Head of Guide – Technical Support to Governments

Head of Guide – Technical Support to Governments

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Global Survivors Fund

  • Contract duration:               2 years (with possibility of renewal)
  • Work time:                            Full-time position (40 hours/week)
  • Reporting to:                        Director of Programmes
  • Location:                              Home-based
  • Start date:                             As soon as possible
  • Application deadline:          28/10/2022


The Global Survivors Fund (“GSF”) was launched in October 2019 by Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize laureates 2018. Our mission is to enhance access to reparations for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence around the globe, thus responding to a gap identified by survivors. GSF acts to provide interim reparative measures in situations where states or other duty bearers are unable or unwilling to meet their responsibilities. We also advocate for duty bearers, as well as the international community, to develop reparations programmes. GSF further provides expertise, guidance and technical support to states and civil societies to design reparations programmes. A survivor-centric approach is the cornerstone of everything GSF does.

Role Summary

GSF’s work is structured around three key interlinked pillars: Act (through interim reparative measures (IRM) projects), Advocate and Guide. The Guide pillar aims to generate evidence-based knowledge on reparations for conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), to share such knowledge by providing technical support to States and other actors to shape reparations policy and programmes and promote and facilitate communities of practice.

The Head of Guide will work under the Director of Programmes and in close collaboration with the Head of Projects for Interim Reparative Measures (IRM), the Head of Advocacy and Policy, and the Head of Communications, to coordinate GSF’s work and maximise survivors’ access to reparations. The Head of Guide will lead GSF’s knowledge production and innovation, technical support, dissemination of knowledge, sharing of good practices and provision of technical training on reparations. The Head of Guide will also contribute to developing, maintaining and expanding GSF’s communities of practice. The Head of Guide will work closely with governments, survivors, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders, doing so in line with GSF principles, international standards, existing guidance and best practice related to reparations for CRSV survivors.

Position Responsibilities

Guide Pillar (Expert Knowledge and Technical Support)

  • Lead the strategic generation of knowledge and innovation on reparations within GSF;
  • Identify key opportunities for technical support on reparations for CRSV and provide such expert support to governments and other stakeholders;
  • Design and deliver trainings, workshops and other events to share best practice and lessons learned on designing and implementing survivor-centric reparations programmes;
  • Contribute to developing and implementing standards, technical tools (toolkits, handbooks, technical briefings and others) and best practices in reparations programming;
  • Work closely with the Global Reparations Study Lead to identify, plan, write and publish key thematic pieces stemming from findings throughout this major research study;
  • Lead on technical capacity within GSF through training and knowledge sharing on reparations and related topics, including participatory methodologies and survivor-centered approaches;
  • Represent GSF in external events and forums;
  • Oversee, guide and support the creation and maintenance of an online repository of legislation, case law, technical tools, reports and other resources on reparations for survivors of CRSV;
  • Contribute to developing networks of reparations experts and practitioners around the world;
  • Contribute to developing partnerships with key actors for GSF’s Guide work around the world.

Collaboration with the Act Pillar (IRM Projects)

  • Work closely with the Head of Projects for Interim Reparative Measures and IRM teams to gather and document lessons learned and best practice from GSF’s IRM projects;
  • Building on experience gained in IRM projects, generate publications on design and implementation strategies to share with communities of practice;
  • Work closely with the IRM teams in country to develop strategies to provide technical support at local level where appropriate.

Collaboration with the Advocacy and Policy Pillar

  • Coordinate with the Head of Advocacy and Policy and advocacy team to ensure that relevant information, contacts and experience is shared and that the two pillars are mutually reinforcing;
  • Organise roundtables and other events to deepen expert knowledge, share experiences and strengthen communities of practice.

Other core activities

  • Support external communication activities in collaboration with the Head of Communications;
  • Travel to countries where GSF is active under any pillar of work as required;
  • Oversee and contribute to the design of grants aimed at developing knowledge on how to enhance access to reparations for CRSV.

Position Requirements

Education and Experience

  • A degree in law or other related discipline and a postgraduate degree in international human rights law or humanitarian law, or any related equivalent studies including in the areas of gender, transitional justice, peacebuilding or conflict resolution;
  • A PhD in a relevant field of study is desirable;
  • At least 15 years of relevant professional experience working on human rights, humanitarian law and CRSV, reparations, and/or transitional justice, including key exposure to academic work and publications as well as direct work with survivors of CRSV.

Technical requirements

  • Strong experience producing knowledge that involves working with national civil society organisations and survivors of CRSV, strong knowledge of the survivor-centric approach in line with existing best practices, international standards and guiding principles;
  • Strong experience interacting with State representatives and the international community. Experience in advocacy and law-making would be an asset;
  • A strong publication record that goes beyond academic publications, such as NGO reports or policy papers and briefing on reparations, CRSV and/or transitional justice;
  • Solid experience in preparing and disseminating communication materials;
  • Demonstrated experience designing and delivering trainings on human rights, transitional justice, reparations, CRSV or other related topics in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment and for diverse audiences;
  • Strong experience in programme management and project design;
  • Experience designing information repositories and making information available to the wider public;
  • Experience working in at least one of the countries where GSF is implementing a project would be an asset;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to countries where GSF works;
  • Excellent research, drafting and editing skills in English. English is the working language of the Global Survivors Fund;
  • Good knowledge of French (written and spoken) or another language relevant to GSF work, would be an asset.

Other requirements

  • Professional demeanour, strong work ethic and excellent verbal communication skills;
  • Robust planning and organisation skills, strong sense of initiative, ability to identify priorities and adjust plans and actions as necessary;
  • Strong attention to detail and rigour;
  • Ability to work independently and to deliver under tight deadlines;
  • Strong team player attitude;
  • Strong management experience and leadership skills;
  • Excellent reporting skills;
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel;
  • Knowledge of data analysis software such as NVivo would be an asset.

How to apply 

Please send your CV, cover letter and three references to recruitment@globalsurvivorsfund.org  with “Application for Head of Guide” as the email subject by 28 October 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


The Global Survivors Fund is committed to diversity, gender balance and inclusion as well as reflecting the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with, and will consider applications from qualified professionals from all backgrounds, cultures or beliefs. are. We encourage candidates from regions where GSF works to apply. GSF operates and enforces multiple safeguarding policies including Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding and Fiscal Integrity.

Please note that for this position candidates must be authorised to work in the country where the position will be based at the moment of the application.

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