WHO Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PRSEAH) Coordinator at World Health Organization (WHO)

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We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: WHO Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PRSEAH) Coordinator – Nigeria

Job ID: 2305020
Location: Kano
Grade: P4
Schedule: Full-time
Organization: AF Africa
Contractual Arrangement: Fixed-term appointment
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 12 months

Background and Justification Purpose of the Position

  • The WHO PRSEAH Coordinator is responsible for the establishment and oversight of the PRSEAH actions in WCO Programs and operations in line with the UN PSEA Minimum Operating Standards (MOS), providing PRSEAH strategic support to WHO implementing partners to ensure they meet the minimum standards for prevention and response to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, and contributing to the day to day strategic and operations work of the Country PSEA network and Task Team.

Job Description
Objective of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective:

  • The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacity of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.
  • In discharging its mandate, all staff and collaborators are expected to respect and abide by the International standards of ethical and professional conduct, reflecting WHO ethical principles, and to respect and abide by the WHO Policy on “Zero Tolerance” to sexual exploitation and “Zero Tolerance” to inaction.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on work environment within and outside the organization):

  • Under the direct supervision and guidance of  the HWCO, and in line with the Secretary-General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13); the Statement of Commitment on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and Non-UN Personnel (2006); the PSEA Minimum Operating Standards; the WHO Policy on PRSEAH and on Preventing and addressing abusive conduct, the coordination and collaboration with the PSEA network partners, the incumbent will oversee and strengthen PRSEAH interventions and actions in WHO Country Office and WHO in-country operations;
  • Contribute to the in-country PSEA Network (ICN) actions and operational plan; and be a resource person for PSEA Network agencies and implementing Partners, including national Governments, NGOs and INGOs.
  • S/he will work in an independent manner in accordance with WHO Rules and Regulations, and WHE specific procedures. S/he will be based in the Capital and may need to make frequent travels to emergency affected areas individually, or with other PSEA network members to provide tactical and operational PRSEAH support as needed.

Summary of assigned duties (Describe what the incumbent has to do to achieve the main objectives):

  • Oversee and strengthen implementation of PRSEAH interventions in WCO and WHO in-country operations through:
    • Coordinating PRSEAH actions in WHO Country Office programs and operations including overseeing and implementing PRSEAH country action plan.
    • Mainstream PRSEAH in WHO Programs and operations including in human resource management and WHO emergency operations to mitigate potential risks through implementation of safe-guarding measures during recruitment, training of personnel including volunteers, dissemination of PRSEAH information package to all personnel and Implementing partners, etc.
    • Mitigate PSEAH risks within WHO Programming through dissemination of PRSEAH information package to all personnel, partners and contractors, implementing PRSEAH trainings including training of volunteers and Government counterparts.
    • Develop /adapt/implement internal reporting and response procedures including reviewing and strengthening of existing reporting mechanisms, implementing clear SOPs for handling of community complaints, mapping and streamlining existing referral systems.
    • Strengthen, supervise, monitor and report on the PRSEAH interventions; and
    • Support/advise HWCO and senior management in country office on responsibilities and accountabilities in preventing and responding to SEA and SH including regular briefings on risks, and incidents.
  • Contribute to the IASC collective efforts for scaling up in-country PSEAH Program through:
    • Contribution to and supporting the implementation of PSEA Network TORs and Action Plan with a focus on joint risk assessments; inter-agency community-based complaint mechanisms (CBCM), development and implementation of victims’ assistance referral pathways, community awareness and community engagement on PRSEA matters, joint training, PRSEAH operational reviews and lessons learning, etc.
    • Contribute to various PSEA thematic work in relevant working groups (GBV AoR, Protections Cluster, etc.);
    • Develop a communication strategy together with the Inter-agency Humanitarian Working Group to facilitate awareness-raising in communities on their rights, the fact that humanitarian assistance is never conditioned on sexual favors, and how to submit complaints.
    • Co-chair joint PSEA network activities as necessary.
    • Support and ensure the inclusion of PRSEAH in humanitarian needs overview, humanitarian response plans, event specific SRPs and funding appeals.
  • Support PRSEAH mainstreaming among implementing partners, including national Governments, NGOs and INGOs through:
    • Support the WHO leadership to systematically roll out the UN Protocol on Allegations of SEA involving implementing partners and accompanying partner assessment, and support as needed.
    • Ensure that partners are trained on PRSEAH, and that PRSEAH clause is inserted in all contractual agreements
    • In coordination and collaboration with PSEA network partners, organize and implement awareness and training sessions of Implementing Partners as part of the PSEA capacity building PSEA capacity assessment of Implementing Partners.

Recruitment Profile
Competencies – Generic:

  • Producing results
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Moving forward in a changing environment.

Competencies – Management:

  • For all Positions that possess Managerial /Supervisory responsibilities, an additional mandatory Management Competency is required
  • Building and promoting partnership across the Organization and beyond.

Functional Knowledge and Skills:
Describe the essential knowledge and skills specific to the position

  • Four competencies are considered to be mandatory for all WHO staff with managerial responsibilities:
    • Teamwork
    • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
    • Communication and
    • Creating and empowering and motivating environment
    • Proven experience and expertise in PSEA programming and program management.
  • Demonstrated experience in the field of sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, gender based violence, staff misconduct and discipline, gender mainstreaming and/or humanitarian affairs.
  • Understanding of the international development and humanitarian architecture – Familiarity with the UN system and global coordination structures (e.g. IASC) – Proven ability to implement an Action Plan.
  • Excellent communication skills to negotiate /enlist cooperation from a broad range of actors from multi-disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Strong organizational skills complemented with the ability to work in a proactive and independent manner, multi-task and produce results under pressure.
  • Diplomacy, tact and discretion.

Educational Qualifications

  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s level or above) in Gender Studies, Humanitarian Affairs, Human Rights, International Law, Sociology, Public Health, Development Studies, and/or other related Social Science disciplines.


  • Specialization in specific training on dealing with and mitigating sexual and gender-based violence.


  • At least 7 years of relevant progressive work experience including experience in humanitarian relief work.
  • At least three years of experience in, the prevention of SEA, or sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), or in Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP), or Protection, Human rights, and/or Child Protection.
  • Experience in dealing with staff misconduct and/or gender mainstreaming.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement an Action Plan/strategy and demonstrated ability and capacity to engage with multiple partners and stakeholders and with communities.


  • Exposure to the international development and humanitarian architecture, familiarity with the UN system and global coordination structures like the IASC.
  • Experience in developing and facilitating training and capacity-building activities is an advantage.
  • Familiarity with data protection and confidentiality measures.

Use of Language Skills:

  • Essential: Expert knowledge of English.


  • WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 77,326 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 3267 per month for the duty station indicated above.
  • Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.

Application Closing Date
15th June, 2023; 10:59:00 PM

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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