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UNICEF Jobs: Child Protection Specialist (PSEA & GBViE) 2021

Job Title: Child Protection Specialist (PSEA & GBViE)

Organization: UNICEF

Job no: 538550
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Level: P-4
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Categories: Child Protection, P-4

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.

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UNICEF is committed to ensuring Protection from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (SEA) in line with the Secretary-General’s Bulletin on special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13), UN-wide Protocols on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse involving implementing partners and Victim’s Assistance Protocols and the IASC Plan for Accelerating Protection from SEA in humanitarian responses. Besides, Accountability to Affected Populations remains at the core of UNICEF’s interventions efforts, for the protection of affected and at-risk people. 

In 2016, UNICEF Executive Director provided 7% set aside funding, to set up systems to address SEA at global level and across regions, including in Eastern and Southern Africa. In 2018, support was reiterated  by UNICEF Executive Director during her tenure as IASC PSEA and Sexual Harassment and Abuse Champion more particularly to the following regions: East and Southern Africa (ESAR), Middle East and North Africa (MENAR) and West and Central Africa (WCAR).

As a lead agency in addressing GBViE and in line with Executive Director Fore’s high-level commitments on GBV at the 2019 Oslo Ending Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (EndSGBV) conference, UNICEF Eastern and southern Africa Region has expanded GBViE programming. The COVID-19 pandemic also allowed to strengthen GBV prevention, response and risk mitigation across all sectors.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of this temporary position is to continue strengthening UNICEF’s work on prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse and Gender-based Violence in Emergency, and advance UNICEF’ strategic vision to strengthen inter-agency mechanisms to deliver results for children in humanitarian settings in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region.

  • Strengthen country offices capacities to provide access to safe and child sensitive reporting channels, including within community-based complaint mechanisms; access to victims centred assistance; and to support cases investigation.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and rolling out dissemination of global and regional guidance and strategies of specific relevance, including on PSEA, Gender Based Violence in Emergencies, Violence against Children. the Centrality of Protection, 
  • , Child Safeguarding and Accountability to Affected Populations.
  • Support implementation COs PSEA inter-agency initiatives, including the setting-up of in-country PSEA Networks.
  • Support the design of GBViE programmes which are consistent UNICEF’s policies and guidelines.
  • Support documentation of best PSEA and GBViE practices and lessons learnt for onwards dissemination across the Region. 
  • Act as a liaison with HQ and maintain close relationship with PSEA and GBViE focal points in WCARO and MENARO.
  • Advise on any PSEA-related issues that require immediate action and advocacy.
  • Keep management updated on PSEA and GBViE developments and make appropriate recommendations on enhancing prevention and response strategies.
  • Participate in and actively represent ESAR in PSEA and GBViE forums and coordination meetings, as relevant.
  • Contribute to resources 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 (Master’s or higher) preferably in social sciences, social work, political science, law or other relevant fields.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in working in emergency settings on children’s and women’s rights and violence prevention and response, in particular gender-based violence in emergencies; and on child protection.
  • Knowledge of current PSEA developments and activities at UNCT and HCT level and its partners.
  • Proven success in developing and facilitating training and capacity-building activities on PSEA and GBViE
  • Experience in community engagement and development of community-based complaints and feedback mechanisms.
  • 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.
  • Excellent communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

Core Competencies:

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

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.

This Vacancy Announcement is open to all Internal staff and External Candidates

Deadline: 07 Jun 2021 E. Africa Standard Time