30th April, 2021
1. Organisational Background
Caritas Australia is the Catholic agency for international humanitarian relief and development in Australia. Through relationships with the Church, partners and communities in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and Australia, Caritas Australia helps to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Our programs promote the good of every person regardless of their religious, political or cultural beliefs. We envisage a world in which children, women and men most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice are agents of their own change and architects of their own development.
2. Purpose and Objectives
Caritas Australia is committed to continuously strengthening our approach to safeguarding (Child Protection and the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment) and working with our partners, communities and stakeholders to ensure we do no harm. As part of this approach Caritas Australia is wanting to engage a consultant to assist the Safeguarding Focal Point and the Safeguarding Coordinator to:
- Consolidate partner safeguarding data collected through the new partner assessment and annual health check tools and provide analysis on consistency of assessment and key strengths and challenges.
- Investigate strengths and challenges faced by staff in completing the partner assessment tools including consistency of assessment, methodology for completion, escalation of risk and supporting partners in building their safeguarding practice
- Determine common partner capacity needs that may be addressed in collective approaches.
- Review & strengthen Caritas Australia safeguarding procedures (Child Protection, PSEAH) and associated tools across the organisation to ensure best practice.
- Consolidate internal and external resources for Caritas Australia staff to utilise in their work.
While this position is based in Sydney, much of this work may be completed working from home. This will be negotiated with the consultant.
- Extract and consolidate Safeguarding data from completed partner assessments and annual health checks into a data set available for analysis and reporting
- Analysis of extracted data to identify strengths, gaps and risk ratings to be developed into a report
- Work with the Safeguarding Coordinator to develop and conduct a process to engage with staff on the strengths and challenges in assessing safeguarding practice and supporting partners in building safeguarding practice.
- Work with the Safeguarding Coordinator and related personnel on the review of procedures for Child Protection and PSEAH
- Collate internal and external safeguarding resources, review and provide recommendations for strengthening and identify where further resources may be required.
- An excel data document that has consolidated safeguarding data from Caritas Australia partner assessments and annual health check with inbuilt basic analysis including charts, which can be used for annual review.
- A report summarising data analysis and staff engagement process findings and recommendations for capacity building and strengthening at organisational and partner level.
- Provide recommendations for the periodic assessment of aggregated partner capacity data and quality assurance of the assessment tools; and a procedure for the escalation of safeguarding risks identified through the assessment tools.
- A report back meeting with key Caritas Australia staff on findings and recommendations of the data analysis and staff engagement.
- Consolidated list and electronic folder of existing external and internal safeguarding resources to be utilised by Caritas Australia Staff.
The Consultancy is for a period of 20 days over a maximum of 2 months from date of engagement.
- Finalisation of objectives and methodology: 1.5 day
- Access and Orientations to systems and documents: 1.5 day
- Collation of data into excel sheet and data analysis: 4 days
- Development of staff engagement process and conducting processes: 4 days
- Report writing on findings from the analysis: 2 day
- Report back to Caritas Australia staff: 2 days
- Consolidation of tools: 2 days
- Support to review CP and PSEAH procedures if required: 3 days
6. Selection Criteria
The successful candidate will demonstrate and provide examples from their professional experience of the following skills:
- Knowledge and experience of safeguarding in the international humanitarian and development sector including best practice standards
- In depth understanding of DFAT Child Protection and PSEAH Policies and minimum standards and ACFID Code of Conduct.
- Experience working and engaging with staff on addressing knowledge, understanding and perceptions on safeguarding.
- Have strong skills in using excel, data entry and data analysis
- Have strong writing skills, especially report and procedure writing
- A good understanding on how Caritas Australia works, e.g. Caritas Internationalis Management Standards, Caritas Australia’s principles, our approaches, our partnerships, etc.
- Professional experience for Catholic or faith-based NGO.
7. Submission of EOI and Additional Information Consultancy Fees and conditions
- Expressions of interest are required to describe the candidates experience in relation to this TOR, proposed methodology, CV and estimates cost.
- The successful contractor will provide Caritas Australia an invoice when 50% of the work has been completed and then at the end of the consultancy.
- Caritas Australia may request written evidence of necessary coverage in relation to insurance (including workers’ compensation), superannuation and taxation prior to commencement of the assignment
Please send your EOI to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line indicating the role title and the channel where you saw the role advertised. Please apply as soon as possible as applications will be assessed once received. Our commitment to safeguarding
At Caritas Australia, we recognise the personal dignity and rights of all people, especially children and vulnerable adults towards whom we have a special responsibility. If you are offered this position, you will be required to undergo relevant background checks, including police checks and reference checks.
If the position requires a Working with Children Check, it is your responsibility to obtain one before starting work. You will also be required to sign our Code of Conduct which includes a section on Professional Behaviour Standards for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults as well as to abide by our safeguarding policies. Our commitment to diversity
At Caritas Australia, we support an inclusive and diverse workforce. In particular we encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants for all advertised positions.
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