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Fixed term: Programme Specialist (Protection from Sexual Exploitation & Abuse), P3, Islamabad, Pakistan # 00122931
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
P3 Mid-level Professional Full-time Internationallly Recruited
Job Expired 29 Jan 2023
Posted 3 weeks ago
Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world toughest places, to reach the world most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil 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, Hope!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among other things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. 

To learn more about UNICEF work in Pakistan, please visit the country website and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

Under the direct supervision of the Operations Manager and in close coordination and with oversight by the Deputy Representative-Operations, the UNICEF Programme Specialist (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) will provide technical assistance on implementation of the PSEA global guidelines, standards and tools, support implementation and conduct strategic discussions, policy dialogue and advocacy to prevent SEA in humanitarian and development settings in Pakistan Country Office and the 4 Field Offices. The PSEA Programme Specialist will work closely with all Programme Sections, Chief of Child Protection, Chief of Field Offices, Chief of HR, PSEA Focal Persons and the Supply Chief to strengthen systems for prevention, reporting, and accountability to survivors.


To make a difference, the incumbent shall be responsible for following key strategic functions, accountabilities and related duties/ tasks;

Provide Support to the Strengthening of Response Systems

  • 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.
  • Following the Global prescribed guidelines, support PCO Senior Management in setting up PCO SOPs 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.
  • 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 received by the designated FPs and through other entry points.  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.
  • As appropriate, immediately referring the complainants, or survivors if different from the complainant, to the victim/survivor assistance mechanism established by SOPs on prevention and response and in close cooperation with all appropriate stakeholders, in order to access appropriate services i.e. medical, psychosocial, legal and material support.
  • Provide technical support concerning appropriate prevention and risk mitigation strategies to advance survivor-centered, child-friendly complaint mechanism
  • Conduct training to all UNICEF staff and implementing Partners staff on PSEA and Abuse of Authority.

Support Operationalization of UNICEF Procedure for Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Assessments of Civil Society Organization (CSO) Implementing Partnerships:

  • Support all Programme Sections to designate Focal Points/Resource Persons who should take the lead in facilitating partners’ completion of PSEA Assessments to identify and mitigate risks of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
  • Support the pertners to develop and implement PSEA Action Plans to address the PSEA gaps identified during the PSEA Assessment and increase their capacity to Low Risk
  • Support capacity building of the Resource Persons/Focal Points and Programme Focal to effectively undertake PSEA Assessments iof CSO Implementing Partners prior to signiong of any Programme Cooperation Agreements with UNICEF.
  • Ensure Standard Operating Procedures for conducting the PSEA Assessments are in place and operational clarifying division of roles and timeframes to ensure timeliness and quality products.

Partner Capacity Development, Institutional Development and Technical Support (including emergency contexts

  • Support partners and UNICEF vendors to have PSEA policies and structures in place, aligned with international standards and UNICEF systems; consult and follow up with partners on codes of conduct and safeguarding policies (including beyond PSEA) and risk mitigation plans including technical review and support as required by partners.
  • Deliver induction and refresher Child Safe guarding and PSEA trainings, awareness-raising sessions and other innovative capacity building for UNICEF implementing partners to ensure that all UNICEF implementing partners have a thorough overview of PSEA guidelines and policies, complete the PSEA mandatory Action Plan and develop/strengthen their PSEA policies and procedures.
  • Participate in needs assessment missions on PSEA, and in the event of an emergency, be deployed as a member of the Emergency Response Team.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with partners, UNICEF programme sections and Field Offices to ensure that sensitization activities on SEA are implemented across project implementation sites and establish systems to track and monitor implementation.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with partners and UNICEF sections to ensure systematic SEA risk assessment is conducted and findings are reflected and included in programme implementation


Support PSEA mainstreaming during planning, policy development and programming

  • Provide technical review of Programme Documents and other programme and operational documentation to ensure inclusion and adherence to PSEA requirements in all such documents. Reviewing all new Programme Documents to ensure sufficient inclusion of SEA mitigation strategies in all UNICEF supported projects. This will help to prevent exposing children and adults who benefit from UNICEF supported projects from being exposed to the risk of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
  • Support the inter-agency PSEA Network to establish and/or strengthen community-based complaint mechanisms for safe and accessible reporting of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.  Solicit participation from a broad range of humanitarian assistance agencies, including IPs and as appropriate, developing common protocols for complaint handling and referring of SEA allegations for follow up and investigation, working with beneficiaries to ensure relevance to the local community (especially setting up entry points).
  • Work closely with the Protection Cluster and relevant IPs to ensure coordinated referral mechanisms for victim services and implementation of UN strategy on victim assistance.
  • Co-ordinate with Gender Specialist / 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.
  • Support and maintain the nomination of PSEA Focal Points (FPs) from humanitarian assistance agencies and IPs by organizing regular meetings, acting as Secretariat to the PSEA network, enhancing communication and information sharing among FPs in the network and with existing coordination and complaint/feedback mechanisms.
  • Advocate for incorporation of PSEA responsibilities into FPs Terms of Reference (ToRs) and performance evaluations as an incentive for them to adequately perform their roles.
  • Lead knowledge management for UNICEF Pakistan on PSEA including developing and updating the sharepoint drive for office staff to access PSEA policy and guidance materials.

Engagement with and support of affected populations:

  • Lead in development of a creative communication strategy together with IPs to facilitate awareness-raising in communities on their rights, the fact that humanitarian assistance is never conditioned on sexual favours, and how to submit complaints.
  • Carry out community consultations to identify culturally and contextually appropriate entry points for submitting complaints, including SEA allegations.
  • Incorporate community feedback into programme adjustment to ensure that the mechanisms remain appropriate to community needs.

Ensure PSEA management and coordination internally and externally at inter-agency level

  • Support PCO management in developing and updating PCO PSEA Action Plan which is fully aligned to the UNICEF Global PSEA Strategy 
  • Serve as secriat for the PSEA Taskforce and appraise the co-chairs from time to time to ensure its proper function.
  • Ensure effective representation of PCO in the inter-agency PSEA Network and provide technical support to the inter-agency Network to strengthen collective accountability on PSEA

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, gender, psychology, sociology, international law, public policy, or another relevant social science field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in design, implementation and management of protection or GBV programming and PSEA actions, preferably with the UN and/or international NGO.
  • Experience working in humanitarian contexts.
  • Familiarity with the latest developments in PSEA, inter-agency PSEA responses and humanitarian cluster systems.
  • Excellent communication skills. Proven ability to work independently under stressful conditions and with good coordination with all partners.
  • Excellent facilitation, training, networking and advocacy skills.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1), Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2), Works Collaboratively with others (2), Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2), Innovates and Embraces Change (2), Thinks and Acts Strategically (2), Drive to achieve impactful results (2), Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

Life at UNICEF

Working at UNICEF is highly rewarding. With attractive remuneration package encompassing competitive pay and benefits, a culture that helps staff thrive and diverse opportunities for personal and professional development, we aim to help you maintain a fulfilling life both at and outside the office.

We make sure you and your loved ones receive the resources and care that you need to thrive. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. Our contracts, wellbeing policies and initiatives ensure that you are well equipped to effectively deliver for children such as;

  • Tax exemption, family allowances, hardship benefits, 10 UN holidays and annual leave allowance, maternity, paternity, adoption leave, medical and dental insurance, pension etc.
  • Career support, staff wellbeing programme, breastfeeding policy, flexible work arrangements, childcare room, family support, policies & initiatives, security etc.
  • UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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.


  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Verified educational certificates are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. 
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates will be prioritized.
  • UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also 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.
  • This post is open to both internal and external applicants.
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