Vacancy Notice Number:
National PSEA Capacity Building Officer
One Year Fixed Term Graded Contract-with possible extension (NOA)
Deadline of Applications:
18 November 2019
Number of People to be hired
Internal and External Candidates
The protracted conflict in Syria has exposed large portions of the population to devastating humanitarian conditions. Eight years into the crisis, over 13 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria, including 6. 1 million internally displaced. With large-scale population displacements, increased poverty levels and limited livelihood options, the most affected communities are highly dependent on humanitarian aid. Moreover, the social fabrics and support systems have been severely disrupted, leading to limited individual and community capacities to address protection risks and incidents.
In a context where access is limited and remote management and monitoring modalities are often used to deliver assistance, humanitarian workers are in positions of substantial power over the community, and such dynamics leave open the risk of humanitarian workers to abuse this power imbalance to exploit and abuse the affected population and beneficiaries.
Findings from past Whole of Syria assessments and Humanitarian Needs Overview established a high prevalence of Gender Based Violence (GBV), including sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). SEA refers specifically to acts committed against members of the affected population by humanitarian actors, including international and national personnel of the United Nations (UN) and of non-government organizations (NGOs). SEA represents a failure on the part of humanitarian organizations to provide protection and care for communities, especially for the most vulnerable members of the population.
In December 2017, the Syria Strategic Steering Group endorsed a Whole of Syria PSEA implementation approach which led to the establishment of inter-agency PSEA networks in various operations of the Syria humanitarian response.
Under the overall supervision of the Head of Sub Office (ESEM) and direct supervision of the PSEA Senior Coordinator based in Gaziantep, the incumbent will support the program in building institutional capacity and skills among PSEA network member organizations through the provision of training and other programmatic initiatives ensuring PSEA mainstreaming, prevention, response and other relevant areas of intervention.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist in the facilitation and support of the Agency Self Assessments of PSEA network member organizations meet PSEA standards.
- Support capacity building activities for PSEA network member organizations through training, coaching and mentoring of personnel working in all relevant units with a focus on key PSEA programmatic areas of intervention.
- Contribute to the training for Human Resources staff of humanitarian actors/organizations to advocate for strengthening internal systems to prevent and respond to SEA.
- Support the organisation of PSEA trainers of trainers (ToT) training, including supporting agencies with prevention training for community stakeholders.
- Support PSEA Focal persons to conduct inhouse trainings on PSEA and CBCM for their staff.
- Assist in the organization of trainings and meetings with clusters/sectors.
- Provide regular follow-up guidance and mentorship to PSEA network member organizations.
- Organize and facilitate trainings on PSEA investigations for humanitarian organizations by engaging investigative experts in training and mentoring programs.
- Assist with the design, customization and delivery of training curriculum, including the development of tools targeting UN implementing partners, beneficiaries of humanitarian fund and PSEA network members.
- Constantly identify gaps, opportunities and prospects for improving prevention and response services for the PSEA program.
- Contribute to the monthly progress reports, PSEA Program reports and information products.
- With support from the PSEA Coordinator, respond to the needs of the PSEA Program.
- Master’s degree in law, Human Rights, International Relations, Political or Social Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or
- University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience..
- Experience from a humanitarian setting with relevant professional experience in inter-agency capacity building with a focus on protection.
- Proven knowledge of protection and gender dimensions in the Syria context.
- Proven ability to conduct training and capacity building initiatives, an understanding of gender-specific protection concerns, good judgement and analytical capacity;
- Experience and skills in training and coaching using diverse methods appropriate for various audience including for adult learning;
- Experience working in multi-sector, inter-agency processes;
- Experience working in MENA region is an advantage.
- Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
- Knowledge of Turkish is an advantage.
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
- Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
- Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
- Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
- Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
- Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
- Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
- Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
- Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.
Please be advised that this is a local position and as such only applications from candidates with a valid residence / working permit residing in Turkey will be considered.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application including the most recent CV with a cover letter in English with contact details (name, position, phone and e-mail details) of three references by indicating name of the position applied with its VN number in the subject line of the e-mail to by the end of 18 November 2019.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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