Sexual Violence Program Activity Manager at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

Sexual Violence Program Activity Manager at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international, private, non-governmental, non-profit humanitarian organization. Our organization offers assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters, to victims of armed conflict, without discrimination irrespective of race, religion, creed or political affiliation. We have been working in Nigeria since February 1996. A Memorandum of Understanding between Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Federal Government of Nigeria facilitates this. We are at present co-operating with the Federal Ministry of Health, State and Local Government departments of health on various health projects.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Sexual Violence Program Activity Manager

Location: Makurdi, Benue
Employment Type: Full-time
Job Type: Indefinite

Main Objective and Responsibility of the Position

  • To ensure an effective MSF Sexual Violence (SV) and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) response is in place within the mission using a variety of activities varying from mission-wide response capacity assessment, community and staff’s assessment for SV and IPV perception-knowledge-health seeking behaviour, coaching-mentoring and training of staff, development of the mission and project SV-IPV response strategy, the provision of guidance for program development and implementation, training and support of staff (the coordinators, medical activity managers and health promoters) and development of relevant tools, materials.

General Accountabilities

  • To lead, develop and support the Project SV-IPV strategies, protocols and response activities of the mission and the different projects according to the different and changing medical needs and context (including development of strategy, log frame and budget) and developing tools (e.g. training materials, models of care and SV-IPV response health promotion materials, messages and methods)
  • To provide technical support and supervise the implementation of the SV-IPV response (protocols and standards) to ensure quality of the medical and psychosocial care in place, in line with MSF protocol and survivor-centered principles.
  • To build the capacity of the field teams to enable the implementation of quality comprehensive medical and psychosocial care for survivors of SV-IPV according to MSF protocol.
  • Plan, organize, supported,ed and supervise community awareness raising and the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) strategy to increase timely access for survivors of SV and IPV.
  • To establish the SV-IPV patient and project documentation (individual survivor’s medical file and medical certificate etc.) and the MSF SV data management tools.
  • To prepare and plan in close collaboration with the HR Department and with project team in the associated HR processes for SV-IPV staff involved in his/her activity (recruitment, training/induction, evaluation, detection of potential, development and internal communication) in order to ensure having the appropriate team in terms of size, capabilities and skills
  • To prepare and support the HoM, Medco, PC and MTL’s in representing MSF before the Ministry of Health and other (inter)national partners for the MSF SV response advocacy and potential national roll-out of area strategies such as national protocols, laws and or lobbying for adequate human resources
  • To plan and support the coordinators with annual planning and budgeting for SV-IPV response
  • To compile, review and analyze the data coming from the projects in order to contribute to the mission’s reporting as well to analyze data from either community and staff assessments. Documenting lessons learned on activities and operational research in this field
  • To monitor and evaluate the functioning of the MSF SV-IPV response at the mission level according to MSF protocols, standards and procedures, ensuring the implementation of the activity
  • To monitor and evaluate the SV-IPV response activities at mission level by defining indicators, following up tools and designing contingency plans in collaboration with the Project SV focal point

MSF Section / Context-Specific Accountabilities
SGBV advocacy and community engagement:

  • Working closely with PC and MTL, support with technical advice high-level advocacy related to SVIPV in Benue state in coordination with line ministries working in Benue state.
  • Together with Medical team, pro-actively map out SGBV stakeholders in the state by identifying thematic areas such as protection, legal pathways, livelihood and reach out to them through exchange of information, meetings and reporting.
  • Lead and support the daily work of SVIPV through coordination with MTL, MWAM, PC on the operationalization of the project SVIPV objectives.
  • Together with MTL and MWAM monitor best practices at state level all related to policy-making, capacity building, awareness raising and data gathering on SGBV and HP.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a sustainable SVIPV strategy, including consulting with all relevant stakeholders.

Management and Supervision of Medical Activities:

  • Leads the collaboration between SV-IPV, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Mental Health, and Health Promotion teams as it relates to the SV-IPV strategy
  • Community engagement and implementation of survivor-led programming, including but not limited to: FGDs, exit surveys, feedback mechanisms, reporting back to the community and adjusting strategy depending on feedback, implementation of the survivor-led committee(s), peer support group(s), etc.
  • Working in collaboration with Midwife Activity Manager for youth centre co-design and increasing adolescents’ access to SV-IPV services
  • Work with Medical Team Leader on the implementation of the PrEP referral program with NGO APIN: including but not limited to the development of standard operating procedure, coordinating training, supervision of staff and monitoring referrals
  • Supervision of SV-IPV Supervisor in management of SVIPV program.
  • Together with MTL, assesses other geographic locations or target groups for possible implementation of community-based care.
  • Ensure the availability of essential SGBV response interventions by developing a referral system, which includes comprehensive gender-based violence case management, psychosocial support/mental health services, legal assistance (if applicable), and capacity-strengthening of local service providers, in line with international standards.

Human Resources Management:

  • In close coordination with the HR/Admin department and medical team, plan and supervise the associated processes of the medical staff under his/her responsibility in order to ensure optimal performance. This includes recruitment of HP, MH staff, training, evaluation, development and communication.
  • Participate in making duty/on call rosters and shift schedules for HP, MH, if needed.
  • Carry out HR & training needs assessment and communicate the necessary recommendations to the PMR/Medco
  • Provide ongoing oversight, training and guidance to SV supervisor, MH supervisor, HP supervisor to ensure SGBV programming meets best practice standards and prioritizes the safety and security of beneficiaries and staff.
  • National staff health is responsible in close collaboration with MTL depending on profile.

Requirements (Qualifications)

  • Medical Doctor, Nurse or Midwife, with extensive experience in SV programming and implementation.
  • Profile of a Psychologist or anthropologist can be considered, depending on experience and specific assignment in the country.
  • Preferable: Evidence of attending MSF SV, EVA training.


  • At least 3 years of progressive experience in a similar capacity with NGO with a focus on SGBV program.
  • MSF experience is an added advantage
  • Experience with SV assessment, including use of qualitative methods such as FGD and semi-structured interviews for both community and formal/nonformal stakeholder assessment
  • Experience with development program strategy, models of care, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience with SV-IPV staff capacity assessment (using knowledge-skills-practice) and training of staff in survivor-centred principles, identification of sexual violence and training on medical care provision.
  • Experience with SV-IPV community and formal/informal stakeholders sensitization and awareness-raising


  • Essential, mission language; local working language would be an asset.


  • Computer literacy is essential.
  • Knowledge of SV and IPV guidelines and tools
  • MSF health information system


  • Strategic Vision, Leadership, People Management and Development, Service Orientation, Teamwork and Cooperation

Application Closing Date
30th November 2023 (5:00PM).

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:


Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover Letter, latest Curriculum Vitae (CV), and photocopies of only necessary credentials as one document with telephone contact details (daytime), to: [email protected] using “SVPAM” as the subject of the mail.


  • Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
  • Lastly, only one online application form should be submitted as multiple submissions will notbe considered.
  • NO Transportation and/or allowance will be provided during the recruitment process.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • MSF is an equal opportunities employer and promotes diversity within the organization
  • Any documents sent to MSF-OCA (CV, cover letter, copies of diploma, recommendations letters) will not be returned by MSF-OCA.

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