International Consultancy

GBV Health Specialist

10 September 2020

Home based


Contract Type: International Consultancy

Closing date: 10 September 2020 - 5:00pm (Fiji Time)

Duty station: Home Based

Duration of contract: 163 days

Job Title: GBV Health Specialist 


How to Apply:

§   Register your profile in the UNFPA Consultant Roster via and

§   Submit cover letter/proposal stating how you meet the above criteria, CV and your consultancy daily fee by email to by 10 September 2020 with title: “Consultant- GBV Health Specialist”.


The Consultant reports directly to the Gender Technical Advisor


UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV and AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.  Advancing gender equality and promoting the empowerment of women is a key programme priority of UNFPA defined in the UNFPA Strategic Plan.

The consultant will be providing remote technical assistance across five Pacific countries including Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia working to strengthen health system responses to the incidence of gender based violence (GBV). This work is being enabled under the Australian Aid supported ‘A Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific:  Towards Zero Unmet Need for Family Planning’ (Transformative Agenda) and the European Union supported ‘Spotlight Initiative’ as well as UNFPA supported

S/he will be part of the UNFPA Pacific Sub Regional Office programme team, which provides integrated programme and technical support within a systems strengthening approach fundamental to implementation of UNFPA’s overall strategy in the Pacific. The consultant will work within the framework of the Essential Services Package and the range of WHO and UNFPA international standards and guidance as well as other Pacific country best practices to ensure the highest technical support. The incumbent will be supporting health system strengthening through the facilitation of training, review of IEC material, development of job aids, guidelines and protocols as well as building and establishing relevant partnerships with other Government stakeholders, NGOs, and donor partners. The training will also serve to support a strengthened community of practice and supervisory and mentoring structures within the health system to provide safe and effective responses to GBV as well as prevent escalation of violence. Support will also be required in the development of communications pieces to demonstrate the work of UNFPA in health system strengthening for GBV.


Under the Spotlight Initiative, the consultant will be specifically support programme implementation under Pillar 4 of the programme in Samoa and Vanuatu. In these countries, the consultant will work in close communication with the respective country teams.


Reporting to Gender Technical Advisor based in the Pacific Sub Regional Office in Fiji, the Consultant will also work with members of the UNFPA country teams in achieving key deliverables. 

 Scope of Work

The work will be conducted across five Pacific countries: Samoa, Tonga, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu. Each Country has varying levels of existing guidance and protocols and training experiences available to front line health workers and as such the outputs of the consultant will vary in each country. Below is a brief and variable (time frames) workplan for 2020/2021 as against each of the countries. This workplan will serve as a guide only and is subject to change as many activities remain reliant upon Government timetables and expectations. Furthermore, the deliverables will be provided by way of virtual modality in partnership with key in country stakeholders.


Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

·Maintain a register of training participants

·Develop, where possible, mentoring and supervisory structures

·Develop a community of practice across the countries which can be managed by UNFPA to ensure continuing forms of education, learning and experience;

·Development of tools (including GBV identification tools): training packages, job aids and review of IEC material where relevant.

·Remote (and where possible, in country) technical support for review or develop guidelines protocols and training packages developed for health system responses for women and girls subject to violence;

·Support technical development of UNFPA staff;

·Ensure inclusion of GBV Health trainers are part of the Family Planning Master Trainers to ensure best possible integration of SRH and GBV

·Provide inputs into ongoing curriculum review/renewal processes to ensure components of GBV health response are captured in pre-service health worker training

·Develop an in-service training plan and a framework for CPD on GBV health services for relevant cadres of health staff (mental health unit staff/counsellors; nurses/midwives; doctors)

·The above will include a plan for a training cascade, identification of master trainers, training clusters, mentoring and supervision etc.

·Record and maintain documents on activities, issues, and risks.


Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication

·Document the programme implementation process and products for UNFPA

·Contribute to the exchange of information and provide inputs to the development of knowledge products internally and externally of the joint programme;

·Support development of communications materials which support the achievements of the Spotlight Initiative and Transformative Agenda


Monitoring and Evaluation

·Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on the programme

·Develop training quality and output checklists/tools validated at country level to monitor training outputs and quality of training cascade at all levels

·Provide post mission or remote training reports for each country detailing activities, stakeholders, challenges and future steps/recommendations

·Where required provide inputs from activities into the Pacific Sub Regional Office and Resident Coordinator’s Office (Fiji) reporting systems.




Implementing Partner


Deliverables by Country


(Transformative Agenda)

Ministry of Health

10 days

Develop SOPs and training package for pre and in service training, as well as job aids and relevant guidance tools

8 days

ToT on GBV and CMR


(Transformative Agenda, Spotlight Initiative)



Ministry of Health


14 days

Spotlight Initiative



Assessment of the GBV referral pathways within the health system including: validated assessment report by government counterparts; interview and assessment notes; PPT presentation on findings of the assessment targeted at program managers/policymakers; complete at least two stakeholder dissemination meetings (to be planned jointly with country stakeholders

4 days

Transformative Agenda







13 days

Spotlight Initiative

Development of job aids and identification/referral tools including provision of CMR (and emergency contraception)



GBV Guidelines and training package development; Review of all tools developed under the Spotlight Intiaitive to support increased access to safe services; roll out of the ToT on GBV Guidelines (to support IPPF roll out)


(Spotlight Initiative)

Ministry of Health



5 days

Spotlight Initiative

Assessment of GBV referral system in health


30 Days

Spotlight Initiative

GBV Guidelines Review and update, develop associated job aid, develop GBViE SOP


ToT on the guidelines





Department of Health and Social Services

5 days

Validation of GBV Guidelines

15 days

ToT on the Guidelines

10 days

Job Aids/ Mentoring System





Ministry of Health

10 days

Development of GBV Guidelines for Health

10 days

Health Training inclusive of package (job aids)


Expected Travel

Travel to the Pacific required but dependent on COVID travel restrictions


Requirements and Qualification


Advanced university degree in public health or other social sciences, public/community health, gender, legal advice as it relates to gender and GBV, and development or related field;


Knowledge and Experience:

·At least 10 years of increasingly responsible relevant professional experience, including experience in Health system responses for GBV, GBV programme implementation including review and facilitation of GBV training.

·Knowledge of gender issues in development and humanitarian settings (where required), particularly GBV, including relevant international human rights standards;

·Knowledge of reproductive health, HIV and protection issues and the intersections with GBV.

·Knowledge or awareness of the barriers for women and girls to access quality health services and information, including disability.

·Knowledge and expertise of health issues, and particularly sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls to ensure support relevant and comprehensive policy development.

  • Experience in utilizing the international best practices and guidelines for the integration of GBV in health system services and response for women and girls subject to violence.


Core Competencies

i) Values: Exemplifying integrity, demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system, embracing cultural diversity, Embracing change

ii) Core Competencies: Achieving results, being accountable, Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen, Thinking analytically and strategically, Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships, Communicating for impact

iii) Required Skillset:

•       Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly in relation to facilitation and advocacy;

•       Analytical skills to support implementation of the GBV programme.

•       Strong strategic thinking in order to support strengthening key relationships

•       Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships

•       Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization

•       Strategically positioning UNFPA Programme



•       Fluency in oral and written English is essential.


Other Desirable Skills:

•       Prior experience in Pacific

•       Prior experience in the implementation of GBV programs

•       Prior facilitation of consultations, coordination meetings and stakeholder meetings GBV with Government and civil society.



Ø  Travel costs within the Pacific to support the project implementati