UNICEF promotes the rights and welfare of all children and adolescents in everything we do. Together with our allies, we work in 190 countries and territories to transform this commitment into practical actions that benefit all children, especially focusing our efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded, worldwide.
The UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office is based in in Panama, operating in 36 territories, including 24 country offices.
In 2017 the UN adopted a strategy to prevent sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA). Policies and procedures have been developed for the whole UN which include requirements for action plans, risk mitigation frameworks and staff responsibilities to report SEA. The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is at the core of UNICEF’s mandate. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by UNICEF personnel and by personnel and sub-contractors of UNICEF Implementing Partners.
In December 2018, under the IASC Championship of UNICEF Executive Director, the IASC Principals laid out three main priorities to prevent and respond to SEA, namely: 1) safe and accessible reporting mechanism that is gender and child sensitive; 2) quality SEA survivor assistance; and 3) enhanced accountability, including through prompt and respectful investigations.
UNICEF has further articulated procedures to prevent and respond to SEA, and there are contractual obligations with UNICEF consultants and implementing partners including preventative, investigative and corrective measures, as well as requests to governments. In addition, to trainings and clear reporting procedures with timelines, investigation systems have been established that flow from the point of concern through country, regional and to the executive level.
During 2020 the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean began a process of strengthening SEA prevention actions within the Regional and Country Offices. As part of UNICEF's response to COVID-19, the inclusion of actions for the prevention and response to SEA incidents has been promoted with the country offices, the strengthening of capacities within UNICEF, the reporting mechanisms, the capacities of the partners and promoting inter-agency coordination.
Considering the above, UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and Caribbean (LACRO) intends to further develop UNICEFs SEA responses by developing staff capacities at regional and country level, supporting country offices in the monitoring and any necessary follow up on implementing partners training, articulation of reporting structures and support for the development of country level plans within the UNCT framework.
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For every child, protection
The purpose of this assignment is to support the Regional and Country offices in establishing their country specific process for preventing, responding and reporting on SEA in line with UNICEF’s global guidance and as part of the whole UN, and to support the UNICEF staff and implementing partners in understanding what SEA is and their individual and organizational responsibilities. This includes working with UNICEF’s personnel, associates (suppliers, implementing partners) to reduce the likelihood of SEA.
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The Consultant supports the development and preparation of the office’s PSEA activities and is responsible for contributing to the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of these activities in accordance with UNICEF’s regulations and capacity-building initiatives on PSEA in the region in order to help shape strategic programmatic responses to PSEA across sectors.
More specifically, the consultant will support the Regional Office in 3 main area of work and will be expected to complete the following tasks:
1. Technical support, coordination and monitoring:
3. Detection and Response:
The following results are expected at the end of the consultancy:
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Supervision: The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Child Protection Specialist in close coordination with the Child Protection Regional Advisor.
Workplace: The consultant will work home-based, using their own personal premises, materials, resources and equipment. The consultant will be required to have access to Skype/Zoom to facilitate the communication required during this assignment.
Duration: Estimated start date is March 2021, and end date November 2021.
Travel: No travel is currently involved. If situation permits, the supervisor and the consultant will agree on travel to some countries in the Region.
How to apply: Application should be submitted online and should include completed online application, Resume, Cover letter and Financial proposal. Qualified candidates are requested to submit daily and monthly fees in their financial proposal.
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.
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.
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.