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Gender and GBV Program Manager

HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya (HRTK)

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Job Title: Gender and Gender Based Violence(GBV) Program Manager

Reporting to: Head of Programs

Grade: 9

Location: Nairobi

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


HIAS is an international non-profit organization that stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and opportunity. HIAS’ operation in Kenya was established in 2002 with the mission to serve the most vulnerable refugees through community-based protection including psychosocial support, resilience building and the 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.

HIAS uses a survivor-centered, community-based approach. Our programs consider the voices and needs of survivors and prioritize their leadership in program design and implementation. HIAS works with communities’ natural systems in order to optimize support for survivors, building partnerships to promote and protect the rights of survivors, women, men, girls, sexual and gender minorities. This approach enables HIAS to meet the safety, psychosocial, economic, and justice needs of survivors; facilitate their access to appropriate care; and empower communities to lead efforts that challenge beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate or condone violence against women, girls, sexual and gender minorities in the community.

The overall goal of HIAS’ global GBV Prevention and Response programming is for forcibly displaced refugee women, men, girls, sexual and gender minorities 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, sexual and gender minorities 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 refugee women, girls, sexual and gender minorities in accessing and using their rights.

HIAS Kenya is seeking a Gender and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Program Manager as it expands its existing GBV programming. The Gender and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Program Manager will be expected to contribute towards meeting the program’s approach of prevention and response to GBV amongst refugees in Kenya. He or she will be required to provide technical oversight and supervision to GBV program staff to ensure all activities supported are designed and conducted in accordance with HIAS Standard Operating Procedures and within the GBV local and global guidelines. The Gender and GBV Program Manager will also serve as a resource and focal point for HIAS Kenya and implementing partners on technical matters related to GBV service provision for urban refugees.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead the implementation of HIAS GBV prevention and response program through provision of strategic direction and technical advice on program design and development.
  • Oversee the piloting and exploration of prevention programming focusing on social norms change and new ways to engage men in ending violence against refugee women and girls.
  • Plan and oversee the establishment of community-based prevention and response mechanisms, risk mitigation strategies in support of survivors of GBV.
  • Strengthen GBV prevention and contribute to more integrated responses and long-term approaches such as creating safe spaces for women and girls, build peer support networks to enhance their economic and social assets.
  • Oversee the overall case management of the program and supervise case workers and community based GBV prevention monitors to implement GBV case management effectively.
  • Work collaboratively with HIAS MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) team by providing insight on the medical and psychosocial needs of refugees who are survivors of GBV.
  • Take lead in project planning and oversee budget expenditures to ensure effective use of resources against planned activities and outputs related to HIAS GBV work.
  • Oversee and coordinate trainings on GBV to HIAS staff, partners and the refugee community on topics related to GBV, such as: Gender, Human Rights and Power; Violence Against Women and Girls; Models for GBV Prevention and Response; Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse; Role of Social Norms in the Prevention of GBV; Risk Mitigation and Safety Planning with Survivors among other relevant GBV trainings and SRHR related trainings.
  • Provide mentoring and on the job training to GBV staff to become experts in GBV prevention, response and mainstreaming in line with the accredited standards.
  • Ensure that the monthly GBV working group meetings take place as planned with the participation of all agencies and coordination committees.
  • Develop interventions including, but not limited to, creating awareness of HIAS activities on GBV Prevention and Response.
  • Develop strategic partnerships through participation and attendance of GBV co-ordination meetings.
  • Implementation and oversight of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) interventions (increasing awareness of and access to SRHR services for refugees).
  • Collaborate with Technical Advisors to reinforce guidance and strategies new approaches to plan and implement program activities and for quality programming.
  • Coordinate with partners international organizations and local organizations to create linkages for refugees for promotion of quality referral pathways, strengthening services for survivors of GBV and ensuring their integration of GBV concerns to different sectors.
  • Research and analyze trends, behavior change strategies of GBV within the urban refugee population and develop/adjust program strategies to meet the identified trends/needs
  • Produce accurate, detailed and timely reports of all project activities and progress using program monitoring and information from the GBVIMS.
  • Participate and contribute to the identification of grants for funding opportunities for GBV Prevention and Response Projects as well as SRHR.
  • Contribute to the drafting of concept notes, project proposals, monitoring of periodic activity reports.
  • Senior Management team. As a member of the SMT you will be required to attend meetings, ensure alignment of major policies and procedures, advise the country leadership on matters pertaining to GBV, participate in the recruitment and management of staff in the department, collaborate with other departments in ensuring that the HIAS goals are met.
  • Performing other duties as required.

Required Qualifications and Experiences

  • A minimum of master’s degree in Gender Studies, Community Development Studies, Social Science and/or other related fields of study
  • 7 – 9 years working in a management position with at least 3 years in Project Management, monitoring and evaluation with a specific focus on GBV prevention and response programming; preference for candidates that have previous experience with direct service provision to GBV survivors.
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with GBV survivors.
  • Training in gender equality and/or SRHR
  • Demonstrated understanding of gender and patriarchy and the role both play in violence against refugee women and girls, sexual and gender minorities, safety planning etc.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience to supervise and coordinate technical work in GBV prevention and response, preferably in a humanitarian setting.
  • Strong training and capacity building experience, particularly using participatory techniques for training related to different components of GBV programming.
  • Experience working with GBVIMS (Gender Based Violence Information Management System).

Required Skills and Competences

  • Proficiency in English, knowledge of Kiswahili
  • 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
  • Knowledge of Accountability to Affected Populations

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume through the link indicating your expected gross salary as well.

Closing Date: 10th September, 2021

Important: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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

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