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Protection against sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) Consultant to prepare training package for PSEA TF in Afghanistan


  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Kabul
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Gender-based violence
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: Closed

Result of Service

The UN is recruiting an experienced PSEA training consultant, to develop a PSEA training package, duly adapted to the country context. The process should be fully inclusive and participatory, and used as an opportunity for capacity building of PSEA TF members.

Work Location

Home-based, with one week in Kabul

Expected duration


Duties and Responsibilities

• The United Nations Secretary-General’s report on ‘Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse: A new approach’ from Feb 2017 calls for new efforts to end abuses committed by those serving under the United Nations flag in any capacity and “bring this scourge to heel”. The strategy emphasizes, for the first time, a system-wide approach focusing on: putting victims first, ending impunity, engaging civil society and other external partners, and raising awareness on the issue. As part of this system wide approach, The UN SG has asked Agencies, Funds and Programs (AFP) to adopt new measures and strengthen existing ones to better prevent, detect, report and take action against personnel who commit these abuses. All UN AFPs must have dedicated strategies and protocols for SEA and place top priority on their enforcement.

• To ensure the Afghanistan UN Country Team (UNCT) is advancing its PSEA efforts in an effective and coordinated manner, the Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator led the establishment of an Inter-Agency PSEA Task Force (TF) since 2020. The TF is led operationally by the PSEA(H) Coordinator, with oversight of the RC, who is ultimately accountable to report to the SG on PSEA actions in the country. The TF is composed of PSEA focal points from different UN entities and serves as the primary body for coordination and oversight on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse by international and national personnel of the UN and specific associated entities.

• The TF has recently developed new Strategy and integrated Action Plan (AP) affirming the commitments of the UN in Afghanistan and partners to actively prevent and respond to incidents of SEA by staff and affiliated personnel, and Inter-Agency Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) for Referring Incidents of Sexual and Exploitation and Abuse in Afghanistan, which were endorsed by the HCT and UNCT.

• As part of Result 2 Improved capacity of the humanitarian and development aid workers on PSEA Afghanistan through PSEA Task Force, the Action Plan includes the development of a standardized/contextualized training package for Training of Trainers (ToT) on PSEA.

• The purpose of the consultancy is to adapt the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) tools into a contextualized training package by building in the context specific elements which will take into account existing reporting mechanisms, the roles of the various actors involved and common approaches for the protection of beneficiaries, to ensure synergies between global and local policy and practice, and to provide an in-person training of trainers.

Outputs/Work Assignment:
Under the overall supervision of the RC/HC, and guidance of the PSEA(H) TF Coordinator and based on regular consultations with the selected TF members on the development of the Training Package, the Consultant will deliver the ToT training package, based on the following tasks:
1. Undertake review of the existing IASC and TF PSEA training materials;
2. Undertake the review of the current SEA complaints mechanisms and tools developed by the TF (most notably, inter-agency SoPs, FGDs and KIIs consultations’ results), as well as any other UN-specific tools (such as Aide Memoire relating to Gender Based Security Incidents);
3. Present the training package to the TF members (UN specific, partner specific versions);
4. Conduct a three-days training for the UNCT pool of ToT trainers.
5. The Consultant is expected to liaise and meet regularly as needed with PSEA(H) Coordinator as well as designated selected TF members;
6. The Consultant is responsible for identifying and setting up all meetings and/or relevant documentation needed for the assignment with support from the RCO and selected TF members;
7. The assignment can be performed using a hybrid methodology. For delivery of the ToT, the consultant will be expected to undertake this part of the assignment in Kabul. The consultant should state their preference on whether to undertake the assignment fully in Kabul, or just partially, and how long they anticipate staying in the country;
8. For all remote engagements, the Consultant will agree to use one of the validated platforms used by the UN staff. (e.g. Teams, Zoom);

Expected Outputs and Deliverables:
Following provides indicative summary of expected deliverables and their anticipated duration:

Deliverable 01: Desk review report (analysis of training materials and other tools provided by the PSEA TF, existing complaints mechanisms, proposed contents for the training package, both UN and non-UN specific) - Seven Days.

Deliverable 02: Development of the PSEA TF training package, as well as the UN-personnel specific training package (additional module on Security Based Incidence reports) - Fifteen Days .

Deliverable 03: Presentations of the training package to the TF, as well as UN personnel - One day.

Deliverable 04: Delivery ToT training - Three days.

Deliverable 05: Final revisions of the training package based on inputs received following the presentations and ToT - Two days.

Qualifications/special skills

• Degree in relevant field (e.g. Social Sciences, Psychology);
• At least 5 years’ experience of working with humanitarian and/or development organisations, preferably with the UN system;
• Professional experience in PSEA coordination.
• Previous experience on developing PSEA training materials.


• Excellent proven written and spoken English and presentation skills;
• Excellent communication and interview skills; interpersonal and teamwork skills;
• Excellent report writing skills

No Fee


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