UN Women: Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEA/SH) Specialist

  • Added Date: Thursday, 04 August 2022
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 18 August 2022
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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.


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, the empowerment of women and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women is deeply committed to the elimination of all forms of violence against women. The prevention of and response to sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment are of highest priority to UN Women and the organization is devoted to having the highest standards in place to ensure they are tackled effectively.

The Human Resource Division is responsible for the timely, accurate, equitable, effective and efficient delivery of all human resources management services, i.e. strategic staff planning, recruitment, staff administration, organizational and design and learning/career development, for the continuous development and improvement in human resource operations, policies, and methods to align with UN Women evolving business needs and for providing advisory support to the Executive Director in the formulation and implementation of UN Women's overall mission, strategy and plans of actions.

The Human Resource Workplace Relations team is responsible for supporting the creation and maintenance of an inclusive, diverse, productive and positive work environment in UN Women and is the organizational unit responsible for UN Womenโ€™s internal response to sexual harassment and sexual exploitation and abuse.

Under the supervision and guidance of the HR Workplace Relations Advisor, the PSEA and SH Specialist will provide technical support and guidance on matters related to the internal prevention of and response to SEA and SH but will also support in the areas of workplace relations and standards of conduct at HQ and at various field locations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical guidance and support on UN Women policies and procedures to address SEA and SH:

Aact as a focal point for internal and UN system-wide taskforces and working groups related to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment (SH) and in this capacity build relationships across the organization and liaise with UN agencies and other stakeholders;Support the implementation of UN Women policies and procedures for tackling SEA and SH;Contribute to all system-wide requirements for a strengthened United Nations response to SEA and SH;Develop, and facilitate the implementation of the annual corporate PSEA and SH workplans and support the operationalization of the PSEA and SH workplans in country offices;Provide technical guidance concerning appropriate prevention, risk mitigation and response strategies to advance a victim/survivor-centered approach;Guide personnel on the prevention of and response to SEA and SH as well as standards of conduct at HQ and field locations.

Coordinate UN Women network of PSEA and SH Focal points:

Coordinate and monitor UN Women PSEA and SH focal points network;Develop content and conduct UN Women PSEA and SH focal points capacity-building workshops;Provide high-quality support to PSEA and SH focal points to implement their terms of reference;Manage a community of practice and provide regular updates to promote knowledge and experience/best practices exchange among UN Women PSEA and SH focal points.

Provide awareness-raising and training support:

Contribute to the organizationโ€™s outreach and awareness raising efforts on personnel rights, responsibilities, obligations, and protection in relation to SEA and SH;Develop/update, and conduct trainings on the prevention of and response to SEA and SH as well as standards of conduct at HQ and field locations;Facilitate information sharing and disseminate communication material among country and regional offices as well as other UN agencies on the prevention of and response to SEA and SH .

Provide reporting and knowledge management support:

Prepare accurate and quality analysis, statistics and progress reports in relation to SEA and SH;Draft briefing notes, talking points and presentations for different stakeholders including member states and boards;Assist in the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities. As needed, undertake survey initiatives; design data collection tools; review, analyze and interpret responses.

Contribute to the creation of a respectful and inclusive workplace:

Contribute to the update and implementation of the UN Women inclusive workplace plan in relation to UN Women Strategic Plan 2022-2025;Support knowledge management and understanding of HR policies and initiatives related to the organizational culture, standards of conduct, diversity and inclusion through engagement across the organization.

Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor as needed.

The incumbent may be required to travel to UN Women regional and/or country offices.

Key Performance Indicators:

Timely development and facilitation of the implementation of the annual corporate PSEA and SH workplans.Awareness of personnel on their rights, responsibilities, obligations, and protection in relation to SEA and SH.Quality and accurateness of analysis, statistics and progress reports in relation to SEA and SH.Quality of engagement and coordination of the network of PSEA and SH Focal points and communities of practice.


Core Values:

Respect for Diversity.Integrity.Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues.Accountability.Creative Problem Solving.Effective Communication.Inclusive Collaboration.Stakeholder Engagement.Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Womenโ€™s Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:

Demonstrates commitment to UN Womenโ€™s mission, vision and values.Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.Produces qualitative, accurate outputs with considerable attention to detail, in a timely manner.Manages complexities, shifting priorities, and can work effectively without constant supervision.Knowledgeable application of policies, standards, protocol procedures and HR guidelines, rules and regulations to deliver accurate and effective client service.Maintains constructive, effective business relationships with clients and partners.Knowledge of SEA and SH prevention principles, standards, trends, and developments worldwide.Adheres to deadlines and follows up on time-bound issues.Maintains diplomacy, tact and strict confidentiality with internal and external partners and clients in a visible and sensitive process.Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to present complex processes and issues clearly to a diverse audience.Organization skills (time management, efficient administration, multi-tasking and fast-paced).Ability to work under pressure within strict deadlines.Proven ability to produce high quality written work within short timeframes.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

Advanced university degree (Masterโ€™s degree or equivalent degree) from an accredited educational institution in human rights, law, development studies, gender studies, social sciences, or another related field; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.


At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in international development, including a minimum of 2 years of experience in addressing sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment and/or sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), as well as in policy development and reporting within the UN system or an international organization.Experience in interactive/innovative training approaches engaging professionals, including e-learning methodologies.Demonstrated track record in conducting successful workshops and training of trainers (ToT).Minimum 2 years of work experience at the global level.


Fluency in oral and written English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is desirable.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/2022-07/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form-en.doc. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.

If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.

UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Womenโ€™s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel 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.)


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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