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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Beirut
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-04

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International Consultant to support to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender-Based Violence GBV Guidelines Roll out in Lebanon

Beirut (Lebanon)

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

The Inter-agency National Sexual Gender Based Violence Taskforce (SGBVTF) and UNICEF Lebanon have committed to roll out the IASC GBV Guidelines in Lebanon in close collaboration with the Inter-Agency Implementation Team (IST):

Since the scale up of the Syria crisis a series of efforts were undertaken by the SGBVTF  to mainstream GBV within the 11  sectors in the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan, including WASH, Health, Education, Protection but not on systematic manner. The SGBV TF has been undertaking efforts in 2016 to ensure familiarization on/integration of the recommendations of the IASC guidelines in all sectors of intervention. In September 2016, UNFPA Regional Office offered Lebanon an opportunity to participate in a 3-day Regional Workshop on the Guidelines where, apart from GBV, five sectors were prioritized: Health, Shelter, Education, Wash and Food Security. This was complemented by a one-day training on the Guidelines for GBV actors hosted by IRC Lebanon on behalf of the SGBV Task Force. All these initiatives aim at providing the groundwork for the contextualization and roll-out of the IASC guidelines in Lebanon over the coming years.

Regarding UNICEF Lebanon, Early 2016, the Child Protection Section of UNICEF’s Programme Division, in New York, undertook a multi-country real time evaluation (RTE) of UNICEF’s Gender-based Violence in Emergencies (GBViE) programming with the overall purpose of strengthening UNICEF’s current and future GBViE programming based on real time learning.   Lebanon was selected as one of the eight countries to participate in the evaluation. Preliminary findings from the evaluation in Lebanon included the need for more systematic integration of GBV risk mitigation activities across all UNICEF programme sectors.  One of the top line recommendations from the Lebanon evaluation  was also to strengthen integration of GBViE activities/approaches across all UNICEF sectors in line with 2015 IASC GBViE Guidelines recommendations. In addition, the international community has increasingly recognized the need to prioritize collective action to address gender-based violence in emergencies (GBViE). This recognition is demonstrated by the recent Call to Action to End Violence against Women and Girls in Emergencies (CtA) that was launched by the UK in March 2013. The CtA provides a framework to help coordinate efforts with other donors, affected countries, and non-government stakeholders to maximize collective impact to prevent and respond to GBViE. As part of UNICEF’s commitments made under the initial CtA in 2013, UNICEF has made prevention and response to GBViE one of four corporate priorities  in the organization’s new Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2014- 2017, presented at the June 2014 Meeting of the Executive Board. This priority provides an internal foundation to address GBV as a life-saving priority across all UNICEF humanitarian assistance efforts and the GAP provides a clear programmatic focus on the gender equitable results UNICEF aims to achieve across all seven result areas of its Strategic Plan.

Scope of work:
The purpose of the assignment is twofold:

1)  Roll-out of IASC GBV Guidelines across  prioritized LCRP sectors – Health, Shelter, Protection, Child Protection, Education, Wash, and food security
 Support the Inter-sector, sectors and SGBV Task Force to roll out the IASC GBV Guidelines. This includes participation in the contextualization of the IASC Guidelines with the sector leads and inter-agency Implementation Support Team (IST), participating in TOT for sector leads, conducting trainings on the contextualized Guidelines for WASH, Shelter, Education, Health, Protection, food security, and Child Protection sectors at national and field level, and following up with sectors on the implementation of their actions plans and integration into relevant documents such as revised LCRP 2017 and LCRP 2018. 

2) Roll out the IASC GBV Guidelines across all UNICEF LCO sections as follow up on the recent UNICEF GBViE program evaluation recommendations related to the GBV Guidelines. This will include, provision of trainings on the revised IASC GBViE Guidelines,  to all  sections of the new LCO country programme Education, CP, Youth, WASH, Health, PPL, Social Policy). Review with all sections the CPD, AWP and other relevant documents such as the RACE Plan, No Lost Generation, signed PDs to review and identify gaps and entry points to begin the integration of GBV with concrete recommendations for 2018 and the rest of the country programme cycle. This exercise will be part of the mid-year review with partners and in the planning phase with partners for 2018. The consultant will work closely with Chiefs of sections and UNICEF Management to ensure all UNICEF sections adopt appropriate recommendations with at least one GBV indicator per section to be monitored regularly with Senior Management as of 2018. The consultant will also work closely with M&E unit and PCA Review Committee to ensure that SOPs are updated to include at least one GBV indicator within all PDs and PD documentation for any new projects initiated in 2017 and for all PDs in 2018. 

The consultant will work closely with the support from the global-level, inter-agency Implementation Support Team (IST) (including when needed with the UNICEF GBV Guidelines Sector Specialist for WASH, Education, Child Protection).

Deliverables and Schedules:
Interagency deliverable:

July-August 2017:
Roll out of trainings for CP, Education, WASH, Health, Protection, Shelter, Food Security sectors including the development of action plans

September 2017 – December 2017:
• Conduct ToT for SGBVTF members
• Follow up with IST on key findings, lessons learned and data from the training September-November 2017:
• Follow up and support to sectors for implementation of their action plans including revision of LCRP closely with IST

January 2018:
• Debrief SGBVTF and trained sectors and submit  Guidelines consultancy and recommendation report

UNICEF LCO only deliverable:

By end of August 2017:
Share training plan and plan for follow up on sectoral action plans for UNICEF LCO and interagency sectors

September 2015:
Roll out trainings for UNICEF LCO

September- November 2017:
Complete integration with LCO sections and Management of GBV Guidelines in LCO key documents (CPD, AWP, PDs, annual report, PCARC SOPs.)

December 2017:
Debrief UNICEF and submit GBV Guidelines consultancy and recommendation report

• This Consultancy is a full-time consultancy (it can be half in-country and half home-based).
• The Consultancy will take approximately seven months for all deliverables listed above to be completed June – December 2017 (179 Working Days)
• The Consultancy is expected to begin in June 2017.   

Reporting Requirements:
For the UNICEF only deliverables, the Consultant will work under the general guidance of the UNICEF Deputy Representative and with the UNICEF Child Protection Team.
For the Interagency deliverables, the Consultant will work with UNICEF, UNFPA, and UNHCR focal points and will report to the three UN agencies for the interagency roll out of the GBV Guidelines.
Validation of deliverables and Payment
Payment will be made to the consultant by the respective party (UNICEF or UNFPA) based invoices submitted by the consultant corresponding to the task/ deliverable completed. Such invoices shall be supported by a progress/final report as well as, and not limited to, minutes of meetings, training reports with key findings, action plans per sectors.

Profile Requirements:
- Native or fluent Arabic speaker (written and oral) with ability to conduct trainings in Arabic
- Master in gender studies, public health, social work, political science, human rights and international law or other related degree, or equivalent programming experience.
- At least 8 years of GBV program management experience, preferably including at least 2 years implementing a GBV program in a humanitarian context and 5 years of experience on training and capacity building related to addressing GBViE.
- Experience in GBViE-related prevention, including on mainstreaming prevention across sectors of humanitarian response (e.g. Child Protection, Education, WASH, Health, Nutrition, Protection, Shelter, and Food Security).
- Experience in building knowledge and commitment among technical and management staff in terms of addressing GBViE.
- Deep understanding of GBV guiding principles and what it means to provide a survivor-centered response.
- Understanding of the steps of case management and its intersections with information management.
- Experience supporting staff in GBV case management; experience providing case management training a plus.
- Experience developing and facilitating workshops.
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, etc.
- Strong understanding of browser-based applications, interfaces, workflows, and role-based access.
- Demonstrated organizational skills, including the ability to work independently and productively, with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment.
- Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment as well as independently, and the ability to handle requests or issues as they arise.
- Demonstrated understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety/security and other ethical concerns related to the sharing of sensitive data between humanitarian agencies.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment.
- Fluency in English and French strongly preferred

Administrative Issues:
Logistics & Workspace for Consultant:
When in Lebanon:  
- The consultant will work with his/her own personal laptop and a mobile phone
- The consultant will arrange any official travel within country when required

- If an International consultant, travel costs will be reimbursed by UNICEF based on a return flight ticket (most direct economy class travel) from home-country.

- The consultant is expected to arrange for the visa requirements, if and when required. UNICEF may assist with the visa procedures, however all visa costs must be borne by the consultant.

- The selected consultant will be required to provide proof of heath/medical insurance prior to contract issuance. Health/medical insurance costs for the duration of this consultancy will be borne by the consultant. 

- The cost of travel and mission inside Lebanon would be apportioned based on the respective task and agency as per the table above. Such costs shall be reimbursed based on actual expenses.

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