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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Belgrade
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Gender-based violence
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-06

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Senior expert on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Belgrade (Serbia)

UNICEF in Serbia is seeking a consultant for an in-person training to complement the online courses UNICEF staff did on AGORA as well as for partners. The expert will work with UNICEF senior management, operations and GBV and CP program staff to assess and evaluate the PSEA related procedures put in places, making recommendations. The expert will also provide specialized training to UNICEF partners and assess their internal procedures and code of conduct, providing a roadmap for making improvement in line with UNICEF and international standards on the matter. The duration of the assignment is 25 working days, tentatively from 1st May to 31st May 2018.

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

BACKGROUND:

 

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world. Sexual abuse and exploitation in humanitarian crises are global problems.  They violate not only the physical integrity and security of the individual victims but also their dignity and self-worth. They are a consequence of unequal power relationships; a dynamic that is often exacerbated during humanitarian crises, which are so often characterized by widespread and systematic violence, mass displacement, and the breakdown in traditional family structures and social, legal, governance and value systems.  Women and children constitute the overwhelming majority of victims.  The economic and social inequalities confronting women and children, in particular, put them at higher risk of exploitation by those in positions of power. Sexual abuse and exploitation, in humanitarian crises or elsewhere, reflect a variety of failures or omissions attributable to a range of responsible actors and institutions. They represent a failure to uphold basic rights to protection. In institutional terms, sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian staff represents a failure on the part of humanitarian agencies, whose stated role is to provide protection and care, deeply undermining the implicit public trust placed in humanitarian actors. UNICEF recognizes its responsibility, in fulfilling its mandate, to guard or protect vulnerable persons from sexual and other exploitation and abuse and to address such violations appropriately in its work.  In particular, UNICEF aims at ensuring that its staff and implementing partners do not abuse their power and influence to exploit and harm others. 

 

SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

Recent developments in the field of Protection of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), both at country levels as well as at the global level, led the UNICEF offices in Serbia Greece and Bulgaria to focus on their own internal procedures, staff and implementing partners in order to further address the risk of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) in the local contexts; and the need to boost implementation of the Secretary-Generals Bulletin: Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13). Following UNICEF Executive Director, UNICEF is committed to show and further implement a no tolerance for sexual exploitation approach, abuse or harassment of any kind including abuses of power and authority. For these reasons, UNICEF would like to conduct an in-person training to complement the online mandatory courses allowing staff to increase their understanding; the expert will work with UNICEF senior management, operations and GBV and CP program staff to assess and evaluate the procedures put in places, making recommendations. The expert will also provide specialized training to UNICEF partners and assess their internal procedures and code of conduct, providing a roadmap for making improvement in line with UNICEF and international standards on the matter.

 

Start Date: 1st May  

End Date: 30th May

Number of working days/months Estimated 25 days of working (payment will be done against actual days worked)

 

Work Assignment Overview

Serbia:

Task 1 Internal capacity building and technical support:

Organize training sessions for UNICEF country offices staff (including consultants, individual contracts, interns, and volunteers)

Organise training sessions for all UN agencies personnel in collaboration with UNCT (to be confirmed)

Facilitate a training session (including material preparation) for Serbian peacekeeping force (to be confirmed)

Work with relevant colleagues and appointed PSEA focal points to clarifying SEA reporting mechanisms, both within the country office, as well as to UNICEF regional office and headquarters and enhance their capacities as necessary

Share SEA resources including examples of codes of conduct and child safeguarding policies, protocols and training materials to enable staff to share with partners.

Task 2. Support and assess partners knowledge and tools around PSEA

Organize training sessions for UNICEF partners (implementing partners, partners of the CP-Working Group and institutional partners)

Considering codes of conduct and safeguarding policies of implementing partners and provide recommendations as relevant

Review and assess existing reporting mechanisms of partners and recommend ways to strengthen as needed

 

Deliverables for Serbia:

Training material (ppt, handout, attendance sheet,)

Final report highlighting clear recommendations for Serbia UNICEF office based on the different sets of training and training target (max 10 pages)

Safeguarding policies of partners revised accompanied by a written document with recommendations for each partner and for UNICEF to monitor

SEA resources (safeguarding policies package)

Greece:

Task 1: Internal capacity building and technical support:

Organise training on PSEA for UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Response staff in Greece (staff, consultants) to increase knowledge and understanding of PSEA

Work with management and relevant PSEA focal points to refine and implement SEA reporting mechanisms within UNICEF and linked to inter-agency frameworks.

Review codes of conduct and safeguarding policies within the office and within partnership agreements to ensure they are aligned with standards

Share SEA resources including examples of codes of conduct and child safeguarding policies, protocols and training materials to enable staff to share with partners.

Task 2: Partner capacity building and technical support:

Organise training on PSEA for UNICEF implementing partners

Review codes of conduct and safeguarding policies of all UNICEF implementing partners and support them to refine and update them accordingly

Review and assess existing reporting mechanisms of partners and recommend ways to strengthen as needed

Deliverables for Greece:

Training material (ppt, handout, attendance sheet,)

Final report highlighting clear recommendation for Greece UNICEF office based on the different sets of training and training target (max 10 pages)

Safeguarding policies of partners revised accompanied by a written document with recommendations for each partner and for UNICEF to monitor

SEA resources (safeguarding policies package)

Bulgaria:

Task 1: Partner capacity building and technical support:

Organise training on PSEA for UNICEF implementing partners

Review codes of conduct and safeguarding policies of all UNICEF implementing partners and support them to refine and update them accordingly

Review and assess existing reporting mechanisms of partners and recommend ways to strengthen as needed

Deliverables for Bulgaria:

Training material (ppt, handout, attendance sheet,)

Final report highlighting clear recommendation for Bulgaria UNICEF office based on the different sets of training and training target (max 10 pages)

Safeguarding policies of partners revised accompanied by a written document with recommendations for each partner and for UNICEF to monitor

SEA resources (safeguarding policies package)

 

Minimum Qualifications required: 

Masters education degree/s in either the following field: International Relations, Development Studies, Law, Psychology or Social work.

 

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

More than 7 years of direct humanitarian experiences in emergency countries;

Record of professional experience in PSEA;

Excellent English language skills, local languages (Serbian, Greek, Bulgarian) are an asset.

Excellent skills in training facilitation

Good knowledge of GBV and CP in emergencies programming

Previous experience with UNICEF is a must 

Excellent drafting skills and ability to synthesis complex information and issues;

Strong analytical and conceptual thinking;

 

The application must include the following:

1.Daily rate (all costs to be included e.g. Daily allowance cost for Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece, health insurance, pension, usage of mobile phone)

2.Transport costs: from home to Belgrade-Serbia, from Belgrade-Serbia to Sofia-Bulgaria and from Sofia-Bulgaria to Athens Greece

 

Important note: Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply.

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