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The mission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is to work to eradicate hunger and promote global food security together with balanced and complete nutrition. Our mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations, and contribute to the growth of the world economy.
Our three main goals are the eradication of hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
FAO is implementing a project to strengthen prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) capacities in six emergency contexts at increased risk of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA). The overall objective of the project is to strengthen PSEA capacities to implement measures to effectively prevent, mitigate and respond to SEA in target countries to ensure safe implementation of FAO operations. This will enhance the effectiveness and accountability of FAO's delivery of emergency and resilience programmes and strengthen the protection and rights of affected communities. A key component of this project is to assign a national PSEA Specialist who will help ensure PSEA is effectively prioritized and provide dedicated technical support and increased capacity to FAO Country Offices.
FAO applies a zero-tolerance policy towards any acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA).
The position is located in the FAO Representation in Addis Ababa.
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Ethiopia (FAOR), the PSEA Specialist will report directly to FAOR or assistant FAOR Programmes and will work closely with the PSEA Focal Point and Alternate at FAO Ethiopia.
The National PSEA Specialist is responsible for coordinating and providing substantial technical support to PSEA activities of FAO Ethiopia
Tasks and responsibilities
• Provide PSEA technical support to PSEA Focal Point and Alternates, FAO Ethiopia Country Office teams, including programming, partnerships, human resources, etc. to ensure mainstreaming of PSEA processes and build technical capacity to ensure sustainability.
• Deliver PSEA awareness sessions/refresher trainings to all personnel in country; capacity building of PSEA Focal Points and Alternates and in country FAO implementing partners as required.
• In line with FAO’s PSEA Policy, develop a robust PSEA Work Plan for FAO Ethiopia adapted to the local context.
• In coordination with relevant Officers at country level, support or implement outreach and engagement with programme beneficiaries and wider affected communities in areas of FAO programme implementation.
• Review existing complaints and feedback mechanisms – where established- to ensure mechanisms can safely and confidentially handle SEA allegations, if received. If not established, establish appropriate mechanisms ensuring consultation with affected communities.
• Carry out SEA risk assessments in Ethiopia], identify, and support implementation of appropriate SEA prevention, mitigation, and response measures to strengthen protection of communities where FAO works.
• Support FAO participation in inter-agency Community-Based Complaint Mechanisms (CBCMs) and interagency PSEA Network meetings.
• Ensure a victim/survivor-centred approach mechanisms are established or strengthened, and that SEA incidents and allegations are reported through the appropriate channels designated at FAO.
• Initiate PSEA capacity assessments and strengthening activities with implementing partners to ensure application of the UN implementing partner protocol.
• Perform other related duties as required.
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
• University degree in social sciences, gender studies, international development, or any other relevant field is required.
• Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in any of the following areas: prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), accountability to affected people (AAP), sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), survivor/victim assistance, protection, child protection, safeguarding.
• Working knowledge of English and the local language of the duty station (Amharic)
• Candidate should be national of Ethiopia or should have work permit.
FAO Core Competencies
• Results Focus
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
• Experience in facilitating training and capacity building activities on PSEA is required.
• Experience applying United Nations (UN) and Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) PSEA standards, frameworks and tools and/or experience working on safeguarding to international standards in complex humanitarian contexts, highly desirable.
• Experience establishing, maintaining, or working with complaints and feedback mechanisms desirable.
• Demonstrable report and presentation writing skills.
• Familiarity with data protection standards and confidentiality is required.
• Work experience in field locations and humanitarian settings is required.
• Demonstrated ability to analyze problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings.
• Experience working on prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian and complex emergencies particularly desirable.
• Familiarity with the UN system and global coordination structures (e.g. IASC) an advantage;
• Sensitivity and commitment to cultural diversity, gender issues and victim/survivor approaches is required.
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