Job no: 537358

Contract type: Temporary Appointment

Level: P-4

Location: Uganda

Categories: Gender Equality, P-4, Programme Management, Chief Field Office

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, Protection against sexual exploitation and abuse.

How can you make a difference?

The Programme Specialist (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) will provide technical assistance to roll out PSEA global goods, support implementation and conduct strategic advocacy to prevent SEA in high risk areas in Uganda.

Main responsibilities and tasks will include:

  • Strengthen capacities to provide access to safe and child sensitive reporting channels, including within community-based complaint mechanisms; access to victims centered assistance; and to support cases investigation, as relevant.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and dissemination of global and regional guidance and strategies of specific relevance, including on Gender Based Violence in Emergencies, Violence against Children and the Centrality of Protection.
  • Support development and implementation of agency specific and inter-agency PSEA action plans and support implementation of key actions.
  • Monitor the implementation of PSEA related initiatives.
  • Support coordination across agencies to monitor implementation of action plans.
  • Contribute to GBV risk mitigation in relation to PSEA.
  • Contribute to the Roll-Out of the UN Protocol on Allegations of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Involving Implementing Partners; and to training of staff and partners in that respect.
  • Support documentation of best PSEA practices and lessons learnt for onwards dissemination across the Region.
  • Act as a liaison with HQ and maintain close relationship with PSEA focal points in partner agencies.
  • Advise on any PSEA-related issues that require immediate action and advocacy.
  • Keep management updated on PSEA developments and make appropriate recommendations on enhancing prevention strategies.
  • Participate in and ensure active representation in PSEA forums and coordination meetings, as relevant and lead relevant PSEA meetings as necessary.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization activities, draft reports, project proposals, ToRs, advocacy materials and other relevant documents, as required.
  • Support other activities related to child protection and integrated initiatives, as required by the supervisor.

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

  • An advanced university degree preferably in social sciences, social work, political science, law or other relevant fields
  • A minimum of 8 years relevant experience working in emergency settings, on children’s and women’s rights, on violence prevention and response, in particular sexual violence and other forms of gender based violence; and/or on child protection.
  • Experience in and knowledge of UN and IASC policies and guidance related but not limited to PSEA, AAP, GBV and Centrality of Protection.
  • Knowledge of current PSEA developments and coordination of activities amongst different actors and agencies.
  • Strong communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) required.

It would also be beneficial if you have:

  • Proven success in developing and facilitating training and capacity-building activities on PSEA.
  • Experience developing complaint mechanisms as well as reporting and investigation procedures.
  • Proven research skills and demonstrated expertise in analysis and development of technical papers, as well as programmatic guidance related to violence against children and women, in particular sexual violence, gender and child protection.
  • Experience working in acute emergency settings.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA); and core competencies in Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2), Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3), Works Collaboratively with others (3), Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3), Innovates and Embraces Change (3), Thinks and Acts Strategically (3), Drives to achieve impactful results (3), and Manages ambiguity and complexity (3).

The functional competencies required for this post are…

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (3)

Click Here to view our competency framework.

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

Advertised: E. Africa Standard Time

Deadline: E. Africa Standard Time