Gender and Protection Consultant, Refugee Caravans

The Women's Refugee Commission
November 6, 2018
New York, NY
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Experience (minimum)
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There is now a need to replicate and adapt this approach to the current refugee caravans moving through Central America and into and through Mexico to assess the protection risks confronting women and children who are part of those caravans. Specifically, the assessments will cover: risks of gender-based violence, trafficking, sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation and abuse and identify policy and programmatic response that increase the protection of women and children on the move.

The assessment(s) will fill in current knowledge and information gaps. At present, little is known about the specific risks, exposure to violence including gender-based violence, protection concerns, and survival strategies of refugee women and children who are part of the caravans.  Much more information is needed to understand the situation of fleeing women and children in order to inform, shape, and improve the response.

Overall Project Goal

To assess the protection risks facing women and children fleeing the Northern Triangle into Mexico in order to push humanitarian practice on the ground as well as global and national policies to be more responsive to their needs.


  1. Design and implement an informed assessment that will provide critical information on the protection issues for women and children fleeing with the refugee caravans into and through Mexico.
  2. Develop a concise, data-driven, powerful report and messaging that will be widely shared and utilized by advocates, policymakers, and humanitarian actors.
  3. Promote and share findings and critical information with the UN, host government, policy makers, humanitarian agencies, and national and local civil society organizations so that responses to this crisis build activities and messages that more proactively and specifically support women and children

Key Activities

  • Prepare assessment (tools, questionnaires for each stakeholder group to be interviewed)
  • Identify and support operational partners on the ground to establish and improve interventions supporting women and children populations moving through Mexico.
  • Arrange logistics between WRC, UNHCR and others (ensure access, determining locations, who we speak to and how to access them, etc.)
  • Undertake assessment
  • Interview and consult key stakeholders and actors (UNHCR, IOM, NGOs, UNICEF, local government, and national and local civil society organizations)
  • Analyze data gathered and summarize findings
  • Write an assessment report with policy recommendations
  • Participate with relevant WRC staff in advocacy meetings and briefings with key stakeholders, UN agencies, Government Missions, and NGO networks (ICVA, InterAction)


  • Advanced degree in social sciences, research, gender, law, or related field
  • Gender, gender-based violence, and child protection expertise
  • Experience working in humanitarian settings
  • Research and assessment experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Diplomacy and representational skills
  • Bi-lingual language skills in Spanish and English

Timeframe: 30 working days to commence in November

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

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