Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential - to the benefit of a better world.
Sexual abuse and exploitation in humanitarian crises are global problems. They violate not only the physical integrity and security of the individual victims but also their dignity and self-worth. They are a consequence of unequal power relationships; a dynamic that is often exacerbated during humanitarian crises, which are so often characterized by widespread and systematic violence, mass displacement, and the breakdown in traditional family structures and social, legal, governance and value systems. Women and children constitute the overwhelming majority of victims. The economic and social inequalities confronting women and children, in particular, put them at higher risk of exploitation by those in positions of power. Sexual abuse and exploitation, in humanitarian crises or elsewhere, reflect a variety of failures or omissions attributable to a range of responsible actors and institutions. They represent a failure to uphold basic rights to protection. In institutional terms, sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian staff represents a failure on the part of humanitarian agencies, whose stated role is to provide protection and care, deeply undermining the implicit public trust placed in humanitarian actors. The potential for SEA against women and children affected by conflict and crisis across the country is exacerbated and thus requires specialized, dedicated support
UNICEF recognizes its responsibility, in fulfilling its mandate, to guard or protect vulnerable persons from sexual and other exploitation and abuse and to address such violations appropriately in its work. In particular, UNICEF aims at ensuring that its staff and implementing partners do not abuse their power and influence to exploit and harm others.
Objective - Purpose:
The primary purpose of this consultancy is to strengthen UNICEF, partner agencies and organisations work in Yemen around the prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse, by providing dedicated technical assistance, including designing and implementing targeted capacity building activities for UNICEF staff and partners, and strengthening inter-agency PSEA mechanisms.
The consultant will work closely with a range of sectors and agencies and will report directly to the UNICEF’s Representative with day to day support to the Head of the PSEA Office Committee/Chief Child Protection in their capacity as PSEA focal point
The consultant will work at two levels:
Strengthen internal PSEA mechanisms within the UNICEF Country Office, and with implementing partners to prevent, and respond to sexual abuse and exploitation:
Support Review and update the Terms of Reference/membership of UNICEF’s internal PSEA Committee as well as the PSEA costed Action Plan.
Support the implementation and analysis of partner surveys on PSEA and identify challenges, capacity building needs, and establish mechanisms for partners to identify and investigate SEA and refer victims to the required assistance.
Coordinate with the Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation section and the Programme Review Committee (PRC) within UNICEF to integrate PSEA requirements within the Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA)/ Small Scale Funding Agreement (SSFA) processes/Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Contextualize the PSEA toolkit and deliver capacity building initiatives for UNICEF staff and implementing partners
Support UNICEF to integrate the referral of victims to services within the existing systems including case management
In consultation with heads of sections, identify ways in which each section could contribute to PSEA through their existing programmes; work closely with the HR section on PSEA requirements for new staff, including reference checks, and code of conduct
Support the development of the PSEA communication materials in coordination with UN agencies and the Communication for Development (C4D) Section.
Maintenance and tracking of UNICEF’s progress with PSEA indicators for the office
Strengthen inter-agency PSEA mechanisms.
Under the leadership from the HC, and support from the co-chairs of the PSEA network, and its membership, contribute to the development of a country-level framework, and its implementation, prioritizing the following:
Establishment of safe and accessible child and gender-sensitive reporting mechanisms
Establishment of quality and accessible survivor assistance, with clear referral pathways in place resourced through the Humanitarian Response Plan
Strengthen accountability mechanisms to ensure that cases of SEA are investigated in a prompt, safe and respectful way,
The consultant will work closely with the PSEA Network and a wide range of UN agencies and partners to establish the above. Expected outputs include finalisation of the inter-agency PSEA action plan, finalisation of the Community Based Complaints Mechanism SOPs, development of awareness raising material, review and update of referral pathways, development and maintenance of a PSEA tracking matrix and a range of training initiatives
Language: Fluency in English is required and fluency in Arabic is an asset