Workplace Consulting

UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

To contribute to promoting a healthy, inclusive and safe workplace for everyone at UNODC, while meeting the standards of the Code of Conduct, the organization engaged with us to develop an online training and individual coaching sessions for UNODC managers on preventing and tackling sexual harassment at the workplace.

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the struggle against illicit drugs and international crime, and the lead United Nations entity for delivering legal and technical assistance to prevent terrorism. The agency, employing between 1,500 and 2,000 people worldwide, has its headquarters in Vienna (Austria), with 21 field offices and two liaison offices in Brussels and in New York City.

Background

Recent social movements have made it obvious that discrimination or sexual harassment issues are universal, global phenomenons that occur both in the public and private spaces, including multinationals, NGOs, SMEs or government agencies.

The organizations of the United Nations system are committed to enabling events at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment. At the level of the United Nations system - including UNODC - discrimination, sexual harassment and harassment are defined in the Secretary-General's bulletin (ST/SGB/2008/5). It is also supported by the 'To Prevent Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment, AT UN SYSTEM EVENTS' Code of Conduct, or the bulletin of the Secretary-General on 'Addressing discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, and abuse of authority.

Since taking office on 1 January 2017, António Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has put sexual abuse and exploitation at the top of his agenda. His report on ‘Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: A New Approach’ (A/71/818) outlines four main areas of action: putting victims first; ending impunity; engaging civil society and external partners; and improving strategic communications for education and transparency.

One of the most commonly used organization-wide prevention strategies is programming that is most familiar to many international organizations, including the UN system entities, funds and programmes. The most frequently applied programming for many international organizations is training. For example, at the UN system, the 'Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Personnel' online learning programme is mandatory for all UN staff, including Headquarters, duty stations or special missions. Next to mandatory training, organizations often provide their personnel with additional learning opportunities for them to be able to address any challenging workplace issue.

To contribute to promoting a healthy, inclusive and safe workplace for everyone at UNODC, while meeting the standards of the Code of Conduct, the organization engaged with us to develop an online training and individual coaching sessions for UNODC managers on preventing and tackling sexual harassment at the workplace.

What did we do

  • Designed a training programme (online webinars, and individual coaching sessions) to widely and efficiently disseminate critical information regarding the code of conduct, policy requirement and UN level procedures on sexual harassment.
  • Trained managers to play an active role in rooting out sexual harassment at the workplace by empowering their team members to spot inappropriate behaviour, promoting an active bystander approach, recognizing and addressing unconscious bias and building a lasting culture of a safe and inclusive workplace. Provided managers with the knowledge and skills on how to handle cases that are reported to them, protecting all those who are concerned.
  • Designed and run a pre-webinar survey to participants to gauge the learning needs, skills gaps and expectations.
  • Designed and run 90 minutes tailor-made interactive webinars for 150 Managers. The 5 individual webinars (groups of 15-30 people) included practical case studies, real-time skill-building and development exercises, and time for reflection. The webinars introduced to 4 key areas of managerial intervention and empowered participants with easily implementable tools.
  • In addition to the online webinars, we offered individual Coaching sessions to all managers to tackle individual challenges and support them with their personal learning needs, individual objectives, or organizational change initiatives.

To maximize the impact, both the training and individual coaching sessions were complemented by other programming activities such as communication actions, or initiatives to open team meetings with a brief discussion/mini-training of the issue.

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