Gender Based Violence Officer

Full Time
EXPIRES 31 Dec, 2019

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HIAS an International NGO is seeking a  Gender Based Violence (GBV) Officer  who will oversee the implementation of GBV activities, and will also provide survivor centered GBV case management services for cases HIAS assesses as needing additional support beyond what the GBV Counselor provides.  This position is responsible for creating an inclusive service and supportive environment. This position includes responsibility for program planning to ensure HIAS in on track to implement good quality GBV programming, reporting against proposal deliverables, and will work in close coordination with the Country Director, GBV Officer, and Protection Officers.  The GBV Officer will ensure quality services are delivered that meet both ethical and global GBV standards and that the programs evolve to meet changing needs in the Venezuelan crisis. 

This position supports HIAS Refugee Rights Framework by supporting forcibly displaced migrants and refugees’ rights to be protected from violence and discrimination and the right to recovery from the shock of displacement.


  • Degree in Public Health, Social Work or related field with at least 3 years of experience counseling, supporting survivors and/or social work experience
  • Demonstrated knowledge of violence against women and girls specifically and GBV more broadly and the ability to work in a survivor centered manner. 
  • Familiarity with IASC guidelines on GBV in Emergency Settings and
  • Ability to develop work plans, meet deadlines and capture program progress for donor reports.
  • Strong motivation to humanitarian work, service-oriented mindset and sense of accountability to the populations HIAS serves.
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively and critically
  • Ability to work within a team structure or in isolation, flexible, and can cope with stressful workloads and working with limited resources
  • Sense of initiative and capacity to work autonomously

 Current residency in Aruba and/or prior work authorization in Aruba required. Fluency (written and oral) in English is required. Flency in  Spanish will be a great asset. A minimum 1-3 years’ working experience preferably in one of the following sectors: social, charity or NGO.  University degree or equivalent. Excellent computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook). Excellent organizational and problem solving skills. · Must be a team player and able to work with a range of diverse, vulnerable populations; understanding of community based approach required. Ability to uphold the highest level of integrity and confidentiality. · Passionate about HIAS’ mission and values. 


  1. Guide the development and implementation of GBV programming in Guyana, in close coordination with other colleagues, including culturally appropriate and sensitive activities for vulnerable Venezuelan refugees and migrants.  These include, but are not limited to, GBV Case Management, groups tailored to increase peer support and solidarity, and other supportive recreational and/or social activities for vulnerable Venezuelan refugees and migrants.
  2. Contribute to an inclusive community mobilization and outreach strategy to reduce the risk related to GBV with a specific focus on women and adolescent girls.
  3. Contribute to the development of a functioning referral system with service providers in Aruba including governmental institutions, civil society and sister agencies.  This includes playing a key role in the development of the Standard Operating Procedures for a coordinated community response to GBV. 
  4. Supports partnerships with civil society.
  5. Lead GBV safety audits.
  6. Support implementation and use of the GBV Information Management System to ensure good quality information about types of GBV being reported.
  7. Provide ongoing technical support for GBV programming to HIAS operations in Guyana, in line with IASC guidelines.
  8. Establishes standardized case management procedures for GBV activities, including individual and group sessions.
  9. Complements the HIAS knowledge base with further mapping through identifying service providers to address GBV needs of individuals and families, and liaises with them in collaboration with HIAS GBV and protection colleagues.
  10. Provides accurate, timely and consistent analysis and reporting to HIAS Guyana CD on program activities
  11. Together with the Country Director plan trainings and capacity building for community mobilizers, leaders and service providers
  12. Gather updates regarding changing needs, risks and gaps in protection from the community.
  13. In addition, and in support of the Counselor/Social Worker and Protection Officer, conduct interviews with person(s) of concerns and provides regular input on daily actions; conducts need assessments; conducts home visits, as needed. 

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Candidates wishing to apply, please send your CV and cover letter to by December 16th, 2019.

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HIAS is an international nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to migrants and refugees. Founded in New York in 1881. We work in 14 countries across the World. HIAS Guyana was founded in 2019.
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