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TA Child Protection Specialist , P-3 ,Port-au-Prince, Haiti #102160


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Port-au-Prince
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
  • Closing Date: Closed

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

Purpose of the Position


The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief - Child Protection Manager, P 4 and is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of the project ‘Addressing Child Domestic Work in Haiti’ to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery and accomplishment of project goals and objectives.The Specialist provides professional technical and operational assistance throughout the programming process for the project from 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.


The Specialist will also act as secretariat of the Project Steering Committee including meeting preparation, recommendations follow-up, coordination of members’ actions, capacity-building etc.

Key Expected Results

1.            Support to program development and planning

  • Provide technical support to partners and ensure regular monitoring and updates on the project
  • Under the guidance of the Section Chief and in collaboration with other Child Protection Program Staff engage with IP organizations on the implementation of activities and funds received from UNICEF as well as on any change to those PCAs
  • Represent UNICEF in coordination meetings, follow up on the action points for UNICEF and provide regular updates to Section Chief.
  • Support interventions aimed at strengthening the capacity of UNICEF, relevant government and partner staff in the area of violence prevention in general and programming addressing child labor in particular
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • Support the “Institut du Bien Etre Social and Brigade de Protection des Mineurs (BPM) “ in the development of efficient and coordinated data collection and referral systems to guide program design, implementation and evaluation


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, with a focus on the

“ Institut du Bien-Etre Social (IBESR)”, the Haitian agency mandated with Child Protection 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/ UNSDF 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.


Qualifications of Successful Candidate


An advanced university degree in social work, psychology, sociology, international development, international law or other social science field is required.

*First university degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in project management, 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 social work programming, 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.



Fluency in French and working knowledge of English is required.  Knowledge of Haitian Creole and is an asset.


Competencies of Successful Candidate

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)



* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.

* Please note that 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 offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service


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