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Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Consultant

RedR Australia
  • Remote, desk-based
  • Consultancy – 4 months (final outputs must be delivered by 20 June 2021).
  • Start Date – early to Mid March

RedR (RedR) is a leading international humanitarian response agency that selects, trains and deploys technical specialists globally.

RedR maintains a roster of more than 750 technical experts across a range of skill profiles with a consistent focus on advancing social inclusion, safeguarding and protection. RedR Australia is a partner to 14 UN agencies and entities, governments, multilaterals, NGO’s, civil society organisations and engineering firms.

RedR manages Australia Assists, the Australian Government’s humanitarian civilian deployment program, deploying technical specialists to help partners prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and conflict globally.


The Tidewater Joint Statement on Combatting Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Development and Humanitarian sectors was signed in 2018. It recognised that sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment undermine the legitimacy and credibility of organisations who fail to prevent or effectively manage it.

Yet, women and children still remain at highest risk of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH), particularly when school closures interrupt services interventions and separation from caregivers. The risk of gender based violence occurring is greatest during conflict and crises. Climate induced crises and conflict are increasing, and diminishing natural resources exacerbate the concentration of power to few, to the detriment of the already marginalised or dispossessed.

Evidence shows that SEAH exists on a continuum and that socio-cultural norms and values that perpetuate inequality create cultures in which it can occur. Creating and holding the space for education, behaviour-change and skill development to challenge gender norms has been shown to be an effective primary prevention strategy, with benefits far outweighing the cost. Untapped benefits of primary prevention strategies in Australia are estimated to be between $2.2 billion to $3.6 billion. (PwC, 2015).

Since Tidewater, RedR and the Australian Red Cross (ARC) have sought to lead by example to ensure we protect the communities in which we work and our people from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. This has led to policy change, training, program monitoring and further systems reform to ensure we have the right checks and balances to prevent harm. This has included an internal focus on governance, learning and policy and moved to a localised model of support for RedR International members and Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Position description

This consultancy will work with the Project Team Leads, to develop and manage a series of knowledge building and sharing events and research to test the nature and extent of progress, challenges, gaps and opportunities in the advancement of PSEAH.

Reporting to the RedR Director Strategy and Impact, the consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Working collaboratively and efficiently with the RedR/ARC PSEAH Project Team (decision making), Reference Group (consultative group) and Technical Advisory group (constructive review group) to implement, manage and finalise the Project Plan
  2. Building the survey that will test and set a PSEAH baseline for future work
  3. Work with ARC and RedR Project Team to host and manage a series of discussions to examine the nature and extent to which our organisations and our network have advanced PSEAH
  4. Provide a final report that identifies what has worked, what are the gaps and barriers to the advancement of PSEAH results, and provide prioritised recommendations for ARC and RedR to take forward.

A framework for the PSEAH Consultant is provided in Table 1 in the attached Terms of Reference but will be subject to review by the consultant and final agreement at the onset of this work.

If you have any queries regarding the role, please email hr@redr.org.au, using the subject line: Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment Consultant enquiry via EthicalJobs. For more information on RedR Australia please visit www.redr.org.au.

RedR Australia is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to equality when responding to humanitarian needs. RedR Australia is dedicated to employing staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. We strongly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with a disability to apply.

Terms of Reference is attached.

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