Programme Specialist (PSEA) – UNICEF


Job Description

Job no:548485
Contract type:Temporary Appointment, Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station:Khartoum
Categories:Child Protection, Gender Equality
Advertised:15 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline:28 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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,

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

The PSEA Specialist will be based in Khartoum, with frequent travels to UNICEF field sub-offices, and provinces where UNICEF programmes are being implemented. The PSEA Specialist will report to the Representative and with dotted line to the Deputy Representative (Programme).
Within the context of the emergency response and the UNCT/HCT PSEA framework, the PSEA Specialist will finalize and implement UNICEF Sudan’s PSEA Action Plan, which focuses on scaling up and taking forward UNICEF’s prevention and response efforts to sexual exploitation and abuse. This will include conceptualizing and implementing PSEA prevention activities, responding to alleged PSEA cases that are reported (including strengthening complaint mechanisms at the community level, reporting, investigating, and ensuring appropriate survivor support), liaising with the PSEA Network(s) and other inter-agency bodies addressing PSEA and making contributions to inter-agency PSEA response and monitoring, liaising with UNICEF senior management at national, regional and international levels on the same. The PSEA Specialist will be also responsible for building the capacity of UNICEF staff, consultants, volunteers, and implementing partners on PSEA.

Internal capacity building and technical support

  • Provide leadership, technical support and monitoring for the implementation of UNICEF Sudan Country Office PSEA Action Plan.
  • Deliver PSEA and Child Safeguarding trainings 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 and Child Safeguarding trainings and awareness raising efforts.
  • Support knowledge management efforts on PSEA, including a repository of tools, documentation of promising practices, etc…
  • Together with C4D, 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 tools to ensure regular and consistent monitoring of SEA cases and case management of child victims’ assistance.
  • Supporting the SCO to institutionalize PSEA efforts within their programmes, monitoring and facilities (e.g. HACT, supply section, human resources, programme teams, etc.)
  • Support SCO to expand/strengthen communities’ access to safe and accessible reporting channels across programmes/sections, and in close collaboration with the child protection and GBV teams.
  • 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 protocols.

Inter-agency response to SEA and PSEA Network coordination

  • Represent UNICEF in the PSEA in-country network, including participation in meetings and events at national and federal level, as well as working with the PSEA Network in taking forward actions including:
  • Develop information sharing/messaging strategies on SEA across network members;
  • Develop and implement a Community Based Complaints Mechanism on SEA, building upon existing community-based complaint mechanisms as relevant. Develop 1) about outreach and sensitization on SEA in communities; and 2) training of PSEA focal points.
  • Ensure systems procedures for inter-agency referrals are functionals and effective, including accountability mechanisms and development of joint interagency responses in relation to SEA risks and concerns
  • Working with the In-country network support to conduct PSEA risk assessment across Sudan, with focus on refugee and IDP camp setting;
  • Support the roll out of the Victims Assistance Protocol and workflow/reporting within UNICEF.

Support Appropriate Reporting and Response of SEA allegations

  • Support and advise the Representative on the reporting of SEA allegations through the internal Notification Alert
  • Support the internal roll out and implementation of UNICEF SEA reporting procedures
  • Provide technical support to partners to strengthen internal reporting procedures, once a complaint is received:
  • Ensure that all information pertaining to complaints is handled and referred strictly in line with agreed protocols: the internal UNICEF Notification Alert and inter-agency information sharing procedure agreed with the PSEA Task Force
  • 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 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 and GBV specialist:
  • 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 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.

Work Experience:

A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in design, implementation and management of child 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.

 Language Requirements:

 Fluency in English  is required. Knowledge of Arabic is considered a strong asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) 

The core competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • 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)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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.

No Fees:


Advertised: 15 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 28 Feb 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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