Closing date: Friday, 15 September 2023

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Programme Officer, TA, NOA, East Jerusalem, State of Palestine, #126175

Job no: 565454

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: State of Palestine (SoP) Division/Equivalent: Amman(MENA)

School/Unit: State of Palestine

Department/Office: East Jerusalem, State of Palestine

Categories: Programme Management

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, dedication

Since 2018, UNICEF State of Palestine has invested in advancing the PSEA portfolio and addressing potential risks related to UNICEF’s operations and misconduct of personnel involved in the delivery of UNICEF’s programme. UNICEF has been the leader of the establishment the interagency PSEAH Network which mirrors the internal efforts exerted to prevent risk of SEAH, and has since began the process of mainstreaming PSEAH in all its operations, training personnel in standardized good practices, and developing protocols to handle SEAH cases. A Community-Based Complaint Mechanism (CBCM) has been established which fosters a survivor’s centered approach and connects to Accountability to Affected Popuations (AAP) channels. The CBCM is a system of mutual responsibly among the partners that conform the PSEA Network where survivors can use any accessible channel to report SEAH in order to lead them to appropriate assistance in a safe and confidential manner.

How can you make a difference?

The position will report directly to the PSEA Programme Manager (P4) on day to day work accountabilities, working closely with the Representative, Child Protection section and relevant sections involved in addressing SEA allegations reporting and response. The Programme Officer (PSEA) will be based in East Jerusalem with the possibility of field missions to UNICEF State of Palestine projects with implementing partners in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Within the context of the emergency response and the National PSEA Committee framework, the Programme Officer (PSEA) will support the implementation of UNICEF State of Palestine 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 across sectors, assist in the response to any PSEA concerns that are reported and implicate UNICEF personnel or partners (including strengthening complaint mechanisms at the community level, reporting, and ensuring appropriate survivor support), liaising with the PSEA Network(s) and other interagency bodies addressing PSEA and making contributions to inter-agency PSEA response and monitoring, liaising with UNICEF senior management at national, regional and international levels. The Programme Officer (PSEA) will be also responsible for building the capacity of UNICEF staff, consultants, volunteers, and implementing partners and suppliers on PSEA.

Key End-Results Expected

The strategic and effective planning, formulation, and integration of PSEA in UNICEF State of Palestine protection programmes/projects and the achievement of sustainable results, contributes to the achievement of goals and objectives to create a protective environment for children against harm, all forms of violence and ensures their survival, development and wellbeing in society. Achievements in child protection programmes and projects in turn contributes to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promote greater social equality in the country. Expected results:

  •  Technical contribution to and participation in effective knowledge management made to strengthen country programme management and activities, including data collection, analysis, and information sharing/exchanges.
  •  Effective monitoring system administered, and analysis of country level socio-political-economic trends and their implications provided for the identification of critical programme intervention point and measures; changes in programme work plans and recommendations drafted or prepared as required.
  •  Programme funds effectively monitored for optimum use.
  •  Programme monitoring and evaluations effectively conducted to improve programme performance, and programme status reports timely prepared.
  •  Rights perspective and advocacy at the community and family levels incorporated in policy analysis for establishing and elevating UNICEF’s credibility in policy debates.
  •  Technical support and assistance provided to enhance effective communication and networking through partnership and collaboration.


Within the delegated authority and the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be responsible for all or most of the following areas of major duties and key end results.

1. Internal capacity building and technical support

  •  Provide technical support and monitoring for the implementation of UNICEF State of Palestine PSEA Action Plan. Together with relevant SoP sections and in coordination with the Middle East and North Africa Regional Office (MENARO) and HQ, in liaison with the PSEA Network, develop PSEA awareness raising materials for specific groups such as children, families and communities.
  •  Monitor SEA cases and case management, when applicable.
  •  Deliver PSEA training for UNICEF staff, consultants, volunteers, implementing partners, and suppliers.
  •  Build the capacity of selected UNICEF staff to replicate PSEA trainings and awareness raising efforts.
  •  Support knowledge management efforts on PSEA, including the maintenance of the repository of tools and documentation of promising practices.
  •  Support UNICEF State of Palestine to institutionalize PSEA efforts within their programmes and operations, monitoring and facilities (e.g. HACT, supply section, human resources, programme component teams, etc.)
  •  Jointly with Social & Behavior Change Section, the PSEA Network and the Community Engagement and Accountability for Affected Populations (AAP) coordination group, support UNICEF State of Palestine to expand/strengthen communities’ access to safe and accessible reporting channels.
  •  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.

2. Inter-agency response to PSEA Network coordination

  •  Actively participate in the PSEA Network coordination meetings and events at national and subnational level. Work with the PSEA Network in taking forward agreed actions and activities.
  •  Develop PSEA information materials for children, families and suppliers.
  •  Support the strengthening of Community Based Complaints Mechanisms for SEA, building upon existing community-based complaint mechanisms as relevant.
  •  Support activities of the National PSEA Network Action Plan.

3. Support Appropriate Reporting and Response of SEA allegations

  •  Support and advise UNICEF personnel in reporting SEA concerns to the Head of Office. Support the Head of Office on the implementation and compliance with procedures for reporting SEA.
  •  Support the continued internal roll out and implementation of UNICEF SEA reporting procedures.
  •  Provide support and training to resource persons on the SEA reporting procedures and provision of assistance to victims.
  •  Provide technical support to partners and suppliers to strengthen internal reporting procedures.

4. Prevention

  •  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 UNICEF sections to ensure systematic SEA risk assessment is conducted and findings are reflected and included in programme implementation.

5. Survivor Assistance

  •  In coordination with the Child Protection section:
  •  Ensure that survivors of SEA have access to assistance and support.
  •  Monitor the quality of assistance and follow up provided to victims of SEA by UNICEF partners.
  •  Ensure that the Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Child Protection (CP) referral pathways – internal and interagency – are reviewed in functionality and effectiveness.
  •  Contribute to advocacy to strengthen access to services for survivors.


P1/NOA Grade

  •  The nature of decision-making is primarily choosing methods of work and prioritizing project activities in accordance with the established workplan. Regularly make recommendations to the supervisor on appropriate courses of action regarding project adjustments
  •  The impact of the actions affects the quality of services, efficiency of processing and delivery in support of a country programme.
  •  Work requires understanding of principles and technical knowledge, skills, acquired through formal training at the university level.
  •  Conduct research, data collection & analysis requiring analytical / conceptual thinking and organization skills at a professional level.
  •  The work requires evaluation and analysis of programme implementation, with basic professional technical input into programme design, implementation, evaluation, data analysis and progress reporting.
  •  Provide briefings, trainings, support and/or guidance to programme team and others, requiring communication and presentation skills, human relations skills and teamwork.
  •  The decisions and recommendations are primarily based on interpretation of rules, procedures and methods.
  •  Draft correspondence, reports for signature of supervisor, requiring professional writing and reporting skills.

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

  •  A university degree in a social and behavioral science, including sociology, anthropology, communication studies/communication for development, psychology and/or related field is required.
  •  A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development programme planning, communication for development or social and behaviour change, public advocacy, PSEA or another related area.
  •  Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  •  Fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) 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…

(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.

Technical Knowledge

i) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the Job)

  •  Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming in UNICEF.
  •  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.

ii) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

  •  Methodology of programme/ project management
  •  UNICEF programmatic goals, visions, positions, policies and strategies.
  •  Knowledge of global human right issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches.
  •  UNICEF policies and strategy to address on national and international issues, particularly relating to conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.
  •  UNICEF emergency programme policies, goals, strategies and approaches.
  •  Gender equality and diversity awareness.

iii) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

  •  UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
  •  UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
  •  UN security operations and guidelines.
  •  UNSECORD training for members of Security Management Team.

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 male candidates 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: Sep 01 2023 Egypt Daylight Time

Application close: Sep 15 2023 Egypt Daylight Time

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  •  Closes Sep 15 2023Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Programme Officer, TA, NOA, East Jerusalem, State of Palestine, #126175 in State of Palestine (SoP)

    If you are a committed, creative professional and you would like to make an active and lasting contribution to build a better and safe world for children, we would like to hear from you. Our State of Palestine Office is seeking a dynamic qualified candidate to join our team as PSEA Officer at NOA level based in East Jerusalem Office.


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