Who is the GBVIMS Steering Committee?
The GBVIMS Global Team was established in 2007 in response to the need for a standardized information management system to manage GBV incident data in humanitarian contexts. Today, the GBVIMS is an inter-agency initiative overseen by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from the IRC, UNHCR, UNFPA, UNICEF, and IMC.
What is the GBVIMS Technical Team?
The GBVIMS Technical Team consists of GBVIMS Specialists seated in UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, IRC, and IMC. The Inter-Agency Coordinator (IAC) is first point of contact on GBVIMS-related queries and information on all GBVIMS-related issues. The IAC coordinates with the inter-agency, GBVIMS Steering Committee and provides backstopping for technical support needs.Three specialists from UNICEF (two serving as inter-agency representatives of the Steering Committee) and one specialist from UNHCR provide technical support to ongoing implementations of the GBVIMS and Primero/GBVIMS+ in selected conflict-affected contexts and to other past or potential roll-out sites and to develop resources and lessons learned to further assist implementation of the GBVIMS in humanitarian contexts worldwide. The IRC Information Management and Technology Advisor provides technical support to IRC’s GBV programming while engaging with inter-agency rollouts and implementations of the GBVIMS, and the GBV Technical Advisor from IMC provides support to GBVIMS and Primero/GBVIMS+ rollouts in the Middle East and North Africa and engages in support to global resource and capacity development with a focus on GBV case management. The GBVIMS Technical Team works closely with and is accountable to the GBVIMS Steering Committee.
MEET THE TEAM
Since 2010, Kate has worked across a number of humanitarian coordination, programming and research roles on GBV, gender and child protection in contexts such as Jordan, Liberia, DRC, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Lebanon, and Burundi, with experience within a range of UN (DPKO, UNRWA, UNFPA), INGO (The Carter Center, IRC, ARC, Mercy Corps), and academic institutions. Kate’s academic background focused on gender in peace and conflict studies, and interpreting and translating. Kate has been with the GBVIMS global team since August 2017.
Caroline Masboungi, Inter-Agency GBVIMS Technical Specialist based with UNICEF. Caroline is currently based in Jordan and can be reached at CMasboungi@unicef.org
Graduate in International Humanitarian law, Caroline qualified as a lawyer in Paris before taking on humanitarian roles. She worked for over eight years on GBV prevention and response, first on the fight against impunity of sexual violence in Ethiopia and DR Congo with OHCHR, then on GBV programming with IRC and DRC in Lebanon and the Middle East as well as on GBV Monitoring and Evaluation with IOM in Geneva.
Kate McCallister, Global GBV Information Management System Specialist with UNHCR, works with refugee and IDP operations. Kate is based in Chicago and can be reached at email@example.com.
Kate has a background in GBV programming and information management and has been working in humanitarian and development settings for over 10 years. Kate was previously a member of the GBVIMS Technical Team from 2009 – 2013. She assumed her current role as a UNHCR GBVIMS Specialist in October 2017, which also includes support on GBV IM more broadly.
Kristy Crabtree, Information Management and Technology Advisor with the IRC, supports IRC country programs to utilize the GBVIMS/GBVIMS+ and CPIMS+ and to engage in inter-agency implementation. Kristy is based in the United States and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristy leads information management strategy development and implementation for the Violence Prevention and Response sector at IRC. She started her career in the US Peace Corps in Bangladesh in community development. She has 10 years of experience in the protection and GBV field working in information management, academic research, data management and systems development, project management, refugee resettlement, and monitoring and evaluation.
Laura Canali, Regional GBV Advisor with IMC. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Laura has a broad international experience in the field of Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies. Before joiing IMC as the Regional GBV Advisor for the Middle East region, Laura held various program management and coordination positions with international NGOs in South Sudan (ARC), Liberia (IRC), and Uganda (with the European Union and COOPI). She graduated from the University or York with a Master of International Human Rights Law and Practice in 2011. She joined the Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) Global team in June 2015, when IMC joined the GBVIMS Steering Committee.
Virginia Zuco Silva, Inter-Agency GBVIMS Technical Specialist based with UNICEF. Virginia is currently based in the U.S. and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia received an M.P.A. from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Before joining the humanitarian field, she worked in disaster preparedness and response in the U.S., including responding to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since 2010, Virginia has worked in GBV emergency preparedness and response in humanitarian settings across Africa, predominantly in francophone countries, and in Haiti. In 2006, she took a two-year hiatus from the humanitarian field to work in domestic and sexual violence response in the U.S. as an advocate in a domestic violence shelter and on a rape response team.
Elfriede Kormawa, Inter-Agency GBVIMS Technical Specialist based with UNICEF. Elfriede is currently based in the U.K. and can be reached at email@example.com
A postgraduate degree holder in Social Epidemiology from University College London, Elfriede has worked for UNICEF, UNFPA and international NGOs for over 5 years and specializes in data management, information management, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination for GBV, health and nutrition programs in humanitarian and development contexts. Notably, she supported the first inter-agency rollout of Primero/GBVIMS+ while working as the Inter-agency GBVIMS Coordinator for the North East Nigeria response, and has since led additional rollouts of Primero/GBVIMS+ in Libya and Bangladesh as part of the GBVIMS Global Team. She is the acting Primero/GBVIMS+ System Administrator, and provides technical support to countries across West Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, and East Asia.
What support can the GBVIMS Technical Team provide?
The GBVIMS Technical Team provides on- and off-site field support to the GBVIMS roll-out process. This will include providing assistance through skype help desks, direct requests for technical support from country programs, and through in-country training and support missions.
Who is eligible for assistance from the GBVIMS Technical Team?
For countries already using the GBVIMS, what assistance can be requested from the GBVIMS Technical Team?
The GBVIMS Technical Team can provide: 1) remote technical trouble shooting (e.g. to address issues with the incident recorder, updates to the intake form, clarification on incident classification, assistance in analyzing data.); 2) in-country technical support (e.g. to enhance coordination between agencies, address challenges of use, clarify linkages with the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements (SCR 1960) on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and with national data collection systems where these exist.); 3) in-country capacity building and training
For countries not yet using the GBVIMS, what assistance can be requested from the GBVIMS Technical Team?
The GBVIMS Technical Team can provide information on the GBVIMS, including further explanation of documents and tools available on the GBVIMS website and assist to develop requests for roll-out or in-country missions, including completing the preliminary assessment reports.
How can remote trouble-shooting and support from the GBVIMS Technical Team be accessed?
The GBVIMS Technical Team can be contacted for remote support via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or skype (English: GBVIMShelp; French: GBVIMSaide) or through any member of the GBVIMS Steering Committee:
How can in-country support from the GBVIMS Technical Team be requested?
Organizations wishing to have support from the GBVIMS Technical Team can make a request via email to the GBVIMS Technical Team or to any member(s) of the GBVIMS Steering Committee. The request will be submitted to the GBVIMS Steering Committee for consideration. Decisions will be made by the Steering Committee based on need and resources available.
How long can the GBVIMS Surge Team be deployed?
The duration of time for a deployment will vary based on the need and context. However, generally the Technical Team can be deployed for an average of 1 to 4 weeks.