Growing network of female SEAH investigators in low-and middle-income countries

29 May 2024

CHS Alliance’s Investigator Qualification Training Scheme (IQTS) is making significant strides in enhancing the sensitivity and cultural relevance of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment (SEAH) investigations, particularly in regions with limited investigative capacity.

High-quality victim/survivor-centred investigations into allegations of misconduct are critical to tackle SEAH in aid work. They help to hold perpetrators accountable, provide justice to victims/survivors and act as a deterrent. The victim/survivor-centred approach ensures that a victim/survivor’s wishes, safety and well-being remain a priority in all matters and procedures.

This unique approach requires investigators to understand and relate to victims/survivors, which is why IQTS makes a concerted effort to train investigators that reflect the people most likely to be affected.

Since launching last year, more than 1,500 professionals have engaged with our training, supported by USAID and run in partnership with Humentum. The majority of trainees are female, with more than half of female trainees on paid courses receiving subsides to ensure financial barriers do not get in the way of providing accountability for victims/survivors. This high demand underscores the urgent need to adopt and equip representative survivor-centred investigators to stop abuse in aid.

With trainees from more than 135 countries, the IQTS is attracting a broad and diverse participant base, with the majority from low- and middle-income countries that report low investigative capacity. This geographic spread highlights the programmes reach so far and its pivotal role in building investigative capacities where they are most needed.

Participants at the pilot Tier 3 IQTS training in Nairobi.

Participants are praising the training for its practicality and quality of the tools, resources, and information provided. They have also welcomed the opportunity to network and learn from peers, which will be provided through the new IQTS Investigators Community, starting in June.

This group will give members an opportunity to tackle issues and challenges within a supportive and experienced group. The virtual network will be for Tier 3 IQTS graduates to exchange good practice, share learning and explore issues related to victim/survivor-centred investigation of SEAH in a safe, confidential space.

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New vacancy: Complaints and SEAH Investigations Management Advisor  

Join our mission to tackle SEAH in the aid system. Do you have a strong background in the humanitarian sector and a keen eye for detail and compliance? Are you looking to make a significant impact within a small but influential international organisation? If so, we would love to hear from you.

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