International or National Consultant – Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Kenya Country office, Nairobi (7 months)

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    Human Rights
  • Deadline:
    December 1, 2022


Job no: 557474
Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Nairobi
Level: Consultancy
Location: Kenya
Categories: Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

                                                                            TERMS OF REFERENCE

Title of Assignment Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Consultant
Section Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME)
Location Office based (Nairobi)
Duration 7 months
Start/End date From:1-Dec-22 To:     30-Jun-23       

Background and Justification

The prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse has, for decades, been at the core of UNICEF’s mandate. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by employees, personnel and sub-contractors of UNICEF and implementing partners.

In December 2018, under the Championship of UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, the IASC Principals laid out in a Plan for Accelerating PSEA at Country-Level. The plan outlines three main priorities: 1) safe, accessible and dignified reporting that is gender and child sensitive; 2) quality SEA survivor assistance; and 3) enhanced accountability, including through prompt and respectful investigations.

To demonstrate UNICEF’s commitment to advance the agenda on PSEA, ED Fore allocated US$11 million in 2018 to support 16 countries, where crises have created a spike in vulnerability. A Results Monitoring Framework has been developed and rolled-out at country level to measure progress and results at country and global level.

Following the endorsement of the United Nations Protocol On Allegations Of Sexual Exploitation And Abuse Involving Implementing Partners (hereinafter referred to the UN Protocol) in February 2018, UNICEF has incorporated prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse standards in the General Terms and Conditions of partnership agreements with civil society organizations.

Scope of Work

1. Training:

  • Conduct trainings for Implementing CSO Partners on PSEA using available PSEA Toolkit training package and other available products adapting them to suit local contexts.
  • Develop compendium of FAQ from trainings and share with responses and links to relevant reference materials.
  • Complete a report of each training event, including List of Participants with relevant details of their organization, position and contact details.

2. Conducting PSEA Assessments:

The PSEA Assessment is intended to give UNICEF and its partners a baseline for tracking progress of partners’ organizational capacities on PSEA. Consultant is expected to complete the assessment together with the UNICEF implementing partner before UNICEF enters into a partnership. The Assessment, when completed in collaboration with the partner, provides a shared understanding of the partner’s organizational strengths and areas of improvement on PSEA moving forward.

After completing the UNICEF PSEA Toolkit Training Package (to ensure that the Consultant has a complete understanding of the PSEA Toolkit and the PSEA Assessment), and using the standard UNICEF PSEA Assessment questionnaire and the related instructions for completing the questionnaire, the Consultant collaboratively conducts PSEA Assessments of national CSO (Civil Society Organisation) implementing partners of UNICEF. The PSEA Assessment is documented in the provided template, and supporting evidence is collected and filed against each Core Standard.

3. PSEA Assessments for CSO Partners: Verification of Self-Assessments by Partners

The consultant will verify PSEA self-assessments completed by the CSO partner. Ideally, the self-assessments will be completed during a remote PSEA Toolkit Training session, as described in the COVID19 Implementing Partnership Management Guidance.

Steps for Review and Verification of Partner PSEA Self-Assessment

  1. Review documentation: Consultant verifies that the supporting documentation provided by the partner adequately justifies the self-assessment rating of the partner. This is done following the guidance in the Methodology for Review of Assessments . The consultant documents findings of the review, clearly indicating questions and missing documentation for partner in the Template for Feedback to Partner.
  2. Follow up with partner: Consultant shares the Feedback with partner and asks for further clarification and documentation for finalizing the assessment as needed. The partner is given a reasonable period of time to gather or develop the additional policy, procedure or system, and is guided to the PSEA Toolkit for resources to help with this.
  3. Update review: Consultant adds additional information received from partner to updated Template for Feedback to Partner.
  4. Provide final feedback to partner: Consultant informs the partner of the outcome of the verification process, using the final section of the Template for Feedback to Partner
  5. Record review outcomes: on conclusion of the process the consultant records the PSEA assessment in eTools against the partner record.

4. Strengthening Prevention, Reporting, Referral and Investigation Capacities of CSO implementing partners

Using the PSEA Toolkit as a primary reference, collaboratively work with CSO implementing partners to develop an Action Plan to address gaps in organizational PSEA capacity, as highlighted through the PSEA Assessment.

Work Plan, Payment and Deliverables

Work Assignments Overview



Desk Review background documents/ Preliminary Consultations Training Schedule

Webinar Content Ready

First week of December
Training of CSO partners & PSEA Assessments Training reports

Risk Assessment profile

Review and Verification of Partner PSEA Self-Assessment.

Second Week of December
Assistance to selected CSO partners in developing the PSEA action plan Develop an Action Plan to address gaps in organizational PSEA capacity, as highlighted through the PSEA Assessment Jan – March
Strengthening Prevention, Reporting, Referral and Investigation Capacities of CSO implementing partners Using Action Plan strengthen Prevention, Reporting, Referral and Investigation Capacities of CSO implementing partners. Jan – March

Payment Schedule

Payments will be based on timely and quality deliverables cleared by PME section to be invoiced with completion of each deliverable as highlighted in the workplan.


  • As per UNICEF policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.
  • The consultant selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.
  • Performance will be evaluated considering quality of deliverables, consultation with stakeholders, timeliness of deliverables of and comprehensiveness of work as defined in the terms of reference.
  • The consultant may not publish or disseminate Reports, data collection tools, collected data or any other documents produced from this consultancy without the express permission of and acknowledgement of UNICEF.
  • The consultant will be required to clearly identify any potential ethical issues and approaches, as well as the processes for ethical review and oversight of the evaluation process in their proposal

Desired competencies, technical background, and experience

  1. An advanced university degree (Masters and above) in one of the following areas is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.
  2. A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience in child protection, or prevention or protection against sexual exploitation and abuse, or gender-based violence is required, including very good knowledge of the technical area
  3. Experience in conducting trainings is an asset.
  4. Experience working in multi-cultural settings is an asset.
  5. Experience in capacity building and systems strengthening is an asset
  6. Proficiency in English is required. Proficiency in other UN languages is an asset

Must exhibit the UNICEF Core Values of:

  1. Care
  2. Respect
  3. Integrity
  4. Trust
  5. Accountability
  6. Sustainability


  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others


The candidate selected will be governed by, and subject to, UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts. The work can be performed remotely/home-based. All products and data developed and collected for this agreement are the intellectual property of UNICEF. The consultant may not publish or disseminate the final report, or any other document produced from this work without the express permission and acknowledgement of UNICEF.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should apply online using the button below. As part of their application, candidates should provide:

1. A cover letter that specifies how you meet the desired competencies, technical background and experience (no more than 2 pages)

2. A short CV (no more than 4 pages)

3. A technical Proposal

4. A financial proposal that should include the daily rate and total fees in USD for the assignment. (Any application without a financial proposal will not be considered)

5. 3 Referees.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization

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