Recrutement de 01 Programme Specialist (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and GBV Risk Mitigation)

Localité : Niger / Niamey
Domaine : Sociologie
Niveau : Non precise
Entreprise recruteur : UNICEF

Recrutement de 01 Programme Specialist (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and GBV Risk Mitigation)

Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Niamey
Level: P-4
Location: Niger
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, Protection

Niger is facing a combination of quick onset and protracted humanitarian crises. Increasing insecurity is leading to population displacements, in a country highly vulnerable to climate related disasters, affected by multiple epidemic outbreaks and by nutritional crisis. A total of 3.8 million people, including 2.1 million children, will need humanitarian assistance in 2022. Conflict, displacement, malnutrition, recurrent disease epidemics, cyclical floods and droughts in Niger have placed more than 3.8 million people, including 2.1 million children,12 in need of humanitarian assistance, in a context characterized by deep structural challenges and the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19. Many of those in need are located in hard-to-reach areas with limited humanitarian access, which remains a major bottleneck to the delivery of assistance. Insecurity is spreading at a rapid pace in Niger, with heightened incidence of grave violations against children. Attacks in the Lake Chad region have prevented nearly 235,00014 people in Diffa (eastern Niger) from returning home. Nearly 157,000 people are displaced in the regions of Tillabery and Tahoua, in western Niger. Over 77,000 refugees who have fled community-based violence in northern Nigeria are currently living in Maradi region (central Niger), together with more than 21,000 internally displaced people (IDPs).In 2022, an estimated 2.7 million people will experience food insecurity; an estimated 1.3 million children under 5 years of age will suffer from malnutrition, including over 432,804 children who will suffer from severe acute malnutrition; and nearly 1.3 million people will require access to emergency WASH services. Nearly 400,000 children may remain out of school due to insecurity or damage caused by flooding in educational institutions. The country remains highly vulnerable to climate-related threats, including floods and drought. In 2021, 200,866 people have already been affected by floods, while the country has recorded 5,070 cases of cholera (including 1,765 children under 15 years) and 154 related deaths (of which 28 were children).

How can you make a difference?

The Programme Specialist will support the acceleration of PSEA as outlined in the Core Commitments for Children and the UNICEF Emergency Procedures for the L2 Sahel response, as well as the global PSEA programmatic framework, through the provision of technical support on PSEA and GBV risk mitigation across all programme sectors. Based on achievements on PSEA and GBV in Niger to date, where a CO PSEA Action Plan is currently in place alongside a system for ensuring that all implementing partners meet PSEA requirements, the Programme Specialist will focus on bringing quality programme design and an evidence-based approach to the delivery of PSEA programming and GBV risk mitigation, as outlined in the office-wide CO PSEA Action Plan. The Programme Specialist (PSEA) will serve as the key technical resource on PSEA and will provide programme guidance and technical support to Niger Country Office in strengthening UNICEF’s PSEA programming and scaling up prevention and response efforts to SEA in line with the office wide PSEA Action Plan, as well as technical leadership in the interagency space for PSEA.

The Programme Specialist will have a direct reporting line to the Country Representative on PSEA management-related issues. The Programme Specialist will sit within the Child Protection Section and report to the Chief of Child Protection on day-to-day matters related to PSEA programming and GBV risk mitigation, as outlined in the annual work plan. The Deputy Representative will provide overall guidance on programmatic issues. The Programme Specialist will collaborate with PM&E, who leads the workstream on PSEA partner assessments, and with HR, who leads the work on ensuring staff meet PSEA requirements.

As a member of the Child Protection section, the Programme Specialist will focus on scaling up PSEA as across UNICEF’s programming, collaborating closely with the CPiE specialist to integrate PSEA within the humanitarian response. In relation to GBV, the position will focus in particular on the scale up of GBV/ SEA risk mitigation as a core intervention across UNICEF’s programming. This work will contribute towards the overall scale up of GBV programming in Niger, including GBV service delivery, that is underway within the CP Section. In this manner, the Programme Specialist, will contribute to UNICEF’s overall work to strengthen the protective environment for women and children in humanitarian settings, sharing good practices and promoting evidence-based approaches across all sectors.

The Programme Specialist will represent UNICEF in the inter-agency PSEA network, contributing to the delivery of the HCT/UNCT PSEA Action Plan. On behalf of UNICEF, the Programme Specialist support GBV/ SEA risk mitigation across all clusters, in coordination with the GBV sub-cluster, as part of an overall approach to safe programming for women and girls.

The post holder will also contribute to the achievement of concrete and sustainable programme/project results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

For more details, please consult the document below:

Download File TdR - P4 PSEA & GBV Risk Mitigation.pdf

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 eight (8) years progressively responsible professional experience in programme design, planning, implementation and management relevant to child protection, GBV, PSEA or related field, preferably with the UN and/or international NGO.
Experience working in multiple humanitarian and/or development contexts on implementing GBV and PSEA or protection related programming for children or adults.
Familiarity with the latest developments in PSEA, inter-agency PSEA responses and humanitarian cluster systems and understanding of the intersections of PSEA with other technical areas (eg. GBV, Child Protection, AAP, etc).
Experience with training and capacity building in PSEA or relevant technical areas.
Proven experience in implementing GBV risk mitigation, across sectors.
Excellent communication, facilitation, training, networking and advocacy skills.
Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions and exercise sound judgement in high-pressure situations.
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 French is required. Strong knowledge of English is preferred. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is 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 Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

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


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.

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 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.

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

Advertised: 01 Jun 2023 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 15 Jun 2023 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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