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In its 2017 Report on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, the Secretary General confirmed the United Nations’ commitment to taking effective actions to preventing and ending impunity for Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by UN staff and related personnel, as well as to providing support for SEA survivors.
The potential for SEA against children affected by the crisis in north eastern Nigeria is high. The levels of poverty and critical needs of communities affected and displaced by the conflict in the northeast, combined with large-
scale humanitarian operation, often in areas of insecurity and remote access, often create a context that puts vulnerable populations at greater risks for SEA.
To this end, UNICEF has developed Minimum Operating Standards for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (MOS-PSEA), which sets out the measures to be taken by the organization to meet its obligations relating to SEA.
Globally, UNICEF has contracted dedicated personnel to build its internal capacity to respond to SEA in emergency contexts and high-
risk settings. In May 2017, the Regional Office supported the Nigeria Country Office by sending a PSEA Consultant for 3 weeks, to develop a PSEA Action Plan for Nigeria.
From August 2017 to February 2018, an international consultant in close collaboration with UNICEF Child Protection Specialist (Gender Based Violence) who was also the designated PSEA Focal Point helped implement the plan.
UNICEF urgently needs to a full time PSEA support, based in Maiduguri, to mitigate risks, scale up prevention and response systems and take forward PSEA work.
The PSEA Specialist will be managed by the Chief of Field Office, Maiduguri, with technical guidance from Chief of Child Protection, Abuja.
Supporting this post will be the UNICEF GBV and national PSEA officer, both based in Maidugiri, Borno State, Nigeria.
How can you make a difference?
The overall objective of the post is to support overall GBV prevention and response initiatives and programming, including but not limited to the capacity building initiatives, case management and PSS support.
The incumbent will also promote the handover of girls and women associated with non-state armed groups to civilian authorities and to ensure their safe, supported return and reintegration and recovery from their experiences.
Specific project objectives to which the position is related
Outcome 6. Children who are victims or at significant risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, including those in humanitarian settings, receive quality preventive and responsive services from a functioning child protection system at federal level and in targeted states
Output 6.4. By 2022, children in humanitarian situations have timely and sustained access to quality preventive and responsive child protection services
The PSEA Specialist will implement UNICEF Nigeria’s Office PSEA Action Plan, which focuses on scaling up and taking forward UNICEF’s prevention and response efforts to sexual exploitation and abuse.
This will include conceptualizing and implementing PSEA prevention activities, responding to alleged PSEA cases that are reported (including reporting, investigating, and ensuring appropriate victim support), liaising with the PSEA Task-
force and other inter-agency bodies addressing PSEA and making contributions to inter-agency PSEA response and monitoring, liaising with UNICEF senior management at national, regional and international levels on the same.
The PSEA Specialist will be also responsible for building the capacity of UNICEF staff, consultants, volunteers, and implementing partners on PSEA.
Major tasks to be accomplished
Internal capacity building and technical support
Inter-agency response to SEA
training PSEA Focal Points and staff from humanitarian organizations, responding to complaints that arise, and developing inter-
agency responses to problems that become evident
agency information sharing procedure agreed with the PSEA Task Force
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