International Consultant – Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Gender Equality, UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office (MCO), Suva, Fiji

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The Consultant will (i) coordinate and support the implementation of the 2022 Multi-Country Office (MCO) Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Action Plan; (ii) act as MCO Gender-Based Violence in Emergency (GBViE) focal point; and (iii) act as MCO Gender focal point.

BACKGROUND

Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (PSEA)
In 2018, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) adopted a Plan for Accelerating PSEA at Country-Level, with three main priorities: (i) safe, accessible and dignified reporting that is gender and child sensitive; (ii) quality SEA survivor assistance; and (iii) enhanced accountability, including through prompt and respectful investigations. In order to implement the global framework on PSEA, UNICEF Pacific has developed a MCO PSEA Action Plan for 2022. The PSEA Action Plan includes MCO activities such as risk assessments of Implementing Partners (IP), development of internal procedures and training of UNICEF and government and CSO IP personnel, and strengthening of the organizational capacity of CSO Implementing Partners(IP) in prevention, reporting, referral and investigation.

Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE)
GBViE risk mitigation, prevention and response is a new, cross-sectoral, commitment, in the UNICEF Core Commitments for Children (CCC) in Humanitarian Action revised in 2020. The indicator “Number of women, girls and boys accessing GBV risk mitigation, prevention or response interventions” is now mandatory in Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) Plans. Under this commitment, UNICEF aims to (i) mitigate the risk of GBV across humanitarian sectors; (ii) prevent GBV by addressing its underlying conditions and drivers; and (iii) support GBV survivors with access to comprehensive services. As responsibilities for GBViE cut across all sections, UNICEF EAP Regional Office has requested each Country Office to nominate two focal points for GBViE, one leading on GBViE programming and one working on risk mitigation within sectors (other than child protection).

In the Pacific, GBV and GBViE are adequately addressed in all 14 PICTs by UN Women and UNFPA, with heavy funding from Australia DFAT and the European Union. Therefore, UNICEF Pacific Child Protection Programme focuses on violence against children only, including gender-based violence against boys and girls, as it is the only development partner working in this space, with limited resources, and limited implementing partner capacity. UNICEF Pacific coordinates and collaborates with GBV actors in emergency as well as in development context, to integrate child protection in GBV protocols, procedures, training and IEC materials, in order to ensure that children directly or indirectly affected by GBV are adequately taken care of. Since GBViE and PSEA across sectors are closely related and UNICEF Pacific does not work directly on GBViE, the responsibilities for GBViE MCO focal point have been included in these TOR.

Gender equality
The UNICEF Strategic Plan 2022-2025 reaffirms that gender equality is an organisational priority, a fundamental value and a cross-cutting principle for all five Goal Areas, as well as across UNICEF’s programmes and workplaces. Aligned to the Strategic Plan, UNICEF 3rd Gender Action Plan 2022-2025(GAP 3) outlines a programmatic and “whole-of-institution” agenda for gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. The GAP also articulates the gender dimensions of programmatic results across the five Goal Areas and all contexts, including in development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and high-income contexts.

TASKS

PROTECTION FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION & ABUSE (PSEA) – 75%

1. Capacity building of UNICEF Multi-Country Office
Risk assessments: Support UNICEF programmes in integrating PSEA in regular programme/sector risk assessments; collaborate with UN Pacific PSEA Steering Committee and inter-agency PSEA Networks to conduct or update SEA risk assessments at country level; share findings from SEA risk assessments with UNICEF technical staff and PSEA network members for integration in their programming and advocacy, and provide them technical guidance to mitigate SEA risks.
Internal procedures/tools: support establishment and roll-out of internal PSEA complaint handling and tracking procedures and tools in UNICEF MCO and country field offices, in line with new procedures/guidelines issued by HQ.
Training: Conduct/facilitate trainings for UNICEF personnel (staff, consultants, interns, volunteers, etc.) on PSEA and their respective roles, as well as targeted UNICEF staff trainings based on needs.
Community-based reporting system: In cooperation with PSEA network, map existing community-based, IP’s and UN agencies’ mechanisms for reporting by beneficiaries/affected populations; and guide and facilitate the establishment/strengthening of inter-agency community-based SEA complaint mechanisms.
Communication/Awareness-raising: Develop/adapt IEC materials on PSEA; develop/guide PSEA awareness-raising activities and assess their impact, in cooperation with PSEA network.
Victim assistance: map GBV/SEA/CSA services and update contact lists; provide training on PSEA case management, PSS and referrals to social service, health, PSS, legal aid and justice workers working on victim assistance, in collaboration with PSEA network.

2. Capacity building of UNICEF CSO Implementing Partners
• Assessments: Conduct/update PSEA Assessments with CSO IPs, or verify PSEA self-assessments completed by CSO IPs. to serve as basis for tracking progress of partners’ PSEA organizational capacity, highlighting the partners’ organizational strengths and areas of improvement on PSEA.

• Training: Conduct/facilitate trainings for Implementing Partners (government and CSOs) on PSEA, including detection and reporting of SEA, adapting available PSEA training package and tools to suit local contexts.
• Technical assistance on Policies and Systems: As requested, support CSO IPs to:
– Develop an internal Action Plan to address gaps in organisational PSEA capacity, as highlighted in the PSEA capacity assessment.
– Develop/revise internal policies, codes of conduct, procedures and systems, including on reporting, referral and investigations.
– Develop IP staff capacity to conduct risk assessments.
• Investigation: In collaboration with EAPRO SEA Investigation consultant, facilitate the training of IP staff on SEA investigations, development of internal investigation procedures, and coaching of staff during SEA investigations.

3. Coordination, planning, monitoring and reporting
• Coordinate, support and monitor the implementation of the MCO PSEA Action Plan with all sections
• Conduct the periodic reporting, review and update of the MCO PSEA Action Plan
• Provide technical guidance to UNICEF programme staff on PSEA matters arising during programme planning, implementation and monitoring.
• Serve as UNICEF liaison for PSEA Network and contribute to timely and efficient networkwide coordination.
• Provide UNICEF inputs/contribution to UN PSEA inter-agency initiatives.
• Lead the UN PSEA Inter-Agency Committee until another UN agency takes over.

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN EMERGENCIES (GBViE) – 5%
• Ensure that GBV risk mitigation actions are undertaken across UNICEF sectors (Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, WASH) in line with the GBV Guidelines, and using the AAAQ framework to identify and address barriers to access particularly for women and girls.
• As a member of the PERT (Pacific Emergency Response Team), ensure that GBV prevention, mitigation and response activities are integrated into the MCO emergency and response plans and that HAC includes GBV indicators, activities, and budget
• Support GBVIE coordination mechanisms, including participation in coordination meetings, in particular in the Pacific Humanitarian Protection Cluster (PHPC) GBViE sub-cluster, and ensuring linkages and information sharing with UNICEF-led clusters (CP, WASH, Health)
• Facilitate and support GBVIE training and learning sessions for UNICEF staff and partners within the MCO/FO team and disseminate and share key GBVIE resources and tools.

GENDER EQUALITY – 20%
As MCO Gender Focal Point (GFP), responsible for gender integration and programming for transformative results by advocating, advising and supporting programme staff, and monitoring and reporting on gender equality results and progress, as follows:

1. Technical support

  • Be a source of advice and resources for senior management and section colleagues on GAP results and institutional benchmarks.
  • Share data, reports, tools, good practice guidance on gender transformative programming relevant to MCO sectors.
  • Raise awareness of gender equality issues within MCO programming and operations.
  • Support the timely commissioning of GPRs and gender analysis on MCO priorities, and the implementation of recommendations.
  • Support colleagues in the planning, delivery, monitoring, tagging, and reporting of gender equality results.
  • Work with sector leads to support accountability for gender priority results in the GAP 2022-2025 and MCPD.

2. Coordination, planning, monitoring and reporting

  • Attend Country Management Team Meeting and/or Programme Management Team and/or Section Chiefs Meeting.
  • Provide secretariat support to the MCO Gender Working Group/Task Force (1 Gender Focal Point per section and per field office) chaired by the Deputy Representative.
  • Produce GFP workplan for MCO, involving management and colleagues, endorsed by Supervisor.
  • Track progress on the Gender Dashboard on Insight
  • Maintain strong link with Regional Gender Adviser and HQ, including sourcing advice and training assistance as needed, and participate in Gender Regional and Global Network
  • Represent UNICEF in Pacific Gender Coordination Group and Pacific UN Gender Coordination Group

Supervision: the individual contractor will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative.

Workplace: The consultant will be based in the UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office in Suva, Fiji. Travel to other Pacific countries may be required.

Duration: 11.5 months, starting as soon as possible.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

• Advanced university degree (Master’s or above) in Social Sciences, in particular international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant field.
• Minimum 5 years of relevant professional experience, i.e. gender-based violence, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, child safeguarding or child protection
• Demonstrated technical expertise in this area.
• Experience developing and conducting trainings.
• Experience developing organizational policies and procedures.
• Inter-personal skills: cultural sensitivity; communication; facilitation.
• International professional experience in several developing countries required.
• Proficiency in English

How to Apply: Application should be submitted online and should include: Resume, Cover Letter and Financial proposal. Qualified candidates are requested to submit daily and monthly fees in their financial proposal.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and the following core competencies: Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness, Works Collaboratively with others, Builds and Maintains Partnerships, Innovates and Embraces Change, Thinks and Acts Strategically, Drive to achieve impactful results, and Manages ambiguity and complexity.

To view our values and competency framework please visit the following links: Our Values and Our Competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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