Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEA) Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of Resident Coordinator, the PSEA Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and supporting the collective PSEA activities of organizations in Nepal. The PSEA Coordinator will be contracted by the Resident Coordinator’s Office and will report directly to the Resident Coordinator.
The envisioned duration of the contract is originally for one year from September 2020 to September 2021 and maybe extended if there is such need.
Working closely with the PSEA Network co-chairs [UN Women and UN RCO] the PSEA Coordinator will undertake the following:
- Conduct a joint PSEA risk assessment to inform senior leadership and humanitarian partners on strategic decision-making;
- Regularly report to senior leadership on developments, challenges, recurring issues and trends in PSEA in-country and share recommendations with senior leadership to ensure continued engagement and enhanced strategic and operational decision-making related to PSEA.
- Oversee and support the UNCT PSEA Working Group in coordination with the Working Group co-chairs [UN Resident Coordinator Office and UN Women] in the fulfilment of its responsibilities under its PSEA Working Group TORs and 2020-2021 Annual Work Plan. This may include proposing amendments as seen relevant, based upon the risk assessment;
- Support senior leadership to establish a PSEA Network for coordination, fostered linkages and information-sharing on PSEA, consisting of membership from UN agencies; international and national non-governmental organizations ((I)NGOs); and government stakeholders. This includes among others, the development of a PSEA Network TORs and a Work Plan as well as its implementation, based upon the risk assessment.
- The development and implementation of SEA prevention, risk mitigation, and response measures, framework and tools during planning, project design, and programme implementation in each department and in each thematic sector;
- The training of staff, implementing partners, responsible party, vendors (either face-to-face or online depending on lockdown situation) based on available global training package and adapting them to suit local contexts;
- The establishment of safeguards in personnel and implementing partners hiring.
- Support the Working Group to develop a collective communication strategy to raise awareness on key PSEA messages and disseminate contact information for reporting, including the rights of affected populations, the fact that assistance and services are never conditioned on sexual favours, and how to submit sensitive complaints;
- Ensure that the implementation of the UNCT PSEA Working Group Work Plan is informed by community participation, contextually and culturally appropriate, and based on the community’s needs.
- Engage and coordinate with the humanitarian cluster system to ensure PSEA mainstreaming during planning, policy development and programming;
- Collaborate with the Protection and Gender-based Violence Cluster Coordinators to ensure a harmonised approach to prevention activities and support of survivors, and that PSEA Network activities take a survivor-centred approach supporting the rights of survivors.
- Support senior leadership to develop an engagement strategy with the Government(s), including identified entry points for engagement with Federal, Provincial and Local Governments.
- Map existing complaint and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) in Nepal to identify where there are gaps in community access for reporting sensitive complaints and to understand community preferences in reporting sensitive allegations;
- Based on CFM mapping and community preferences, support the PSEA Working Group members to strengthen existing and/or establish new entry points to fill the gaps in reporting access so that there are safe, accessible, and contextually appropriate channels for any member of the community to report complaints of SEA. While doing so, assist Working Group members to consult and engage with all relevant stakeholders during the design of the CBCM in order to ensure support, high-level commitment, sustainability, and community trust and ownership in the CBCM;
- Support the Working Group to draft, finalise and endorse Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on inter-agency complaint referral (following the Global Standard Operating Procedures on Inter-Agency Cooperation in CBCMs and appropriate for the local context) and assistance referral pathways in coordination with the GBV and Protection Cluster and Field Victim Rights Advocate/Senior Victim Rights Officer;
- Conduct a mapping exercise of available services and potential gaps for health, legal, psychosocial, and material support.
- Assist the Working Group to train service providers on PSEA-specific components in services.
- Ensure the referral to concerned agency’s in-country Head of Agency and focal points and/or the concerned agency mechanism for further investigation procedures. This may include the need for determining a potential link with a UN agency through fact-finding;
- Ensure that the support needs of victim(s)/survivor(s) are adequately assessed and that victim(s)/survivor(s) have access to appropriate protection including physical safety and assistance services that account for and encourage decision making by the victim(s)/survivor(s);
- Ensure that all sensitive complaints, information pertaining to SEA allegations and questions about SEA are handled in strict confidentiality;
- Maintain confidential records of reported SEA incidents and share anonymised records as appropriate with relevant actors to meet reporting requirements, inform programme adjustment, and further develop efforts to address SEA.
- Support the PSEA Working Group to hold inter-agency trainings on good practices in SEA complaint intake and referral for PSEA Focal Points, UNDSS Security Personnel, GBV and Child Protection actors, and all actors staffing CFM channels, so that all actors who may receive SEA complaints know how to recognize SEA and where to send allegations in the joint CBCM.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Gender Studies, Development Studies, Human Rights, International Development, Humanitarian Studies or any other relevant field.
- Minimum 2 years’ experience in the area of safeguarding and prevention from sexual exploitation and abuse, child protection, gender-based violence.
- Technical expertise in at least one of the following areas:
- Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
- Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP)
- Human rights
- Child Protection
- Gender-based violence/Victim assistance
- Staff misconduct and discipline
- Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)
- Field experience in humanitarian or development settings
- Understanding of the international development and humanitarian architecture
- Familiarity with the UN system and global coordination structures (e.g. IASC)
- Proven ability to implement an Action Plan
- Experience in developing and facilitating training and capacity-building activities
- Familiarity with data protection and confidentiality measures is an advantage
- Fluency in English and Nepali is required.
- Coordination (experience in an inter-agency coordination role is an advantage)
- Professionalism (proven integrity, objectivity, and professional competence)
- Communication, presentation, facilitation, and inter-personal skills
- Ability to work with different stakeholders and build consensus
- Advocacy across a wide variety of actors
- Leadership (ability to lead a technical network)
- Leveraging (ability to engage at senior leadership level and secure buy-in)
- Problem-solving (ability to know what needs to be done and identify the resources to do it)
- Sensitivity to cultural diversity, discrimination, and gender issues
- Ability to interact in a sensitive manner with survivors
- Ability to work in a stressful environment
- Ability to delegate
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