Re-advertisement Programme Specialist (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) P4, Fixed Term, CO, Mogadishu, Somalia

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This is a P-4 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 7 years of experience, depending on education.


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Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is at the core of UNICEF’s mandate. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by UNICEF personnel and by personnel and sub-contractors of UNICEF Implementing Partners. SEA constitutes the most serious breach of accountability by the humanitarian sector. Consequently, the PSEA is distinctly linked to accountability to affected populations (AAP), with a high profile and a strong set of specific commitments. In December 2018, under the IASC Championship of UNICEF Executive Director, the IASC Principals laid out three main priorities to prevent and respond to SEA, namely: 1) safe and accessible reporting that is gender and child-sensitive; 2) quality SEA survivor assistance; and 3) enhanced accountability, including through prompt and respectful investigations. UNICEF is also committed to working in collaboration with other UN agencies in implementing the Strategy of the Secretary-General's Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13); the IASC Plan for Accelerating Protection from SEA in humanitarian response and in rolling out the UN Victim Assistance Protocol, Technical Note and Training Package which UNICEF is leading globally. UN Common Assessment for Implementing Partners PSEA Risk tool is being rolled out.

Somalia is currently experiencing a severe drought emergency. Humanitarian crises do exacerbate risks to children and women as they deplete households’ resources and capacities, here in this drought situation combined with other humanitarian situations such as the outbreaks of infectious diseases and localized conflict feed into drivers of sexual exploitation and violence.

Job organizational context

UNICEF’s commitment to effectively prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse in the communities where we work demands human and financial resources, especially in humanitarian contexts where the risks are highest, in order to increase dedicated PSEA expertise in Country Offices, the Executive board allocated funded to 31 countries including Somalia

Given the seriousness of the concerned issues globally as well as in Somalia and the need for tangible changes, it is necessary to have a dedicated PSEA Specialist to support the Country Office make the concerned decisions; plan, drive and tracking priority actions; and establish a clear system to pursue the PSEA as part of the day-to-day operation of UNICEF Somalia Country Office, in its management of implementing partners

How can you make a difference?

Management and/or advisory support to the Deputy Representative or the Representative

  • Support senior leadership in developing, implementing, and monitoring PSEA partner capacity building and capacity assessment plans.
  • Contribute to and ensure coherence with the work of the Somalia Interagency PSEA Task Force, keeping the senior leadership updated on PSEA/Safeguarding developments and making appropriate recommendations on enhancing prevention strategies.
  • Engage and coordinate with UNICEF programs and clusters in Somalia to ensure PSEA mainstreaming during planning, policy development, and programming
  • Represent UNICEF and update on relevant PSEA activities during Interagency and cluster meetings
  • Report back to the PSEA focal on developments and updates that may impact the PSEA Action Plan implementation

Capacity building and technical support

  • Provide leadership, technical support, and monitoring for the implementation of the UNICEF Somalia Country Office PSEA Strategy & Action Plan, including implementation at the provincial level.
  • Deliver PSEA training for UNICEF staff, consultants, volunteers, and implementing partners, in line with the PSEA Training Plan.
  • Build the capacity of selected UNICEF staff to replicate PSEA training and awareness-raising efforts.
  • Support knowledge management efforts on PSEA, including a repository of tools, documentation of promising practices, etc...
  • Together with the SBC team, and in liaison with the PSEA Network, develop awareness-raising materials for UNICEF office and partners, including leaflets and posters for UNICEF offices and UNICEF partners’ offices including communities.
  • Develop an internal tracking tool to ensure regular and consistent monitoring of SEA cases and case management of child victims’ assistance.
  • Supporting the Somalia CO to institutionalize PSEA efforts within their programmes, monitoring, and facilities (e.g., HACT, supply section, programme component teams, etc.)
  • Support Somalia CO, in collaboration with the SBC section, to expand/strengthen communities’ access to safe and accessible reporting channels across programmes/sections.
  • In collaboration with UNICEF sections, support partners to ensure PSEA policies and structures are aligned with standards and requirements as per UNICEF PSEA Implementing Partners Procedures and the UN Protocol.
  • Assist the Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation section for the implementation of the new UN Common IP PSEA Assessment tool as required.

Inter-agency response to SEA and PSEA Network coordination

  • Represent UNICEF in the inter-agency PSEA Network, including support to UNICEF’s contributions on the Steering Committee as appropriate and delegated by the Representative. Support UNICEF to actively engage in the PSEA network at the provincial level and promote the implementation of the national Somalia HCT Strategy on PSEA. Work with relevant stakeholders to take forward the inter-agency PSEA Network action plan, including:
  • Develop and implement safe and accessible reporting channels SEA, both for humanitarian workers and community-based mechanisms that are gender and age sensitive, including promoting a coherent approach across all existing mechanisms
  • Community-Based Complaints Mechanism on SEA, building upon existing community-based complaint mechanisms as relevant. Develop 1) breach and sensitization on SEA in communities; and 2) training of PSEA focal points. Suggestion to dissociate as needs are
  • Ensure systems procedures for inter-agency referrals are nonfunctional effective, including accountability mechanisms and development of joint interagency responses about risks and concerns
  • Support to PSEA risk assessment as per HCT PSEA Action Plan
  • Support the rollout of the UN Victims Assistance Protocol.

Support Appropriate Reporting and Response to SEA allegations

  • Support the internal rollout and implementation of UNICEF SEA reporting procedures
  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with Social Behavior Change and Child Protection teams, safe and accessible reporting channels for SEA, both for humanitarian workers and community-based mechanisms that are gender and age sensitive, including promoting a coherent approach across all existing mechanisms. For humanitarian settings it is situated in the Accountability to Affected Population framework:
  • Work with UNICEF Child Protection and GBViE Specialists to integrate SEA reporting channels within existing community-based mechanisms and services, in a manner that is gender and child-sensitive and that links to GBV referral pathways; this should include the training of community PSEA focal points and outreach and sensitization on PSEA with communities
  • Work across all UNICEF programme sectors to ensure that information about how to report SEA is accessible to children and women
  • Provide technical support to partners to strengthen internal reporting procedures
  • Once a complaint is received:
  • Ensure that all information about complaints is handled and referred strictly in line with agreed protocols: the internal UNICEF Notification Alert and inter-agency PSEA task force standard operating procedures (under finalization)
  • Immediately refer survivors to appropriate service providers so that they receive the medical, psychosocial, legal, and any other assistance support they may need, in line with the UN Victims’ Assistance Protocol


  • Collaborate and coordinate with partners and UNICEF sections to ensure sensitization activities on SEA are implemented across communities, 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

Survivor assistance

  • In coordination with the Chief Child Protection
  • Ensure that survivors of SEA access assistance and support
  • Monitor the quality of assistance and follow-up provided to victims of SEA by UNICEF partners
  • Review functionality and effectiveness of GBV and CP referral pathways – internal and interagency – and contribute to advocacy, in coordination with the GBV Specialist, to strengthen access to services for survivors.

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, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field
  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in design, implementation, and management of protection or GBV programming, PSEA, and child safeguarding, preferably with the UN and/or international NGO.
  • Experience working in humanitarian contexts. Familiarity with the latest development in PSEA, inter-agency PSEA responses, and humanitarian cluster systems.
  • Excellent communication skills. Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions. Excellent facilitation, training, networking, and advocacy skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English; Fluency in another UN language an asset.
  • Knowledge of local working language of the duty station/region is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

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UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

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

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. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is either: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.

UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidate are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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UNICEF only considers Higher education qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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

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