7 Dezembro, 2020
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Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, has been experiencing recurrent attacks by Non- State Armed Groups since October 2017 resulting in severe humanitarian impacts. The attacks started in Mocimboa da Praia expanding gradually to eight districts. The situation has deteriorated seriously in the last six months of 2020 resulting in total cumulative of 493 violence events and 1,495 reported fatalities.
Over 330,000 people displaced (IDPs) in the 17 districts of the province and about half of them are children. IDPs moved to neighboring provinces of Nampula and Niassa too and most of them
are living in host families. Public and private buildings were destroyed, basic services such as water (175,800 people lack access to safe water), health (25% of health facilities are not operational), education services (18% school network destroyed) in the northern province have closed/relocated elsewhere leaving thousands in heightened vulnerability especially children, and persons with disabilities, who usually face barriers like inaccessible facilities and information, loss of assistive devices and discrimination. About 10 districts are not accessible due to insecurity situation. There are increasing reports of human and child rights violations such as killings and maiming, abductions and abuse of girls and women.
The deterioration of the insecurity situation in Cabo Delgado triggered the development of an 8-month Rapid Response Plan of US$35.5 million by the Humanitarian Country Team to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to affected population. Aligned with the RRP, UNICEF is implementing a multisectoral response to provide immediate emergency assistance to IDPs, host communities and children in need as well as to address disease outbreaks detected in the province mainly cholera, measles and malaria. Access constraint, limited partner capacity, short duration of the appeal and COVID-19 limited the 2020 targeting which will be more ambitious in 2021. Priority interventions include provision of critical supplies, strengthening the provision of basic services on health, nutrition, education, child protection, WASH, capacity building of provincial and district authorities. UNICEF will prioritize the prevention of GBV, PSEA in IDP population and host communities.
Under the leadership of the Representative, the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Specialist will support the country office in the implementation of UNICEF Mozambique’s PSEA action plan with focus on Cabo Delgado and neighboring provinces.
How can you make a difference?
The PSEA Specialist will be based in Maputo, with frequent travels to Cabo Delgado and provinces where UNICEF programmes are being implemented. The PSEA Specialist will have dual reporting line, he/she will be reporting to the Representative and with dotted reporting channel to the Chief Emergency and Field Operations.
Within the context of the emergency response and the HCT PSEA framework, the PSEA Specialist will implement UNICEF Mozambique’s PSEA Action Plan, which focuses on scaling up and taking forward UNICEF’s prevention and response efforts to sexual exploitation and abuse. This will include conceptualizing and implementing PSEA prevention activities, responding to alleged PSEA cases that are reported (including strengthening complaint mechanisms at the community level, reporting, investigating, and ensuring appropriate survivor support), liaising with the PSEA Network(s) and other inter-agency bodies addressing PSEA and making contributions to inter-agency PSEA response and monitoring, liaising with UNICEF senior management at national, regional and international levels on the same. The PSEA Specialist will be also responsible for building the capacity of UNICEF staff, consultants, volunteers, and implementing partners on PSEA.
Internal capacity building and technical support
- Provide leadership, technical support and monitoring for the implementation of UNICEF Mozambique Country Office PSEA Action Plan, with a focus on Cabo Delgado and neighboring provinces.
- Deliver PSEA and Child Safeguarding trainings for UNICEF staff, consultants, volunteers, and implementing partners, in line with the PSEA Training Plan.
- Build the capacity of selected UNICEF staff to replicate PSEA and Child Safeguarding trainings and awareness raising efforts.
- Support knowledge management efforts on PSEA, including a repository of tools, documentation of promising practices, etc…
- Together with C4D, and in liaison with the PSEA Network, develop awareness raising materials for UNICEF office and partners, including leaflets and posters for UNICEF offices and UNICEF partners’ offices including communities.
- Develop an internal tracking tools to ensure regular and consistent monitoring of SEA cases and case management of child victims’ assistance.
- Supporting the MCO to institutionalize PSEA efforts within their programmes, monitoring and facilities (e.g. HACT, supply section, programme component teams, etc.)
- Support MCO to expand/strengthen communities’ access to safe and accessible reporting channels across programmes/sections
- 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.
Inter-agency response to SEA and PSEA Network coordination
- Co-Chair PSEA Network coordination meetings and events at national and support provincial level coordination in Cabo Delgado, as well as working with the PSEA Network in taking forward actions including:
- Develop information sharing/messaging strategies on SEA across network members;
- Develop and implement a Community Based Complaints Mechanism on SEA, building upon existing community-based complaint mechanisms as relevant. Develop 1) about outreach and sensitization on SEA in communities; and 2) training of PSEA focal points. Suggestion to dissociate as needs be.
- Ensure systems procedures for inter-agency referrals are functionals and effective, including accountability mechanisms and development of joint interagency responses in relation to SEA risks and concerns
- Support to PSEA risk assessment as per HCT PSEA Action Plan;
- Support the roll out of the Victims Assistance Protocol.
Support Appropriate Reporting and Response of SEA allegations
- Support and advise the Head of Office on the reporting of SEA allegations through the internal Notification Alert
- Support the internal roll out and implementation of UNICEF SEA reporting procedures
- Provide technical support to partners to strengthen internal reporting procedures Once a complaint is received:
- Ensure that all information pertaining to complaints is handled and referred strictly in line with agreed protocols: the internal UNICEF Notification Alert and inter-agency information sharing procedure agreed with the PSEA Task Force
- Immediately refer survivors to appropriate service providers so that they receive the medical, psychosocial, legal and any other assistance support they may need, in line with the victims’ assistance protocol.
- Collaborate and coordinate with partners and UNICEF sections to ensure sensitization activities on SEA are implemented across communities, and establish systems to track and monitor implementation;
- Collaborate and coordinate with partners and UNICEF sections to ensure systematic SEA risk assessment is conducted and findings are reflected and included in programme implementation.
- In coordination with the Chief Child Protection:
- Ensure that survivors of SEA access assistance and support
- Monitor the quality of assistance and follow up provided to victims of SEA by UNICEF partners
- Review functionality and effectiveness of GBV and CP referral pathways – internal and interagency – and contribute to advocacy to strengthen access to services for survivors.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Education: 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.
Work Experience: A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in design, implementation and management of protection or GBV programming, PSEA and child safeguarding, preferably with the UN and/or international NGO.
Experience working in humanitarian contexts. Familiarity with the latest development in PSEA, inter-agency PSEA responses and humanitarian cluster systems.
Excellent communication skills. Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions. Excellent facilitation, training, networking and advocacy skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and a Latin language is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is considered a strong asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are…
- Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
- Analyzing (III)
- Relating and networking (II)
- Deciding and Initiating action (II)
- Applying technical expertise (III)
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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 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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Advertised: 20 Nov 2020 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 07 Dec 2020 South Africa Standard Time