Position Title: Consultant
Duty Station: Home Based
Appointment: Consultant, 60 days
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
Closing Date: 20 June 2021
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization providing services to governments and migrants in the field of migration. With 173 member states and offices in more than 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. IOM is characterized by its strong field presence, its provision of services, including in very remote areas, advice to governments, and direct contact with crisis-affected communities. Throughout the past years, IOM has strengthened its institutional policies and commitments on protection in humanitarian settings, including addressing gender-based violence (GBV). IOM’s Protection in Humanitarian Action (PiHA) framework aims to provide the Organization with a strategic, predictable and consistent approach to protection. Embedded in its broader approach to protection, and building on knowledge and good practice, IOM launched and rolled out its Institutional Framework to address GBV in Crises (the GBViC Framework) in 2018, grounded on IOM’s overall vision that crisis-affected persons live free from GBV. The GBViC framework has represented a major step in the institutionalization of actions to address GBV across IOM’s emergency programming, reaching a key commitment made under the Global Call to Action to Address GBV in Emergencies.
Worldwide, IOM camp managers, shelter engineers or health workers, amongst others, witness every day first-hand the devastating – and often prolonged – consequences of crises and displacement, including the individual harm and suffering caused by acts of GBV, and the negative impacts that this violence can have on communities that the Organization seeks to assist and protect. Humanitarian crises and situations of fragility can exacerbate exposure to different forms of GBV.
Since 2015, IOM HQ has been implementing a global project on GBV prevention and mitigation activities under the Safe from the Start Initiative (SFTS) supported by the US Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). The project has allowed IOM to advance its global commitments on Protection from GBV and become one of the leading agencies on GBV risk mitigation measures in humanitarian settings.
IOM’s operations are mandated to safeguard the dignity and well-being of all crisis-affected persons, especially women and girls, and aims to ensure that their equitable access to services is prioritized, integrated and coordinated across all IOM crisis operations. Furthermore, IOM’s protection interventions have been designed to reduce vulnerabilities to GBV at the onset of emergencies, by building the capacity of field practitioners to identify, prevent and mitigate GBV risks; providing innovative tools to improve the management of sectoral responses and coordination of service provision in response to identified risks; enhancing operational collaboration between IOM sectors, GBV and other specialized Protection actors; and improving women’s participation in camp governance structures.
In Asia and the Pacific, disasters, as well as conflict, have led to repeated and persistent internal displacement in many countries. IOM works closely the National Disaster Management Agencies and other emergency response actors to develop preparedness, disaster risk reduction, disaster risk management and emergency response protocols and standard operating procedures and also builds capacity of relevant government and NGO staff to effectively respond to emergencies in line with international humanitarian standards.
Towards this end, IOM wishes to hire a consultant to produce a toolkit that will guide IOM country offices in Asia and the Pacific through developing or updating Protection and GBV considerations for Evacuation Centre Management Guidelines.
Scope of consultancy:
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a toolkit to support country offices in the region with addressing Protection/Gender-Based Violence in Evacuation Centre Management guidelines. The toolkit will include sample guidelines for mainstreaming Protection and GBV in evacuation centre management, as well as key tools and information, education and communication products that can be used in support of Protection and GBV risk mitigation in evacuation centres. The toolkit should be easily adaptable to different country contexts and designed with the objective of helping IOM staff work collaboratively with governments. The toolkit should be contextualized to the Asia Pacific region.
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Protection and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Specialist based in Bangkok, Thailand, in close coordination with the Senior Emergency and Post-Crisis Specialist in Bangkok, Thailand and the global Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Shelter and Settlement and GBV teams at IOM Headquarters.
2. Core Functions/Responsibilities:
- Undertake an in-depth desk review of existing tools and grey literature on integration of GBV and Protection considerations in evacuation centre management, evacuations, CCCM, shelter, and emergency preparedness operations.
- Consult with IOM country office teams and other key actors in the region about their roles and responsibilities related to management of evacuation centres, as well as existing practices for integration of GBV and protection considerations in evacuation centre management.
- Building off existing guidance and tools, develop sample guidelines for integrating GBV and Protection safeguards into evacuation centre management, with a specific focus on contexts relevant to the Asia Pacific region, and which can be adapted to specific country contexts.
- Compile and/or develop key tools to be used in evacuation centre management with a focus on GBV and protection (e.g., safety audits, checklists for GBV risk mitigation etc.).
- Create a brief guidance note to aid country offices in adapting and using the sample guidelines and tools. Adapt the guidance note into a short (2-hour maximum) webinar/training module (PowerPoint and notes).
- Coordinate with IOM’s Communications staff in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to incorporate graphics into the toolkit to make it user-friendly and to develop other visual tools that could be useful within the toolkit (e.g., information, education and communication materials) based on best practices and international guidelines.
- Support select IOM Country Offices in the region (e.g., Fiji, Timor-Leste, Philippines, Vanuatu) in using the toolkit and adapting content to their specific contexts.
3. Key Deliverables and Timelines
|Deliverable||Key Deliverable||Number of Days||Timelines|
|1||Conduct desk review||10||June 2021|
|2||Conduct IOM country office consultations||10||July 2021|
|3||Draft toolkit and submit for IOM review||20||July-August 2021|
|4||Incorporate IOM Regional Office and Headquarters feedback to develop finalized toolkit||10||August 2021|
|5||Test toolkit with select missions||10||September 2021|
4. Required Qualifications and Experience
- Master’s degree in humanitarian affairs, development studies, political or social sciences, architecture or engineering, gender studies, public health, or other relevant fields from an accredited academic institution with 7 years of relevant professional experience; or
- University degree in the above fields with 9 years of relevant professional experience.
- Experience working with camps or camp-like settings; specifically collective centres or evacuation centres in Asia or the Pacific preferred;
- Understanding of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management sector, including and especially management of evacuation centres;
- Demonstrated ability to develop strategies, operational frameworks and tools to address protection needs, monitor multi-sectoral prevention, risk mitigation and response programs within the humanitarian architecture;
- Experience providing practical technical guidance and capacity building material on protection/GBV principles and approaches during emergencies for various stakeholders, including non-GBV specialized staff, national authorities, partners, etc.;
- Experience working on GBV programming and/or with GBV survivors in an emergency or post-conflict environment;
- Knowledge of Protection/GBV coordination mechanisms.
- Strong planning and coordination skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and across time zones
- A strong experience in humanitarian settlement operations – CCCM, Site planning, camp/site management, guidelines development and humanitarian standards principles and guidelines.
- Sound ability to communicate practical knowledge on actions to address Protection and GBV issues at the operational level
- Demonstrated analytical, writing and reporting skills
- Solid computer skills (MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint); preference for capacity with design, illustration, graphics software etc.
Fluency in English language is required.
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences and 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 – behavioural indicators
- 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 mattersin an informative, inspiring and motivational way.