SV Focal Point at Medecins Sans Frontieres

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 and 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: SV Focal Point - Benue Project

Location: Makurdi, Benue
Duty Station: MSF OCA, Benue Project
Job Type: Indefinite

Main Objective and Responsibility of the Position

  • The Sexual Violence Progam Focal Point is responsible for comprehensive development, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of Sexual Violence (SV) strategies and care for survivors of Sexual Violence in the MSF project according to MSF values, standards and procedures and the MSF guidelines creating access to and providing care for survivors of sexual violence.

Description of the Responsibilities / Activities
Assessment & Strategies:

  • Being responsible for assessing the community perception of sexual violence, the perceived needs of survivors of sexual violence and reasons survivors do not seek health care.
  • In collaboration with the international staff responsible for SV program, develop, monitor and evaluate strategies for MSF’s SV approach in the project based on MSF’s overall strategy and procedures for SV.

Outreach and Awareness:

  • Being responsible for training, support and follow up of the outreach team for SV awareness.
  • Raising community engagement to develop dialogue to improve activities and awareness of SGBVs.
  • Discussion of messages, using materials and methods regarding the medical and psychological consequences of SV, availability of medical and psychosocial care and the importance of timely access after sexual violence.
  • Being responsible for identifying and engaging with the key target groups of trusted, respected community members and support services for outreach activities together with the outreach team.

Medical and Psychosocial Care:

  • Being responsible for the set-up of care pathway and facilities for SV activities in line with MSF SV guidelines and MSF standards and procedures
  • Being responsible for the application of the 5 steps of implementation with the main objective to create timely access to quality and comprehensive medical and psychosocial care to survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence (IPV).

Referral and Coordination:

  • Ensure information on the available support services for survivors of SV is gathered, a referral pathway is in place and that referrals are monitored and evaluated.
  • Participate in SV sub-cluster meetings and maintain contacts and communicate and coordinate with the different formal and informal support services.

Monitoring and Evaluations:

  • Ensure relevant data is captured using the SV data tool, stored, with ensured confidentiality, and analyzed.


  • Identify training needs, organize and coordinate training, coaching and supervision about SV for MSF health care providers and other MSF staff members, including community outreach teams and other staff, based on the findings of learning needs assessments, knowledge, attitude and practices questionnaires and observation.

MSF Section / Context Specific Accountabilities
Field Focus:

  • The SGBV Focal Point is the main person responsible for the sexual violence in the project and focal person for meeting the community, MoH and other external partners working in the area. Runs SGBV activities within Benue Project in cooperation with MoH.
  • Collaborate with the HPO to plan and organize community awareness strategy.
  • Identifying and conducting sensitizations for volunteer community focal persons to foster community awareness campaigns, provision of PFA and survivor referrals.
  • Conduct training needs assessment for the staff and train them.
  • Ensure safe implementation of identification of survivors in each department
  • Mobilizing and presiding over the SV committee meetings.
  • Make sure SGBV activities are well implemented in the Mbawa Clinic
  • Facilitate referrals of survivors to further services where applicable.
  • Plan and conduct staff and community assessment regarding SGBV awareness.
  • Ensure follow up of survivors.
  • Plan and organize sensitizations and trainings for HCWs and HPs in different project location.

Strategy Planning & Management:

  • Supervision and management of Midwives working in Mbawa Clinic on SGBV provisions
  • Ensure quality care of SAC provision according to MSF protocols
  • Organizing and overseeing staff, medical supplies and other materials for survivor care.
  • Regularly discuss materials, methods with HPO Team, adapt and improve, support implementation of new materials and methods on SV/IPV
  • Organize weekly plan of activities and share with the line manager.
  • Identify areas of improvement and gaps and plan for mitigation.
  • Together with the MTL, PC and PC assist, work towards identifying and collaborations with relevant actors in the field of social welfare, legal aid and complex psychological management, and update the mapping tool regularly

Documentation and Data Collection:

  • Ensure appropriate documentation, storage and dissemination of SV survivor data.
  • Compile weekly, Monthly Medical Report and timely submit and share accordingly


  • Assigned tasks/responsibilities may change or be added based on the changing project needs and strategy.

Requirements (Qualifications / Experience / Knowledge)
To apply for this role applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • Midwifery, Nursing, Counseling, Social Work, Psychology or other similar Degree / Diploma essential.


  • Experience with NGO desirable.
  • Experience working with managing survivors of gender-based violence or sexual violence or raising awareness and engaging communities about gender-based violence or sexual violence desirable.
  • Experience providing community awareness, information, education and communication activities or health promotion desirable.
  • Experience coaching, mentoring, supervision, training and capacity building desirable.
  • Experience working in gender-based violence, protection or child protection desirable.


  • English language essential.
  • Tiv is essential, Idoma is desireable.


  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel, powerpoint).


  • Results, teamwork, flexibility, commitment, service.



How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply


  • Only applications submitted online will be accepted.
  • Usage of Google Chrome Browser is recommended.
  • Only one online application form should be submitted as multiple submissions will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.
  • MSF is an equal opportunities employer and promotes diversity within the organization.
  • This job description may be amended in line with the activities or evolution of the Mission

Application Deadline  21st November, 2021.

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