World University Service of Canada (WUSC) has been approved for the implementation of a research study as part of the global Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC). The project that has been preliminarily approved is entitled the Feasibility Study for Strengthening transition and resilience of orphaned girls (STRONG) Project. The STRONG Project is designed to support vulnerable orphaned girls in Afghanistan, including girls with disabilities, to improve their learning outcomes and transition to informal or formal schooling, as well as to strengthen the governance and coordination of key actors at the government and community level.
Nature and Scope:
The Safeguarding Consultant will assess and strengthen organizational capacities on child/disability safeguarding and child rights protection for WUSC and its downstream partner organization. This feasibility study will entail that both 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, through the implementation of research or delivery of services.
1- Safeguarding Framework Assessment
Work closely with the Canada based education program manager for the review of WUSC’s safeguarding framework and its alignment with GEC safeguarding standards.
Work closely with the Canada based education program manager for the review of the selected Research Partner organization’s safeguarding framework and it’s alignment with GEC safeguarding standards.
Clearly identify any gaps or misalignment within the GEC safeguarding standards.
Create a plan to increase compliance with the GEC safeguarding standards, and especially highlighting risk mitigation strategies that can be established immediately.
2- Safeguarding Training & Capacity Building
Plan a 1-2 day training to be delivered online for 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.
GEC 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 organisation.
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 organisation have at least a mandatory induction when they start and annual refresher training on the organisation’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 behaviour 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
Qualifications and Competencies
- A relevant degree in safeguarding, child protection, ethics, human rights or related field.
Experience and Competencies
A minimum of five years of experience working on issues of safeguarding and child protection;
Familiarity with DFID safeguarding policies and standards is required;
Experience working in Afghanistan or other international field experience is required;
Demonstrated experience in delivering trainings on safeguarding and child protection;
Proven experience in strengthening safeguarding systems, policies and frameworks;
Experience working with / in a research firm considered an asset;
Excellent communication skills, particularly interpersonal skills in working with partners; and
Ability to work independently and as a team player.
About World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
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, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $45 million. We have a staff of over 90 people in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada (GAC), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank. Globally, we work with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organisations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders that work with us to achieve our mission.
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. The selected candidate will be required to adhere to all policies, and inability to do so will be grounds for dismissal. **
Position location: Remote / Afghanistan / Canada
Reports to: WUSC Education Program Manager
Contract term: April 10, 2019 to May 10, 2019
Level of Effort: 8-10 Days