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  • PSS/GBV Specialist at INTERSOS

  • Posted on: 18 July, 2019 Deadline: 1 August, 2019
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  • INTERSOS is an independent, no-profit organization which, through its own humanitarian operators, intervenes to effectively answer the needs of people in serious crises situations, mainly in the world's poorest regions, who are suffering, deprived of rights, dignity and essentials goods. It maintains a flexible operating structure. The head office in Italy coordinates, supports and monitors the planned activities in the countries of intervention carried out by decentralised offices. The statutory bodies of INTERSOS, are: the Members Assembly, the Council, the Society for Auditing and Certification of Accounts.

    Intersos, established in 1992, is recognised by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the European Commission and the principal UN agencies; it is privileged to hold an advisory status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

    PSS/GBV Specialist


    Code: SR-49-985
    Location: Maiduguri (with sporadic field missions to other bases, such as Monguno, Ngala, Banki and Damasak)
    Starting Date: 5/8/2019
    Contract Duration: 12 Months
    Reporting to: Head of Base
    Supervision of: About 10 local staff
    Dependents: No

    General Context of the Project
    Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency has crippled North-eastern Nigeria. Borno State continues to be most affected, with over 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Recent advances by the Nigerian Army and the Multinational Joint Task Force have improved humanitarian access in 25 of the 27 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Borno, but have also revealed the extent of the crisis.

    In newly accessible areas, basic infrastructure has been destroyed, essential services are non-existent, and most local governance systems are not functional. In support to the UN-led coordinated humanitarian response in the region, INTERSOS is implementing an integrated project to address critical gaps in health, nutrition, and WASH services for a highly vulnerable population in the newly accessible host communities in the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Ngala (Ngala-Gambaru), Bama (Banki) and Dikwa (Dikwa) Local Government Area (LGA), Borno State, Nigeria. A GBV-protection component has been recently added to the project, in order to responds to the identified GBV-protection gaps.

    The protection component of the project will target:

    • Comprehensive services provision for GBV survivors including specialized case management, individual psychosocial counselling for survivors and individuals showing high levels of distress, group psychosocial support for women and girls, targeted material assistance;
    • Capacity building of specific protection staff responsible for different technical elements of GBV prevention and response, including individual case management of GBV cases, MHPSS, PFA and safe and confidential referral to specialized services
    • Mobile case management and PSS;
    • Security audits, FDGs and regular in depth sector assessments;
    • Including men and boys in promoting protection and GBV prevention.

    General Purpose of the Position:

    • The PSS/GBV Specialist oversees the technical side of protection activities, carries out the project’s framework, ensuring compliance and operational quality.

    Main Responsibilities and Tasks
    Project Management:

    • Develop, and supervise protection activities implementation in a timely manner
    • Ensure adherence to work plans and M&E plans
    • Contribute to timely submission of relevant reports to the leading agency as per the agreed reporting schedule
    • Ensure data is collected regularly to respond to agreed indicators
    • Contribute to project proposals development for the GBV sector in Borno State, in close coordination with the technical team, protection focal points, under the supervision of the Coordination of INTERSOS Nigeria;
    • Carry out rapid assessments to investigate programming opportunities inside Borno State;

    Programme Quality:

    • In close collaboration and under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator (PC), capacity building of INTERSOS in PSS and GBV sector to meet GBV and PSS minimum standards in emergency programs. This includes training and mentoring of INTERSOS staff.
    • Provide technical support, insights for PSS and GBV activities and standards including via tools and methodologies to national and international staff.
    • Guides the implementation of PSS programming with a focus on technical aspects and quality assurance through close monitoring, supervision, and training for national staff.
    • Provide technical support to GBV cases documentation through GBVIMS forms/system.
    • Contribute, under PC guidance, to strengthening INTERSOS Nigeria in the protection sector


    • In close collaboration and under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator; Ensure 5W matrices are submitted to the State Clusters per the agreed reporting schedule
    • In close collaboration and under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator; Represent the program with national authorities, non-state actors, UN agencies, NGOs, donors in Borno State and in Abuja;


    • Execute managerial duties for national staff direct reports related to their employment life cycle (i.e hiring, training, performance management, coaching, ..)


    • Relevant Degree in Psychology, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Gender and/or Women's Studies or other related field and/or or equivalent MHPSS/GBV working experience.

    Professional Experience:

    • Relevant working experience of at least 3 years and previous Humanitarian experience. Previous experience in Nigeria and/or Western and Central Africa is an asset.
    • Professional Requirements
    • Demonstrated proficiency in technical GBV case management and gender analysis. (including MHPSS PFA, GBVIMS)
    • Good knowledge of the international standard on GBV and Protection
    • Strong Leadership and interpersonal skills
    • Demonstrated organizational skills in highly complex emergency operations
    • Knowledge of communication strategies and techniques
    • Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player.
    • Good knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)


    • Fully proficient in written and spoken English

    Personal Requirements:

    • Willingness to accept basic living standard and frequent field missions
    • Ability to deal with stress and demanding working environment
    • Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of INTERSOS.

    Method of Application

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