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Consultancy – PSEA Institutional Capacity Development Consultant Req.#567750

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Vacancy Announcement: Consultant

Consultancy Title: Consultancy – PSEA Institutional Capacity Development Consultant

Section/Division/Duty Station: Child Protection Section – Programme Group – NYHQ

Duration: 1 December 2023 – 30 April 2024

Home/ office Based: REMOTE

About UNICEF

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.

BACKGROUND

Purpose of Activity/ Assignment:

UNICEF is committed to accelerating protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) across all humanitarian settings.  PSEA is an organization-wide accountability, and UNICEF Child Protection plays a leading role and is a key contributor to this work. UNICEF’s Child Protection strategy prioritizes the prevention of violence, which includes prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse.  The UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025 includes core commitments on PSEA, including within Goal Area 3: Every child is protected from all forms of violence, exploitation, abuse, and harmful practices. The Strategic Plan also includes a strategic enabler on the establishment and strengthening of PSEA systems at country-level, for which Child Protection holds a leading role.  In addition, UNICEF’s Child Protection Programme Team serves as the designated lead for the roll-out of PSEA within the Core Commitments for Children and the Emergency Procedures.

As a leader in child protection globally and as an agency mandated to strengthen the protection of children and women, UNICEF is committed to continue to advance the PSEA work as a key contributor to the IASC Acceleration Plan that was developed under UNICEF’s leadership, and the  IASC Strategy and Vision on the PSEA and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH) 2022−2026. To deliver on UNICEF’s and the shared IASC commitments on PSEA, UNICEF actively leads and contributes to PSEA acceleration within the IASC and UN, including support to Humanitarian and UN Country Teams to deliver on their PSEA commitments, and is leading several workstreams within the IASC Technical Advisory Group annual workplan.

 

Following the IASC PSEA expert mission to Democratic Republic of Congo in the wake of sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated during the 10th Ebola response, a key recommendation has been to develop a global framework for cooperation with Governments on PSEA. UNICEF is leading the process to take this recommendation forward on behalf of the UN and humanitarian systems. The global framework aims to establish a shared PSEA commitment between the Government and the UN. It provides a unique opportunity to strengthen system-wide cooperation on PSEA, streamline government engagement among various UN entities and bolster the capacity of government partners on PSEA alongside broader UN and humanitarian efforts. In June 2022, UNICEF launched the interagency working group. In the initial phase, the working group carried out a comprehensive mapping of all existing UN and Member States obligations and commitments on PSEA, to inform the process. This mapping has laid the foundation for the development of a six-pillar framework and the drafting of a short PSEA clause, which helps to bring together the current fragmentation across the UN system, anchoring a shared obligation in the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), Humanitarian Response Plans and other similar cooperation frameworks between the UN and Governments. The framework lays out a road map for all UN entities for engaging with the Government on PSEA, and aims to strengthen government capacity on SEA prevention and response, within the overall inter-agency work on PSEA.

Further work is now required to update and fully finalize the framework document reflecting recent consultations with UN leadership and entities, and to further develop the related package of implementation tools and training to support framework rollout and capacity strengthening of governments on PSEA. The operationalization of the framework will be guided by a tool that is currently under development by the working group which has developed the draft that also needs to be further finalized.

 

The purpose of the PSEA Institutional Capacity Development Consultancy is to support the CP Specialist – PSEA global technical lead on the development, finalization of the global government cooperation framework on PSEA and related rollout package. The consultant will provide focused support to complete the inter-agency process to develop and finalize the global government cooperation framework and tools.

Scope of Work:

Under the supervision of the Child Protection -PSEA Specialist, the consultant will be responsible for completion of the following activities and deliverables:

  • Provide support to the CP PSEA Specialist to develop the final full draft of the global government cooperation framwork, based on the draft that has already been completed and considering inputs from the inter-agency working group. This will include support to carry out additional technical consultations with the working group and related stakeholders, review and analysis of the existing institutional and other frameworks for SEA risk assessment, and drafting to complete the following deliverables:
    1. 5 consultations with the working group including minutes of the meetings
    2. updated draft and final draft of the government cooperation framework including the framework tool (national PSEA assessment tool) based on existing draft and considering other relevant tools (e.g. SEARO);
    3. related package of PSEA tools for government; including templates, guidelines, checklists
    4. hands-on e-course training manual and slide deck on how to apply the framework tool;
    5. guidance on the responsibilities of government partners and the UN system;
    6. detailed model implementation plan with timelines and parameters for the roll out of the framework

Terms of Reference / Key Deliverables:

  • Total 5 consultations with minutes of the meetings

By 31 March 2024

  • Updated draft government cooperation framework including the framework tool;

By 31 December 2023

  • Updated package of PSEA tools for government, including templates, guidelines, checklists, based on existing drafts

By 15 January 2024

  • Full final draft of the government cooperation framework, the framework tool and related package of PSEA tools for government

By 15 February 2024

  • Guidance on the responsibilities of government partners and the UN system; detailed model implementation plan with timelines and parameters for the roll out of the framework

By 29 February 2024

  • E-course training manual with slide deck and rollout workshop

By 30 April 2024

Qualifications

Education:

  • Masters degree/ Public health, social work, political science, human rights and international law or other related degree.

Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in written and oral English is required.
  • Another UN language is an asset for this role.

Work experience:

  • Minimum 5-8 years of previous experience in the areas of child protection, protection from sexual exploitation and abuse, child safeguarding, gender-based violence, human rights and/or a similar area of expertise is required, including within UNICEF and at the inter-agency level.
  • Previous experience working in humanitarian response is preferred.
  • Previous experience in developing technical guidance, tools and training packages is required. 

Competencies/Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated ability in work planning and report preparation.
  • Demonstrated skills in professional high-quality writing in English.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating remote workshops.
  • Ability to work with a team as well as independently in a multi-cultural environment.  
  • Creative, innovative thinker who can also translate ideas into practical applications. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal.

Requirements: 

Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and

  • Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include/ reflect:
    • the costs per each deliverable and the total lump-sum for the whole assignment (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference.
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at Here

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:  Individuals engaged under a consultancy 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. Consultants 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.

Advertised: 23 Nov 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Deadline: 30 Nov 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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