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Child Protection Specialist (Monitoring), P-4, NYHQ #21672

New York City (United States of America) | Washington D.C.

Job Number: 498259 | Vacancy Link
Location: Programme Division, UNICEF NYHQ
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

Under the general supervision of the Senior Advisor, Planning and Management (#86259) the Child Protection Specialist (Monitoring) leads development of technical inputs to the design of programmes and results frameworks; review and consolidation of annual results; monitoring and inputs to annual results reporting will be responsible for supporting the Child Protection Section to strengthen results based management including planning, monitoring and reporting overall results in Outcome Area 6 (Child Protection) of UNICEF's Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and development of the results framework for Child Protection for the 2018-2012 Strategic Plan. This also involves technical support for the development of programme results frameworks and the provision of expert technical support and quality assurance on child protection monitoring and evaluation to Headquarters and regional and country offices. The Specialist is responsible for developing and maintaining systems and frameworks for tracking progress against the results framework at global and national level. The staff member (SM) will be responsible for providing back up and support to the Head of the Planning and Evidence Building Team. The SM works closely with the Child Protection Focal Point in Data and Analytics (D&A) on further strengthening monitoring capacity for child protection globally. The SM serves as Evaluation focal point for the Child Protection Section, including technical support.

Key Expected Results

  1. Strategic Plan Monitoring and Reporting

  2. Coordinate monitoring and reporting against Strategic Plan indicators (in collaboration with Headquarters colleagues, Regional Advisors and focal points) and provide indicator definitions and guidance

  3. Collaborate with the Division of Data, Research and Policy (DRP) on the Strategic Monitoring Questions (SMQs) process including supporting analysis and collation of Country Office (CO) Annual Report results (in conjunction with technical leads in Headquarters)

  4. Collaborate with the Data and Analytics specialists on outcome and impact monitoring for child protection to ensure alignment of results framework with global monitoring efforts and latest trends

  5. Support alignment of Strategic Plan indicators with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators

  6. Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in Child Protection

  7. Maintain overview of developments in the field of child protection Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) that can inform refinements to and development of UNICEF's next Strategic Plan results framework in collaboration with regional colleagues

End Result:

  • Robust and rigorous reporting to Executive Board on progress against Child Protection Strategic Plan Indicators and Country Office Annual Report results.
  • New results framework aligned with the SDGs for the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan for Child Protection.

  • Programme Planning, Monitoring and Reporting

  • Work with technical colleagues in Headquarters (HQ) and Regional Offices (ROs) on development and refinement of Theories of Change (ToC) for key Child Protection Areas including development of results frameworks and indicator definition and guidance

  • Support mainstreaming of UNICEF's Monitoring of Results for Equity System (MoRES) within Child Protection in collaboration with Headquarters, Regional Office and Country Office focal points

  • Provide monitoring and evaluation support to global and regional programmes

  • Provide monitoring and evaluation support for Executive Director's Annual Report (EDAR) and Global Thematic Reports

  • Working with Regional Offices to strengthen the links between data and planning and to improve the overall quality programming monitoring at the country level

  • Contribute to management response to Global Evaluations

End Results:

  • Clear Theories of Change (ToCs) for major child protection issues with supporting monitoring frameworks
  • Overall improvement in the quality of child protection programming and monitoring at the country level
  • Supports effective functioning of the Planning and Evidence Building team.

  • Capacity Building in Monitoring Networking

  • Support capacity building of Child Protection Specialists in M&E

  • Recommend and implement innovative ways to meet the demand for technical M&E support requested by Regional and Country Offices seeking to integrate results based management into programme implementation

  • Support Regional Offices in the development and refinement of M&E tools and guidance to support Country Offices (both remotely and in-person)

  • Network with and build partnerships with a range of actors and related to data collection and analysis and M&E to inform good practice. Support strengthening of Child Protection M&E across the sector and widened partnerships.

End Result:

  • Webinars and e-discussions organized and archived on the Strategic Plan Indicators
  • Training Packages and other tools developed and rolled out across all regions
  • Human resource capacities in child protection M&E enhanced
  • Strengthened collaboration and joint products with interagency partners for enhanced child protection programme M&E

  • Management and Advisory support

  • Provide management and advisory support to the Senior Adviser (Planning and Management) and serve as Officer-in-Charge and Deputy in the Planning and Evidence Building Team, Child Protection

  • Provide technical input into UNICEF corporate reports, strategy documents, proposals and Briefing Notes.

  • Keep the Senior Adviser (Planning and Management) abreast of and introduce and implement good practices for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) that can inform refinements to and enhance results based monitoring in Child Protection. Participate in global, regional and internal child protection monitoring and evaluation meetings, events and conferences.

  • Contribute to workplans, funding allocations, reports and other documentation to the personnel, management and planning and reporting functions of the Child Protection Section and perform any other related work as required.

End Results:

  • Inputs into major reports provided with a view to strengthened results based management
  • UNICEF recognized as a global leader in M&E for child protection
  • Good functioning of the Planning and Evidence Building Team
  • Assistance provided on miscellaneous tasks

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in relevant disciplines of Social Sciences (International Development, International Relations, Statistics, and Economics).
  • Solid experience in managing and designing M&E frameworks and results based management in development and humanitarian contexts
  • At least eight years of solid experience working for international organization in Child Protection related issues, programme design, monitoring and evaluation, statistics.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and writing skills in English.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Experience working and familiarity in the UN, other international development organization is an asset.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing and producing succinct, high quality and analytical reports using a range of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills: ability to work independently and productively, with multiple stakeholders in a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to successfully and effectively liaise with people in a wide range of functions in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other presentation or statistical software
  • Oral and written proficiency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (preferably French or Spanish) is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values


Diversity and Inclusion


Core competencies

Communication – Level II

Working with People – Level II

Drive for Results – Level II

Functional Competencies

Leading and Supervising - Level I

Analyzing - Level III

Applying Technical Expertise - Level III

Deciding and Initiating Action - Level II

Formulating strategies and concepts - Level II

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Opening Date 3 Aug 2016 Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date 17 Aug 2016 Eastern Standard Time

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America) | Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2016-08-17

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