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Consultancy: Consultant for Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Child Protection Section, PD-NYHQ

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Gender-based violence
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Criminology, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Closing Date: 2018-11-30

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The primary purpose of this contract is to support UNICEF’s work with the IASC on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. The consultant will support the team working on this issue at headquarters.

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.

Background & Rationale

UNICEF is committed to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA).  UNICEF is actively engaged in policy and operational efforts to improve the reporting of SEA, offering support to survivors of SEA, and promoting accountability. UNICEF also promotes internal and external change to end tolerance for all forms of exploitation and abuse.

UNICEF works closely with the United Nations Special Coordinator mandated by the Secretary-General to facilitate implementation of his Special Measures report. In mid-2018, UNICEF’s Executive Director took on the role of IASC Champion for PSEA and Sexual Harassment, charting out an agenda for accelerated implementation in humanitarian settings. This work entails collaborating closely with the IASC membership at leadership and technical levels for conceptualization, endorsement, and operationalization. The IASC Champion works closely with the Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN agencies, and NGOs to support humanitarian coordination at country level in advancing the PSEA agenda.

Child safeguarding, including protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), is at the core of UNICEF’s mandate.  As a humanitarian agency dedicated to child rights, we take all steps necessary to safeguard children within our operations.


The primary purpose of this contract is to support UNICEF’s work with the IASC on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse. The consultant will support the team working on this issue at headquarters. The Consultant will be supervised by Tasha Gill, Senior Advisor, Child Protection in Emergencies, and will collaborate with Katherine Wepplo, Child Protection Specialist, PSEA and the PSEA/SH Coordinator in the Office of the Executive Director.  

Expected results: (measurable results)

  1. Support the IASC Championship agenda
  • Support development of work plan, proposals, presentations, and reports on IASC Championship agenda for PSEA and SH
  • Draft correspondence to IASC members from the Champion and external stakeholders
  • Prepare briefing packages for the IASC Champion for meetings and events
  • Support coordination with IASC bodies and the UN SEA Working Group
  1. Support UNICEF’s engagement in interagency PSEA
  • Support the PSEA team for UNICEF’s participation in interagency and Member States’ meetings on PSEA, including preparation of talking points, briefing notes, and background documents
  • Prepare summaries, minutes and follow-up on action points from interagency meetings on PSEA
  • Support the development and roll out of UNICEF-led PSEA ‘global goods,’ including protocols, tools, and relevant guidance documents.
  • Support UNICEF’s resource mobilization initiatives through the development of funding proposals and preparation of donor reports.

Duty Station

The consultancy will be based at UNICEF headquarters in New York with limited travel.


Start date:   December 10, 2018

End Date: July 31, 2019


  • Advanced university degree or equivalent in gender studies, social anthropology, law and women’s rights, sociology, public health, or other field related to PSEA.
  • At least 5 years of humanitarian or development experience, preferably including implementation of a GBV or child protection program in a humanitarian context.
  • Ability to work with NGO, government, and international organizations. Demonstrated experience in collaborating with multiple actors with diverse equities.
  • Experience in drafting policy and/ or guidance documents. Experience in roll out of policy and guidance preferred.
  • Experience in building knowledge and commitment among technical and management staff. Experience developing and facilitating trainings and workshops within the international development sector preferred.
  • Deep understanding of child protection and/or GBV guiding principles. Demonstrated understanding of issues related to confidentiality, data safety/security and other ethical concerns related protection issues.
  • Excellent analytical, communication, writing and editorial skills in English. Proficiency in an additional official United Nations language (French, Arabic or Spanish) is a bonus.
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, PPT, etc.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment as well as independently, and the ability to handle requests or issues as they arise.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.


With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

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

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.

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