This webinar provides background information on the Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, the purpose and how it is implemented among the signatory organisations.
Sexual exploitation and abuse has had a huge and ongoing impact on humanitarian organisations and other sectors and their ability to respond to their purpose effectively and build trust of their stakeholders and beneficiaries. Previous misconduct is often not picked up as intended or not investigated and there are cases that individuals with known previous misconduct are still being hired. In this webinar, an expert will explain how the MDS helps to mitigate this risk by sharing honest feedback and information among like-minded organisations and hiring managers in confidence.
The webinar provides information and guidance on the following:
- How the MDS established, who manage it and how to be part of the signatories and a member of the MDS
- How the scheme facilitates the requesting and sharing of information related to sexual misconduct cases during reference checks between employers to ensure safe recruitment
- The main commitments of the MDS
- Share findings from the focus group discussion on MDS and share experiences and challenges
Maria Kjersem is the Inter-Agency PSEA Coordinator for Ethiopia, and a senior technical expert and seasoned trainer on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), communications and community engagement (CCE), and gender in humanitarian action (GiHA) with international experience from Jordan, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia. In her most recent roles, Maria has been responsible for overseeing the Ethiopia PSEA Network, which has made significant progress in tackling SEA.
Inez Książek is working with the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response, coordinating the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, which aims to improve recruitment practices and limit the movement of perpetrators of SEAH between organisations. Inez is actively involved in promoting safer recruitment practices and is advocating for more robust knowledge exchange within the humanitarian and development sector. Before joining SCHR, Inez supported various initiatives, such as the work of the Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change at Oxfam.
Michael Shiferaw is a Head of the Global Support Unit in Johanniter International Assistance (JIA), a humanitarian international NGO and currently working from Kampala and Addis Ababa. He has over 15 years of hands-on Human Resources, Organisational Development (OD) and Operations management experiences at senior level in various international NGOs and Bilateral organisations. He has worked at Oxfam as an International HR Business Partner and as a Safeguarding Focal Point. He is certified as a Safeguarding trainer and in SG investigations. Michael is a member of the board of experts in RSH Ethiopia and served as a President for Society of Human Resources Management in Ethiopia (SHRME). He is currently serving as a member of the board of directors for Ethiopia Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) and as a member of the INGOS HR Network Streeting Committee.
Please also be advised that this webinar contains content on safeguarding, that some may find distressing.