World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a leading Canadian international development organisation focusing in three programmatic areas: Economic Opportunities, Education, and Empowerment. Our vision is a better world for youth – a world where all young people, especially women, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for stronger families and communities. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
In Kenya, WUSC works in partnership with Windle International Kenya (WIK) to implement the Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP II) as part of the global Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) ,Safeguarding and Child Protection:
WUSC has a strong commitment to safeguarding and child protection, and has a strict set of policies that outline expected standards, including the Code of Conduct, Child Protection Policy, Anti-Harassment Policy, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Policy, and others.Job Details
The Safeguarding & Child Protection Consultant will assess and strengthen organizational capacities on safeguarding for WUSC and its downstream partner organization. WUSC and its downstream partners work with highly vulnerable individuals and therefore it is essential that systems, policies and procedures are effective in safeguarding these individuals against harm
1- Safeguarding Framework Assessment
Work closely with the WUSC Kenya Team to review the country-safeguarding framework and its alignment with GEC safeguarding standards.
Clearly identify any gaps or misalignment within the GEC safeguarding standards.
Review, make recommendations and support implementation of a plan to increase compliance with the GEC safeguarding standards, and especially highlighting risk mitigation strategies that can be established immediately.
Safeguarding Training & Capacity Building
Plan and facilitate a 1-2 day training to be delivered to WUSC and its downstream partner staff. The training should include:
Introduction to safeguarding and child protection;
Risk mitigation strategies to improve current safeguarding frameworks;
Establish a plan to strengthen the safeguarding framework;
Any other relevant content.
Safeguarding standards to comply to:
These apply to all organisations receiving GEC funding (lead, downstream or other partners or contractors).
All organisations receiving GEC funding must have either an overarching/combined safeguarding policy or a combination of relevant policies, which address bullying, sexual harassment and abuse targeted at both beneficiaries, including adults at risk, partner staff and staff within an organization.
All organisations must have a separate child safeguarding policy, which address all forms of sexual, physical and emotional violence towards children.
All organisations must have comprehensive systems for escalating and managing concerns and complaints. These must include the option of whistleblowing and for this to be available to both beneficiaries, including children and their caregivers, and staff without reprisal.
A clear handling framework, to respond appropriately to all concerns and support the survivor of violence must also be in place.
All organisations must have a human resources system, which includes effective management of recruitment, vetting and performance management. Vetting must include adequate screening and assessment of individuals that will have direct contact with children.
All staff, contractors, volunteers and other representatives of the organization have at least a mandatory induction when they start and annual refresher training on the organization’s safeguarding policy (or bundle of policies), child safeguarding policy and whistleblowing.
Each organisation must have a comprehensive and effective risk management framework in place which includes reference to both safeguarding and a detailed risk registers for the LNGB project. The LNGB risk register must include reference to safeguarding risks, including those for children.
Each organisation must have procedures in place to make sure that safeguarding processes and standards are also upheld for any partner, contractor or supplier they work with.
Code of conduct
Each organisation needs to have a code of conduct, which is applicable both inside and outside of working hours. This needs to set out the ethics and behavior expected of all parties.
Specific behaviour protocols must be in place outlining appropriate and inappropriate behaviour of adults towards children (and children to children).
Governance and accountability
Effective governance and accountability standards must be in place within all organisations with the Board holding ultimate responsibility for safeguarding.
Designated safeguarding Officers must be found at different levels including at least at senior level in the country office and at the Board.
There are clear guidelines for monitoring and overseeing implementation of the policy (policies).
All safeguarding incidents and allegations must be reported to the GEC Fund Manager within 24 hours.
Field Travel Expected
Possible travel to Kakuma and Dadaab
Qualifications and experience
Post graduate degree OR undergraduate degree with a professional qualification and/or experience in a relevant field
Experience of child protection and child safeguarding within humanitarian settings;
Proven experience in strengthening safeguarding systems, policies and frameworks;
Familiarity with GEC safeguarding policies and standards would be an added advantage
Practical field experience and proven track record in strengthening organizational capacity in a field;
Extensive experience of planning and undertaking training programmes/workshops/trainings in child protection/safeguarding at a range of levels (e.g. field workers, mangers, senior managers and decision makers)
Understanding local context ( essential)
Excellent communication skills, particularly interpersonal skills in working with partners;
Advanced oral and written skills required in English
May 13, 2019 to June 28, 2019
Level of Effort:
20 – 25 Days More Information
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