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Programme Specialist (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and... Burundi

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UNICEF Global Burundi Burundi

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JD for Programme Specialist (PSEA) P3.pdf
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
How can you make a difference?
1. Advisory Services and Technical support

Provide leadership, technical support, expertise and capacity building to UNICEF Burundi Country Office to promote the integration of PSEA interventions in all programme planning and implementation.
Lead on the development and monitoring of the implementation of the Country Office PSEA Action Plan and provide technical support and monitoring of implementation of UNICEF’s requirements on PSEA.
Provide technical advice to management on issues related to PSEA, including supporting and... advising the Representative on the internal roll out and implementation of UNICEF’s SEA reporting mechanisms and responding to allegations, in line with endorsed internal reporting procedures and relevant UN / inter-agency protocols and guidelines.
Strengthen the capacity of UNICEF staff, consultants, volunteers, and implementing partners on PSEA and child safeguarding, and understanding of UNICEF’s requirements on PSEA.
Provide advice to UNICEF Burundi sections on Implementing Partners’ (IP) assessments using the UN Harmonised Tool for IP assessments and on monitoring the development and implementation of IPs PSEA action plans.
In collaboration with all UNICEF Burundi sections, support partners to ensure PSEA policies, systems and structures are aligned with standards and requirements as per UNICEF PSEA Implementing Partners Procedures and the UN Implementing Partners Protocol.
In collaboration with the IP Management Specialist, keep track of SEA assessments and implementation of action plans of all Implementing Partners.
Provide inputs to programme proposals reflecting priorities for PSEA, maintain partnership relationships and take other actions to increase visibility of PSEA programming and the financial resources available for PSEA work.
Provide inputs to programme reports, where relevant, for management, donors and partners, in line with defined deadlines.
Develop an internal tracking tool to ensure regular and consistent monitoring of SEA cases and case management of child victims’ assistance.
Support knowledge management efforts on PSEA, including the maintenance of the repository of tools, documentation of promising practices, etc...
Supporting the Burundi CO to institutionalize PSEA efforts within their programmes and operations, monitoring and facilities (e.g. HACT, supply section, human resources, programme component teams, etc.)

2. Support Reporting, Response and Prevention of SEA

Provide support to Burundi CO on reporting, response and prevention of SEA and integration of PSEA within UNICEF’s programming across all sectors, including:

Safe and accessible reporting

Support Burundi CO to promptly establish and/or strengthen effective, safe and accessible reporting channels for SEA that are embedded within UNICEF’s overall response and consider the needs of women and children so that any child or adult receiving assistance from UNICEF has access to a safe reporting channel for SEA, linked with child protection/gender-based violence assistance.
Support the continued internal roll out and implementation of UNICEF SEA reporting procedures.
Support, build the capacities and advise UNICEF personnel in reporting SEA concerns.
Support the Representative on the implementation and compliance with UNICEF procedures for reporting SEA and Child Safeguarding concerns.
Provide technical support to UNICEF partners and suppliers to strengthen internal reporting procedures.
Ensure that all information pertaining to complaints is handled and referred strictly in line with agreed protocols.
Provide technical support to partners to implement community-based reporting mechanisms to ensure that all information pertaining to SEA allegations is handled and referred strictly in line with agreed protocols.

Prevention of SEA

Collaborate and coordinate with all UNICEF sections and support implementing partners to ensure sensitization activities on SEA are implemented across programmes and across communities and to establish systems to track and monitor implementation.
Collaborate and coordinate with all UNICEF sections and staff to ensure systematic SEA risk assessment is conducted and findings are reflected and included in programme implementation.

Survivor-centered assistance and investigations.

In coordination with the Child Protection section, ensure that survivors are immediately referred to appropriate assistance (i.e. medical, psychosocial, legal, safety/security, etc.), in line with the survivor-centred approach and the established gender-based violence/child protection referral pathways, taking into consideration the safety and wishes of the survivor.
In coordination with the Chief of Child Protection, support UNICEF’s prompt roll-out of the UN Victims’ Assistance Protocol to ensure that survivors of SEA can access assistance and support, and that UNICEF is well-positioned to support any child survivors, as the provider of last resort.
Provide technical support and capacity development on the UN Victims’ Assistance Protocol, survivor-centred approach, and child sensitive investigations, for UNICEF staff and implementing partners.
Conduct investigation of SEA allegations and support the recently trained pool of investigators in Burundi in conducting investigations on SEA.
Monitor the quality of assistance and follow-up provided to survivors of SEA by UNICEF partners.
Contribute to advocacy to strengthen access to services for survivors.
Ensure that any IP/office concerned by SEA allegations establishes and implements solid risk reduction action.

3. Inter-agency PSEA response, advocacy and partnership building

Represent UNICEF and provide technical leadership in the interagency fora on PSEA; contribute actively in the PSEA interagency coordination meetings to help advance interagency PSEA results in line with the UNCT PSEA Action Plan.
Support appropriate reporting and response of SEA allegations by the interagency PSEA network, including development and implementation of effective, safe, and accessible interagency reporting mechanism for SEA and development of joint interagency SOPs in relation to receipt and referral of SEA allegations and concerns.
Contribute to the UNCT and PSEA interagency network efforts to roll out the UN Victims’ Assistance Protocol.

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, social work, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field;
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional experience in programme design, planning, implementation and management relevant to PSEA, GBV, protection, or related field, preferably with the UN and/or international NGO;
Experience working in humanitarian and/ or development contexts on implementing PSEA or protection-related programming for children or adults;
Familiarity with the latest developments in PSEA and inter-agency PSEA responses and understanding of the intersections of PSEA with other technical areas (eg. GBV, Child Protection, AAP, etc);
Familiarity with humanitarian cluster systems will be considered an advantage;
Experience with training and capacity building in PSEA or relevant technical areas;
Excellent communication, facilitation, training, networking and advocacy skills;
Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions and exercise sound judgment 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;
Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish) 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…
(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.
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 including 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 promoting 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 to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates with disability and females 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: 02 Aug 2023 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 23 Aug 2023 South Africa Standard Time
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