GBV Policy & Advocacy Advisor

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SEED Foundation

  • Career category:Advocacy/ Policy
  • Job type:Job
  • Humanitarian or Development:Humanitarian & Development Nexus
  • Experience level:5-10 years
  • Organisation type:Civil Society
  • Remote option:No
  • Right to work requirements:International contract
  • Salary: Not Disclosed
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Location:Iraq
Gender-based violence (GBV)
About SEED Foundation
SEED Foundation is a locally registered NGO in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. SEED’s mission is to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk. 

Specific Tasks
Policy and Advocacy (60%)
  • Conduct research as necessary on gender equality deficits and GBV in Kurdistan, and identify gaps in prevention and response 
  • Analyze relevant laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, and track developments 
  • Examine international frameworks and best practices to inform approaches, adapting tools, resources, and guidance as necessary for the local context
  • Consult with diverse protection actors to understand current processes and practices related to GBV prevention and response, and conduct capacity and/or needs assessments
  • Conduct technical discussions with thematic experts and protection actors to enhance cross-organizational learning, harmonize tools and approaches, and standardize care

Coordination and Organizational Representation (15%)
  • Lead or participate in relevant sector coordination mechanisms and working groups, including the national Technology Facilitated GBV Task Force, Regional GBV Sector, and GBV Working Groups
  • Represent SEED in coordination fora, with KRG and other stakeholders, and with donors
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, develop strategic partnerships, and maintain effective working relationships with all key stakeholders
  • Provide resources, information, and support to external audiences, as requested

Technical Leadership (25%)
  • Participate in program design and development to ensure that SEED’s GBV policy and advocacy work is responsive and calibrated for impact
  • Support program monitoring and evaluation, including development of tools, to build strong feedback loops on GBV policy and advocacy interventions and facilitate course correction as needed
  • Ensure proper documentation of GBV policy and advocacy activities and contribute to quality reporting


Essential criteria
  • Master’s Degree in social work, public policy, gender studies, psychology, law, international development, human rights, or another related field.
  • At least five years of international development and/or humanitarian experience in GBV programming, including supervision of services and advocacy for improved legislative and policy protections.
  • At least three years of experience working in a senior technical or programmatic role.
  • Experience implementing donor-funded international development and/or humanitarian assistance programs.
  • Familiarity and previous experience with the UN-led cluster coordination system, mechanisms, and tools.
  • Direct and demonstrable experience working with government actors to achieve institutional change.  
  • Strong belief in gender equality and human rights.
  • Strong people and project management skills.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Good interpersonal, communication, time management and team-building skills.
  • High standard of spoken and written English, with Arabic and/or Kurdish a plus.
  • Experience in Iraq and/or Kurdistan Region is a plus.
  • Ability to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments.

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