United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

International Safeguarding & PSEA Expert

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description


A. Project Title:

Safeguarding and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) expert under Naway Wraz Programme - UNRCO

B. Project Description

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Merged Districts Programme (KPMD) known as ‘Naway Wraz’ programme is a joint UN programme being implemented in five newly merged districts of KP (Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai, North and South Waziristan). The programme aims at supporting both the citizens of ex-FATA and the Government of KP to sustain and support returnees. In close collaboration with the Government of KP, the programme works to provide basic services and livelihood to the returnees and to support the administrative merger of FATA with the KP province. The programme has three key pillars including recovery and resilience, provision of timely basic services (health and education) and strengthening economic governance. At the UN, Naway Wraz programme is coordinated by UNRCO and implemented by four UN agencies including FAO, UNICEF, UNDP and UN Women. The programme is funded by Department for International Development (DFID).

Naway Wraz programme is a seven-year (2018-2024) DFID funded programme delivered by four UN agencies (FAO, UNWOMEN, UNICEF and UNDP) and led/coordinated by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Pakistan. The programme was devised in response to the historic 25th Constitutional Amendment (2018) that merged FATA into the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after decades of advocacy and struggle.

a) The Naway Wraz programme operates in 5 NMDs (Khyber, Orakzai, Kurram, South and North Waziristan) and aims to:

  1. Help communities and returnees become more resilient especially by restoring livelihoods

  2. Supporting improvement of, and access to various services: health, education, safe Drinking Water, sanitation, birth registration, national identify card registration for women

  3. Support the local and provincial governments to become more effective, accountable and response

  4. And support the improvement of the enabling environment for inclusive Economic Growth

The programme is currently in phase I (2 years ending October 2020) and adopts based on its delivery experience, learning and evolving community needs and government’s reform priorities.

The Naway Wraz programme is being delivered in a fragile, conflict prone and least developed part of the country. The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office has identified the need for an international expert/s (on safeguarding to advise the UN partners on how to operationalise the safeguarding approach/policies. There is a strong interplay between proactive management and safeguarding/PSEA. The expert is required to understand the local context, work with the UN Pakistan’s PSEA network and help operationalise UN’s safeguarding policies in the context of the programme. We expect that the expert will also enable the programme to understand and operationalise safeguarding required in lieu of the Covid-19 situation as well.

Considering the importance and time-sensitive nature of required work, the UNRCO would like to procure the services of an International expert.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Safeguarding and prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation is a top priority for DFID and the UN Secretary General. Whilst both DFID and the UN system have safeguarding policies and procedures in place, we recognise that more can be done to ensure these can be practically applied, especially in vulnerable communities in post conflict environments.

The programme operates in a post-conflict setting which is highly fragile. DFID and the UN system prioritized the need for a strong, contextualised safeguarding mechanism to be at the centre of the programme delivery. While specific UN agencies have their own safeguarding and grievance redressal mechanisms, Naway Wraz programme is also investing in developing a programme specific safeguarding approach – including investing in a project GRM system. The UNRCO has already commissioned and completed field research that will underpin the GRM system for the programme.

DFID/UNRCO have agreed that a programme specific Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) should develop a set of arrangements that enable local communities to raise grievances with the UN and DFID and seek redress when they perceive a negative impact arising from the activities of the programme. It is a keyway to mitigate, manage, and resolve potential or realized negative impacts, and contribute to positive relations especially between government and communities. It recognizes that UN agencies can make efficiency/effectiveness gains by adopting a harmonised, cross agency approach to safeguarding and grievance redress.

DFID and the UN are committed to applying the following principles in relation to safeguarding which include:

  1. Everyone has responsibility for safeguarding;

  2. Do no harm;

  3. Act with integrity, be transparent and accountable;

  4. Organizations have a safeguarding duty of care to beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, including where down-stream partners are part of delivery. This is including children and vulnerable adults in the community who are not direct beneficiaries but may be vulnerable to abuse;

  5. A child is defined as someone under the age of 18 regardless of the age of majority/consent in country. All children shall be treated equally, irrespective of race, gender, religion/or none, sexual orientation or disability;

  6. Organizations that work with children and vulnerable adults should apply a safeguarding lens to their promotional communications and fundraising activities.

D. Expected Outputs and Deliverables

  1. In collaboration with DFID and the UNRCO, develop a contextualized safeguarding strategy for the programme. The key expectations from the inception phase are outlined below:

  • Assess ‘operationalization’ of the safeguarding policies and procedures highlighted/provided by the UN agencies (FAO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA and UNRCO) through their due diligence assessments/trackers;

  • Identify and implement potential quick wins that can be delivered during the current phase, including, but not limited to, setting up a community of practice on safeguarding within the UN Agencies and providing customized safeguarding trainings to the UN field teams; helping the UN Teams to operationalise these in the field

  • Develop and deliver field level safeguarding trainings to the UN field teams, the delivery partners and contractors seconded to the government of the NMDs;

  • Identify gaps in the due diligence assessments of the partner UN Agencies (FAO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNWOMEN, UNFPA and UNRCO) and recommend ways to fix them as part of the post-inception implementation plan for safeguarding strategy;

  • Identify quarterly action items for the six UN agencies until the end of the phase I of the programme and advise DFID/UNRCO on ways to address the quality of implementation of the action items;

  • Share a proposal for implementation of the safeguarding strategy for the phase 2 (starting November 2020) of the Naway Wraz Programme

  1. Work closely with the local consultants leading on the GRM tool to ensure reporting mechanism for PSEA/safeguarding risks are sensitively embedded in the GRM mechanism of the prgoramme.

  • Hold discussions with the local consultants thrice during the inception phase to brainstorm on the GRM tool and provide advice, particularly, on how to ensure that safeguarding concerns are effectively captured through the tool;

  • Provide written feedback on the GRM Design developed by the local consultants with technical advice/input on inclusion of safeguarding in the overall design;

  • Providing feedback and advise (through calls and emails) on how to operationalise the GRM team successfully in the field with regards to safeguarding concerns;

  • As part of the implementation proposal, provide an assessment to DFID/RCO of the work done by the local consultant


1 Safeguarding and PSEA mechanism is strengthened in the Programme

Written assessment of the ‘operationalization’ of the safeguarding policies and procedures identified by the un agencies (fao, unicef, undp, unwomen, unfpa and unrco) through their due diligence trackers and identify potential quick wins that can be delivered in Phase I.

3rd week from the start of the contract

(requires one visit to Pakistan – subject to resumption of airspace for flight operations in Pakistan)

20% payment

Review of deliverables by Programme Advisor and final approval by Programme Manager

Guidance paper for the UNRC Office in Pakistan how: a) how to make the PSEA network more effective and b) how to operationalise the UN safeguarding policies through programmes

10-weeks from the start of the contract

20% Payment

2 Capacity of KPMD partners is enhanced on Safeguarding and PSEA

Deliver Capacity Building workshops for frontline UN workers on safeguarding with an agreed plan with the UNRCO team (3 workshops expected in Islamabad or Peshawar)

5th week from the start of the contract

(requires second visit to Pakistan - subject to resumption of airspace for flight operations in Pakistan)

30% payment

3 Improved GRM system by introducing policies and SOPs on Safeguarding and PSEA

  1. Develop a contextualized safeguarding approach for phase-II of the Naway Wraz Programme to be led by UNRCO but informed by agency specific safeguarding mechanisms (including assessment of the GRM approach)

ii.Ensure that reporting on safeguarding/psea concerns is embedded in the GRM mechanisms.

6-weeks from the start of the contract

30% Payment


Weak: Below 70%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a WEAK capacity for the analyzed competence

Satisfactory: 70-75%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a SATISFACTORY capacity for the analyzed competence

Good: 76-85%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence

Very Good: 86-95%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a VERY GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence

Outstanding: 96-100%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a OUTSATNDING capacity for the analyzed competence

Required Skills and Experience

H. Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor

  1. Master’s Degree in public policy, political science, development studies, peace and conflict studies, international relations, or a related field;

  2. Minimum ten (10) years of experience in designing and implementing safeguarding tools, strategies, policies and procedures within the purview of projects related to socio-economic and peace-building programs in post-conflict and conflict affected environments

  3. Substantial experience in operatonalising safeguarding policies into action;

  4. Substantial experience of designing, implementing and safeguarding approaches particularly in the conflict settings;

  5. Experience of working with the UN system – experience of working on their safeguarding mechanisms would be an added advantage;

  6. Understanding of CBOs and NGOs in developing countries who provide support to survivors of SEA;

  7. Excellent analytical and writing skills are required for the team leader of the firm;

  8. Understanding of the political, social and cultural background of the country and regional dynamics is greatly desirable;

  9. Able to travel to Pakistan - Islamabad and Peshawar

Evaluation Methodology:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the Cumulative Analysis. The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  1. Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

  2. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

  1. Technical Criteria weight: 70%

  2. Financial Criteria weight: 30%

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 out of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

Master’s Degree in public policy, political science, development studies, peace and conflict studies, international relations, or a related field;

10 marks

Minimum ten (10) years of experience in designing and implementing safeguarding tools, strategies, policies and procedures within the purview of projects related to socio-economic and peace-building programs in post-conflict and conflict affected environments

10 marks

Technical Proposal and consultant’s suitability for the assignment.

30 marks

At least 02 reports on previous work on similar kind of assignment. The consultant should be able to demonstrate with evidence (through the application) the experience of contextualizing / operationalising PSEA/safeguarding policies in a fragile context

20 marks

Financial proposal

30 Marks

Total Marks


Institutional Arrangement

  1. Reporting to the RCO Program Advisor.

  2. Drafts final report to be submitted to the Program Advisor for review, and to the Programme Manager for approval.

  3. Consultant will work closely with other Naway Wraz Programme of RCO, and will liaise with relevant UN agencies, stakeholders, donors, partners and relevant Government institutes.

  4. During the field visits, the RCO will provide office space to the consultant in Islamabad and will provide all the logistic and Coordination support when and where required.

  5. Occasional travel would be required and all the travel costs for official visits will be covered by RCO.

F. Duration of the Work

This Contract will be for 30 working days (5 days/month) over the period of 6 months (June – November 2020)

G. Duty Station

  1. This is a home-based assignment, but few visits would be required to Pakistan which will be based in Islamabad with potential travel to Peshawar.

  2. Contractor would be required to share the update of his/her work on weekly basis with the Program Advisor

Contractor would be required to report as and when required by the RC

J. Recommended Presentation of Offer

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;

  2. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment.

  3. Technical proposal along with proposed methodology to approach the assignment.

  4. Financial Proposal will be requested from only those candidates who pass the technical criteria.

L. Queries:

If you request additional information, please write to pakistan.procurement.info@undp.org. The team will provide necessary information within due date. However, any delay in providing such information will not be considered a reason for extending the submission date of your proposal. All/any query regarding the submission of the proposal may be sent prior to the deadline at the e-mail/address mentioned above.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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