A SHAMED Unicef boss has quit over texts he sent to young women, in the latest blow to hit the embattled charity sector.
Justin Forsyth (pictured) resigned last night after admitting he sent ‘inappropriate’ messages to junior staff in his old job in charge of Save The Children.
The Briton, deputy executive director of UN charity Unicef, accused his critics of exploiting the revelations about him to ‘damage our cause and the case for aid’.
‘I am not resigning from Unicef because of the mistakes I made at Save The Children — they were dealt with through a proper process many years ago,’ he said. ‘I am resigning because of the danger of damaging both Unicef and Save the Children and our wider cause.’
Mr Forsyth is said to have texted three employees with comments about how they looked, what they were wearing and how he felt about them.
If they failed to respond, he would follow up with an email or get another colleague to send them to him for a chat, it is alleged. Unicef said it was not told of the claims when it hired him.
The Oxford Brookes University graduate’s former right hand man Brendan Cox has quit charity roles over sexual misconduct claims dating back to their time at Save The Children.
The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox denies the allegations but has admitted making mistakes.
As the crisis facing charities widens, Haiti yesterday banned Oxfam Great Britain workers.
Minister Aviol Fleurant said ‘serious failings’ needed to be investigated after it emerged staff sent to the impoverished country after the 2010 earthquake had paid survivors for sex.
An investigation into the episode has been ordered in an effort to find out if any of the prostitutes they used were underage.
A ‘definitive decision’ will be made in two months over whether Oxfam GB — one of four divisions of Oxfam working in Haiti — should be allowed back.
The embarrassing blow comes after it emerged the Haiti team led by Roland van Hauwermeiren had been accused of bringing prostitutes to their base during a previous posting in Chad.
Oxfam GB’s deputy boss Penny Lawrence quit last week, admitting warnings should have been heeded.
Haiti is also unhappy because Mr Van Hauwermeiren and colleagues found by Oxfam to have paid for sex were not reported to police before they were sacked or allowed to resign. Mr Hauwermeiren denies using prostitutes but admits consensual sex with a woman whose family had received aid.