Individual Contractor – Technical Support on PSEA Framework and GBV in Emergency Programming, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO), Bangkok, Thailand, Job No

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfilling their potential.

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UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

How can you make a difference?

The Child Protection Section, UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an individual consultant to support the roll out of the PSEA framework in the East Asia and Pacific Region and strengthen GBV in emergency programming.

The purpose of the consultancy is to support the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, both programmes and operations (partnerships) and Country Offices in the region to accelerate PSEA implementation and to support fulfilment of these requirements.

In addition, given the vulnerabilities of women and girls to gender based violence in emergency settings, including during COVID-19 and as a result of containment measures, the consultant will provide support to COs to strengthen prevention and response interventions and programmatic approaches across sectors.

Work Assignments:

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Capacity building

• Strengthen country offices’ capacities to provide access to safe and child sensitive reporting channels including within community-based complaint mechanisms, access to victims centred assistance; and to support cases investigation and SEA risk assessments, as relevant.

• Support country offices to institutionalize PSEA efforts within their internal systems and procedures, including but not limited to: management structure; internal reporting and response procedures; mainstreaming in HR management; risk mitigation; and monitoring of implementation of the action plan.

• Contribute to the implementation and rolling out dissemination of global and regional guidance and strategies of specific relevance. This includes the UN Protocol on Allegations of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse Involving Implementing Partners and the Victim’s Assistance Protocol.

• Support establish and roll out a regional procedure for Significant Incident Reporting (SIR) within a scope of global procedure (ver. May 2021).

• Provide technical assistance for child protection teams to ensure quality victim assistance is available and effective follow up including mental health and psycho-social support.

• Support country offices for integration of child safeguarding policy and procedures.

• Coordinate with consultant(s) who support(s) rolling out of the new UN Common Assessment Tool for any support provided to country offices.

Monitoring

• Monitor and record the progress of PSEA implementation in the region using a spreadsheet and create a regular update to inform the senior management.

Coordination/working with others

• Support implementation COs PSEA inter-agency initiatives/networks, including the setting-up of in-country PSEA Networks.

• Represent UNICEF on the inter-agency PSEA regional group and on HQ coordination groups, and maintain close relationship with PSEA focal points in other regions.

• Support child protection in emergency and gender-based violence in emergencies programming in the region including the integration of GBV safe identification and referral where appropriate in training packages.

Knowledge management and policy development

• Support documentation of best practices and lessons learnt across the region including for the COVID-19 response and updating the SharePoint sites for ESAR staff to access PSEA policy and guidance materials studies on good practice on PSEA, and child safeguarding.

• Keep abreast on development PSEA and child safeguarding and make appropriate recommendations for regional adviser on enhancing prevention and response strategies.

• Support development of regional level strategy/standards/procedure/tools where identified to be necessary. This may be on awareness raising amongst stakeholders on PSEA; strengthening a community based/project site complaints mechanism; or a general strategic plan for acceleration of PSEA implementation in EAPR.

• Contribute to resources mobilization activities, draft reports, project proposals, ToRs, advocacy materials and other relevant documents, as required.

• Contribute to the development of new global and regional guidance and strategies of specific relevance. This includes the global government cooperation framework on PSEA.

Work Schedule:

Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 crisis and response, the below monthly activities are tentative and will need to be revisited at the beginning of and regularly during the contract.

Tasks

Timeline

Outputs: 1) develop and populate a monitoring tool to capture the progress of the PSEA mechanism at country level and key PSEA related indicators; 2) take a stock of the progress on PSEA and child safeguarding in EAPRO and at country offices holistically and produce a report with analysis of opportunities and challenges for each country and for the region and action plan for the next six months; 3) provide support for preparation of rolling out of the UN Common PSEA Assessment tool if required; 4) hold coordination call on PSEA with focal points; and 5) support finalization and rolling out of child safeguarding guidelines in four countries supported by UNICEF Australia.

30 October 2022

Outputs: 1) Prepare to establish a regional procedure for Significant Incident Reporting (SIR) within a scope of global procedure and roll out; 2) provide support for preparation of rolling out of the UN Common PSEA Assessment tool if required; 3) hold monthly coordination call for PSEA focal points; 4) provide support for the roll out of relevant PSEA protocols and procedures as identified in as required; 5) provide support for the strengthening or development of action plans for EAPRO and country offices; 6) update the SharePoint sites for EAPR staff to access PSEA policy and guidance materials studies on good practice on PSEA, and child safeguarding; 7) support country offices for end year reporting on PSEA related indicators and HAC indicators including organizing a webinar for improved reporting (continued); 8) conduct analysis of accessible reporting mechanism across the region and produce recommendations; and 9) support rolling out of child safeguarding guidelines in four countries supported by UNICEF Australia.

30 November 2022

Outputs: 1) Roll-out the regional procedure for Significant Incident Reporting (SIR) within the scope of global procedure; 2) provide support for preparation of rolling out of the UN Common PSEA Assessment tool if required; 3) hold a monthly coordination call for PSEA focal points; 4) provide support for the roll out of relevant PSEA protocols and procedures as identified in as required (continued); 5) provide support for the strengthening or development of action plans for EAPRO and country offices (continued); 6) update the SharePoint sites for EAPR staff to access PSEA policy and guidance materials studies on good practice on PSEA, and child safeguarding (continued); 7) support country offices for end year reporting on PSEA related indicators; 8) conduct analysis of accessible reporting mechanism across the region and produce recommendations (continued); and 9) support rolling out of child safeguarding guidelines in four countries supported by UNICEF Australia.

December 2022

Outputs: 1) Roll-out the regional procedure for Significant Incident Reporting (SIR) within the scope of global procedure; 2) provide support for preparation of rolling out of the UN Common PSEA Assessment tool if required; 3) hold a monthly coordination call for PSEA focal points; 4) provide support for the roll out of relevant PSEA protocols and procedures as identified in as a required (continued); 5) provide support for the strengthening/implementation of action plans for EAPRO and country offices (continued); 6) participate in end year review process at EAPRO including reporting and planning for EAPRO as well as review of country office reporting; and 7) produce an analytical report for EAPRO on the progress at country level on PSEA and child safeguarding based on 2022 reporting and 8) support rolling out of child safeguarding guidelines in four countries supported by UNICEF Australia

January 2023

Outputs: 1) hold a monthly coordination call for PSEA focal points; 2) provide support for the roll out of relevant PSEA protocols and procedures as identified in as required (continued); 3) provide support for the strengthening/implementation of action plans of action plans for EAPRO and country offices (continued); 4) support rolling out of child safeguarding guidelines in four countries supported by UNICEF Australia; and 5) produce at least two piece of documentation of best practices and lessons learnt across the region.

February 2023

Outputs: 1) hold a monthly coordination call for PSEA focal points; 2) provide support for the roll out of relevant PSEA protocols and procedures as identified in as required (continued); 3) provide support for the strengthening/implementation of action plans of action plans for EAPRO and country offices (continued); 4) support rolling out of child safeguarding guidelines in four countries supported by UNICEF Australia; 5) produce at least two piece of documentation of best practices and lessons learnt across the region; and 6) produce a final report with recommendations for ways forward on PSEA programming for EAPR

March 2023

1) Provide regular technical assistance for EAPRO and COs on PSEA; 2) Undertake in country missions to respond to emergency situations to provide technical support on PSEA; 3) Provide technical advice and sensitization for all COs for the implementation of new guidance and tools issued by HQ on PSEA; 5) Participate in regional and HQ PSEA mechanisms; 6) Support implementation of the regional PSEA action plan with the ad hoc Task Team on PSEA; 7) provide support to Regional Child Protection Adviser in case reporting and follow up; and 7) Provide monthly report on PSEA progress and PSEA indicators

Ongoing throughout the consultancy

End Product(s):

1. A monitoring tools on PSEA and child safeguarding

2. An analytical report on opportunities and challenges for each country and for the region and action plan for the next six months

3. A regional procedure for Significant Incident Reporting was established

4. EAPRO and all COs have PSEA action plans in place

5. All COs provided with technical support on PSEA

6. In country missions carried out in a minimum of two countries (this may include mission(s) to respond to emergencies)

7. Monthly PSEA progress reports for the region

8. Regular coordination calls held with PSEA focal points

9. Training and refresher training provided to all PSEA focal points at CO level

10. Training provided on PSEA to EAPRO staff

11. SharePoint site updated

12. Case compendium of good practice for PSEA and GBViE in EAPR (with a minimum of four case studies)

13. An analytical report on the progress at country level on PSEA and child safeguarding based on 2022 reporting

14. Child safeguarding guidelines in four countries effectively supported.

15. Minimum of two technical webinars held on PSEA and GBViE

16. All remote requests for support on PSEA and GBViE responded to in a timely manner

17. Effective representation on the regional interagency PSEA network and on HQ coordination mechanisms and support for the implementation of the PSEA regional action plan with the Ad Hoc Interagency Task Team on PSEA.

18. Final report with recommendations on accelerating PSEA implementation and compliance in EAPR

Duration of Contract: 6 months – 16 October 2022 to 15 April 2023 (Full Time)

Official Travel: Due to the current COVID-19 travel restrictions, the consultant will be home based. However, travel to the regional office and key country offices is envisaged, if travel is possible during the consultancy. Travel is envisaged to a minimum of two countries, to be identified depending on need. Current possible countries are Lao PDR, PNG, Pacific, Timor Leste.

Work Location: The consultant will work in his/her own premises but will regularly report to the supervisors.

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

  • An advanced degree in social sciences, or a related or relevant field;
  • A minimum of eight years’ professional work experience on PSEA, Child Protection and/or GBV
  • Experience in working in humanitarian contexts;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent facilitation, training, networking and advocacy skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work across country and cultural contexts on sensitive issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently;
  • Sound knowledge of PSEA protocols and procedures is an asset
  • Experience in working directly on the PSEA framework is an asset;
  • Experience in working in the East Asia Pacific region is desirable; and
  • Experience in working with the UN/UNICEF an asset.

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed monthly professional fee in USD by 10 October 2022****.

FORM P11.doc

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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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.

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