Invisible Children is an international non-governmental organization working to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives. It is based in Washington, D.C. with offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Central African Republic, and South Sudan and works with civil society, international organizations, and especially with central African communities directly affected by armed group violence to develop locally-led violence prevention strategies, reunite families affected by conflict, and provide world-class conflict analysis.
In our country programs, we work in partnership with local organizations to support vulnerable populations (women, youth, and community groups) in their efforts to build peace and respond to the impact of the war, by identifying and addressing safety and peace-building needs that are specific to different communities. Invisible Children is particularly focused on understanding and addressing the relationships between gender, peace, and security across a range of contexts to inform peacebuilding policy and programming.
Invisible Children and our partners often work with highly vulnerable individuals and therefore it is essential that staff and partner capacity is strengthened to safeguard against harm (intentional or non-intentional) that could be caused through the delivery of programs or interventions.
In order to ensure we are meeting our duty of care toward Invisible Children and partner staff, as well as project participants in the communities in which we work, Invisible Children is seeking to develop a safeguarding framework to enable us to integrate safeguarding consistently in our approach and ways of working.
Objectives of the assignment
+ To produce a Safeguarding framework that enables Invisible Children to address power dynamics and gender within our staff and partners in a self-reflective way, in order to change attitudes, build and strengthen a culture that prevents and reduces the prevalence of abuse and inform on the consequences of abuse. The pack should include a manual that can be used both internally and externally by staff and partners with minimal adaptation for context.
+ To produce a ToT training pack and facilitator’s manual to be used by Safeguarding focal points in country offices.
+ To develop contextualized complaint mechanisms for community members and partners in several different contexts (most likely DRC, CAR, Sudan, and South Sudan but this will be confirmed prior to commencement) through participatory methods and ensuring partners and stakeholders’ support and involvement.
Based on the consultants’ experience, knowledge of best practices, and the sector’s new guidance and requirements, the consultant(s) will:
+ Conduct a desk review of current safeguarding and related policies, complaint mechanisms, and training materials and advise Invisible Children on areas for improvement to its current policies and guidelines.
+ Gather information (via documents or interviews with country and HQ staff and partners) to understand our model of working, contexts, and type of work we support.
+ Develop a safeguarding framework and training pack manual that can be used for staff and partners with minimal adaptation for context (including a facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint slides, case studies for discussion, etc.)
+ Produce a ToT training pack and manual for safeguarding focal points in country offices (including how to conduct training for adult learners, areas where contextual adaptation is key, and tips on adaptation).
+ Lead in the development of contextualized complaint mechanisms for community members and partners in a few contexts- most likely DRC, CAR Sudan and South Sudan, which can be adapted to other similar contexts.
+ Develop a final report with recommendations on staff and partner training frequency, refresher training, and further capacity development that may be needed based on observations and field visits.
The deliverables should be completed by September 10, 2021. Below is a tentative timeline highlighting the ideal time requirements, excluding travel time, however alternative time requirements can be proposed with justification.
Confidentiality and authorship
Invisible Children will have exclusive ownership of all information generated by this consultancy. The consultant(s) may pass the information on to other parties in specific instances if Invisible Children agrees to this in advance. The consultant(s) will treat as confidential all information provided by Invisible Children about its work as part of this consultancy.
Management of consultant
The consultant(s) will work under the supervision of the Global Director of Operations and Compliance.
Person specification Essential
+ Availability for an estimated 23 days in August – September 2021.
+ Experience working on child protection or safeguarding, gender, GBV, and women’s rights in development and conflict-affected settings.
+ Experience of community programming and work in partnership with local organizations to affect change (preferably in conflict-affected contexts).
+ Experience of supporting the strengthening of staff/partners’ capacities on safeguarding and developing training packages and activities.
+ Excellent grasp of current best practices in terms of safeguarding.
+ Understanding of safeguarding in the context of conducting research and research-related activities in programs (assessments, etc).
+ Ability to write succinct, high-quality training manuals in excellent English to a tight deadline.
Interested candidates should submit:
+ A short (maximum 5 pages) expression of interest outlining relevant experience and suitability for the consultancy and the methodology the consultant(s) would use for the assignment.
+ Contact details for two referees
+ An indicative budget covering daily rate(s) in US dollars.
+ Applications from a team of consultants are also welcome.
The above should be sent to [email protected] no later than July 30, 2021.