United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Design Policy and Reporting Mechanism on Protection From Harassment and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Public Administration)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

Lebanon Country Office is seeking to recruit a consultant to review national municipal and Administration laws and policies; and align the suggested policy with Lebanon’s commitment to CEDAW and other international conventions relation the subject matter, including the UN SEA victim protocols of 2019.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a chance...

The fulfilment of key Child Rights – such as access to improved goods and services, protection from shocks and stresses, and participation in decisions that affect their lives – occurs at the local level.

UNICEF Lebanon engagement with municipalities focuses on four main interlinked areas for better governance to achieve results for children. These areas include: i) local evidence generation, ii) policies, budgeting and programming, iii) empowering communities, including children and adolescents, to evaluate local services and determine local priorities for change, and strengthening the capacity from a supply side to effectively respond, iv) supporting local service delivery arrangements to integrate community and areawide service delivery systems, leveraging complimentary expertise and resources across private and non-government sectors.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between UNICEF and the Municipality of Beirut has been developed with the objective to work jointly towards promoting the benefits of children, mainly the most vulnerable. Within that framework, this initiative is being implemented following a request from the Governor of Beirut, the executive head of the municipality, who is seeking to develop a solid policy on prevention and protection from harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse at the Beirut Municipality, as well as to establish the needed procedures and mechanisms to prevent cases of abuse within the municipality. Both policy and procedures ought to be aligned with existing national laws/policies and public administration mechanisms.

The policy shall serve as a framework to prevent and address cases of abuse among staff within the municipality, as well as between staff and citizens/customers served. This effort would also be accompanied by Capacity Building efforts that target municipality staff and that focus on raising awareness about the established policy and procedures, as well as their implementation.

The objective behind this assignment is to develop the internal policy aiming to protect the municipality staff from harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse. This objective shall be reached through: -  The development of an organizational policy on protection from harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse at the Beirut Municipality.

- The development of procedures to respond to cases (reporting mechanism, investigation, and addressing cases).

- Roll-out of the above-mentioned policy and procedures to raise awareness among the staff of the Beirut Municipality with regards to these elements to be put into place.

How can you make a difference?

The consultant is requested to fulfill a number of tasks in relation to this assignment. Throughout the process, the consultant shall review national municipal and administration laws and policies; and align the suggested policy with Lebanon’s commitment to CEDAW and other international conventions relation the subject matter, including the UN SEA victim protocols of 2019.

General tasks: i) Develop a Policy on Protection from Harassment and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Public Administration, ii) Develop a safe and confidential reporting and response mechanism, and iii) Conduct trainings for municipality staff to promote an effective understanding and utilization of the policy and mechanisms developed; while ensuring that survivors have access to assistance in line with established referral pathways in the country.

Specific tasks: •  Define the context of protection within the Beirut Municipality by gathering data/evidence through a desk review and interviews with key informants from the municipality and key ministries/administrations.

•  Determine the core concepts and guiding principles that the policy and its procedures shall entail; while ensuring alignment with the municipality Law (Decree-law No 118 of 1977), as well as national strategies/policies of key ministries.

•  Draft an inception report outlining the initial needs assessment, objective, methodology, and framework that will guide the work.

•  Present the inception report to the Governor of Beirut and UNICEF for input; and revise the report accordingly.

• Develop the data/evidence gathering tools, including interview questionnaires and surveys. The interviewees to be consulted include, but are not limited to: Governor of Beirut, municipality staff, municipal police officers, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Social Affairs, and Internal Security Forces, and the PSEA Country Network Coordinator.

• Develop the draft policy and mechanism of implementation.

• Share the draft policy and mechanism of implementation for feedback with Governor (or whoever he appoints) and UNICEF.

•  Organize consultation meetings (i.e. workshop, orientation) to test the Design, setting the agenda, facilitating the meeting and sharing the minutes.

• Finalize the policy and reporting and response mechanism and share with Governor for final endorsement.

• Roll out the policy and mechanism by organizing trainings for all municipality staff to raise their awareness about these tools. Advanced training could be tailored for the custodians/focal points of the PSEA policy and procedures.

• Development key messages for IEC material to be used to raise awareness of the local community and beneficiaries of assistance about the new policy, and the newly created complaint mechanism at the different municipality departments and offices.

• Documenting the process to UNICEF by making sure that lessons learnt, best practices, assessment and evaluations are documented and disseminated.

All material produced under this assignment, including data, report, and presentation, are the sole property of the Municipality of Beirut.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in  Law, Social Science, psychology, organizational psychology, public or Business Administration.

    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in developing policies, plans, strategies of interventions and tools for organizational Capacity Development. Legal background / experience in issues related to harassment, abuse of authority, exploitation in workplace and relevant fields.
  • In depth knowledge and experience in Prevention from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) global principles and national laws
  • Knowledge in Human Rights and labour conventions.
  • Capacity to review municipal and local laws in addition to knowledge in public administration regulations.
  • Experience in research, evaluation and synthesis of information with a rights-based approach.
  • Solid facilitation skills for effective interviews with key informants and management of focus group discussion.
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.

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.

Remarks:

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.

Candidates are requested to quote their professional fees on a daily rate as this assignment requires the consultant to work 82 days per within3 months.

UNICEF will apply the “best value for money” principle, i.e. achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee when assessing the fees quoted by the applicants.

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