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The Child Protection Officer CAAC reports to the Chief, Child Protection Section (P5) for supervision. The Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for child protection programs/projects within the Country Program from development planning to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative program tasks to facilitate program development, implementation and program progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) South Sudan is seeking the interest of a qualified Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist in the area of Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC). The proposed assignment is for period of one year with possibility of extension based on the need of the UNICEF South Sudan Country Office (SSCO).
The Child Protection Specialist will provide technical guidance and oversee the two main programs under CAAC area of responsibility under Chief of Child Protection Section of UNICEF SSCO.
Work related to Monitoring and Reporting of grave Child Rights Violations under the joint framework of the UN Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting(CTFMR).
Technical leadership and guidance to the CPIE programs related to ongoing release and reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Groups (CAAFAG).
The Specialist contributes to achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.
How can you make a difference?
1. Support to program/project development and planning
Support the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis for the child protection programs/projects and/or field office to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence-based data on child protection issues are available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child rights and protection and to set program priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.
Participate in strategic program discussion on the planning of child protection programs/projects. Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects proposal for Jonglei state, ensuring alignment with the overall child protection section annual work plan/ UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN and Interim Cooperation framework (ICF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the field office using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for program review and approval.
Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in child protection programs.
Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
Actively monitor programs/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
Monitor and verify the optimum/appropriate use of Child Protection program resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
Prepare regular/mandated program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress.
3. Technical and operational support to program implementation
Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and field office partners/donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on child protection and related issues to support program management, implementation and delivery of results.
Arrange/coordinate availability of technical experts with Country Office to ensure timely/appropriate support throughout the programming/projects process.
Participate in child protection program meetings including program development and contingency planning discussions on emergency preparedness in the country or other locations designated to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.
Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
4. Networking and partnership building
Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results in child protection.
Prepare communication and information materials for field office program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for child protection programs and emergency interventions.
Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency discussions and planning on child protection and related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on strategic planning and preparation of programs/projects ensuring organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the Field Office Rolling Work Plan (RWP)/Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) process in development planning and agenda setting.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Apply/introduce innovative approaches and good practice to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
Keep abreast, research, benchmark and implement best practices in child protection management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results in child protection and related programs/projects.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law and other social science field is required.
A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/other related areas at the international level some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required.
Relevant experience in child protection and related areas, program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage as well as in CAAFAG/Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) programming.
Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication (II), Working with People (II) and Drive for Results (II).
The functional competencies required for this post are...
Leading and supervising (I)
Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
Relating and networking (II)
Deciding and Initiating action (II)
Applying technical expertise (III)
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.
* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.
* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.
* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.