National PSEA Specialist

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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination  
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

Organizational Setting

FAO is implementing a project to strengthen prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) capacities in six emergency contexts at increased risk of SEA. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen PSEA capacities to implement measures to effectively prevent, mitigate and respond to SEA in target countries to ensure safe implementation of FAO operations. This will enhance the effectiveness and accountability of FAO’s delivery of emergency and resilience programmes and strengthen the protection and rights of affected communities. A key component of this project is to assign a national PSEA Specialist who will help ensure PSEA is effectively prioritized and provide dedicated technical support and increased capacity to FAO Country Offices.

FAO applies a zero-tolerance policy towards any acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA).

Reporting Lines

The National PSEA Specialist works under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative for South Sudan, the direct supervision of the PSEA Focal Point and will work closely with the PSEA focal point and alternate at FAO South Sudan.

Technical Focus

The national PSEA Specialist is responsible for coordinating and providing substantial technical support to PSEAA activities for FAO South Sudan.

Tasks and responsibilities

• Provide PSEA technical support to PSEA Focal Point and Alternates, Country Office Teams, including programming, partnerships, human resources, etc. to ensure mainstreaming of PSEA processes and build technical capacity to ensure sustainability.
• Deliver PSEA awareness sessions/refresher trainings to all personnel in country; capacity building of PSEA Focal Points and Alternates and in country FAO implementing partners as required.
• In line with FAO’s PSEA Policy, develop a robust PSEA Work Plan for FAO South Sudan, adapted to the local context.
• In coordination with relevant Officers at country level, support or implement outreach and engagement with programme beneficiaries and wider affected communities in areas of FAO programme implementation.
• Review existing complaints and feedback mechanisms – where established- to ensure mechanisms can safely and confidentially handle SEA allegations if received. If not established, establish appropriate mechanisms ensuring consultation with affected communities.
• Carry out SEA risk assessments in South Sudan, identify, and support implementation of appropriate SEA prevention, mitigation, and response measures to strengthen protection of communities where FAO works.
• Support FAO participation in inter-agency CBCMs and interagency PSEA Network meetings.
• Ensure a victim/survivor-centered approach mechanisms are established or strengthened, and that SEA incidents and allegations are reported through the appropriate channels designated at FAO.
• Initiate PSEA capacity assessments and strengthening activities with implementing partners to ensure application of the UN implementing partner protocol.
• Carry out other relevant tasks within the project implementation framework as may be assigned.


Minimum Requirements

• University degree in social sciences, gender studies, international development, political science, development studies or any other relevant field is required.
• Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in any of the following areas\: prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), accountability to affected people (AAP), sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), survivor/victim assistance, protection, child protection, safeguarding
• Working knowledge of English (Level C) and any local language
• National of South Sudan

FAO Core Competencies

• Results Focus
• Teamwork
• Communication
• Building Effective Relationships
• Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

• Demonstrate high levels of professionalism, multi‐tasking skills
• Ability to work independently and under high-pressure situations and tight deadlines
• Knowledge of PSEA prevention and mitigating approaches
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Strong analytical, written, and verbal communication skills
• Ability to effectively interact and engage with different stakeholders of multiple socio-economic backgrounds


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http\://
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website\: http\://
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.


• To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, and language skills
• Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile
• Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
• Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications
• Incomplete applications will not be considered
• Personal information provided on your application may be shared within FAO and with other companies acting on FAO’s behalf to provide employment support services such as pre-screening of applications, assessment tests, background checks and other related services. You will be asked to provide your consent before submitting your application. You may withdraw consent at any time, by withdrawing your application, in such case FAO will no longer be able to consider your application
• Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered
• Your application will be screened based on the information provided in your online profile
• We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

If you need help or have queries, please create a one-time registration with FAO’s client support team for further assistance\: https\://


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