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For every child, HopeUNICEF works in 190 countries and territories globally to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global, national and local 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.
UNICEF has been leading and working with partners on the fight against sexual exploitation and abuse against children and beneficiaries, together with workplace discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority. UNICEF is committed to continuously strengthening its efforts in this area across the organization. UNICEF has also committed to providing assistance to children victims of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (SEA) in line with the IASC minimum operating standards for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse by UN and non-UN personnel issued in 2013. UNICEF PSEA efforts have also exerted a leverage effect on Gender-Based Violence and allowed to strengthen victims’ access to assistance, including the investigation of cases by appropriate authorities.
In 2016, UNICEF Executive Director provided 7% set aside funding, to set up systems to address SEA at the global level and across regions. In 2018, support was reiterated by UNICEF’s Executive Director who was also appointed as the IASC PSEA and Sexual Harassment and Abuse Champion. Priorities – which have been endorsed by the IASC end of 2018 – focus on scaling up (i) safe and accessible reporting mechanisms; (ii) quality, survivor-centred support, and (iii) accountability for every child and adult survivor in all humanitarian responses.
UNICEF is also committed to work in collaboration with other UN agencies in implementing the Strategy of the Secretary-General’s Bulletin on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13), and in rolling out the UN Protocol on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving implementing partners. Safeguard policies, as well as Accountability to Affected Populations, is at the core of UNICEF’s interventions efforts, for the protection of affected and at-risk people.In July 2016, UNICEF issued a policy on Child Safe guarding, which re-affirmed 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 paramount consideration in all actions affecting children.
Job Organizational Context
In August 2022 the government of Pakistan declared national disaster owing to severe floods which have affected over 33 million people leading to death of over 1000 people and causing disruption of livelihoods and causing extensive damage to infrastructure including homes and roads. The floods have also disrupted protection and referral systems hence making the affected women, girls and boys more vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual gender based violence. The floods disaster response will require UNICEF and all humanitarian actors to strengthen prevention, reporting, and accountability.
PSEA work at PCO seeks to achieve 3 main objectives:
- Strengthened reporting: Every child and adult in all situations has access to a safe and child-sensitive SEA reporting mechanism.
- Protection and response to survivors of SEA: Every woman and child in humanitarian situations who reported SEA accesses immediate, quality SEA survivor-centered assistance (case management: medical care, psychosocial support, legal assistance, and reintegration support) in line with a survivor-centered approach.
- Enhanced accountability: Every child survivor of SEA has their case investigated in a prompt, safe and respectful way.
How can you make a difference?
The Purpose For The Job
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Field Office and technical supervision by the PSEA Programme Specialist, the National PSEA Officer will work closely with PSEA Focal Points in the Field Offices, Gender Focal Points, Child Protection Section and all other Programme Sections to support in accelerating implementation of PSEA in the provinces to strengthen prevention and response systems in both humanitarian and development contexts. The position will be based in one of the Field Offices in the province affected by floods.
Major Duties And Responsibilities
- Engagement with and Support to the Affected Population
- Assist PSEA Specialist based in Islamabad with the design and dissemination of awareness training tools and facilitate events for Rohingya population and host community members with an emphasis of their rights, what SEA and Child Safeguarding are, staff reporting obligations and options for reporting sensitive complaints and victim’s assistance.
- Within the PSEA network, strengthen inter-agency community-based complaints mechanism incorporating UNICEF existing complaint and feedback mechanisms in line with PSEA good practice.
- Internal Capacity Development and Technical Support
- Update UNICEF Pakistan PSEA Action Plan and provide technical and monitoring support on the implementation of the PSEA Action Plan for Quetta/Karachi field office.
- Deliver induction and refresher PSEA training, Child Safeguarding training and awareness-raising sessions for UNICEF staff including contractors, consultants, volunteers; and support HR to ensure that all UNICEF staff complete the PSEA online mandatory training.
- Contribute to strengthening inter-sectoral contribution to prevention and response to SEA and enhance the capacity of UNICEF PSEA Resource Persons to lead PSEA activities in their sections/sectors. Also provide technical support in building capacities of sections on Child Safeguarding policy inclusive of providing guidance on how to support CSO partners in developing their Policies, Action Plans and Monitoring tools on Child Safeguarding
- Institutionalize PSEA efforts within programmes by establishing systems and mechanisms to monitor implementation, identify potential challenges and solutions to address issues related to gender and cultural norms
- Support knowledge management efforts on PSEA, including maintenance and support of a repository of tools and other documentation.
- Partner Capacity Development, Institutional Development and Technical Support (including emergency contexts)
- In collaboration with UNICEF sections, support partners to ensure PSEA policies and structures are aligned with standards and requirements as per UNICEF PSEA Implementing Partners Procedures and the UN Protocol.
- Coordinate with the sectors to conduct the PSEA assessment of the Implementing Partners, monitor the implementation of policies and procedures, and community-based complaints mechanisms, to ensure policies and structures are aligned with standards and requirements as per UNICEF PSEA Implementing Partners Procedures and the UN Protocol.
- Provide technical support in building capacities of CSO partners on Child Safeguarding policy as well as provide providing guidance to CSO partners on how to effectively develop their Policies, Action Plans and Monitoring tools on Child Safeguarding.
- Deliver induction and refresher PSEA and Child Safeguarding training, awareness-raising sessions and other innovative capacity building for UNICEF implementing partners to ensure that all UNICEF implementing partners have a thorough overview of PSEA and Child Safeguarding guidelines and policies, complete the PSEA mandatory Action Plan and develop/strengthen their PSEA policies and procedures.
- Establish mechanisms for institutional support and support selected UNICEF staff, implementing partner staff to replicate PSEA and Child Safeguarding training and awareness-raising efforts.
- Create mechanisms to coach/support implementation of PSEA action plans as implementing partners develop/strengthen their policies and procedures and ensure timely implementation of the PSEA Action Plans.
- Establish monitoring systems to quality-check partner’s PSEA training, capacity-building materials and operationalizing of PSEA action actions, providing feedback to partners in line with minimum standards as outlined in UNICEF PSEA Implementing Partners Procedures and the UN Protocol.
- Receiving and Responding to SEA allegations
- Assist the PSEA specialist based in Islamabad to receive Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) allegations where relevant refer allegations to the organization whose personnel are implicated and survivors to assistance in line with internal procedure and available pathways.
- Update mapping matrix of the referral services and formalize referral service mapping for CXB.
- Provide technical support to UNICEF staff and implementing partners to strengthen internal reporting procedures and their timely reporting of any SEA incidents to UNICEF.
- Assist in documenting and managing reported SEA allegations in a confidential manner within the UNICEF notification alert and inter-agency information sharing procedures.
- Update the established confidential data management system on SEA cases, case management and provide statisitical non-identifying and trends in coordination with the PSEA Specialist.
- Collaborate and coordinate with partners and UNICEF sections to ensure a systematic SEA risk assessment is conducted and findings are reflected and included in programme implementation.
- Inter-agency response to SEA
- Participate in the Inter-Agency PSEA Network meetings and events.
- Support identification of potential new partnerships and leverage existing partnerships to accelerate PSEA and child safeguarding implementation in Sindh/Baluchistan .
- payments will be processed on monthly basis upon submission of report and completion of tasks and deliverables for the month.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Masters or Above) in one of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, Gender and development studies, Laws, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field.
- A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- WORK EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 4 to 6 years’ relevant experience working in development and emergency settings, on children’s and women’s rights, on violence prevention and response, in particular, sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence; Child safeguarding programming and/or child protection.
Experience in and knowledge of UN, Pakistan and IASC policies and guidance related but not limited to PSEA, AAP, GBV and Child Safeguarding is desirable.
Background/familiarity with emergencies is considered an asset.
LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Fluency in English and Urdu is required. Knowledge of local dialect is considered an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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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 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.
- Travel would be required to to remote areas of Balochistan, Sindh.
- Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating daily fee or a lump sum amount for the whole assignment as part of the application against each deliverable.
- Verified (HEC Attested) degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. Candidates will be required to present attested and verified degrees.
- At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage valid for the duration of contract.
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 (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.