By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

Programme Specialist – Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH)

New York City

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
    • Sexual and reproductive health
    • Gender-based violence
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: Closed

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP’s mission as part of the UN system is to achieve sustainable development and fight poverty wherever it is greatest. This requires the very best of us, world-class collaboration, innovative thinking, resilient-based strategies, and continuous learning. UNDP’s competitive advantage as a development partner of choice comes from having the trust of developing countries, owing to our impartial character, transparency, and longstanding presence and commitment to the poorest and most vulnerable. We offer opportunities to make a lasting difference to the more than 170 countries where we commit our support and expertise.
UNDP is strongly committed to upholding UN values and, as such, prohibits all forms of harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse of authority in its workplace as well as any sexual misconduct with regards to the populations we serve, either by our personnel or by partners we work with in our policy and programme work. A Strategy and Action Plan on PSEAH, 2021-2022 were approved in March 2021, with a focus on the four priority areas of Prevention; Reporting and Response; Support to Victims/Survivors and Accountability while taking into account the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A UNDP Task Force led by the Deputy Chief of Staff drives the implementation of the Strategy and Action Plan. OHR contributes to further advancing positive changes in these areas of work, leading the ongoing effort on building a UNDP working environment based on respect, openness, trust and free from any kinds of harassment, discrimination, bias, abuse of authority and misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse, as part of the work on enhancing the overall employee experience.
Position Purpose:
Under the overall supervision of the Chief People Performance in the Office of Human Resources/BMS and the Deputy Chief of Staff/Executive Office, the Programme Specialist on PSEAH is responsible for supporting the implementation of the UNDP Strategy and Action Plan(s) on PSEAH in UNDP. The portfolio includes the development of specific approaches, strategies, action/work plans, oversight of ongoing work, capacity development of personnel and partners, progress monitoring and reporting, participation in/contribution to the works of internal and interagency Task Forces, working groups and thematic groups on PSEAH.
Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the design and development of strategies and policies related to PSEAH

  • Lead the design and implementation of initiatives that promote awareness of the UNDP PSEAH strategies and action plans and provide required guidance.
  • Support the continual improvement of the PSEAH strategy, policies, and practices ensuring PSEAH principles and standards are mainstreamed in policy, procedures, M&E frameworks, and in programme activities in Country Offices.
  • Lead the design and roll out of surveys related to PSEAH and provide guidance to offices in the design of action plans to address gaps that have been identified.
  • Working closely with other relevant offices, lead the implementation of UNDP’s policy on Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Abuse of Authority.
  • Provide guidance to focal points in the various UNDP offices on how to conduct risk assessments and manage a risk register for tracking and mitigating SEAH risks.
  • Work with OAI, HR Business Partners and Heads of Offices to publicize complaints and investigation procedures among staff, partners and community.
  • In line with UNDP’s Strategy and Action Plan on SH and SEA, coordinate the development of activities, facilitate implementation of/implement activities led by OHR; participate and represent OHR in relevant inter-agency initiatives and projects.
  • Ensure effective policy advice to the management of cases related to harassment, including sexual harassment, and coordinate required action.

Support the implementation of on-going initiatives related to PSEAH

  • Support Country Offices in engaging with Implementing Partners with a view to determining their ability to meet expectations re: PSEAH and agreeing on support and mitigation measures.
  • Provide guidance to County Office on establishing, monitoring and strengthening safe, gender sensitive and victim centered complaints and feedback mechanisms.
  • In close collaboration with OAI, support the roll-out of the inter-agency electronic Incident Report Form (eIRF)
  • Support Country Offices in identifying victim support services at community and country level, including strengthening referral pathways.
  • In close coordination with the Office of Audit and Investigations, the Legal Office, and the Global Shared Service Unit, manage the Clear Check database on SH and SEA, including screening of candidates and placement of perpetrators.
  • Manage the network of PSEAH focal points globally, including contributing to training and policy advise, and supporting the work around community-based complaint mechanism, victim assistance and working with implementing partners.

Build capacity and awareness of staff and partners on PSEAH

  • Work with PSEA focal points to develop PSEAH training content and roll-out of trainings for staff and partners as appropriate.
  • Manage the network of PSEAH focal points globally, including providing advice on community-based complaint mechanisms, victim assistance and working with implementing partners.
  • Design and deliver training sessions and implement learning interventions for PSEAH focal points, existing and new personnel, and partners to raise awareness of PSEAH.
  • Design and develop PSEAH guidance materials and other resources.
  • Refresh and update existing external sites and intranet portals to sustain awareness of SH and SEA across UNDP offices.
  • Oversee the work on behavioral change and design interventions aimed at changing mindsets and behaviors related to sexual harassment to be used as a model for UN agencies.
  • Contribute to the efforts towards the enhancement of a speak-up culture that nurtures up-stander actions and discourage bystander attitudes.

Participate in, and contribute to the work of the CEB Task Force on Addressing Sexual Harassment within the organizations of the UN system, as well as to the work of the SEA Working Group and the IASC PSEA Field Group 

  • Represent UNDP in relevant IASC PSEAH group meetings and other relevant fora. 
  • Represent UNDP in the SEA working group under the auspices of the Special Coordinator on PSEA.
  • Provide technical input to the CEB Task Force meetings on Addressing Sexual Harassment
  • Build internal and external PSEAH networks to strengthen implementation of PSEAH programs across UNDP
  • Support liaison between UNDP and any relevant PSEAH stakeholders. 

Monitor progress on PSEAH activities and draft regular reports, briefing notes, and other relevant documents on PSEAH as required

  • Draft briefings and contribute to speeches and materials to aid in advocating the importance of prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment.
  • Draft Executive Board reports and related briefings and talking points to support EB discussions on SH and SEA implementation across UNDP.
  • Support development of PSEAH M&E framework; data collection tools and support report writing and data review/analysis for improved implementation and decision making. This includes administering the annual SH and SEA surveys to gather feedback on implementation of the action plans.
  • Leverage existing Corporate M&E dashboards to gather and report on progress of the implementation of these action plans at a country level.
  • Monitor progress of PSEAH activities within the organization and provide support where gaps have been identified in form of reports and updates to leadership teams

Achieve Results

  • LEVEL 3:      Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact.

Think Innovatively:  

  • LEVEL 4: Easily navigate complexity, encourage/enable radical innovation, has foresight.

Learn Continuously  

  • LEVEL 4: Create systems and processes that enable learning and development for all.

Adapt with Agility    

  • LEVEL 4: Proactively initiate/lead organizational change, champion new systems/processes.

Act with Determination

  • LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.    

Engage and Partner 

  • LEVEL 4: Construct strategic multi-partner alliances in high stake situations, foster co- creation.

Enable Diversity and Inclusion       

  • LEVEL 4:  Create ethical culture, identify/address barriers to inclusion.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced University degree in gender studies, humanitarian affairs, human rights, international law, sociology or other relevant social sciences. Specialized training in SH or SEA issues is an asset.
  • A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in design, implementation and management of Prevention of Harassment and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, GBV or safeguarding programming, preferably with the UN and/or international NGO. 
  • Strong coordination, facilitation, networking, and advocacy skills 
  • Familiarity with PSEA and SH inter-agency mechanisms is required 
  • Programme management skills 
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies Knowledge of behavioral change approaches is an asset 
  • Experience working in developing country settings is required and experience in crisis contexts is an asset. 
  • Excellent drafting skills 

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English, both written and oral. 
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is an asset. 
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.  

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status. 

Scam warning

The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.
This vacancy is now closed.
However, we have found similar vacancies for you: