Programme Specialist

  • Internship
  • Africa



Job no: 560243
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Antananarivo
Level: P-4
Location: Madagascar
Categories: Programme Management

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.

For every child, care

“Vonjy”, refuge center for children victim of sexual violence – YouTube

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job:

Under the guidance of the Country Representative, the Programme Specialist (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – PSEA) will support the country office to develop and roll out the UNICEF PSEA action plan and support UNICEF’s engagement in the inter-agency PSEA Network that is established under the HC/HCT. The Programme Specialist (PSEA) will have a dotted line to the Deputy Representative Programmes,and will work closely with the Chief of Child Protection and Gender Programme Manager.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Internal capacity building and technical support
Inter-agency response to SEA and PSEA Network coordination
Support Appropriate Reporting and Response of SEA allegations
Survivor assistance

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.
A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in design, implementation and management of protection or GBV programming, PSEA and child safeguarding, preferably with the UN and/or an international NGO.
Experience working in humanitarian contexts. Familiarity with the latest developments in PSEA, inter-agency PSEA responses and humanitarian cluster systems.
Excellent communication skills. Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions. Excellent facilitation, training, networking and advocacy skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

Download File JD Programme Specialist PSEA P4 FT.pdf

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2) Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3) Works Collaboratively with others (4) Builds and Maintains Partnerships (5) Innovates and Embraces Change (6) Thinks and Acts Strategically (7) Drives to achieve impactful results (8) Manages ambiguity and complexity.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

This VA is open to non-Malagasy candidates only.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks :


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: 15 Mar 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 23 Mar 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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