Consultancy: IASC PSEA Risk Consultant – Child Protection Section, PG, NYHQ/Remote – Req

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Consultancy Title: IASC PSEA Risk Consultant

Section/Division/Duty Station: Child Protection, Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, HQ New York (home-based, remote position)

Duration: 140 days between November 2021 to June 2022


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


The UNICEF Child Protection Strategy 2021-2030 envisions a world where all children are free from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and harmful practices. The primary focus of this Strategy is prevention. Our ambition is to scale up evidence-based prevention approaches to the population level – not only in the core Child Protection sectors of Social Welfare and Justice, but also in Education, Health, Social Protection and other sectors with strong and clear accountabilities to deliver child protection outcomes. In addition to our core focus on universal prevention, UNICEF will ensure that no child is left behind: we will work with partners to target interventions on children at greatest risk of child protection violations. These include children in humanitarian/crisis settings, children with disabilities, children deprived of parental care, and children experiencing other forms of discrimination and exclusion. Where children are experiencing violations, UNICEF will work with partners to strengthen access to response services to prevent recurrence and provide care, support and justice. To deliver these Objectives, the Strategy adopts three core interlinking programming strategies: 1) To effectively address the behavioral, social, cultural and economic determinants of child protection violations at scale 2) To support inclusive and effective child protection systems in preventing and responding to child protection violations, and 3) To effectively prevent and respond to child protection violations in humanitarian situations.

UNICEF and the IASC are committed to accelerating protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) across all humanitarian settings. As part of the Strategic Plan 2022-2025, PSEA is an organization-wide accountability, and UNICEF Child Protection Programme Group plays a leading role and contributing to this work under Goal Area 3, including as part of the IASC. UNICEF’s Child Protection 2021-2030 strategy includes an objective on universal prevention of violence, which includes sexual exploitation and abuse and uses several interlinking programming strategies to address determinants of violations, support systems to prevent violence and effectively prevent and respond in humanitarian situations. Working in collaboration with OCHA, UNICEF has agreed to host a PSEA consultant to develop a PSEA risk framework for the IASC, as part of an overall evidence-based approach to PSEA. This ToR will directly contribute to the UNICEF CP strategy and UNICEF’s new Strategic Plan through its focus on SEA risk mitigation. The consultant will also support the finalization of several workstreams that UNICEF has previously supported, including IASC indicator guidance on PSEA for HCs/HCTs and inter-agency PSEA coordinators as well as further development of the IASC PSEA global dashboard with progress updates from the field – an initiative that UNICEF developed and continues to support.

Purpose of Activity/Assignment: For the UNICEF and the IASC, SEA refers to all forms of inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature committed by humanitarian workers against recipients of assistance. Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) must be delivered in a way that does no harm. UNICEF will support the IASC Secretariat in developing a risk-assessment tool that aims to measure the risk of SEA in humanitarian crises and disasters, based on the INFORM (Index for Risk Management) methodology. This will help prioritize countries of concern. The objective of this tool is to inform resource mobilization efforts, policy dialogue and stakeholder engagement with country offices, and engagement with donors. An Index for SEA Risk is a way to better understand and measure the risk of SEA in humanitarian crises and disasters that can support strategic and programmatic decisions about resource allocation, technical support requirements and addressing risks. The consultant will also work to strengthen related areas of IASC work, including the finalization of PSEA indicator guidance and the regular tracking of results on the IASC PSEA dashboard, as part of an overall risk-informed approach to PSEA in humanitarian contexts.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

Scope of Work

In close collaboration with and under the oversight of the Senior OCHA Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH) and the Core Team, including UNICEF’s PSEA specialist, the consultant will be responsible for the following duties and deliverables:

  • Conduct a review of existing data and information sources contributing to SEA risks factors in different humanitarian contexts globally.
  • Coordinate data collection processes for SEA risks, including the identification of data sources that can be automated.
  • Lead data processing and maintaining a repository of the collected risk data
  • Coordinate and contributes to the analysis and visualization of SEA risk data

In addition, the consultant will work closely with the Senior OCHA PSEA Advisor, UNICEF PSEA Specialist and the IASC PSEA Field Support Team on the following outputs and deliverables:

  • Review and finalize IASC indicator guidance on PSEA, with training to inter-agency PSEA coordinators and networks on its integration into the PSEA action plan process
  • Technical support for the collection and visualization of PSEA results tracking on the IASC PSEA global dashboard

Additional support to link the SEA risk index to the overall inter-agency PSEA work at country and global levels, as part of a risk-informed approach to programming.


  • This IASC PSEA – CPHA consultancy is being recruited for 140 working days, between November 2021 and June 2022.


(1) Education

  • Master’s degree or similar in the social sciences.

2) Work experience, knowledge and expertise required


  • Proficiency in written and spoken English required, fluency in other UN language desirable.
  • A commitment to excellence & attention to detail.

Knowledge and experiences

  • 8 years of experience in the areas of data and evidence generation, programme planning and emergency/ humanitarian response is required.
  • Proven knowledge and expertise in the areas of protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), gender-based violence, child protection, human rights or similar is strongly preferred.


Interested consultants are invited to submit:

  • Expression of interest
  • A resume or P11
  • A daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference
    • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
    • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage
  • Indication of your availability

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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