ActionAid is a feminist organization that uses a human-rights based approach to ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable, particularly women, youth, the disabled and elderly are heard. We work together with local CSO/CBOs to identify evidence-based solutions that address challenges preventing people from realizing their rights as citizen’s in terms of women’s rights, natural resource management and access to public/social services. Along with this community-led selfreliance work, we are actively involved with policy making at the national level.
One of the key concerns coming from various partners during the COVID-19 crisis has been on gender and protection issues, Psychosocial care and psychological first aid (PFA) which has affected all communities, especially returnees and migrants from the different target areas. AAM’s recent report on “Reporting on Myanmar’s Covid-19 First Wave and its Impact on Civic and Political Space” underscores that the Conflict-affected communities with returning migrants face even more dire circumstances due to the double-burden of COVID-19 and conflict. Residents of these villages (including returnees) are cut off from livelihood opportunities and government relief programs, struggle to meet their basic needs. Similarly, women have faced increasing domestic and other gender-based violence and have an increased burden caring for unemployed family members. There are also increased risks of gender-based violence (GBV) in quarantine centres, with people living in close quarters and with limited privacy. The surge of the second wave of COVID-19 has exacerbated this situation. There is a need for PFA to be integrated into public service provision across communities. We aim to conduct referral mapping, training on PSS/PSA and Gender and protection training to partners in 2020 since it is extremely relevant in the current COVID-19 context where several Community based quarantine centres have become hot-spots for such concerns. On-going conflict between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine and southern Chin States has severely disrupted the COVID-19 response in those areas. After Yangon, Rakhine is the most affected state due to COVID-19 in Myanmar and combined with the conflict situation, the training, referral mapping etc will enable a locally-led, comprehensive capacity for these partners to ensure protection/PSS/PSA are incorporated in GRPS going forward. This will serve a dual purpose: serve the human rights and leadership objectives and respond to a need arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This ToR therefore focuses on capacity Development, convening initiatives and protection training for a key number of AAMs partners: Patein Myaung Mya Association, Samee Fellow Organization (SFO), Local Development Network (LDN) and Rakhine Youth New Generation Network.
The consultant will also focus on some of these partners to mainstream a basic protection package intervention and will focus on service mappings, awareness raising, and referral support, and psychological first aid (PFA) training focusing on strengthening community-based protection.
This protection package aims to be deliverable and adapted to Rakhine’s difficult operational context. It focuses on:
1. Mapping of existing referral pathways will be conducted, in coordination with the National Protection Cluster and Sub-Clusters.
2. Awareness sessions on protection and services will be carried out in all targeted locations. Information will cover women’s rights, Gender and addressing GBV, addressing sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation (SHEA) and related information on service available and how to access services. Awareness meetings with local authorities, community leaders, churches and local development associations, women’s groups, young people will be organized in the targeted areas. Awareness Raising activities will be done directly by AA and CA and conducted in public places in the communities, information is disseminated verbally and through IEC materials.
3. A training on Psychological First Aid (PFA) and safe referrals will be provided to all staff engaged in the response, to ensure humane, supportive and practical help to children and adults in distress.
4. When a case has been identified by the community or project staff, they will be referred to the relevant specialized service provider based on the referral mapping conducted. This includes cases of support to access civil documentation, by referring the person to actors who can support on this access. Additional support across protection vulnerabilities will be provided in close coordination with the service provider, and will be in the form of accommodation, travel and per-diem etc.
Objectives of the Work
The purpose of this consultancy is to:
- Provide a basic ToT on protection, with a focus on GBV, to all of the partners involved in the project, either remotely or in person depending on Covid-19 restrictions.
- Support the implementing partners to carry out the initial protection activities of the program following the basic ToTs they will have received previously from AAM, which focus on (1) awareness (2) legal rights (3) GBV (4) Risks associated with COVID-19 (5) safety planning and (6) referral mechanisms. The initial trainings that have been provided were foundational and the consultant will be required to assess the existing capacities and develop further training plans as required.
- Coordinate with the Rakhine Protection Working Group on updating referral mapping, monthly cluster meetings, and the protection monitoring of targeted areas. The consultant will take on this key coordination roles on protection related activities with both local and international coordination mechanisms.
- Provide ongoing support to the local partners with a plan to adapt and roll out the protection activities in the program listed above (awareness sessions in communities, referral mapping and SoPs, training of community protection focals, referrals etc.) ensuring that they are of high quality and accessible.
Scope of Work, Specific Duties and Responsibilities, Schedule of Work
- Provide detailed workplan for ongoing technical support on Child and Women protection to the local local partners. The workplan must be the result of coordination with the main stakeholders, including AAM staff and partners.
- Coordinate with the Protection Working Group and other relevant actors on updating referral mapping, monthly cluster meetings and all other coordination mechanisms.
- Provide ongoing support to the three local partners to ensure that all protection activities in the program (awareness sessions in communities, remote psycho-social support, monitoring of quarantine centers, referral mapping and SoPs, training of community protection focals etc.) are of high quality and up to cluster standards.
- Fluent in Burmese. Fluency in Rakhine is considered a significant advantage.
- Professional proficiency in English;
- Over 4 years’ technical experience working on protection programs in Myanmar and in Rakhine, including on women’s and child protection, with local and/or international actors.
- Experience working with local partners in Rakhine and/or other conflict affected areas in Rakhine.
- Experience conducting toT with local CSOs on protection curricula
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and a strong commitment to working in collaboration and partnership;
- Have accuracy, attention to detail, motivation and ability to meet deadlines;
- Good computer skills;
- Preference will be given to candidates who are currently based in Myanmar.
The consultant will report to the Consortium Manager-FLER, ActionAid Myanmar.
Prospective Employees/ Consultants should note that ActionAid Myanmar does not tolerate any form of child abuse or exploitation. Children who come into contact with ActionAid must be protected from deliberate or unintended actions that place them at risk of child abuse, sexual exploitation, injury, discrimination and any other harm. In all actions concerning children, the welfare of the child is the paramount consideration with ActionAid Myanmar being committed to the principles of the Convention of the Rights of Children 1989 and the Declaration of Human Rights 1948 both of which promote respect for the rights of children. During the recruitment process assessments will be made of prospective employees/ consultants in this regard.
Interested firm/team should send a proposal and detailed CV, not later than 5:00 pm, 21st December 2020 . No requirement of photo or copy of certificates. We will prefer to receive application only through the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that due to high volume of application, we only contact shortlisted candidates for interview. ActionAid reserves the right to fill the post prior to the closing date if a suitable applicant is found beforehand. Internal applicants should inform their Line Managers of their application.
Application Deadline : 21st December 2020