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Emergency Response Specialist, Gender Based Violence in Emergencies

CARE Canada


CARE Canada is currently seeking an Emergency Response Specialist, Gender Based Violence in Emergencies.

Please note that due to urgency, profiles will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the position will close as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. 

CARE’s Global Program Strategy and Humanitarian and Emergency Strategy (HES) commits CARE to be a leading humanitarian agency that has a lasting impact on the needs of women, men, boys and girls affected by humanitarian crisis, and have a unique ability to reach and empower women and girls in emergencies.  CARE places the needs of women and girls at the forefront of our responses and the role of the Emergency Response Specialist, Gender Based Violence in Emergencies is ensuring CARE has understanding of how gender and power dynamics play out in complex emergencies,  to ensure that CARE can effectively design and deliver programs, approaches and policies that prevent, protect from and respond to GBV.

The Emergency Response Specialist, Gender Based Violence in Emergencies works with country office and humanitarian teams to leads and coordinate the integration of GBV prevention and response approaches and perspectives into operational and strategic aspects of CARE’s humanitarian responses. The primary responsibility will be deploying in order to support country office emergency responses and teams to ensure that GBV is effectively and practically integrated into humanitarian response planning and programs.   The position will respond to the fluid and changing requirements of Country Offices and involve frequent travel at short notice. Each deployment is expected to be associated with a detailed Terms of Reference developed by the specific country office.

Tasks include:

  • Serving as GBV specialist on emergency assessment teams
  • Guiding and coaching country offices in developing and implementing rapid GBV and protection analysis in emergencies, including “learning by doing” training programs for staff and partners
  • Building the capacity of staff to locate and use CARE’s gender in emergencies flagship tools, and building on these tools to support CARE’s GBV analysis and program responses where necessary
  • Providing support to COs in developing program strategies and approaches (when requested) that address issues of GBV in emergencies.
  • Assisting emergency teams to design and initiate emergency response programs which appropriately address GBV in each of the humanitarian sectors and promote the protection and empowerment of women and girls
  • Provide technical assistance to country offices and CARE members in developing GBV related concept notes/proposals
  • Strengthening CARE’s overall approaches to and bodies of practice concerning GBV in emergencies

Is this right for you? Here’s what we’re looking for:  

  • Master’s degree in Gender, GBV, International Development or Humanitarian Assistance or in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
    • Specialist training in GBV or equivalent experience
  • You have demonstrated practical experience in designing, implementing and monitoring effective gender-based violence emergency programming, with specific focus on creating enabling environments for prevention and response, with international NGOs or international organisations
  • You have demonstrated experience taking a survivor centered approach to prevention and response
  • You are excited about the opportunity to travel frequently and are able to deploy at short notice to high risk locations
  • You are an expert at analysing data to identify possible areas for harm and risk
  • You have previous experience setting up shelters and related support functions and services for survivors
  • You are very self-aware and trust yourself to remain resilient under pressure
  • You are an effective collaborator and are able to work with small, diverse and remote teams
  • You have successfully collaborated with international counterparts and specifically with communities in the field
  • You have a strong understanding of ethics related to research and practical work in GBV

What would make you extraordinary?

  • Fluency in French, Spanish or Arabic
  • Relevant advanced degree or equivalent
  • Previous specialised training in humanitarian or emergency response
  • Previous experience working with government actors and armed groups

What we offer:

  • Generous leave entitlements, including December holiday closure;
  • Full benefits: dental, medical, vision care, paramedical, life insurance (some exceptions may apply) and professional
  • Confidential Employee Assistance Program services, available to you 24/7
  • Learning and Development opportunities, and specialised training;
  • Flexible work hours and a work from home policy;

About CARE
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies. We place special focus on working alongside women and girls, living in poverty, because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To learn more, visit

If you are someone who thrives on challenge, loves to be part of a dynamic team and you are passionate about making a difference, then this opportunity is for you and we would like to hear from you. Please apply directly at before September 29 2017. Please note resumes will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and the advertisement will be removed once candidate has been identified.

CARE Canada is committed to employment equity, embraces diversity in the workplace and supports applications from all qualified applicants. Recruitment-related accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request.

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