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Regional Specialist in Sexual and Gender-Based Violence – Senegal

Position title: Regional Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Specialist

Supervised by: Regional Protection Officer

Reporting to: Regional Protection Manager

Duty station: Dakar with travel to other DRC offices in the region

Area of ​​Operation: North West Africa and Latin America Region

Duration of employment: 6 months (renewable)

Type of contract (Expat/National/Trainee): Expatriate

Salary and benefits: Band Non Management G; Unaccompanied post


The Danish Refugee Council helps refugees and displaced people around the world: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights and strengthen their chances for a better future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along displacement routes and in countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive to find responsible and sustainable solutions. We are working on a successful integration and – as far as possible – on the fulfillment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown into an international humanitarian organization with over 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in some 40 countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational humanitarian organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced people. All our efforts are based on our compass of values: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, honesty and transparency.

  1. Background

The DRC has been present in West Africa since 1998 and in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2011. The DRC Northwest Africa and Latin America (WANALAC) The regional office is based in Dakar, Senegal, and covers several countries. Led by the Regional Executive Director, DRC WANALAC oversees, supports and provides strategic guidance for DRC Country Offices in the aforementioned regions. From May 2022, it will include Algeria*, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Libya*, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia*, Venezuela.

  1. Objective

The WANALAC region currently has projects addressing SGBV in 7 countries. Our responses focus on individual PSS responses and group work. The SGBV Specialist, through technical guidance and support, will ensure that all programs comply with DRC policies and technical standards with respect to AGDM and SGBV. The specialist will lead specifically to ensure that the DRC has robust SGBV prevention and response programs, with targeted support such as trainings of field teams, development of tailored toolkits and supervision systems to countries that have SGBV programs.

The specialist is initially recruited for 6 months, which will consist of an initial phase of 2 months to assess the state of DRC’s SGBV responses in targeted operations, 4 months to support operations in strengthening their responses to SGBV.

The specialist will lead the improvement of program quality, the establishment of partnerships and case management systems. S/he will provide trainings and remote support to in-country teams, to ensure the response is context-specific, teams are properly trained and victims of SGBV receive the best care available.

The specialist will be part of the regional program team, reporting to the regional protection coordinator. He/she will implement the policies and programs of the organization in the sectoral area.

  1. Responsibilities

Technical support and development of quality tools

Development and support for the implementation of the DRC framework and tools for individual or collective interventions related to:

a – Response to SGBV survivors and prevention programs;

b – Integration of AGDM in DRC responses

a. GBV programming

  • Ensure monitoring and quality control of existing SGBV interventions.
  • Provide technical direction on project design, team training and MEAL system set-up for projects with a direct SGBV response component.
  • Identify and advise on entry points for new initiatives for DRC WANALAC for a comprehensive and context-specific response to SGBV, in close consultation with ESMT
  • Contribution to fact sheets, proposals and reports on SGBV produced by protection departments in the countries;

b. AGDM Integration

  • Ensure gender and age markers are included in all development programs to reduce risk of harm.
  • Lead the integration of AGDM into program strategies and interventions in accordance with the overall DRC AGDM policy and operational guidelines.

Program monitoring and technical support

  • Support for capacity building of country office and multi-country operations teams, including through regular field visits;
  • Support the CO in other projects with AGDM, GBV and PSS components as requested.

Coordination with partners

  • Participation in the regional working group of GBV/Gender experts (GiHA).
  • In coordination with the AGD, GBV and MHPSS Global Focal Point, contribute and lead the development of position papers/briefing notes and advocacy messages on the themes to support the strengthening of the DRC profile on GBV in the WANALAC region and, where applicable, beyond
  • In coordination with the AGD, GBV and MHPSS Global Focal Point and the AGDM and GBV Global Advisory Group, support the formulation of guidelines, policies and best practices to be incorporated into knowledge management efforts and communities of practice
  • Close coordination with the MEAL Department and technical coordination for the development of monitoring tools, databases and analysis of MHPSS/GBV information according to the appropriate standards.

Ethics and compliance

  • Comply with all applicable procedures and current conditions as stipulated in the DRC Code of Conduct, the PSEAH policy and the Internal Rules for DRC Management Personnel;
  • Respect and apply DRC procedures and donor requirements;
  • Be in contact with the other technical services of his base in the search for a better response and a better use of the available resources.

These responsibilities are not exhaustive and are likely to be readjusted according to operational needs in accordance with the specialist’s overall role.

  1. Qualifications required


  • At least 5 years of proven experience in the design, implementation of GBV-related programs, including response to survivors (MSPSS, legal aid, health care…), integration of AGDM and prevention projects.
  • At least 2 years in a technical support position at AGDM, GBV and/or MHSPSS at country, global or regional level
  • Field experience working in fragile and conflictual contexts or working directly with the target population.
  • Proven experience in assessing and building institutional, organizational and technical gender capacities;
  • Experience in implementing AGD onboarding programs in various industries,
  • Strong links with international, regional and national networks on gender equality and women’s rights;
  • Experience in the West, Central and North Africa region will be considered an advantage
  • Highly experienced and competent draftsman;
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent command of the Office Pack (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).


  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills, experience in advocacy at regional and national level
  • Ability to work under pressure and with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams;
  • Previous international experience in management and protection cases;
  • Previous experience on an emergency project will be considered an asset.
  1. Skills & Qualities Required
  • In this position, you must demonstrate the five core competencies of DRC:

. Strive for excellence: you focus on achieving results while ensuring an efficient process

. Collaborate: you involve relevant parties and encourage feedback

. Take the lead: you take ownership and show initiative while striving for innovation

. Communicate: you listen and speak effectively and honestly

. Demonstrate integrity: maintain and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to the DRC’s values ​​and code of conduct, including protection against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment

  • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Team spirit and good sense of humor
  1. General rules

The employee must follow:

  • DRC Regulations on Safety, Health, COVID-19 Standards and Hygiene
  • The Code of Conduct and all ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
  • Rules of use of the RDC guest house, which is a working accommodation

In addition :

  • The employee must not engage in any other remunerated activity during the term of the DRC contract without prior authorization
  • The employee must not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the term of the DRC contract
  • The employee must not grant interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other documents without prior authorization
  • The employee must return all equipment borrowed for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request.
  1. Application process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position online**:** All applicants should send a cover letter And one updated resume (no more than four pages). Both must be in English**.**

DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not discriminate in any recruitment process. The DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Deadline for submitting applications: August 05, 2022T. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate matching the required profile before the above deadline.

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