Project Officer (PSEA)

IOM Nepal

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) - a related organization of the United Nations - is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration. It works to meet the growing operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration and uphold the well-being and human rights of migrants.

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 2 + Years
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    Job Category Development & Project
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Sep 11, 2022

Job Description

Vacancy Notice No: VN#NP/03/22

Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: Project Officer (PSEA)

Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal

Classification: National Officer, NO-A

Type of Appointment: One Year Fixed Term, with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date: November 2022

Closing Date: September 22, 2022

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Applications from qualified female candidates are especially encouraged. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.

Context:

Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by aid workers is a grave violation of human rights and IOM is committed to combat any kind of SEA by its staff, related personnel and partners.

IOM’s zero tolerance policy also extends to IOM third party contracted staff, suppliers, service providers and implementing partners. With over 16,000 staff and over 6,000 related personnel, operating in 450 Offices, and 165 countries throughout the world, the impact of sexual exploitation and abuse on victims and within IOM’s operating environments, and the reputational risk it poses for the Organization needs to be addressed and remains a key priority.

The prevention of and response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) continues to gain momentum not only within the United Nations (UN) and Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) common systems but also amongst governments, institutional partners, media and the general public. Increased action is no longer a choice but a necessity, and the rights of the victim must be at the forefront.

Over the past decade, IOM has increasingly been seen as a strong player supporting the prevention and response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment within the UN, IASC, and amongst the humanitarian community.  While significant progress has been made to prevent and respond to SEA within the Organization such as through the development of innovative PSEA trainings, the development of a misconduct platform to report SEA, and extensive interagency collaboration on PSEA, more needs to be done within country and at the programmatic level and the role of the PSEA Officer will support these efforts.

In 2021, IOM developed its strategic approach toward the prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment focusing on five priority areas: 1) Leadership and Organizational Culture; 2) Institutional Accountability and Transparency; 3) Capacity-Development, Training, and Communication; 4) Quality and Accessible Victim Assistance; 5) Partnership and Coordination.

Nepal became an IOM member state in 2006. In 2007, the Government of Nepal (GoN) and IOM signed a Cooperation Agreement to encourage cooperation and the delivery of services to Nepal, which is a country of origin, transit and destination of migration. IOM’s initial focus was on the resettlement of Bhutanese refugees. Since then, IOM has expanded significantly both in terms of programme areas and target populations and has been contributing to the government of Nepal’s efforts to manage migration more effectively through a wide range of programmes such as Refugee Resettlement, Migration and Health, Emergency Response; Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience; Land, Property & Reparation; Migration & Development; Migration, Environment and Climate Change; Labour Migration; Migrant Assistance & Protection.

Under the overall guidance of the IOM Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the Chief Migration Health Officer and technical support from the PSEAH Unit and other experts, the incumbent will be responsible for supporting and facilitating the technical oversight and day-to-day management of IOM’s prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) activities in Nepal. As the technical PSEA Focal Point in Nepal, the PSEA Project Officer (PSEA) will need to support the aspects of implementation of PSEA activities in direct coordination with the Chief of Mission, both internally and as an active member of the interagency PSEA Network. While the incumbent will support the PSEA agenda within the Country Office and will contribute technical inputs to PSEA within programming (special emphasis on but not limited to resettlement and health assessment programming), the accountability for PSEA remains with the Chief of Mission.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

PSEA COORDINATION:

  • Provide inputs for the development of an operational PSEA Work Plan for IOM Nepal, in line with IOM’s PSEA Strategy, the IASC’s PSEA Minimum Operating Standards (MOS), and the UNCT country level framework and work plan, through strategic workshops with IOM Heads of Units and other senior management at the country and programmatic levels, as assigned; Assist the Chief Migration Health Officer in ensuring  the resulting work plan is detailed and operational with clear actions, roles and responsibilities to deliver on the actions, timeframes, technical and resource requirements, and internal reporting requirements.
  • Provide technical inputs for the inclusion of PSEA within IOM Country Office Strategy, programming, risk mitigation and management, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation and budgeting; Contribute to the development of PSEA programming and liaison with relevant donors, as assigned.
  • Actively participate to the in-country interagency PSEA Network (support in the development of the collective PSEA workplan, risk management plan, PSEA Strategies, etc.), as well as actively participate within IOM internal and other interagency PSEA communication and coordination initiatives.
  • Participate and provide inputs to the PSEA Network to develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)1, and establish an inter-agency Community-Based Complaint Mechanism, incorporating existing IOM complaint and feedback mechanisms (CFM) and in line with PSEA and GBV good practice2;
  • Participate and provide technical assistance in the establishment of an inter-agency community-based complaints mechanism (in coordination with the Accountability to Affected Populations Unit in HQ), in coordination with the interagency PSEA Network, programme managers and relevant IOM units, as well as with communities and implementing partners, as appropriate;
  • In close coordination with the Chief Migration Health Officer and relevant colleagues, work closely with Focal Points at the IOM Regional Office in Thailand and HQ to check that IOM Nepal prevention, mitigation and response mechanisms are in line with IOM’s global PSEA Strategy;
  • Provide specific assistance to IOM Teams, programmes and units to ensure the mitigation of SEA risks are developed, embedded and strengthened within all IOM programming and within HR practices; and,
  • At all possible opportunities (during relevant trainings, in staff and programme meetings, through newsletters, in email messages, etc) continually share key messages on PSEA, including mandatory reporting requirements within the Country Office and programming, in close coordination with the Chief Migration Health Officer and relevant colleagues.

PREVENTION:

  • Analyze, compile and draft specific country-wide SEA risk assessment report to identify locations and programmes with the highest SEA risk; Check that the appropriate mitigation and response strategies within IOM programming and operations.
  • Participate in the development of a training plan and coordinate the delivery and organization of PSEA trainings for IOM staff and related personnel, implementing partners3, key institutional stakeholders; Support the work of identified PSEA Focal Points within Country to deliver key messaging and trainings as appropriate.
  • On a yearly basis, provide an update on the number of staff, non-staff trained, contractors, implementing partners, and service providers trained in the Country Office on PSEA, in an effort to track compliance and facilitate the management of training delivery and refresher courses, in coordination with HR. Support the registration of all participants (staff and non-staff) within the IOM system and the delivery of certificates;
1IASC Global Standard Operating Procedures on Inter-Agency Cooperation in Community-Based Complaint Mechanisms, 2016 https://aap-inclusion-psea.alnap.org/help-library/iasc-global-standard-operating-procedures-on-inter-agency-cooperation-in-community IASC Global Standard Operating Procedures on Inter-Agency Cooperation in Community-Based Complaint Mechanisms, 2016 https://aap-inclusion-psea.alnap.org/help-library/iasc-global-standard-operating-procedures-on-inter-agency-cooperation-in-community.

2Good practices in setting up systems for inter-agency referrals of SEA complaints and victim assistance, are found in the IASC Best Practice Guide and the GBV AoR’s Handbook for Coordinating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Emergencies Chapter 1.8.

3Ensure management are aware of the UN Protocol on Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse involving implementing partners and accompanying partner assessment, and support as needed.

  • Participate to the development of communication and awareness-raising strategies and tools to ensure appropriate PSEA messaging and knowledge on prohibited behaviours as well as how to report allegations of misconduct, including SEA within communities and amongst beneficiaries; facilitate the  localization of SEA messaging; and,
  • Map existing community engagement projects in Country Office and work with project leads to insert PSEA messages and/or gather community input where appropriate.

RESPONSE:

  • Participate and provide inputs for the development of PSEA proposals and support the mainstreaming of PSEA within IOM programming; coordinate closely with institutional partners, governments, donors, and communities on PSEA needs and responses, as assigned.
  • Support the development and provide inputs to reporting on PSEA and communication to highlight IOM’s PSEA work within programming.
  • Provide inputs for the development and mapping of Country-specific interagency victim assistance pathways and/or existing IOM programmes to refer victims for assistance and other support services.
  • Coordinate referrals for victim assistance in coordination with gender-based violence and/or protection colleagues and support the strengthening of victim services within country and/or programming;
  • Undertake duty travel as required; and,
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualification & Experience

Education

  • Master’s degree in Law, International Relations, Psychology, Social Sciences, Development Studies and Planning or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or,
  • University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.

Experience

  • Experience in the fields of sexual exploitation and abuse, protection, child protection, gender-based violence, accountability to affected populations (AAP), gender mainstreaming and/or humanitarian affairs;
  • Coordination experience within the UN system and amongst interagency partners, including governments, NGOs, and communities;
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating PSEA trainings, in particular capacity-building, and communication materials to promote behavior change;
  • Experience undertaking PSEA risk assessments, in coordination with communities, partners, and UN and other key stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to work across a wide variety of sectors/teams on cross-cutting themes;
  • Good written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external partners;
  • Experience in policy and proposal development and the creation of standard operating procedures and tools; and,
  • Ability to organize work independently and prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks, maintain attention to details and coordination with a variety of stakeholder:

SKILLS

  • Knowledge and understanding of IOM’s institutional approach on PSEA and related strategies, policies, rules and regulations;
  • Knowledge of the UN system and architecture;
  • Knowledge of mainstreaming best practices and partnership models to ensure coordination of the same across a diversified range of actors; and,
  • Ability to work with and maintain strict confidentiality, when necessary

Languages

Fluency in English, Nepali is required. Working knowledge of Arabic, French, Spanish and other Nepalese national languages an advantage

Required Competencies

Values

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioral indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioral indicators level 2

  • Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

Other

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment. Only Nepali Nationals will be considered for this position.

How to Apply

Interested Candidates are requested to submit their application indicating clearly the position applied, VN number, and CV with three references to the following address: Human Resource Department, International Organization for Migration, P.O. Box 25503, Baluwatar, Kathmandu or email to iomnepaljobs@iom.int by 22 September 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview.