PSEA Specialist

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Food and Agriculture Organization




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).

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

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





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