Gender - Based Violence in EMERGENCIES HELPDESK

Providing support to all UNICEF staff and partners on addressing gender-based violence in emergencies

Gender - Based Violence in Emergencies Helpdesk

Providing support to all UNICEF staff and partners on addressing gender-based violence in emergencies


A research and advice service tailored to the needs of UNICEF staff and partners’

The Gender-based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) Helpdesk is a technical advice and learning service for UNICEF global, regional and country office staff. Managed by Social Development Direct, the Helpdesk is staffed by a global roster of GBV experts ready to provide rapid, tailored support to all UNICEF staff and partners—including GBV specialists, sector programmers, coordinators, and management.

The Helpdesk offers expertise on a wide variety of GBViE issues

Technical support focuses on questions you may have about existing or prospective programming linked to: 1) integrating GBV risk mitigation in sector response in line with the IASC GBV Guidelines; and 2) undertaking GBV-specialist prevention and response programming in line with the UNICEF GBViE Resource Pack and other global good practice guidance. A range of topics can be addressed through the Helpdesk, such as:

  • Addressing GBV throughout the humanitarian programme cycle
  • Capacity building for multi-sectoral response
  • Best practices in prevention 
  • Moving beyond a focus on sexual violence to address other forms of GBV, including intimate partner violence, child marriage, etc.
  • Coordinating for more effective prevention, risk mitigation and response
  • Undertaking safe and ethical advocacy
  • Building accountability across management systems
  • And any other inquiries you may have!

The Helpdesk delivers in three ways

  • Rapid programme support: Provided within a week through written responses or email exchanges, mentoring via skype or phone, and/or review and quality assurance of documentation as requested.
  • Short learning products: Synthesis of existing evidence and lessons on a specific focus area, such as a country or region, thematic area, or common GBViE programming issue in order to clarify any issue of concern. Report formats include literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, factsheets, blog posts, mappings or graphics.
  • A quarterly, publicly available Evidence Digest: on the latest evidence in the field of GBViE linked to common questions raised through the Helpdesk and in the GBViE field generally. This resource provides UNICEF staff at the global, regional and field level with a manageable summary of global news, research, policies and legislation.