About the position
The Code of Conduct Officer is expected to increase the capacity of DRC staff on the issues related to Code of Conduct and its breaches.
About DRC South Caucasus
DRC has been operating in South Caucasus since 1996. Currently DRC operates in Georgia to promote the durable solutions of IDP displaced from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In order to meet IDP’s needs DRC supports IDPs with livelihood and community empowerment activities. DRC also provides capacity building support to the duty bearers to meet the obligations towards IDPs. In Abkhazia, DRC operates since 2005 to meet the needs of Georgian-speaking returnees, host communities and persons in refugee-like situation (Syrians, Ukrainians…).
The DRC portfolio in South Caucasus is articulated around five sectors: education, general access to community services, shelter & small-scale infrastructure, livelihoods/economic recovery and technical assistance. DRC enjoys 54 employees in South Caucasus in four offices, for an annual budget of about 4 Mio Euros in 2019. DRC donors in South Caucasus are the German KfW, European Union, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), GIZ, UNHCR, UNDP, Action Against Hunger. Operational details & security context
Conflicts in the early 1990s and later in 2008 in the South Caucasus have led to the displacement of large population groups. In Georgia the displaced are mainly originated from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. For the majority of these groups – defined in Georgia as Internal Displaced People (IDPs) – return to areas of origin is not an option due to the absence of peace agreement between the conflict parties. However, it is estimated that since 1994, approx. 50,000 IDPs returned to the eastern districts of Abkhazia (mainly to Gali district). Despite one 1994 ceasefire agreement and years of negotiations, the dispute over Abkhazia remains unresolved, which classifies Abkhazia as a “frozen conflict”. Abkhazia remains a non-recognized entity since 1992-1993 with the exception of few countries.
In Abkhazia, DRC receives funding from the EU, UNHCR and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and enjoys two offices, one in Gali and one in Sukhumi.
In West Georgia, DRC receives funding from the EU, GiZ and KfW and enjoys one office in Zugdidi for the regions of Samegrelo and Imereti which accommodate a large portion of the displaced from the conflicts in the early 90s. Together with the two offices in Abkhazia, it liaises to the DRC country office located in Tbilisi.
All DRC activities are performed though a protection lens, which promotes actively access to documentations for persons of concerns, the enjoyment and exercise of rights in all spheres of life. This dimension is central to the current position.
Both in West Georgia and in Abkhazia, in terms of access to Education, DRC supports the rehabilitation of educational premises, provides tutorial classes for children and equips education facilities. As for Protection and legal assistance, DRC assists persons of concern through information sessions and individual support. In parallel and under its Community Support initiatives, DRC provides trainings to community members and youth in schools leading to the development and support of community support projects. The last sector of intervention is Economic Recovery supporting businesses with grants, training.
Considering the security situation, West Georgia is at level 1, which confirms it as a safe place. Rampant criminality is reduced to a minimum in West Georgia.