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The Position:

The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Technical Specialist post is located at the UNFPA West Africa Regional Office (WCARO) and works under the overall direction and leadership of the Regional Director and direct supervision of the Gender and Human Rights Adviser and with reporting line to the deputy Regional Director.

S/he maintains primary responsibility for coordination of provision of technical assistance and programme support to the countries of the region in GBV prevention and response, and GBV risk mitigation. S/he works very closely with the GBV in emergency specialist and in an integrated manner with the other technical and programme staff in the RO, and as part of the team which provides technical and programme support to country offices (COs).

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

The GBV Technical Specialist provides technical, policy and programmatic support to the region in the area of GBV, to ensure the Regional (RO) and Country Offices (CO) remain abreast of the Fund’s policies and programme strategies, as well as current thinking, innovation and academic advance in the substantive area.

S/he analyses regional/cluster trends, and contributes to strategic action in response to these, and ensures that GBV prevention and response are adequately addressed within regional and national development frameworks and programmes, including the achievement of the SDGs and ICPD Programme of Action. S/he maintains primary responsibility for the provision of technical assistance, advocacy, policy and programme support to the countries of the region for GBV prevention and response.

In all activities, s/he works within an interdisciplinary team providing integrated policy, programme and technical support to the region and the respective country teams. S/he also liaises with other units, such as the regional Programme and Technical Units, ensuring the timeliness, adequacy, relevance and quality of technical support to COs. S/he also collaborates within the broader organisation across other regions and with the Headquarter teams working on gender equality and SRHR broadly and GBV more specifically.

Qualifications and Experience:


Advanced university degree in gender studies, anthropology, feminist studies, public health, medicine, sociology, human rights, law, cultural studies, international development, or other field directly related to GBV prevention and response;

Knowledge and Experience:

At least 7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in developing and implementing quality GBV programming, gender mainstreaming, and rights-based programming of which five years at the international level; Knowledge and understanding of a Human Rights based approach essential; Extensive experience in gender mainstreaming and programming for women’s development; Experience in evidence informed policy advocacy for GBV prevention and response and development of national actions plans to address GBV Experience in addressing gender and social equity issues in Reproductive health and Population issues; Demonstrated knowledge of GBV Guiding Principles, survivor-centered approach, latest evidence, research, global guidelines and good practices on prevention and response to gender-based violence; Demonstrated experience in leading capacity building initiatives in GBV prevention and response in development settings; Field experience in complex emergencies, including humanitarian emergency response is desirable; Knowledge and experience of working on social protection and Civil Society involvement in related security & protection; Strong track record of technical leadership, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results; Demonstrated ability to network within the academic and development community; Familiarity with UN systems and procedures, management and monitoring tools; Field experience is strongly desirable;


Fluency in English is required and French is desirable to enable effective communication with English speaking and French speaking country coordination groups and local organizations (West and Central Africa region);

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

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