OCHA-PSEA Network Coordinator-P3/P4-Mozambique
Main tasks and duties to be executed
Under the overall oversight of the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator (DHC) in Cabo Delgado, and as part of the OCHA Humanitarian Advisory Team (HAT) for Mozambique, and in close coordination with and supported by the National PSEA Coordinator, the HAO/PSEA will undertake the following activities in relation to the rapidly evolving humanitarian crisis in Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique and neighbouring provinces (Niassa and Nampula):
• Lead the implementation of the Cabo Delgado PSEA Network Action Plan;
• Facilitate inter-agency capacity mapping, strengthening and linking community-based complaints mechanisms, coordinating a SEA risk assessment, and PSEA capacity-building in all organizations engaged in the Cabo Delgado crisis response, in close coordination with and supported by the country-wide Mozambique Inter-Agency PSEA Coordinator and based on agreed tools and methodologies;
• Provide advisory and technical support on PSEA and related Accountability to Affected People (AAP)/Community Engagement (CE) for organizations engaged in the Cabo Delgado crisis response, working closely with and be supported by the Inter-Agency PSEA Coordinator;
• Collaborate with the GBV and Child Protection sub-clusters to ensure a harmonized approach to prevention activities and support of (child) survivors, and that PSEA Network activities take a survivor-centred approach supporting the rights of (child) survivors;
• Build the capacity of partners engaged in the Cabo Delgado crisis response in PSEA/AAP/CE, including through training on SEA and use of tools, mentoring of gender advocates, and technical advice in support of the PSEA network, amongst other activities;
• In close coordination with the national PSEA Network and based on agreed approach, support the Network to learn of community perspectives on behaviour of aid workers, and preferences in dispute resolution, discussing sexual matters, and receiving and sharing sensitive information to inform the Network's outreach and activities and support partners in the roll-out of a joint communications strategy.
Work with partners on integrating PSEA into discussions around AAP/CE issues in the Cabo Delgado crisis response, supporting collective solutions and advocating for any needed response-wide programme changes based on consolidated trend analysis of community feedback, including from Linha Verde;
• Support OCHA in implementing SOPs on Protection from Sexual Misconduct and particularly in fulfilling OCHA's required support to HC/HCTs for in-country PSEA efforts;
• Any other PSEA -related duties in the Cabo Delgado crisis response as requested by the RC/HC, HoO, Head of HAT._
Expected outcome of the deployment:
The position is for six months and should support the implementation of the PSEA Action Plan in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique; ensuring operational actors engaged in the response to the Cabo Delgado crisis are compliant with codes of conduct, and uphold the highest PSEA standards, including through integration with AAP and CE efforts. At the end of the deployment a strategy will be developed to transition the emergency deployment to a longer-term sustainability of the project._
Specific required skills (languages, experience, ability to work remotely/as a singleton, soft skills, etc.):
• 5-10 years of experience in the humanitarian and/or development sectors, with significant experience in facilitating and coordinating multi-stakeholder groups;
• Significant expertise in PSEA, Community Engagement and/or Accountability to Affected People;
• Significant expertise and experience in engaging with government, NGOs (national and international), Red
• Cross/Crescent and UN agencies, including on sensitive and challenging issues;
• Experience in building consensus and brokering partnerships;
• Knowledge of the humanitarian system;
• A good understanding of information management (including data flows, protection and analysis), as well as qualitative and quantitative data collection methods;
• Fluency in written and spoken English and Portuguese is required;
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team in a challenging and highly fluid environment, flexibility and the ability to handle dynamism;
• Ability to start work immediately;
Proven ability to live and work in challenging physical conditions.
9. Brief description of emergency outbreak/upsurge and the consequences for OCHA:
In late-October 2020, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), a Mozambican NGO, issued a report that alleged sexual abuse of displaced women in Cabo Delgado in exchange for humanitarian aid. The allegations primarily assert that "local authorities who have the power to draw up the lists of the displaced people who should receive the aid" have demanded sexual favours from women and girls "[i]n exchange for including the displaced on the lists of beneficiaries" The report accuses UN agencies and government entities of treating the matter as taboo. Although the allegations do not directly implicate humanitarian actors in SEA, many humanitarian partners work with local authorities to prepare and implement distributions.
All of this occurred against a backdrop of the rapidly escalating crisis in Cabo Delgado. As a result of conflict, insecurity and violence, an estimated 1.3 million people will be in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and protection in 2021. Attacks by non-state armed groups expanded geographically and increased in intensity in 2020 and early 2021, significantly heightening protection risks, especially for women and girls, people with disabilities, older persons and people living with HIV/AIDS. Reports of violations against civilians by non-state armed groups, including killings, beheadings and kidnappings, increased in 2020, and there were allegations of abuses by government forces.
More than 695,000 people are currently estimated to be displaced in Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa provinces, up from less than 90,000 in the first months of 2020 (+ 700% increase). More than 90 per cent of displaced people are staying with family and friends in host communities' whose already meagre resources are being strained by the growing influxes: in Ibo district, there are now more IDPs than host community members; in Pemba city, more than 100,000 displaced people have arrived over the past year, on top of the original population of around 224,000
people. Meanwhile, 10 per cent of displaced people are staying in collective sites which are overcrowded, lack privacy, and have limited access to safe shelter, water and sanitation.
This is contributing to protection risks, including gender-based violence, rising numbers of child and teen pregnancies, and increased exposure to exploitation and negative coping mechanisms, including transactional sex, which in turn heightens the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Efforts are underway to scale-up humanitarian operations in Cabo Delgado and neighboring provinces, in response to the rapidly rising needs. About 38 partners are currently involved in the humanitarian response in Cabo Delgado.
OCHA's role and key challenges:
• Coordinate the humanitarian response of the 38 UN and NGOs (INGO and NNGOs) responding to the Cabo Delgado crisis;
• Ensure ability for victims of SEA to report and confidentially receive assistance and support, in close coordination with IASC PSEA Coordinator and relevant actors, including Linha Verde, GBV and CP partners etc;
• Support ability of affected organizations to undertake internal investigations (each organization should investigate according to own SOPs), in close coordination with IASC PSEA Coordinator;
• Promote longer-term assistance to victims and cultural barriers (prevention, stigma, etc.).
Main partners and stakeholders in the field:
RC/HC, DHC, Cabo Delgado HCT and ICCG, PSEA Network Coordinator and Focal Points, AAP/CE Working Group and partners (especially Linha Verde), Clusters, Protection Sector, gender and inclusion focal points.
What is the approximate percentage of time spent on duty travel and to which locations? (if duty travel within the country/region is expected
The duty station will be in Pemba, Mozambique but roving throughout the area impacted by the crisis in Cabo Delgado (including the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula). OCHA ROSEA will cover any/all travel costs.
Visa requirements (e.g. visa on arrival, type of visa required, letter of invitation required, timeframe for obtaining visa, any other useful information. Note that SBP deployees are not UNLP holders, travelling with national passports only):
Visa is required prior to deployment. This will be requested by OCHA ROSEA in close coordination with RCO/UNDP Mozambique. The deployee needs to take into account COVID-19 related testing pre departure and in country, quarantine period at arrival and possible quarantine period upon return to home base. Specific conditions are subject to change depending on Government measures and that of the deployee's home country.
R&R cycle and location/destination:
The R&R cycle for Pemba, Mozambique, is currently 8 weeks.
Overall security situation summary, main threats and specific security level at all locations relevant to the deployment, infrastructure and staff well-being (Note that SBPs are deployed with UN Expert on Mission status and are to be included in all security plans and arrangements):
Security level: C
SSAFE training required: No. If yes, arrangements for attendance: Living conditions: Accommodation provision: n/a
Medical requirements e.g. vaccinations: respect all COVID-19 prevention measures. All incoming travelers must present a negative test for COVID-19.
Please describe the current situation in your country:
As of May 18, Mozambique has had 70,485 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 828 deaths. A total of 68,749 individuals have recovered from the disease. On September 7, 2020 Mozambique transitioned from a State of Emergency (SOE) to a State of Public Calamity (SOPC). The SOPC will continue indefinitely at the red alert level while the risk of spreading COVID-19 exists in Mozambique. On April 25, 2021 President Nyusi extended the mitigation measures to combat COVID-19 for an additional 30 days, with some adjusted regulations.
Current measures include: in the Greater Maputo area and all provincial capitals there is a curfew in place from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. every night. The curfew also applies in Manhifa, Chokwe, Maxixe, Gondola, Moatize, Mocuba, Nacala, Montepuez, and Massinga. Commercial establishments will be open from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday - Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Restaurants may remain open until 8 p.m. every day;
These measures are in addition to the prior measures already in place, some of which include: all incoming travelers must present a negative test for COVID-19. All persons displaying respiratory symptoms or fever must stay home. Teleworking is recommended, in particular for people at higher risk.