PSEA National Consultant, UNICEF Libya Country Office, Duration:11.5 months

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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 fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, PROTECTION!

Context/Background:

The prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse has, for decades, been at the core of UNICEF’s mandate. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by employees, personnel and sub-contractors of UNICEF and implementing partners.

Following the endorsement of the United Nations Protocol On Allegations Of Sexual Exploitation And Abuse Involving Implementing Partners (hereinafter referred to the UN Protocol) in February 2018, UNICEF has incorporated prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse standards in the General Terms and Conditions of partnership agreements with civil society organizations.

UNICEF Libya is one of the 16 country offices, where dedicated funds on PSEA were provided in 2018, as the crisis situation has created a spike in vulnerability of women and children against SEA.

UNICEF Libya is co-leading with UNFPA the PSEA Network at the UN CT level where strengthening its work at the inter-agency level is also expected at a matter of priority.

In August 2021, UNICEF Libya office has developed a Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Country Office Plan of Action and established a PSEA Committee comprising of the PSEA national focal point and the PSEA (sectoral) focal points and PD focal points which aims at supporting PSEA mainstreaming to ensure compliance to IASC minimum standards on PSEA, through: 1) capacity building, 2) safe, accessible and dignified reporting that is child sensitive; 3) quality SEA survivor assistance; and 4) enhanced accountability, including through prompt and respectful investigations.

UNICEF’s long-standing commitment to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children, and to promote the universal understanding that the best interests of the child must be a paramount consideration in all actions affecting children.

Promoting the Protection and Safeguarding of Children: UNICEF staff members and non-staff personnel, as well as UNICEF individual consultants and contractors, are expected to share the organization’s commitment (CF/EXD/2016-006) to the protection and safeguarding of children. This will be taken into account in UNICEF’s hiring and selection of UNICEF staff members and non-staff personnel, as well as selection of individual consultants and contractors.

Safeguarding refers to proactive measures taken to limit direct and indirect collateral risks of harm to children and communities we serve, arising from UNICEF’s work, UNICEF personnel or UNICEF associates.

UNICEF Libya Country Office (LCO) plans to organise Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)/Child Safeguarding trainings for their staff and Implementing Partners (IPs) and review the PSEA/Child safeguarding assessments of each implementing partners in view of having developed PSEA/Safeguarding Improvement Plans for all of them to build their capacities on PSEA/Child Safeguarding. S/He will work within the PSEA Committee, and in coordination with the PSEA national focal points, PSEA sectoral focal points and the Programme Division (PD) focal points to support implementing the PSEA/Child Safeguarding the country office plan of action.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative-Programmes in UNICEF Libya Country Office, PSEA National Consultant will have the following tasks/responsibilities:

1) UNICEF LIBYA PSEA/Child Safeguarding framework strengthening:

  • Support the implementation of UNICEF Office country plan of action for 2023-2025.
  • Participate to the PSEA Committee meetings, especially the monthly meetings.
  • Technically support the implementation of relevant agreed action points on PSEA and Child Safeguarding.
  • Support the development of PSEA/Child Safeguarding plan of action for UNICEF Libya Country Office (LCO) on PSEA and review/report on progress.

2) Child Safeguarding and PSEA training/awareness raising for staff, partners and communities:

  • Translate/update all available training material for staff, partners and communities.
  • Support development of communication material to raise awareness of staff, partners and communities (in collaboration with the communication team) on UNICEF PSEA/Child Safeguarding policies and SOPs.
  • Conducting face-to-face induction and trainings on PSEA/ Child safeguarding to all UNICEF employees.
  • Support face-to-face trainings to staff of Implementing Partners (IPs).
  • Organizing, facilitating or cascading PSEA/Child safeguarding and to UNICEF staff and implementing partners.

3) Safe programming and partnership

  • Support national CSOs partners to develop and implement their PSEA self-assessment and improvement plan
  • Support the sector heads in assessing the PSEA/Child Safeguarding risks associated to their programmes/activities.
  • Support the establishment of PSEA/Child safeguarding complaint reporting mechanisms.
  • Conduct programming monitoring visit with PSEA/Child Safeguarding perspective.

4) PSEA/ Child Safeguarding incident reporting and handling:

  • Contribute, when needed and requested, to the implementation of UNICEF survivor-centered procedures for reporting and handling PSEA incidents and the resolution/management of SEA incident, especially the referral and follow-up of survivor to relevant services.

5) Building a safe culture and environment:

  • Be a champion and a leader on PSEA/Child Safeguarding and show initiative and commitment to building a safe environment within office and programmes.
  • Sign and comply with PSEA/ Child Safeguarding national consultant obligations by ToR’s and reporting structure.
  • Be proactive in proposing necessary changes/actions that would increase safe recruitment.

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

  • A university degree in Human Rights, Psychology, Sociology, Law, International Law or another field relevant to the function is required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional relevant work experience in child protection or prevention or protection against sexual exploitation and abuse or gender-based violence is required.
  • Excellent technical knowledge on the subject is required.
  • Prior experience of conducting trainings is an asset.
  • Prior experience of working in multi-cultural settings is an asset.
  • Prior experience of capacity building and system strengthening is an asset.
  • Prior experience of working with the UN or national or international NGOs is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (if applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Candidates meeting the minimum requirements should apply with a detailed CV, Cover Letter and an all-inclusive financial proposal as well as a technical proposal. Applications without these will not be considered.

Added 3 months ago - Updated 2 months ago - Source: unicef.org