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Vacancy Announcement: : Programme Specialist – Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), P4, Fixed-Term, Regional Office for South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Location: Nepal
Categories: Child Protection

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Education

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How can you make a difference?

The Programme Specialist (PSEA) should be a seasoned professional to assist ROSA Senior Management in fulfilling UNICEF’s commitment that involves institutionalizing SEA prevention and response across offices, field sites and operations.   This includes the four steps (1) Reporting SEA allegations; (2) response to SEA allegations; (3) monitoring SEA response; and (4) prevention of SEA.  It is thus expected that the incumbent should have in-depth understanding and experience in this area.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties or tasks include:

  • Lead the strengthening of Response Systems:


  1. Ensure adherence to global prescribed procedures for PSEA cooperation and reporting of SEA incidents and promote understanding among UNICEF Staff and all stakeholders such as humanitarian agency and IP/contractor staff of the applicable internal PSEA policies and reporting procedures.
  2. Following the Global prescribed guidelines, provide technical leadership to ROSA Senior Management, and quality assurance to country offices for receiving, handling, and referring SEA allegations committed by humanitarian staff, IPs and personnel of other entities (such as sub-contractors), including when the institutional affiliation of the alleged perpetrator(s) is unknown or uncertain and not excluding SEA by UNICEF staff.
  3. Lead initiatives for country offices to build capacity of partners for investigations and support senior management in the fact finding and documentation of reported SEA allegations and taking appropriate measures to ensure safety and confidentiality of complaints / allegations.  This entails ensuring that all materials pertaining to complaints are handled strictly in line with prescribed SOPs and referring the   complaints / allegations for the attention of Senior Management for immediate action.
  4. Develop and provide technical support to country offices for implementation of survivor assistance, including establishment of SOPs on prevention and response to ensure survivors have access to appropriate services i.e. medical, psychosocial, legal and material support, in accordance with the UN Victim Assistance protocol.
  5. and implementing Partners staff on PSEA and Abuse of Authority including conducting training as necessary.
  6. Lead development and implementation of a regional strategy for building capacity of all UNICEF staff  and implementing Partners staff on PSEA and Abuse of Authority including conducting training as necessary.
  • Operationalization of the UNICEF Procedure for Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Assessments of CSO Implementing Partnerships:
  1. Support the HACT Specialist in the regional office to monitor quality standards of PSEA Assessments conducted by Cos, advise CO’s on actions based on partner assessment, and provide technical support to the development of IP Action Plans as needed.
  2. Strengthen capacity for country offices to conduct partner assessments, including transitioning to the UN common system for assessments, strengthen field monitoring and partner capacity for both CSOs and government, building CO capacity through PSEA Toolkit and Action Plan. 
  • Lead PSEA mainstreaming during planning, policy development and programming:
  1. Lead establishment of inter-agency community-based complaint mechanisms, solicit participation from a broad range of humanitarian assistance agencies, including regional level partners and liaising with the IASC, to ensure standard for beneficiary engagement are promoted.
  2. Co-ordinate with Gender Advisor and CO Gender Focal Points Network and other gender groups as appropriate to ensure synergy, collaboration and complementary efforts.  This will include co-facilitating PSEA training modules for UNICEF and IPs staff as appropriate on appropriate conduct for aid workers, international standards on PSEA, roles & responsibilities, and how to submit and receive complaints and strengthening GBV services for survivor assistance.
  3. Support the CO PSEA Focal Points (FPs) by organizing regular meetings, provide training, enhancing communication and information sharing among FPs.
  • Engagement with and support of affected populations:
  1. Lead development of a creative communication strategy together with COs to facilitate awareness-raising in communities on their rights, the fact that humanitarian assistance is never conditioned on sexual favors, and how to submit complaints.
  2. Provide technical leadership to ensure COs efforts to develop community consultations mechanisms,  identify culturally and contextually appropriate entry points for submitting complaints, including SEA allegations, and coordinate with HQ and C)s to develop innovative reporting mechanisms.
  3. Provide technical leadership to ensure CO’s incorporate community feedback into programme adjustment to ensure that the mechanisms remain appropriate to community needs.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education: Advanced University Degree in social work, social sciences, political science, law, human rights law or another relevant field or Bachelor University Degree in social work, social sciences, political science, law, human rights law or another relevant field combined with minimum 10 years of work experience. Knowledge of current developments and activities in the inter-agency setting of the UN System and its partner organizations on PSEA
  • Experience: Minimum 8 years of work experience from a humanitarian setting with relevant professional experience in the field of sexual exploitation and abuse, protection, gender-based violence, staff misconduct and discipline, gender mainstreaming and/or humanitarian affairs; Experience of working in developing countries and international development is highly desirable. Experience working on PSEA at country level.
  • Language Requirement: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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