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Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) International Consultant, Bujumbura, Burundi, six months (office based)


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Bujumbura
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Gender-based violence
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: Closed

Support UNICEF Burundi Country Office on risk assessment, monitoring and capacity building of Implementing Partners (IPs) and UNICEF staff as well as reporting mechanisms regarding the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

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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, a champion

Over the past few years, the UN has increased its commitments to push forward the agenda of PSEA. A UN Protocol on SEA involving IPs was issued in 2018 and a UN Victim Assistance Protocol was adopted in 2019.

In the same line, UNICEF scaled up its efforts to effectively prevent and respond to SEA. In particular, in 2018,
UNICEF’s Executive Director took over the role of IASC Champion on SEA and Sexual Harassment, this leading to a
number of interagency and internal initiatives, including an independent review of UNICEF’s work on PSEA and the
development of an institutional Strategy on PSEA (issued in January 2019); UNICEF contractual agreements were
reviewed to include stronger requirements for IPs on PSEA and a Procedure for Assessing SEA Risks in Implementing Partnerships and a PSEA Toolkit were issued in February 2020. More recently, new procedures for PSEA assessments of IPs have been adopted to promote interagency collaboration.

PSEA has been a key priority for the UNICEF Burundi Country Office (BCO) for several years. The BCO has an annual action plan on PSEA, has designated PSEA focal points for each section and has organized several trainings on PSEA for staff and partners over the past years. Going towards the new CPD and also in line with regional and global UNICEF guidance on PSEA, there will be a need to review in 2023 the current system within the office, including respective roles and responsibilities, notably as related to IP assessments, to improve streamlining PSEA into all work and ensuring that final quality assurance sits with relevant BCO staff. This will be conducted by the office in parallel with this consultancy and may inform some of the activities outlined below.

How can you make a difference? 

  • Build the capacity of UNICEF programme staff on IP management and awareness-raising as related to PSEA;
  • Provide quality assurance of IP (both international and national NGOs) assessments on PSEA based on international standards and procedures.
  • Build the capacity of of BCO’s IPs on PSEA.
  • Support inquiries and individual case management of reported cases.
  • Support the development of BCO Action Plan on PSEA for 2023.
  • Support UNICEF’s work as part of interagency coordination on PSEA.

Qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field. A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in PSEA and child safeguarding, including conducting, supervising and/ or quality assuring PSEA assessments, preferably with the UN and/or international NGO;
  • Experience working in development and/ or humanitarian contexts;
  • Familiarity with the latest development in PSEA, inter-agency PSEA responses etc.
  • Excellent communication skills, excellent facilitation, training, networking and advocacy skills

How to apply  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • A cover letter
  • An updated CV 
  • A financial proposal: The Financial Proposal should include the costs (providing a daily rate as justification) for each task, including consultant fee, proposed travel costs and perdiem, communications costs and any other proposed cost.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

  To view our competency framework, please visit 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.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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