possessing excellent relationship, representation, communications, planning, monitoring, and teamwork skills.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.




·         In close collaboration with the GBV Manager and GBV Coordinator, oversee all the projects implemented under the GBV sector across all implementation field sites.

·         Coordinate and monitor the overall implementation of GBV program activities in the camps based on established indicators, including collecting and analyzing data and information for reporting.

·         Work closely with the GBV Manager and Coordinator to review and develop the GBV’s strategy for Ethiopia.

·         Ensure that all GBV grants are implemented according to internal International Medical Corps and donor regulations.

·         Participate in grant opening, midterm review and grant closing meetings for all GBV grants and support similar processes in field sites.

·         Support field staff in proper use of grant management tools, e.g., budget tracking tools, activity progress monitoring tools, procurement plans, etc.

·         Support the collection, analysis, and dissemination of project data and GBVIMS for problem analysis, planning and evaluation

·         Develop and monitor program plans, including activity, procurement, and spending

·         Provide technical support, supervision, and monitoring of all GBV projects. Extend technical support to other agencies and implementing partners as needed.

·         Ensure that all GBV programs in the field adhere to GBV guiding principles, protocols, guidelines, etc. and that all GBV activities are consistent with established best practices.

·         Participate in the development of new proposals and initiatives for the GBV sector.

·         Monitor evolving needs and trends in target communities, conduct assessments on GBV and protection needs in new project areas and adjust programmatic priorities as necessary.

·         Promote the quality of the GBV programs by developing and establishing quality assurance systems and in collaboration with Addis- and field-based GBV staff.

·         Participating in country-level strategic planning, leading strategic planning analysis, incorporation, and implementation in field site programming

·         Support the development and updating of GBV technical materials (e.g., training guidelines) as necessary.

Human Resource Management & Capacity Building

·         Assist in the recruitment and training of GBV staff

·          International Medical Corps Work with HR to ensure accuracy of all GBV program job descriptions for staffs and their responsibilities.

·         In collaboration with Senior GBV manager, design and monitor capacity building strategies for all GBV staff in the field office.

·         Develop, implement and promote effective team communication techniques and systems, including regular senior staff meetings.

Coordination & Collaboration

·         Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant stakeholders including ARRS, UNHCR, UNFPA and other partners Mobilize stakeholders to participate in GBV coordination and risks mitigation   meetings.

·         Collaborate with other International Medical Corps sectors and operations personnel to ensure that the program is properly supported and that all project-related operational activities are conducted according to International Medical Corps HR, Logistics, Finance and other policies and procedures.

·         In collaboration with the senior GBV program manager, promote and represent the interests of the GBV program with regards to all relevant stakeholders.

·         Represent International Medical Corps to local communities, government departments, international agencies, local partners, and donors as required.

·         Attend relevant meetings and prepare meeting notes as required and share these with all concerned.

·         And any other activity as requested by the supervisor


·         Ensures application and compliance of security protocols and policies

·         Consider security implications of all program activities, reviewing new initiatives with staff, partners, and community leaders

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.


Job Requirements

·         Typically, University Degree in Social Work, Public Health, Sociology, or related field. Master level education is preferred.

·           Five years of experience in implementing and managing GBV, gender, health, or other related programming.

·           Background in GBV, Human Rights and /or Protection.

·          Experience in supervising, managing, and providing technical support, capacity building and assistance to field staff.

·         Experience working with communities through community entry, mobilization and dialogue

·         Familiarity with standards and guidelines for GBV programming and coordination as well as guidance on protection from SEA

·          Familiarity with approaches for community and individual psychosocial support

·           Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs

·         Strong communication skills, both oral and written

·          Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word and MS Excel

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