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PSEA Adviser - P4

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-19

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.



The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.




This job is located in the Ethics Office in our Rome, Italy Headquarters (HQ), reports directly to the Director and Chief Ethics Officer, Ethics Office.

WFP is committed to upholding a zero-tolerance stance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). Since 2018, the Ethics Office has been the Organizational Focal Point for Protection of SEA (PSEA). In this context, the Ethics Office develops an annual work plan, activities to support the work plan that includes but is not limited to conducting assessments, consulting and collaborating with other stakeholders in WFP, especially those in the field and those who support the field. identifying and implementing good practices, providing advice and guidance on SEA issues including prevention and response measures, raisings awareness, developing and conducting training and outreach, and representing WFP well in interagency, RBA, bi-lateral and system-wide UN collaboration.



The purpose of this position is to lead the PSEA unit in the Ethics Office with the aim of fulfilling its role as Organizational Focal Point for PSEA. The PSEA unit focuses on effective prevention and protection measures to safeguard the people WFP serves from SEA and to take actions with a victim-centred approach. Consequently, the role requires a high level of operational independence for taking efficient and effective action on PSEA and advising the Director Ethics Office during engagement with internal stakeholders of all levels and at the greater UN, interagency and RBA levels.  It also includes oversight of the PSEA Focal Points (more than 300) worldwide with overall guidance and delegated authority from the Chief Ethics Officer and Director. 


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


1.    Act as a primary adviser to the Ethics Director and recommending strategic direction and guidance on operational strategies to enhance protection of those WFP serves from SEA and for a survivor-centred response to SEA allegations. 
2.    Manage the PSEA unit on a day-to-day basis and in providing practical advice, guidance and recommendations on typical PSEA queries from country offices, regional offices and others.  This requires deep knowledge of WFP’s commitment to provide its programmes and operations safely for those it serves without actual or fear of SEA. 
3.    Participate in interagency, bi-lateral, UN-wide initiatives and represent the Ethics Director (who, in turn, represents WFP) in appropriate PSEA and PSEA-related technical committees/working groups, etc.
4.    Contribute to the infrastructure and accountability of the PSEA unit and the Ethics Office; propose initiatives proactively and make recommendations to enable the PSEA unit to perform effectively and efficiently.
5.    Develop and improve relevant policies, directives, guidelines, procedures and other internal or corporate documents on PSEA for review and presentment to Management, as per the legal framework of WFP and the Director, Ethics Office.
6.    Support the Director, Ethics Office, in representing WFP in interactions with donors, Executive Board, Management/Senior Management and Leadership Group including preparing reports and providing other feedback as related to PSEA.
7.    Take action on PSEA with a high level of independence with appropriate oversight from the Director, Ethics Office.
8.    Lead in developing and implementing PSEA initiatives for prevention and mitigation of SEA.
9.    Facilitate the implementation of PSEA policies into practical and relevant Regional/Country level practices, guidance and implementation modalities for operations, with a clear and strong connection between HQ, field operations and those we serve.
10.    Lead and supervise the development of tools and resources for education and skills building for capacitating employees on PSEA and share with third parties for the purpose of contributing to inter-agency best practices.
11.    Create an annual and ongoing workplan for capacitating PSEA Focal Points to fulfill their roles efficiently while strengthening the PSEA Focal Points Network.
12.    Cultivate professional  relationships with peer colleagues of other divisions in HQ as related to PSEA, including but not limited to Food Access Support Programmes, Protection and Accountability Unit, NGO Partnership Unit, Enterprise Risk Management, OIG, Legal and in operations in the field including but not limited to Humanitarian Protection Advisers, Advisers on Protection and Accountability to Affected Populations, Wellness Division, etc



Education: Advanced university degree in political science, law, ethics, human resources, public administration, communications, other social sciences or other related field.  Advanced degree preferred. 


Experience: A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience, especially in the field of sexual exploitation and abuse, and protection.
Experience in supervision and management, preferably in an international setting, is desirable.


Knowledge & Skills:    
• Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, as well as conceptual thinking.
• Proven ability to lead and motivate team and peers, monitoring performance, providing coaching, training and guidance to ensure appropriate development and enable high performance.
• Proven project management skills.
• Demonstrable report and presentation writing skills.
• Sufficient humanitarian/UN/operational/programme knowledge
• Proven ability to produce outputs independently with minimal supervision and guidance, while at the same time seeking innovative ways to integrate PSEA in the work of other relevant units.
• Solid soft skills, tact and maturity, and experience interacting with all levels of an organization, including senior management. 
• Ability to collect, collate and analyse data in an efficient and effective manner.
• Independent decision-making skills while respecting the bounds of the authority vested in the position.  
• High standards of ethics and values, and impeccable integrity


• Fluency in written and oral English.  
• Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language). 



Sunday 19 September 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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