PSEA Specialist, Rome, Italy At Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Closing date: Sunday, 9 July 2023


PSEA Specialist

Job Posting: 11/Jun/2023

Closure Date: 09/Jul/2023, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : OER

Job Type: Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition : Consultant

Grade Level : N/A

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Up to 11 months

Post Number : N/A

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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

The FAO Director-General has designated one Deputy Director-General as the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Champion and senior level authority with cross-organizational access.

The Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Specialist (Consultant) will be part of the Compliance Team in the Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) and support actions to plan and coordinate the implementation of PSEA related work at global, regional, subregional and country level.

The Office of Emergencies and Resilience (OER) is responsible for ensuring FAO’s efforts to support countries and partners in preparing for and effectively responding to food and agricultural threats and crises. It is responsible for coordinating the development and maintenance of corporate tools and standards to enable Decentralized Offices to assist Members to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies. OER ensures humanitarian policy coordination and knowledge, liaison with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee as well as with humanitarian resource partners, co-leadership with the World Food Programme (WFP) of the global Food Security Cluster, organizational preparedness, surge capacity and response to large-scale emergencies. OER supports food and nutrition security assessment and early warning activities related to emergency and humanitarian analysis and responses. OER plays a major role in the development and leadership of the Organization’s programme to increase the resilience of livelihoods to food and agriculture threats and crises. The Director, OER serves as the focal point on PSEA matters in FAO.

The OER dedicated Compliance Team supports selected Decentralized Offices in enhancing risk management, quality assurance and oversight of FAO emergency and resilience programming in collaboration with relevant business owners.

Reporting Lines

The PSEA Specialist (Consultant) works under the overall guidance of the Compliance Team Leader/Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Officer and the direct supervision of the PSEA Technical Officer.

Technical Focus

Support the implementation of FAO’s PSEA related work at global, regional, subregional and country level.

Tasks and responsibilities

  •  Support the planning and coordination of the development and strengthening of relevant strategies, policies, directives, guidelines, procedures and other corporate documents on PSEA;
  •  Contribute to the development of guidance and briefing notes, monitor emerging trends, data and information relevant to PSEA and prepare FAO inputs to external reports regarding FAO PSEA initiatives and results;
  •  Respond to queries and lead or contribute to the preparation of reports to Management, Governing bodies, etc. for review;
  •  Collaborate with internal stakeholders to drive the development and implementation of the FAO PSEA Action Plan, in line with implementing Partners Procedures standards and requirements and the UN Protocol on SEA Allegations involving Implementing Partners;
  •  Provide technical support to the development of PSEA related tools and resources for educational and awareness raising for country office use and ensure dissemination with inter-agency networks to promote good practices, including through provision of support to the FAO PSEA Community of Practice;
  •  Support the production of periodic compliance and internal control reports for focus countries by reviewing and contributing to the PSEA-dedicated section within these reports;
  •  In collaboration with the relevant business owners and PSEA Focal Points, develop targeted, needs based capacity development plan and training materials and facilitate training sessions and technical clinics, as required;
  •  Contribute to the development and operationalization of accessible and inclusive SEA grievance mechanisms.
  •  Provide associated technical guidance and lead the maintenance of the dedicated PSEA page in the Emergency Preparedness and Response (ERP) Area of the FAO Corporate Handbook on the Intranet;
  •  Support the PSEA Technical Officer in participating in inter-agency relevant PSEA and PSEA-related technical committees and working groups (such as the IASC PSEA Focal Points Group, UN PSEA Working Group, etc.) as required;
  •  Perform any other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  •  University degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent) in in political science, law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, international development or other relevant area.
  •  At least 5 years (Category B) or 12 years (Category A) of relevant experience in Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), Safeguarding, Child Protection, Gender-based violence/Victim assistance.
  •  Working knowledge (level C) of English and limited knowledge (level B) of any other official language of the Organization (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian). For PSA, working knowledge of English.

FAO Core Competencies

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

Technical/Functional Skills

  •  Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, as well as conceptual thinking.
  •  Proven project management skills.
  •  Demonstrable report and presentation writing skills.
  •  Ability to collect, collate and analyse data in an efficient manner; familiarity with data protection standards and confidentiality.
  •  Work experience in more than one location or area of work, with experience in field locations and humanitarian settings particularly desirable;
  •  Demonstrated ability to analyse problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings;
  •  Experience working on prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse in humanitarian and complex emergencies particularly desirable;
  •  Familiarity with the UN system and global coordination structures (e.g. IASC) an advantage;
  •  Sensitivity and commitment to cultural diversity, gender issues and victim/survivor rights.

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency


  •  FAO does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing)
  •  Please note that FAO will only consider academic credentials or degrees obtained from an educational institution recognized in the IAU/UNESCO list
  •  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
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  •  Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.


  •  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
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  •  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.

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