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Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Coordinator (Cabo Delgado)

Mozambique

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Mozambique
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Gender-based violence
    • Managerial positions
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: Closed
Background
 
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
 
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
 
Cabo Delgado - the northernmost province of Mozambique - has been the centre of a highly complex conflict in recent years, which began in October 2017 and has forced more than 735,000 people to flee their homes. Cabo Delgado is also prone to climatic emergencies and disease outbreaks, as highlighted by Cyclone Kenneth, which struck the Province in April 2019, and the province’s vulnerability to repeated cholera outbreaks.

At least 1.5 million people in northern Mozambique will need lifesaving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance and protection in 2022 as a result of the continued impact of armed conflict, violence and insecurity in Cabo Delgado Province. Protection risks remain a grave concern—especially for women and girls, people with disabilities, older persons and people living with HIV/AIDS. People impacted by the conflict were exposed to gender-based violence and child abuse and are more likely to resort to negative coping mechanisms, including transactional sex, and be exposed to exploitation.

The Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is a cross-cutting issue and joint responsibility of all humanitarian partners. The scale-up of operations to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado and to a lesser extend in Nampula and Niassa brought with it an increase in humanitarian presence, which warrants heightened attention to PSEA. The 2021 Joint SEA Risk Assessment identified gaps in capacities of humanitarian actors to fully understand the root causes and apply principles to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse. There is a functioning PSEA Network in Cabo Delgado aimed to coordinate inter-agency efforts, develop and implement joint PSEA strategies. The position will support effective coordination of the Cabo Delgado PSEA Network and technical support to Nampula and Niassa.

Position Purpose

The position is for six months and should support the overall coordination of inter-agency PSEA efforts in Cabo Delgado and neighboring provinces Niassa and Nampula, incl.  the implementation of the PSEA Action Plan, strengthening PSEA capacities of operational actors and partners engaged in the response to the Cabo Delgado crisis to comply with codes of conduct and PSEA principles, improving the protection and assistance available to victims/survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse and strengthening community-based complaints mechanisms. The PSEA Coordinator will be supported by and working in close coordination with the National Inter-Agency PSEA Coordinator and work closely with the Protection Cluster, the GBV and Child Protection AoRs, the AAP Working group and other relevant coordination mechanisms at Cabo Delgado level.  

 
Duties and Responsibilities
 
Under the overall oversight of the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator (DHC) in Cabo Delgado and in close coordination with and supported by the National PSEA Coordinator, the PSEA Coordinator will undertake the following activities to in relation to the rapidly evolving humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique and neighboring provinces (Niassa and Nampula):
 
1) Lead and support the implementation of the Cabo Delgado PSEA Network Action Plan and oversee the sub-national PSEA Network;
  • Support the sub-national PSEA Network and Area Humanitarian Country Team (AHCT) in developing and implementing the Cabo Delgado PSEA Action Plan, incl. raising funds for and coordinating joint inter-agency actions;
  • Track progress and provide updates on implementation of the Action Plan to national PSEA Network and AHCT;   
  • Oversee and support the Cabo Delgado inter-agency PSEA Network in coordination with the Network co-chairs in the fulfilment of its responsibilities, enhancing communication and information sharing among members and focal points;
  • Represent the Cabo Delgado PSEA Network in relevant sub-national coordination bodies, such as the AHCT, ICCG, Gender WG, and national PSEA Network and regularly report to these bodies on progress and challenges.
2) Provide advisory and technical support on PSEA for organizations engaged in the Cabo Delgado crisis response;
  • Provide advice to the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator and Heads of Sub-Offices on PSEA;
  • Provide technical advice and support and PSEA capacity-building to all organizations engaged in the Cabo Delgado crisis response in order to ensure consistency of systems and approaches;
  • Proactively reach out to relevant entities that are not participating in the PSEA Network to ensure that they are aware of PSEA activities, and to foster linkages and information-sharing;
  • Increase capacities of organizations to train staff and implementing partners on PSEA principles, code of conduct and the SOPs for Recording and Processing Complaints;
  • Support the strengthening of capacities of provincial and local government partners to respond to SEA, and refer cases in line with a survivor-centred approach;  
  • Engage and coordinate with Clusters at the sub-national levels, especially CCCCM, Food Security, Health and Shelter Clusters, to ensure PSEA mainstreaming during planning, policy development and programming; support Clusters in strengthening PSEA capacities where requested;
  • Proactively reach out to national and local actors engaged with the humanitarian response to increase their understanding and capacities to respond to SEA;
  • Support the sub-national roll-out of capacity building initiatives developed at national level, such an investigation trainings and others

3) Strengthen available victim/survivor assistance;

  • Maintain an updated mapping of available protection and assistance services for victims/survivors of SEA;
  • Collaborate with the GBV and Child Protection AoRs to ensure that victims/survivors services are available for all victims/survivors of SEA;
  • Continuously engage with Network members to ensure that they have the skills and capacities to comply to PSEA minimum standards and a survivor centred approach;
  • In close coordination with the National PSEA Coordinator and where requested provide SEA case support;
  • Support rolling out the UN Victim Assistance Protocol at sub-national level.
  • Assist the Network to train GBV, child protection and health service providers on PSEA-specific components in services and survivor protection.

4) Strengthen Community engagement and awareness of affected communities on their rights as beneficiaries;

  • In close coordination with the AAP Working Group keep an updated mapping of existing community-based complaint and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) which are able to take in and refer SEA cases;
  • Establish and/or strengthen safe SEA-specific procedures for site and community-based CFMs for referrals to survivor assistance, based on a victim-centred approach, informed by good practice and community consultations;
  • Ensure that awareness materials for communities are available to all partners and that community engagement on PSEA covers all operational areas and is well coordinated;
  • Support the Network to learn of community perspectives on behavior of aid workers, and preferences in dispute resolution, discussing sexual matters, and receiving and sharing sensitive information to inform the Network’s outreach;
  • Initiate and support the development, field testing and implementation of innovative community-based outreach and awareness raising on PSEA, incl. child friendly materials.

5) Support engagement with local actors and government involved in humanitarian assistance;

  • Participate in and support PSEA engagement with local actors, such as district administrators, local leaders, INGD and district prosecutors;
  • Support capacity building, advocacy and awareness raising efforts for local leaders;
  • In support of the DHC and in close coordination with the National PSEA Coordinator support the implementation of the Government engagement strategy at sub-national level.
Competencies
Core Competencies

Achieve Results:  LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work.

Think Innovatively:  LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:  LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:  LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner:  LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:  LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

  • Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

2030 Agenda: People - GenderUNDP's Gender Equality Seal Initiative

2030 Agenda: People - GenderSexual Gender-based violence (SGBV)

2030 Agenda: People - GenderClimate Change and Risk Management of Disasters with a Gender Perspective

2030 Agenda: People - GenderGender Corporate Reporting

2030 Agenda: People - GenderGender Issues & Analysis

2030 Agenda: People - GenderWomen, Peace and Security

2030 Agenda: People - Human-centered Design: Ability to develop solutions to problems be involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process

 
Required Skills and Experience
 
Education:
  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Social Work, International Development, International Relations, Humanitarian Aid or related fields from a recognized university is a requirement.
Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the humanitarian and/or development sectors, with significant experience in facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder groups is a requirement.
  • Significant expertise in PSEA, GBV or Protection is an asset;
  • Significant expertise and experience in engaging with government, NGOs (national and international), Red Cross/Crescent and UN agencies, including on sensitive and challenging issues is an asset;
  • Experience in building consensus and brokering partnerships is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian system is an asset;
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in a challenging and highly fluid environment, flexibility and the ability to handle dynamism is an asset;
  • Ability to start work immediately is desirable;
  • Proven ability to live and work in challenging physical conditions is desirable.

Languages:

  • Proficiency in oral and written English and Portuguese 

 

Disclaimer

 
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