2018 Regional GBV Guidelines Workshops: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the workshops?

The goal of the workshop is to build the in-depth knowledge, skills and capacity of humanitarian actors from a range of clusters/sectors to identify and reduce GBV risks in their operations. The workshop format will emphasize applied, practical learning.

The learning objectives of the workshop align with and will support achievement of humanitarian commitments related to accountability to affected populations, centrality of protection, and to building localized gender-sensitive responses.

How do these workshops build on the GBV Guidelines roll out trainings that have already taken place?

Two years have passed since the beginning of the roll out of the IASC Guidelines for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Settings (GBV Guidelines), which reached over 3,000 humanitarian staff in 20 countries and across 11 (sub)clusters/sectors.

Now, with the benefit of the lessons learned and emerging best practice from their implementation, it is time to deepen institutionalization, systematization and evidence-building/learning on the practice of GBV prevention and risk mitigation. The emphasis of this phase of the roll-out and implementation process is shifting from breadth to depth.

The main focus of the regional workshops is a more sustainable and contextualized approach, promoting the uptake and institutionalization of GBV prevention and risk mitigation actions as a matter of course across all agencies and sectors.

When/where are they being held?

The workshop for the Middle East will be held in Amman, Jordan, in late March 2018. The workshop for East and West Africa will be held in Nairobi, Kenya in mid April 2018. Exact dates will be announced shortly; please keep an eye on this website for additional/updated information.

Each workshop will be 5 days long.

Who should apply?

For the Middle East workshop, we are accepting applications from candidates based in the following countries/responses and clusters/sectors:

  • COUNTRIES/RESPONSES: Iraq, Lebanon, Whole of Syria (Amman, Damascus and Gaziantep hubs)
  • CLUSTERS/SECTORS: Child Protection, Education, Health, Protection, Shelter

For the East and West Africa workshop, we are accepting applications from candidates based in the following countries and clusters/sectors:

  • COUNTRIES/RESPONSES: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan
  • CLUSTERS/SECTORS: CCCM, Food Security, Nutrition, WASH

An appropriate workshop participant is someone at the technical level within their organization, directly involved in developing, designing and/or implementing programming; who demonstrates an interest in GBV prevention and risk mitigation; has the support of their agency/supervisor to work on GBV risk mitigation within existing work/programming; and demonstrates sufficient professional and communication skills to strategically integrate GBV risk reduction activities within sectoral programming and to build the capacity of sectoral staff.

Because of the 6-month practicum requirement following the workshop (see application), we are also seeking applicants who are likely to remain in their agencies until at least October 2018.

I do not work in one of the countries noted above. Can I still apply?

Regrettably, we can only accept applications from candidates that work in the above-noted countries.

I work in one of the countries noted above, but in a cluster/sector that is not listed. Can I still apply?

Regrettably, we can only accept applications from candidates that work in the above-noted clusters/sectors.

I attended one of the GBV Guidelines trainings in 2016 or 2017. Should I apply for this workshop too?

Absolutely! These workshops will build on the knowledge and skills imparted during the day-long, sector-specific, country-level GBV Guidelines trainings held during 2016-2017. As the regional workshops will be 5 days long, they will offer participants the opportunity to go much more in depth and receive direct, personalized support to implement the practicum requirement (see below).

In what language will the workshops be held? Can I submit my application in a different language?

The East and West Africa workshop will be held in English. The Middle East workshops will be held in English and Arabic.

All applications must be submitted in English.

What is the cost to attend the workshops?

With appreciation to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, travel and related costs for the workshops will be covered by UNICEF.

Accepted participants who are based in field locations will be required to manage their own travel to capital.

I have submitted my application: when will I be notified if I’m accepted?

All applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted or not, by early February 2018. If shortlisted, applicants will be required to obtain additional sign off on their application from their senior-most manager at country level, as well as to provide additional information to facilitate travel bookings, etc. If such information is not provided in time, the application will not proceed.

All accepted candidates from the shortlist will be notified by mid-February 2018.

I have been selected to participate: how do I arrange my travel?

All participants will be required to obtain their own visas (if required). Letters of support may be able to be issued by UNICEF to facilitate the visa process. Participants will further be required to liaise directly with UNICEF regional and/or country offices to book travel. Additional details on the travel arrangement process will be provided to all accepted participants.

Why is there a practicum requirement? What does this mean for me?

The practicum requirement (see application page) is a key part of helping workshop participants directly apply their knowledge and skills within the context in which they work.

The nature of the practicum will be specific to each workshop participant and will aim to support the role s/he already plays within her agency (so as not to overburden staff). In addition, each practicum will be monitored and documented, contributing directly to the burgeoning evidence base for the impact of GBV risk mitigation interventions in emergency response.

Why do I need my supervisor’s signoff?

The signoff from the candidate’s supervisor (and, if accepted for participation, his/her/their senior-most manager at country level or equivalent high level sign-off according to the rules and regulations of your organization) represents a commitment to ensure that the applicant will be made available to participate in the workshop and will have the agency’s support to implement the practicum activities described in the application[4].

I still have questions – how can I get more information?

The inter-agency Implementation Support Team for the GBV Guidelines will be hosting two webinars for interested applicants in early January 2018. Please keep an eye on this website for more information on these webinars.