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Child Protection Officer, P2, Fixed Term, # 128666, Port Sudan-Sudan, MENA (Subject to classification)

Port Sudan

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Port Sudan
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Transport and Distribution
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2024-06-24

Under the direct supervision of the Child Protection Manager (MRM/CAAC/GBV) and dot line with the chief of section, you will work in close collaboration with the P3 Child Protection Specialist (CAAC/MRM). You will contribute to implementing the MRM and support UNICEF in achieving its role under the CAAC-mandate, including as co-chair of the CTFMR. You will document and analyze trends of grave violations in Sudan and contribute to the evidence base needed to create a protective environment for children free from violence through advocacy, dialogue, and response. You will manage the information management component of the MRM (MRMIMS+), as well as supporting the rollout of PRIMERO case management information system, and data collection from field offices, such as through UNICEF CP 5Ws. You will additionally contributes to the 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.

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

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

After years of protracted crisis, Sudan plunged into a conflict of alarming scale in mid-April 2023 when fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out in the capital Khartoum, before quickly expanding to other areas across the country. Since the onset of the conflict, more than 3.8 million children have been displaced, and a staggering number of grave child right’s violations have been reported, with verified incidents showing a four-fold increase in 2023 as compared to 2022 figures.

As required by Security Council Resolution 1612, UNICEF co-chairs the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting (CTFMR) to implement and coordinate all aspects of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM), including the monitoring and documentation of six grave violations committed against children by parties to the conflict.

As part of UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Humanitarian Action, the Country office is expected to scale up Monitoring and reporting on grave violations.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sudan is seeking the interest of a qualified Child Protection Information Management Officer with solid experience in information management, and experience in Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) area in general, specifically on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC).

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Child Protection Manager (MRM/CAAC/GBV) and dot line with the chief of section, you will work in close collaboration with the P3 Child Protection Specialist (CAAC/MRM). You will contribute to implementing the MRM and support UNICEF in achieving its role under the CAAC-mandate, including as co-chair of the CTFMR. You will document and analyze trends of grave violations in Sudan and contribute to the evidence base needed to create a protective environment for children free from violence through advocacy, dialogue, and response. You will manage the information management component of the MRM (MRMIMS+), as well as supporting the rollout of PRIMERO case management information system, and data collection from field offices, such as through UNICEF CP 5Ws.

You will additionally contribute to the 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.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

  1. Support to programme development and planning
  2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  4. Networking and partnership building
  5.  Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  6. Database management (MRMIMS+) and analysis, including data entry, quality check, extracting reports and data analysis
  7. Support Child Protection Information Management

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: Download File Child Protection Officer Level 2 - MRM CAAC IM_ReviewedHR_SUD24036.doc

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

Education:

  • A university degree in computer science, knowledge management, international development, human rights, international law or related field is required

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in humanitarian and development information management or research and data analysis,
  • Work experience with the UN system and/or INGO is an asset.
  • Previous humanitarian child protection experience in fragile and conflict-affected countries is required.
  • Solid understanding of, and previous experience with, the UNSC 1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanisms on Grave Violations against children is required.
  • Proven track record of implementing trainings considered an asset.

Technical skills 

  • Advanced computer skills required: notably, strong knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, One Drive), as well as experience using Power BI, Tableau or other data visualization software.
  • Technical expertise on monitoring and reporting on grave child right’s violations (CCC 5), children associated with armed forces and groups and detention.
  • Previous work with relevant databases and technical tools including MRMIMS+ and PRIMERO considered a strong advantage.
  • Solid database management principles
  • Knowledge in GIS tools, including ArcGIS, considered an added asset.

Personal skills

  • Solid team player with the ability to easily interact with all relevant child protection colleagues at UNICEF as well as with the wider UN family actors holding roles under the CAAC-mandate.
  • Strong sense of integrity and protection of confidential information.
  • Cultural and gender awareness and sensitivities; including understanding own limitations when dealing with sensitive cases

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in English is required; with proficiency in Arabic considered a strong advantage. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset

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 Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others.

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

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, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will 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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

 

Remarks:

As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

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

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

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