3 months duration Main tasks and duties to be executed:
Under the overall supervision of the Humanitarian Coordinator in country, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of the Venezuela Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Strategy and Action Plan.
This will include establishing a PSEA In-Country Network (ICN) and designing and rolling out a Community Based Complaints Mechanism (CBCM) across Venezuela building upon existing models to establish greater transparency on reporting and investigations to end impunity for those guilty of sexual exploitation and abuse and uphold the rights and dignity of survivors.
S/he will work together with the PSEA ICN to create a multi-stakeholder network which runs a CBCM ir) line with Global Standards and key PSEA global commitments, including the Secretary-General's Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13)the Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and Non-UN Personnet (2006), the IASC Statement on PSEA (2015), and the PSEA Minimum Operating Standards. S/he will undertake this both within his/her hosting Agency, and as a resource person for PSEA Network agencies and implementing partners" organizations, including national NGOs and INGOs.
Expected outcome of the deployment:
The PSEA Coordinator will bring together humanitarian agencies, including UN agencies, national and
international NGOs to implement and oversee implementation ofinternational commitments on PSEA. The Coordinators will establish CBCMs for affected populations to report SEA incidents, follow agreed procedures in referring allegations to the appropriate agency for follow up and investigation, and to provide feedback to affected populations on measures taken.
The PSEA Coordinator will focus on the following activities across:
Facilitate PSEA and CBCM training modules for humanitarian staff working within their area;
Support PSEA mainstreaming during planning, policy development and programming, through participation in the IS€, and by ensuring that all sectors/WGs member organisations have PSEA Codes of Conduct in place and PSEA clauses contained in partner agreements.
Support and maintain the nomination of PSEA focal points (FPs) from agencies and implementing partners by organizing monthly meetings, acting as Secretariat to the PSEA/CBCM network, enhancing communication and information sharing among FPs in the network – such as through the identification of major obstacles/gaps – as well as with existing coordination and complaint/feedback mechanisms.
Ensure that the identities of PSEA/CBCM focal points and their contact details are disseminated to the humanitarian community, key stakeholders in their areas of operations, and to beneficiaries/affected populations.
Advocate for the incorporation of PSEA/CBCM responsibilities into FP TORs and performance evaluations – including through the development of key deliverables – as an incentive for them to perform their roles.
Provide support for the implementation of agency PSEA codes of conduct that establish the expected behaviour of humanitarian workers including the obligation to create an environment free of SEA, ensuring sensitization on the code of conduct and signing by staff.
Advocate that implementing partners' Code of Conduct clearly prohibits SEA and obligates them to report such acts, or at minimum that partnership agreements bind IP staff to their UN partner CoC.
Continued consultations, advice and support to senior management, UN agencies and partners as well as various coordination platforms; including the carry out of regular debriefs and presentations.
Map good practices related to complaint mechanisms initiatives implemented in Venezuela and advise on their replication in country.
Design and rollout a multi-stakeholder CBCM at central and subnational level, developing related SOPs which articulate common protocols for complaint handling and referring SEA allegations for follow up and investigation (inclusive of victims' assistance), building on existing GBV referral pathways; advise on modalities for linkages between the subnational and central CBCM system in Caracas, including through the establishment of a CBCM board, and ensure that the PSEA/CBCM workstream complements other PSEA-related initiatives.
Lead awareness raising sessions for the PSEA ICN on GBV referral pathways and cascade basic PSEA training to all UN staff and implementing partners.
Support humanitarian agencies and implementing partners/contractors in setting up systems for receiving, handling, and referring SEA allegations committed by humanitarian staff, implementing partners, and personnel of other entities.
Carry out a stakeholder mapping of partner investigation procedures as per respective internal policies; undertake regular mapping of partner PSEA activities; and contribute PSEA reporting.
Review and compile relevant UN documents, circulations and guidelines including those of existing practices in the country.
Take appropriate measures to ensure safety and confidentiality of complaints/allegations received by the designated FPs and thrqugh other entry points.
Where required, support implementing partners to ensure SEA investigation procedures and capacity are in place.
Train focal points on their roles and responsibilities. In particular, ensuring that once a complaint is received:
o Materials pertaining to complaints are handled strictly in line with the Global SOPs on inter-agency SEA referralso Refer complaints/allegations to the entity within the concerned Organization tasked with investigating staff misconduct for immediate action.o Immediately refer complainants, or survivors if different from the complainant, to the victim/survivor assistance mechanism established by SOPs on prevention and response to SGBV and in close cooperation with the GBV Area of Responsibility, in order to access appropriate services i.e. medical, psychosocial, legal and material support. If a victim assistance mechanism is not yet in place, the Focal Points should seek to facilitate access to such support outside the area of operation.
Work closely with the GBV Area of Responsibility, HLG/HCT/CBTF member agencies and implementing partners to ensure coordinated referral mechanisms for victim services and implementation of General Assembly strategy on victim assistance.
Establish a committee to follow up with the Government of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on building capacity to prevent abuse and respond to allegations and reported cases, including the formalisation of reporting lines.
Engagement with and support of affected populations:Develop creative communication strategies together with FPs and partners 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.
Carry out community consultations to identify culturally and contextually appropriate entry points for submitting complaints, including SEA allegations.
Regularly coordinate with the affected population – including identified vulnerable groups – on the perceived effectiveness and cultural sensitivity of the CBCM and make adjustments accordingly.
Report writingThe PSEA coordinator will write and submit regular progress and situation ov,erview reports to the Humanitarian Coordinator in country and the HCT.
Fluent Spanish is required
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