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Publicado el 15 de Mayo de 2020

GBV Consultancy

Fecha límite: 31 de Mayo de 2020


Nature of the consultancy :

Lead the development of a regional model, a toolbox and training package for the implementation of GBV remote support services, particularly in the context of COVID-19.




As of April 2020, approximately 5 million people have fled from Venezuela as a result of the political and socio-economic turmoil. Given the large number of arrivals, largely into Venezuela’s neighbouring countries, national capacities have been overburdened and unable to adequately meet the needs of the refugees and migrants. In such a situation, women, girls and other groups at heightened risk, who undertake these journeys from Venezuela are often at increased vulnerability and risk of GBV, which are exacerbated given the insecurity, lack of infrastructure, breakdown of social structures, change in gender roles, limited access to economic opportunities and proliferation of trafficking groups.


The existing crisis of GBV is likely to worsen in the context of COVID-19. Emerging data shows that since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports of violence against women, and particularly domestic violence, have increased in several countries of the region as security, health, and money worries create tensions and strains accentuated by the cramped and confined living conditions of lockdown. Most countries in South America have implemented lockdown policies.


Increase in reports of domestic violence is happening at the same time that services are being compromised. Life-saving care and support to women who experienced violence (i.e. clinical management of rape and mental health and psycho-social support) may be disrupted when health service providers are overburdened and preoccupied with handling COVID-19 cases. Therefore, it is crucial to where movement is restricted, and/or where access to quality essential services is limited, as a result of social distancing (e.g. counselling by phone, emails or other platforms), for GBV service to continue and to be administered differently.


While many national authorities in the region are are transitioning to phone, internet, or SMS based services insufficient attention has been given to the fact that even if survivors have access to a phone, they may find using them, in a situation of confinement and close monitoring by abusers at home, challenging and very unsafe. Regardless of the model(s) chosen in each context, it is clear that service providers need to urgently update safety planning processes with survivors. Enhanced focus on managing personal safety during a period of potential prolonged confinement is essential. Attention to topics on keeping safe during a situation of escalation, creating safe zones in the home, avoiding being in rooms with weapons etc. in particular –are an urgent priority.[1]


In January 2020, IOM assumed the leadership of the Regional GBV Sub-Sector and is implementing several activities of the Sub-Sector’s workplan.  Against this backdrop, IOM will work on an evidence based technical and programmatic model that seeks to provide alternative solutions to provide safe, compassionate and confidential psychosocial support to survivors of GBV, particularly refugee and migrant women and girls, during the pandemic.




Tasks to be performed under this consultancy :

a)     In coordination with the GBV Team, lead the development of a model for remote support of survivors of GBV in the context of confinement due to COVID.

                         i.         Literature review (models and best practices)

                       ii.         Review available materials and tools available in development and humanitarian settings.

                      iii.         Review public health and mental health and PSS models.

                      iv.         Consult with technical experts and operational staff both, at the regional and local level.

                       v.         Develop a model.

b)     Develop a practical guide on model containing job aids, tools and step by step guidance.

c)     Produce a learning package including training modules and exercises.

d)     Hold consultations for validation of the above-mentioned products.


The tangible and measurable output of the work :


a)     Literature review

b)     Program model outline

c)     Practical guide outline

d)     Practical guide draft

e)     Learning package draft

f)      Practical guide

g)     Learning package


Requirements :


Consultancy Contract

Period: May to August 2020  

Total Lump Sum: USD 18,000


Education :


Advanced degree in Clinical Psychology with additional psychotherapy training such as cognitive therapy, clinical social work, or counselling from an accredited academic institution with proven 10 years of relevant professional experience.


Experience :


·       Ten years’ relevant professional experience, including using behavioural techniques or counselling.

·       Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months).

·       Experience providing care to survivors of violence;

·       Experience in GBV and MHPSS programming in emergency contexts;

·       Experience working with refugees, migrants and displaced populations;

·       Experience of GBV implementation in health emergencies an advantage;

·       Demonstrable experience in drafting program models and GBV capacity building materials;

·       Demonstrable ability to communicate technical expertise and practical knowledge on GBV and MHPSS programming;

·       Work experience in the Latin America and Caribbean region advantageous;

·       Experience in utilizing the following tools: IOM’s Institutional GBViC Framework; GBV Standard Operating Procedures; GBViE Minimum Standards; GBV Case Management Guidelines; Clinical management of rape and intimate partner violence survivors: Developing protocols for use in humanitarian settings; Guidelines for Mobile and Remote Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Service Delivery


Languages : Fluency in English and Spanish required.


Presentation of request/expression of interest


·       CV;

·       Availability;

·       Required fees; and

·       examples of previous work.



How to apply :


Interested candidates are invited to send their applications to by May 21, 2020, referring to this announcement in the subject of the email “GBV Consultancy”.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


[1] Dorcas Erskine1, Not just hotlines and mobile phones: GBV Service provision during COVID-19