Child Protection Officer (Child Protection Information Management Systems), NOB, Lilongwe, Malawi

Lilongwe

The incumbent will be accountable for the accomplishment of the stated key end-results by providing professional expertise and assistance in information/data collection, statistics and data analysis, monitoring & project evaluation (M&e), preparation of reports, communication and partnership, and in implementing training programmes for national and sub-national data collection, monitoring, evaluation and research capacity building with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of primary stakeholders.

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 guidance of the Chief Child Protection, the Child Protection Officer (Child Protection Information Management Systems) is accountable for the accomplishment of the stated key end-results by providing professional expertise and assistance in information/data collection, statistics and data analysis, monitoring & project evaluation (M&e), preparation of reports, communication and partnership, and in implementing training programmes for national and sub-national data collection, monitoring, evaluation and research capacity building with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of primary stakeholders.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

  1. Key End Results Expected:National Implementation Plan (including annual workplans linked to the UNICEF Child Protection Rolling Workplan and UNDAF workplan for Outcome 2.5 focused on Violence against Women and Children) for the roll-out of the Child Protection Information Management Systems at National and Sub-national level prepared. 
  • Provide technical support to ensure that national partners and the child protection team use a well-prioritised and realistic plan of monitoring and project evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant information towards policy development and service delivery.
  • Make professional contributions towards the roll out of the CPIMS monitoring and project evaluation activities including in the multi-year and annual IMEPs, which is to be reflected in UNDAF M&E Plans.
  • Participate in management studies and support/participate in thematic/project evaluations identified in the CPIMS to improve development & organizational effectiveness.
  • Support and contribute to effectively joint project evaluations with developmental partners, including joint evaluation of UNICEF or of multi-partner programs identified in the CPIMS.
  • In close consultation with management and liaison with partners, make a professional contribution to formulation of the CPIMS   from a sound results-based programming process and collaborative working relations with partners
  • In a close coordination with partners, ensure that the CPIMS include data collection activities that provide accurate and relevant data on key activities and results, including results for children.

    2. Establishment of routine child protection monitoring systems and surveys for timely monitoring and measurement of changes in conditions due to programme or policies in   country or region are provided to the Country Office and national partners to facilitate national planning, and assess the impact of the programmes and policies, and report on the progress being made.

  • Provide technical support to ensure that the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country or region.
  • Support management of available baseline information on national statistics and key child protection indicators through established databases for easy access and use.
  • Prepare country level statistical reports on the status of children protection issues.
  • Coordinate with partners and provide assistance in their using up-to-date information in, inter alia the CPIMS
  • Provide technical support to ensure that the national partners and the UNICEF child protection section have information necessary to effectively report on and advocate for children protection through the appropriate channels.
  • Support national partners and the UNICEF child protection section in collecting and interpreting existing early warning data effectively to guide the adjustment of programmes and operational approaches when and as country contexts deteriorate.

     3. CPIMS Performance is systematically monitored and data for key indicators are collected, analyzed and made available to its governance structure.

  • Provide technical support to ensure that the national partners and the child protection section have quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual CPIMS work plans.
  • Provide technical support as necessary to identifying and adjusting a set of programme performance indicators
  • Provide technical support to ensure that monitoring system are in place and that key annual programme indicators are tracked and analysed, and provided regularly to the CPIMS Technical Working Group to guide programme and management decisions.
  • Carry out data collection and analysis from field visits, standardising them across programmes, to feed into to programme performance monitoring.  
  • Keep tracking of follow-up action based on management decisions resulting from CPIMS Technical Working Group performance monitoring and project evaluation.
  • Compile monitoring and project evaluation information/data, and make them available to the CPIMS Technical Working Group. Contribute to the preparation of reports. Assist in the preparation of reports on systemic issues, good practices or any other analysis or data related to programme implementation and/or project and mini-evaluation, including programme's performance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability.

        4. Project evaluation is designed and carried out with quality process and products in line with C{IMS priority and strategy. Findings, recommendations and reports are used   to improve programme performance and are effectively disseminated to the intended audience.

  • Provide technical support to ensure that a well-prioritised CPIMS project evaluations is managed in order that each project evaluation is designed and carried out with quality process and products and that evaluation results are useful to the intended audience.
  • Provide support to ensure that the relevant national partners participate and formulate CPIMS Project Evaluation Terms of Reference for targeted components of the child protection system.
  • Provide technical support to ensure that project evaluation design and management meet quality standards as outlined in the CPIMS.
  • Review and provide technical comments on draft project evaluation reports. Contribute to the effective dissemination and sharing of knowledge, findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons from evaluation to the intended audience as described in the Terms of Reference with a view to improving programme performance and contributing to wider learning.  
  • Provide assistance in tracking to ensure that a management response to the findings and recommendations of the project evaluation is completed, recorded, and followed up for implementation. Most specifically, ensure that project evaluation recommendations are submitted to the CPIMS Technical Working Group and follow-up actions recorded in their minutes.

       5. The monitoring and project evaluation capacities of national partners are strengthened, enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead child protection monitoring and  evaluation processes.

  • Provide technical support to ensure that the monitoring and project evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead child protection monitoring and project evaluation processes
  • Contribute to the collaboration of a CPIMS monitoring & project evaluation capacity building strategy for national partners and institutions. Provide technical support for implementation of capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of primary stakeholders.
  • Contribute to formulation of staff capacity development strategy and plans, and exercise effective leadership in implementing them, ensuring that targeted national partners have the basic knowledge and skills to fulfil their monitoring and project evaluation responsibilities, and training is planned and carried out to fill identified gaps.
  • Contribute to facilitate that Evaluation capacity of national partner organisations is strengthened through their involvement in evaluation processes and possibly through specific capacity building initiatives.

        6. Effective communication and partnerships are achieved in rolling out the CPIMS planning of research, monitoring and project evaluation activities at sub-national, national,  regional and global levels.

  • Provide technical support to ensure that all of the above tasks are carried out and accomplished through effective communication and partnerships, as elaborated below:
  • Facilitate or contribute to integrated planning of research, monitoring and evaluation activities with national partners, the UN Country Team and the wider international community, in the context of the CPIMS.
  • Provide technical support to national and sub-national partners on data collection, data management and data analysis for basic monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide synthesis of M&E results to the CPIMS Technical Working Group.
  • Ensure that evaluation recommendations are communicated to the relevant partners for implementation, with advice on the Implementation Plan and follow-up action for future programming. 
  • Facilitate learning from the results of monitoring and evaluation within the CPIMS Technical Working Group and more widely within in the region and globally, as well as among national partners and other key stakeholders.

7. Technical oversight and quality assurance of all child protection section monitoring and evaluations organisational obligations such as oversight of the IMERP and monitoring of the RAM.

  • Provide technical support to the Child Protection section in supporting monitoring and evaluation exercises:
  • Work in close collaboration with the UNICEF PME section to ensure the Child Protection is adhering to UNICEF M&E guidelines and standards.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • University degree in social sciences, development planning, planning, evaluation, survey implementation, advanced statistical research.
  • Two years of Professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.
  • Fluency in English and Chichewa.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (Level II)
  • Working with People (Level I)
  • Drive for Results (Level I)

Functional Competencies

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (Level I)
  • Analyzing (Level II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (Level II)
  • Learning and Researching (Level II)   
  • Planning and Organizing  (Level II)

Other required Competencies

  • Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
  • Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF's mission and professional values.

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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 organization.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Lilongwe
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-22

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