Lebanon: Inter-agency in-country PSEA Coordinator for Lebanon, 11.5 months, Beirut, Lebanon 26 views6 applications

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Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Lebanon
Closing date: 13 Oct 2019

Background information

Nine years into the Syrian crisis, Lebanon remains at the forefront of one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times and Lebanon continue to host people displaced by the conflict in Syria. Lebanon is a unique setting where over two millions of vulnerable people continued to be supported by humanitarian assistance through the presence of 8,000 UN staffs and more than 100 of I/NGOs and services providers. In addition, the Security Councilresolution has maintained UNIFIL presence through 1701 resolution[1] whit the support of 12,000 peacekeepers.

The in-Country PSEA Network in Lebanon was established under the UNCT/HCT in 2015, and was extended to I/NGOs in 2017. The Network is composed of 20 UN agencies and 9 I/NGOs. To date, the In-Country PSEA Network has developed key guidance document such as PSEA Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs); Inter-Agency SEA Referral Pathway; Community Based Complaints Mechanisms (CBCM) training; Provision of referral pathway to survivors to Victim Assistance response services; Training of PSEA focal points. The humanitarian actors have yet varying capacities and experience in terms of compliance with PSEA standards and the oversight of PSEA minimum standards remains challenging.

The In-Country PSEA Coordinator for Lebanon will be responsible for supporting and tracking progress of the implementation of the prevention of sexual exploitation & abuse (PSEA) Action Plan and overseeing and supporting the collective PSEA activities of organizations in Lebanon, and to promote the United Nations’ (UN) Zero Tolerance Policy.

The In-Country PSEA Coordinator for Lebanon will work under the overall strategic guidance of the Lebanon RC/HC and under the daily supervision of the OCHA Head of Office.

Working closely with the PSEA Network co-chairs (UNHCR and UNIFIL) the PSEA Coordinator will undertake the following:

Responsibilities:

Coordinate the PSEA in-country network

  • Oversee and coordinate the inter-agency PSEA Network in the fulfillment of its responsibilities under its PSEA Network TORs and 2019-2020 Action Plan;
  • Undertake an analysis of SEA cases in Lebanon, including detailed data and statistical trends;
  • Provide advice on PSEA concerns in strategic discussions of the Humanitarian Country Team and national government coordination (mainly MoSA – MoPH – MOI- MEHE);
  • Support senior leadership in implementing PSEA Network TORs and Action Plan and to secure relevant funding;
  • Represent the PSEA Network in relevant working group (SGBV TF, CPWG, Inter Sector meeting) and leadership forums such as UNCT, HCT in Lebanon;
  • Proactively reach out to relevant entities that are not participating in the PSEA Network or the joint CBCM to ensure that they are aware of PSEA activities, and to foster linkages and information-sharing
  • Regularly report to senior leadership on developments and challenges in PSEA in-country to ensure continued engagement and address gaps in PSEA implementation
  • Support the PSEA and AAP Networks to map existing complaint and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) in Lebanon to identify where there are gaps in community access for reporting sensitive complaints Strengthen PSEA within organizations at field and national level

Support Network members and other relevant entities operating in the context to strengthen their internal PSEA programs (where requested) to:

  • Establish a Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing Policy that clearly prohibits SEA, obliges reporting of such acts, enforces these clauses when breached, provides meaningful protection to whistleblowers, and encourages safe reporting
  • Support the Network in developing a joint PSEA risk assessment in Lebanon to inform senior leadership on strategic decision-making;
  • Implement SEA prevention, risk mitigation, and response measures during planning, policy and project development, and programming in each department and in each technical sector
  • Develop training on PSEA and the Code of Conduct, including appropriate conduct for aid workers and how to submit and receive complaints under internal and inter-agency reporting systems
  • Ensure that internal HR practices are in place in human resource departments that guard against hiring persons who have a (pending/substantiated) allegation of misconduct against them, and include PSEA content in staff induction, contracts and subcontracting, and job evaluation criteria
  • Insert and enforce PSEA clauses in partnership contracts that clarify reporting and investigation responsibilities
  • Provide technical advice during major planning and funding processes, including LCRP meetings and Lebanon Humanitarian Fund allocations.
  • Support to develop investigation protocols and to provide capacity building. Where Network members don’t have a dedicated investigation body in Headquarters, strengthen referrals to the dedicated investigation unit.
  • Strengthen safe SEA-specific procedures for internal complaint and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) and referrals to survivor assistance, informed by good practice and community consultations

Engage Stakeholders

Community engagement

  • Develop a creative communication strategy together with IPs to facilitate awareness-raising in communities on their rights, the fact that humanitarian assistance is never conditioned on sexual favours, and how to submit complaints. Important: any visibility material developed should depend on context and cultural sensitivity of where it will be disseminated.
  • Ensure that the implementation of the PSEA Network 2019-2020 Action Plan is informed by community participation, contextually and culturally appropriate, and based on the community’s needs

Sector Coordination

  • Engage and coordinate with LCRP Sectors in Lebanon to ensure PSEA mainstreaming during planning, policy development and programming;
  • Represent the PSEA Network and update on relevant PSEA activities during sector working groups meetings and inter- sector meetings;
  • Report back to the PSEA Network on sectors developments and updates that may impact the PSEA Work Plan implementation;
  • Collaborate with the SGBV sub-Sector Coordinator to ensure a harmonized approach to prevention activities, to provide up to date referral service pathway for support of survivors, and that PSEA Network activities take a survivor-centered approach supporting the rights of survivors

Government Actors

• Support senior leadership to develop an engagement strategy with the host government, including identified entry points in relevant ministries and stakeholders for outreach

Strengthen an Inter-agency Complaints Mechanism at field and national level
Ensure Stakeholder Engagement in the Design of the CBCM

  • Assist Network members to consult and engage with all relevant stakeholders during the design of the CBCM in order to ensure support, high-level commitment, sustainability, and community trust and ownership in the CBCM.
  • Conduct analysis on results of FGD with the community on reporting mechanism.

SOPs on Complaint Referral

  • Support the Network to promote and update SOPs on inter-agency complaint referral across different sectors and to development partners;
  • Ensure that the Lebanon SOPs incorporate assistance referral pathways to provide immediate aid for complainants and survivors
  • Coordinate with Heads of Organizations and Sector leads to ensure the referral pathways are incorporated in PSEA trainings and understood by all actors in Lebanon.

Victim Assistance Referral Pathways

In coordination with the SGBV and Child Protection sub-sectors:

  • Provide the PSEA Network service mapping of available services and compile gaps for health, legal, psychosocial, and material support
  • Assist the Network to train service providers on PSEA-specific components in services

Capacity building and coaching PSEA focal points

  • Facilitate PSEA training modules for humanitarian staff, including UN, NGOs(national and international), International Organizations (IOs), implementing partners, CBOsand, as appropriate, community members on appropriate conduct for aid workers, international standards on PSEA, roles and responsibilities, and how to submit and receive complaints.
  • Provide capacity building for HR staff on SEA issues (Mandatory training – vetting process – signature of the PSEA clause)

Monitoring and Evaluation

• Keep anonymized records of allegations received directly by Network members and other actors in-country in order to capture SEA trends and support stakeholders to adjust programs

Deliverables

Monthly report on PSEA network coordination, including but not limited to PSEA network meetings, senior management briefing notes, LCRP/sector meetings and progress towards the tasks and deliverables mentioned above and below:

  • Analysis of SEA cases in Lebanon
  • Mapping of existing complaint mechanisms
  • Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing Policy that clearly prohibits SEA, obliges reporting of such acts, enforces these clauses when breached, provides meaningful protection to whistleblowers, and encourages safe reporting
  • Joint PSEA risk assessment in Lebanon
  • Training material on PSEA Code of Conduct, including appropriate conduct for aid workers and how to submit and receive complaints under internal and inter-agency reporting systems
  • Recommendations on implementation of SEA prevention, risk mitigation, and response measures during planning, policy and project development, and programming in each department and in each technical sector, including HR practices.
  • Insert and enforce PSEA clauses in partnership contracts that clarify reporting and investigation responsibilities
  • Updated Investigation protocols and capacity building material
  • Updated safe SEA-specific procedures for internal complaint and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) and referrals to survivor assistance, informed by good practice and community consultations
  • Communication strategy, jointly developed with IPs to facilitate awareness-raising in communities on their rights, the fact that humanitarian assistance is never conditioned on sexual favours, and how to submit complaints.
  • Ensure PSEA Network 2019-2020 Action Plan is informed by community participation, contextually and culturally appropriate, and based on the community’s needs
  • Support senior leadership to develop an engagement strategy with the host government, including identified entry points in relevant ministries and stakeholders for outreach
  • Assist Network members to consult and engage with all relevant stakeholders during the design of the CBCM in order to ensure support, high-level commitment, sustainability, and community trust and ownership in the CBCM.
  • Analysis on results of FGD with the community on reporting mechanism.
  • Updated SOPs on inter-agency complaint referral across different sectors and to development partners;
  • Updated capacity building material, including referral pathways
  • Mapping of available services and compile gaps for health, legal, psychosocial, and material support
  • Training to the Network to train service providers on PSEA-specific components in services
  • Facilitate PSEA training modules for humanitarian staff, including UN, NGOs(national and international), International Organizations (IOs), implementing partners, CBOsand, as appropriate, community members on appropriate conduct for aid workers, international standards on PSEA, roles and responsibilities, and how to submit and receive complaints.
  • Provide capacity building for HR staff on SEA issues (Mandatory training – vetting process – signature of the PSEA clause)
  • Keep anonymized records of allegations received directly by Network members and other actors in-country in order to capture SEA trends and support stakeholders to adjust programs

Required Qualifications and Experience:

Professional experience:

  • Equivalent of minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience), inlcuding in one or more of the following areas: Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Protection , Human rights, Child Protection, Gender-based violence/Victim assistance, Staff misconduct and discipline, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning (MEAL)
  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.
  • Field experience in humanitarian or development settings is considered an asset
  • Understanding of the international development and humanitarian architecture
  • Familiarity with the UN system and global coordination structures (e.g. IASC)
  • Proven ability to implement an Action Plan
  • Experience in developing and facilitating training and capacity-building activities is an advantage
  • Familiarity with data protection and confidentiality measures is an advantage

 

Skills:

  • Coordination (experience in an inter-agency coordination role is an advantage)
  • Professionalism (proven integrity, objectivity, and professional competence)
  • Communication, facilitation, and inter-personal skills
  • Ability to work with different stakeholders and build consensus
  • Advocacy across a wide variety of actors
  • Leadership (ability to lead a technical network)
  • Leveraging (ability to engage at senior leadership level and secure buy-in)
  • Problem-solving (ability to know what needs to be done and identify the resources to do it)

Languages:

  • English required
  • Arabic a strong asset

Behavioral requirements:

  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity, discrimination, and gender issues
  • Ability to interact in a sensitive manner with survivors
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment
  • Ability to delegate

Remarks

The UN 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. This consultancy is open for Indonesian only.

The UN has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.The UN also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Please indicate your ability, availability andgrossdaily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered. Also, please mention the earliest date you can start.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=526763

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