Gender Based Violence in Emergency (GBViE) District Officer - Community Engagement shall be based in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The incumbents reports to the GBViE Programme Specialist in Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh is ranked sixth in the World Risk Index (2015), due to the country’s extreme exposure and high vulnerability to natural hazards. Within humanitarian settings, and particularly in Bangladesh, women and girls are disproportionately affected. According to the Violence Against Women (VAW) Survey conducted in 2015 by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Bangladesh has a very high prevalence of violence against women. Findings from this survey report that 72.6% of married women experienced some form of violence by their husbands, 49.6% experienced physical violence and 27% experienced sexual violence. This data shows the magnitude of risks that women and girls are facing against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in a normal setting. Humanitarian settings make their vulnerability to GBV even greater.
On 25 August, 2017 coordinated attacks by insurgents on multiple police posts and an army base in Rakhine State, Myanmar sparked retaliations and continuing violence towards the minority Rohingya Muslim population. This contentious situation stems from decades of discriminatory actions against Rohingyas living in Rakhine. The recent extreme violence has caused thousands, predominantly Rohingyas, to flee and seek safety in Cox’s Bazar District in Bangladesh which shares a border with Myanmar. According to the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) Situation Report 21 June 2018, there were an estimated 919,000 Rohingya refugees accumulative arrivals into Bangladesh since 25 August 2017. Some estimates suggest 80% are women and girls. This new influx has exacerbated a protracted refugee situation that began in the 1970s.
UNFPA maintains a dedicated presence in Cox’s Bazar district to support implementing partners (IP) for managing emergency projects. Considering more needs UNFPA is expanding its emergency program on different thematic areas like community engagement for GBV prevention and response. This program will focus on men and boys engagement in addressing GBV programming. Therefore, One GBViE District Officer- Community Engagement will recruited to develop capacity of implementing partners, support and coordinate GBV program and monitor the quality of GBViE program which will be implemented both in Rohingya and host community.