Offer: Call for Applications: VAW Emergency Response & Preparedness Training with International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the GBV Prevention Network
VAW Emergency Response & Preparedness Training Workshop
May 19-23, 2014, in Kampala, Uganda
Experience in crisis-affected contexts around the world continues to highlight the importance of strengthening local emergency response capacity to respond to violence against women (VAW) in emergencies. Civil society organizations play a pivotal role in informing and leading emergency response efforts. They also face unique challenges as they seek to ensure life-saving services for VAW survivors and to reduce risks to women and girls.
The VAW in Emergencies Thematic Action Group (TAG), part of the GBV Prevention Network (http://preventgbvafrica.org/) , seeks to promote improved approaches to emergency response and preparedness among VAW practitioners through skills building, technical assistance and learning. The International Rescue Committee (IRC), the current chair of the TAG, will host a five-day training to help TAG and other GBV Prevention Network members build and practice skills in emergency preparedness and response to apply in their settings.
The IRC’s Emergency Response & Preparedness training package is aimed at better equipping emergency responders to prepare for, launch and support rapid, effective response to VAW in crisis situations. The training, through the VAW in Emergencies TAG, will also give participants the opportunity to raise and discuss challenges or questions they face related to emergency response in their own contexts.
By the end of the training, participants will have the knowledge and skills to:
• Develop context-specific emergency preparedness plans;
• Adapt and use appropriate information collection tools to carry out rapid assessments in emergency settings;
• Generate and prioritize recommendations for action, in line with international best practices; and
• Initiate and advocate for interventions to respond to VAW in emergencies and reduce risks to women and girls.
Please note: The content will be similar to TAG trainings held in October 2012 and January 2014. Previous participants will not be invited again. However, a different staff member from your organization is welcome to apply to this opportunity.
The training targets GBV Prevention Network (http://preventgbvafrica.org/) members who are either currently working in emergency settings or have identified emergency preparedness as a need for their organization. All accepted participants must meet the following minimum requirements:
• At least two years practical experience in VAW response and/or prevention in the field;
• National / local NGOs or CBOs only;
• Participate fully in all five days of the training;
• Commit to follow-up actions outlined by the TAG;
• Able to competently participate in training in English;
• Directly implement or support VAW response and/or prevention programming.
The maximum number of participants accepted will be 25. Participants will be expected to attend all sessions and to actively participate in exercises and discussions. Please note that this training will be conducted in English. Priority will be given to organizations currently working in emergencies or other crisis-prone settings.
The training will be held in Kampala, Uganda, on May 19-23, 2014. The IRC will provide selected participants with transport to Kampala (flights from the closest major international airport only), transport in-county (once arrived in Kampala), accommodations, meals and all training-related materials. Any additional expenses are the responsibility of each participant.
Selected participants who attend and fully participate in the full training will have the opportunity to apply for small cash awards to prepare for and/or implement VAW emergency response or preparedness activities. More information on how participants can access this opportunity will be shared during the training.
To apply for the training please complete a training application form and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before April 2, 2014.