GBV Guidelines Training Specialist

Geneva | Geneva


Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is a core member of the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) under the Global Protection Cluster and is thus committed inter alia to upholding, implementing and actively promoting GBV AoR endorsed principles, standards, tools and resources internally and with partners; and providing inputs to inter-agency tools and resources produced by the GBV AoR according to the area of expertise, mandate and interests and to endorse these tools and resources.

As Global Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster lead agency for natural disasters, IOM has been concertedly engaged in the revision of the IASC Guidelines on Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action (the ‘GBV Guidelines’), with particular consideration given to CCCM essential actions for reducing risk, promoting resilience and aiding recovery throughout the programme cycle.

The revised GBV Guidelines were finalized in 2015 and will be rolled out globally during 2015-2016. The overall goal of the revised GBV Guidelines is to support humanitarian stakeholders (international and national actors across all humanitarian sectors) to fulfil their responsibility to protect all those affected by crises, by:

  1. Reducing risk of GBV by implementing GBV prevention and mitigation strategies from pre-emergency to recovery stages of humanitarian response.

  2. Promoting resilience by strengthening national and community-based systems that prevent and mitigate GBV, and by enabling survivors and those at greatest risk of GBV to access care and support.

  3. Aiding recovery of communities and societies by supporting local and national capacity to create lasting solutions to the problem of GBV.

To promote sustained, systematic uptake of the GBV Guidelines by humanitarian stakeholders over the long term, a detailed Implementation Strategy has been developed. The strategy aims to catalyse system change in order that all humanitarian programming is planned and implemented to prevent and mitigate risks of GBV, and – for those non-GBV-specialist sectors with responsibility to provide services for GBV survivors[1] – to respond effectively to the needs of GBV survivors.

An inter-agency Task Team (c. 15 agencies + independent consultants) has overseen the revision process. As the focus shifts to implementation, and based on the experience of other humanitarian sectors that have developed and implemented minimum standards or guidance for humanitarian response, the Task Team has been replaced by a global-level Reference Group to lead the initial roll-out and operationalize the Implementation Strategy.

To support the implementation process, IOM, on behalf of the Reference Group, is recruiting a Training Specialist to work with the inter-agency Implementation Support Team.


The Training Specialist will be tasked with overseeing the global, regional and target roll out country level trainings for the GBV Guidelines and supporting IOM CCCM GBV mainstreaming initiatives. The goal of the Training Specialist will be to build national and regional level capacity for training on and implementing the GBV Guidelines. She or he will develop new and/or adapt and/or contextualize existing training materials based on target audience and capacity, and deliver or support partners to deliver trainings and Training of Trainers (ToT) at the global, regional and country level. The Training Specialist will further support the collection, management and analysis of training-related data to improve learning, and will identify and document lessons learned and best practices to contribute to a wider knowledge base for training on and implementation of the GBV Guidelines. The position will involve both global-level work as well as frequent travel. The Training Specialist is expected to dedicate 50% of his/her time to the CCCM and Shelter, Settlement and Recovery thematic area guidance.



  1. Adapt existing GBV Guidelines training materials, including CCCM and Shelter training materials.

  2. Create/develop new GBV Guidelines training materials as needed - depending on audience, preferred format, time allotted, etc.

  3. As possible, identify and integrate relevant aspects of the GBV Guidelines training materials into other cluster/sector-specific trainings and resources, including developing a contextualization guide for CCCM and Shelter and Settlement thematic area guidance.

  4. Support pre-training needs assessments and post-training evaluations of training conducted and what needs adjusting for trainings.

  5. Follow up on commitments made during trainings by different clusters/thematic areas.

  6. Collate different country-based lessons learned on conducting the trainings to share on the dedicated web page for the revised GBV Guidelines.

    Provide Remote Training Support

  7. Serve as first point of contract for field practitioners and other partners on training-related inquiries.

  8. Create online training materials, e-learning tools, webinars, etc. based on demand from practitioners.

  9. Function as Helpline expert on training issues and other areas of expertise.

    Provide Training Support In-Country

  10. Engage with target roll-out countries in their preparation for introduction to and training on the revised GBV Guidelines for different stakeholders, to ensure they are aware of and can make best use of the training materials provided.

  11. Assist with contextualization of the training materials for the particular setting.

  12. Provide practical advice on setting up trainings for different target groups.

  13. In-person support to GBV coordination mechanisms for initial roll-out trainings (in line with capacity needs in different pilot countries), ideally not to lead them, but to be present and provide support or refer training requests to Reference Group members who can also provide this support.

  14. Develop/adapt and support/conduct training of regional trainers (ToT), to scale up regional GBV expertise on the GBV Guidelines. (NB: Once REGAs are recruited in all regions, they can contribute considerably to supporting subsequent country-level trainings as required.[2])

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Advanced university degree or equivalent in gender studies, social anthropology, law and women’s rights, sociology, public health or other field related to GBV in emergency programming.

  2. Minimum of five years of humanitarian or related work experience in natural disasters and conflict-affected countries; strong preference for work experience in addressing GBV in emergencies.

  3. Technical proficiency and demonstrated experience in designing, adapting and delivering multiple types of trainings (in person, remote, webinars, etc.) for a wide variety of practitioners in different contexts and with varying levels of capacity. Preference for those with specific experience in developing and delivering GBV-related trainings.

  4. Experience in collection, management and analysis of training-related data (pre/post tests, evaluations, etc).

  5. Experience of working across multiple humanitarian sectors.

  6. Understanding of the basic activities that non-GBV-specialist sectors should undertake to prevent, mitigate and respond to GBV in emergencies.

  7. Ability to work with NGO, government and international organizations.

  8. Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, with team members based in other countries/organizations.

  9. Excellent analytical, communication, writing and editorial skills in English. Proficiency in at least one additional language (French, Arabic or Spanish) is highly preferred.

  10. Willingness to travel (up to 60% of the time)


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is an advantage.

[1] Health, Protection, Education and Child Protection

[2] Where GBV coordination mechanism actors are still strengthening their skills or do not have the time capacities to conduct trainings with all clusters/thematic areas represented

Type of Appointment: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

Estimated Start Date: January 2016

Send a CV and cover letter with “Training Specialist” in the subject line to CCCM Recruitment by 13 December 2015.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: IOM - International Organization for Migration
  • Location: Geneva | Geneva
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education and Training
    • Education and Training
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    • Education and Training
    • Education and Training
    • Education and Training
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    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2015-12-13

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