Child Protection Officer TA (only for PNG nationals)

UNICEF Papua New Guinea is seeking to recruit a national Child Protection Officer on temporary post for one year to support the Child Protection section to provide professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for child protection programs/projects within the Country Program.

 

II. Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

 

 

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, 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.

 

Purpose for the job: The Child Protection Officer reports to the Chief, Child Protection Section 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, program progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting.

 

 

 

 

III. Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

 

 

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

 

1.     Support to program development and planning

2.     Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

3.     Technical and operational support to program implementation

4.     Networking and partnership building

5.     Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

 

1.     Support to program development and planning

  • Conduct/update situation analysis for the program sector/s for development, design and management of child protection related programs/projects. Research and report on development trends and (economic, social, health etc) data for use in program development, management, monitoring, evaluation and delivery of results.
  • Contribute to the development/establishment of sectoral program goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of child protection and other related information for development planning and priority and goal setting with a focus on strengthening health sector response to violence against children and supporting implementation of violence prevention initiatives in 6 provinces such as ENDviolence against children campaign and children road traffic accident prevention.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical, program, operational and administrative transactions, preparing related materials/documentations and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support program planning, results based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating results.
  • Prepare required program documentations/materials/data to facilitate the program review and approval process.

 

 

2.     Program management, monitoring and delivery of results.

 

  • Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programs/projects and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of program management.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on critical issues/findings to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Prepare regular/mandated sectoral program/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress.

 

 

3.     Technical and operational support to program implementation

 

  • Conduct regular program field visits and surveys and/or exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support, take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on child protection and related issues to support program implementation, operations and delivery of results.

 

 

4.     Networking and partnership building

 

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate program implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on child protection.
  • Draft communication and information materials for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for child protection programs.
  • Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings/events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of child protection programs/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process.

 

  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

 

 

5.     Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

 

  • Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.

·         Research and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.

·         Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

 

 

 

IV. Impact of Results

 

 

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Officer to program preparation and planning and implementation of programs/projects, contributes to achievement of sustainable results to create a protective environment for children against harm and all forms of violence and ensures their survival, development and well being in society. Success in child protection programs and projects in turn contribute to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide program services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

V. Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.

 

 

Core Values

 

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

 

Core competencies

 

  • Communication (II)
  • Working with people (I)
  • Drive for results (I)

 

 

Functional Competencies:

 

  • Formulating strategies and concepts (I)
  • Analyzing (II)
  • Applying technical expertise (II)
  • Learning and researching (II)
  • Planning and organizing (II)

 

 

 

VI. Recruitment Qualifications

 

 

Education:

 

A University Degree in Health, international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required.

 

Experience:

 

A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/other related areas at the international and/or 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.

 

Language Requirements:

 

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

 Applications will close on 7 April 2017.

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:
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-30

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