Humanitarian Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Specialist

  • Anywhere
Organization: International Planned Parenthood Federation
Closing date: 15 Jan 2022


A Humanitarian Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) specialist is required to cover for planned staff absence for three months in early 2022.

IPPF is a federation of Member Associations (MAs) across 142 countries, working together to achieve a future where all people are free to make choices about their sexuality and well-being, in a world free of discrimination. Within IPPF, the Global Humanitarian Team (GHT) work with MAs facing humanitarian crises, supporting them to deliver quality care in an emergency, with a focus on both preparedness and response.

The role

The SGBV Consultant will be embedded within the IPPF Global Humanitarian Team. This is a collegial team delivering support to IPPF’s MAs working in humanitarian contexts, globally, but with a specific target in South-East Asia. The GHT focuses on supporting MAs to deliver the MISP (minimum initial service package), and the SGBV Consultant will take responsibility for Objective 2 of this.

Because the humanitarian context changes so rapidly, the role description below may change in some specifics depending on the timing of emergencies, but the core will remain the same – to support IPPF’s member associations to safely incorporate quality SGBV programming in their SRHR emergency responses. This role also contributes to the broader work on SGBV and Gender within IPPF, attending regular gender steering group meetings, supporting the global advocacy team with technical inputs on SGBV-related statements, and providing inputs to SGBV policy and strategy at the Central Office level.

In particular, this will involve:


Contributing to IPPF’s flagship humanitarian SPRINT programme

  • Supporting seven MAs in South and South-East Asia to develop annual workplans for their aims in improving SGBV work
  • Providing support to MAs and GHT colleagues to answer technical queries, offer training and coaching, and provide evidence sources relating to SGBV and gender
  • Review quarterly reports, emergency response reports and contribute to IPPF’s final reporting to the donor

Contributing to IPPF’s internal rapid response funding stream

  • Attending online hot calls, kick off meetings and progress meetings for active responses (likely to include Djibouti, Sudan, Afghanistan among others)
  • Provide SGBV input and advice for programme design, implementation and reporting for newly emergent humanitarian responses

Providing support to MAs and Regional Offices

  • Facilitating training of IPPF’s SGBV Fundamentals programme, directly, remotely, or by upskilling a local consultant, to ensure that frontline staff have the skills and knowledge needed to provide survivor-centred care
  • Leading design workshops for MAs to ensure that SGBV programming is well thought through and in line with global standards and evidence
  • Providing ongoing ad hoc support, coaching and technical inputs to SGBV-related projects
  • Support proposal development on activities related to SGBV for new grant opportunities

Act as the external and internal focal point for SGBV within IPPF

  • Represent IPPF on external forums including the GBV Area of Responsibility, the Call to Action, the IAWG sub-working group on GBV and others as appropriate
  • Lead on gathering inputs from across the organisation for any inputs to external reports
  • Attend internal Gender Steering Group and other relevant meetings in IPPF to ensure that humanitarian considerations are incorporated into the broader gender remit, and to ensure that SGBV work is in line with global standards and evidence

Candidate requirements

The below requirements are an example of the broad experience we hope that a candidate might bring. We are aware that candidates may bring many different strengths to the table and would encourage people, especially those from under-represented communities in humanitarian work, not to rule themselves out if they do not meet every single category.


  • Educated to postgraduate level, or with equivalent working experience, in a relevant subject such as Gender Studies, Social Science, Nursing/broader Healthcare
  • At least four years’ experience in working on GBV in a humanitarian context. (Experience with healthcare GBV programming will be an advantage.)
  • Proven experience of using global standards and evidence base to provide practical advice on SGBV to one or more of:
  • Frontline staff and their supervisors
  • Programme managers and those involved in programme design
  • Central Office/HQ colleagues
  • Experience in facilitating and leading training sessions on SGBV, especially for participants in low resource settings. (Experience with online training will be an advantage.)
  • Experience in providing written inputs to donor reports, external and internal documents

Skills and knowledge

  • Strong technical knowledge of GBV, including core principles, GBV minimum standards and other humanitarian GBV tools
  • Good knowledge of SRHR in humanitarian settings will be an advantage
  • Ability to build good relationships with colleagues and stakeholders across a wide range of contexts, and with different levels of understanding of GBV
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.
  • Lived experience of the Global South will be a strong advantage, as will knowledge of languages other than English

The role is remote and can be based anywhere. However, the successful candidate should be able to work hours that overlap with colleagues across a wide range of time zones including across the Asia and Pacific regions, as well as London.Depending on the needs of the Member Associations, there may be opportunity for travel. If this is the case, all costs of this travel would be borne by IPPF and do not need to be included in the proposal for this consultancy.

How to apply:

Please email Alice Janvrin, Humanitarian Technical Lead at by 15 January 2022 with:

  • Your CV
  • A brief summary of your relevant experience
  • Your daily rate
  • An overview of your availability in the next three months

Queries can be addressed to

We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and may contact candidates for interview before the close of the application window.