Programme Associate (Protection Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse)

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This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by aid workers directly contradicts the principles upon which humanitarian action is based and represents a protection failure on the part of the aid community. SEA inflicts harm on those whom the humanitarian community is obligated to protect, and as such jeopardizes the credibility of all assistance agencies. Humanitarian workers are expected to uphold the highest standards of personal and professional conduct at all times to protect beneficiaries of assistance. In recognition of the global concern over SEA, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) has prioritized efforts to prevent and respond to these abuses at both the agency level and through collective efforts in the field. PSEA policies affect all UN related personnel and implementing partners, NGOS and INGOS, including volunteers, contractors and consultants and operate in West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

To ensure compliance with these important global and moral obligations, the Humanitarian Country Team in Palestine has established a Network on the Prevention and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA. The Network reports to the Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator, and is co-chaired by one UN and one NGO Head of Agency. It is supported technically by an International PSEA Advisor. Since its establishment in 2018, the network has grown significantly, now encompassing over 80 organizations (including the Association of International Development Agencies – AIDA, and the network Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations - PNGO, each representing many more member organizations).

Since its inception, the network has achieved significant progress on several fronts, including: i) The establishment of a community-based complaints mechanism (CBCM) to facilitate accessible, culturally sensitive reporting mechanisms for reporting of wrong-doing by affected people. The CBCM is accompanied by a Standard Operating procedure for recording, tracking and reporting of cases, as well as for survivors’ assistance, investigation and accountability. ii) Consultations and awareness raising outreach work with communities to create awareness of rights and of available mechanisms for reporting wrongdoing iii) Articulation of a protocol for assistance to survivors, closely linked with the Gender-based violence and Child protection sub-clusters iv) Extensive training and awareness raising among Network organization staff to ensure they are able to prevent and respond to SEA cases.

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Prevention and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) International Coordinator & Specialist or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Programme Associate (Protection Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) will:

• Assist the PSEA Advisor with the coordination of the implementation of the AWP 2022/23 • Give support to the organization of the PSEA Network monthly meetings • Document PSEA Network and members’ activities that will contribute to the annual report. • Support the implementation of the PSEA Communication strategy • Coordinate initiatives to engage with young audiences in the community-based complaint mechanism • Support reporting needs and fundraising initiatives • Coordinate with the PSEA Network members the implementation of trainings • Coordinate with the PSEA Network members the implementation of consultative meetings in different geographical areas of Palestine and targeted to different constituencies • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF/ PSEAH Network; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF/ PSEAH Network; procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary; •Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNICEF and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values

At least 3-5 years of professional work experience at the national and/or international level in development or humanitarian projects, gender, SGBV, Human Rights, research or other relevant programmes; experience in coordination and communications is an asset, as is experience working in the UN or other international development organization;

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. A Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) of ILS 4,776.82 is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and exit allowance for satisfactory service.

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials.

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