Investigating Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse - A Toolkit for Partners

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This learning package, which consists of an online e-learning course and a resource kit, is one of the deliverables of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee´s IASC Championship on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (September 2019 – December 2020), and closely aligns with his commitment to support partners and working jointly to enhance capacity and accountability.

UNHCR initiated this project as a response to specific requests from its partners to support the strengthening of their capacity to conduct high quality investigations of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse. It is based on commonly used principles and standards for administrative investigations within the UN system, as well as UNHCR´s training programme on investigation for partners. Some aspects of the process may have to be modified in order to reflect a specific organization´s internal policies and procedures, as well as local laws and regulations. In order to ensure that the contents and design are user-friendly and respond the operational needs of partners, field consultations were conducted with NGO partners, and other stakeholders, before the finalization of the package. 

The learning package is primarily intended for implementing partners of the United Nations, who are directly conducting investigations of allegations of sexual and abuse within their organization. It can however also be useful for other partners, who are engaged in different functions with PSEA in humanitarian settings, to enhance their knowledge of the investigative process and the applicable standards and principles. UNHCR would be pleased to receive feedback on the usefulness of the learning package. 

The interactive e-learning course consists of five modules and is estimated to take approximately five hours to complete and includes quizzes, exercises, case studies and additional resources. The complementary resource kit contains all the relevant checklists, forms and templates to support the practitioner during their work. 

The development of the training package was led by the UNHCR Inspector General’s Office, in  collaboration with the Global Learning and Development Centre, the Office of the Senior Coordinator on Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment and the Implementation and Management Assurance Service/Division of Strategic Planning and Results.