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TA Child Protection Specialist, (P-3), Aleppo ,Syria ( 364 days)


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

Under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office, Aleppo and technical guidance of the Social Policy and Child Protection Section, contribute to the formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of the Social Policy and Child Protection emergency programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives and ensures an effective emergency response and adherence to the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs ) in Humanitarian Action by the country office as a critical function during an emergency response. Provide support to the development of local/community based child protection system/services, case management and specialized services, to enhance comprehensive response to the needs of the most vulnerable children with special focus on displaced children, children with disabilities and UASC.


Key Expected Results

1. Programme Planning, Development and Management.

  • Enhance effective sectoral or inter-sectoral collaborative partnerships in planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis; and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input, leading to responsive child protection systems. Provide substantive advice, recommendations and input in the formulation of country programme documents and plans of actions relating to Child Protection programme.


  • Takes primary responsibility at the field office level for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches.


2. Promotion of UNICEF’s Global Goals

  • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes; and forge broad-based partnerships to raise awareness and stimulate open dialogue on the rights of the child and practices that create social exclusion or harm children.


  • Ensures the fulfillment of UNICEF responsibilities in coordinating the activities of the child protection sub-sector (cluster), in coordination with the national sub-sector coordinator.

3. Knowledge Management.

  • Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote. Knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country; using the know-how of academic and knowledge institutions to collect, analyze and use relevant date to farther understanding of social norms and harmful practices to children, particularly girls.


 4. Rights-Based and Results-Based Approach.

  • Promote the quality of rights-based Child Protection programmes through participation in the formulation of programme goals, strategies and approaches, collaborating with key partners to address the multiple aspects of the protective environment; and to bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or inter-sectoral management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


5. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

  • Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches, with adequate consultation with relevant stakeholders. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex dis-aggregated data.


6. Programme Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.

  •  Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts, with involvement of all stakeholders. Ensure the preparation of annual Child Protection sector status reports, with contribution of all major partners.


7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.

  • Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government as well as all implementing partners accountability; orientates and trains Government and all UNICEF implementing partners in UNICEF supply and non-supply policies and procedures. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.


8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

  • Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Child Protection programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.


  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts in order to: enhance collaboration with media, civil society and involvement of children and their families to support positive practices; engage dialogue with private sector on good practices and corporate social responsibility; and strengthen partnerships with bilateral and multilateral organizations, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and regional development Banks, to generate greater investment in sectors with child protection responsibility.


  • Collaborate with other Programme/Project Officers to ensure the integration of the sectoral programme with other sectors.


  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Child Protection programme planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.


  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Child Protection programme goals with all key partners.


  • In line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, strengthen partnerships with child protection humanitarian actors within the Child Protection Sector Working Group mechanism, for preparedness, contingency planning and response.


Qualifications of Successful Candidate


Advanced university degree, preferably in the social sciences, law or other relevant field.

Work Experience

A minimum of 5 years of professional work experience at national and international levels in child Protection, including international work experience for IP or field work experience for NO.

Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Experience in child protection system strengthening as well as working for supporting children with disabilities would be welcome.


Fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station is an asset.


Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity


Core Competencies

  • Communication [II]
  • Working with People [II]
  • Drive for Results [II]


Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising [I]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II]
  • Relating and Networking [ ll]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ll]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III]



IV) Technical Knowledge 

 Specific Technical Knowledge 


- Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.

- Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the following: strengthening child protection systems and partner capacity for protecting children against Violence; in emergencies; in respect of harmful traditional practices; in improving justice for children and in strengthening social welfare systems. Knowledge on supporting strengthen the system for protection of children with disabilities an advantage 

- Use of data and indicators in child protection.

- Knowledge of the global commitment on aid effectiveness, including the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for

-Action as well as knowledge of the Global Programme Partnerships (GPPs).

 Common Technical Knowledge 

    - Methodology of programme/project management

    - Programmatic goals, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes

    - Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.

    - UNICEF policies and strategy in child protection, including: natural disasters, and recovery.

    - Core commitments for children in emergencies (for all Emergency positions)

    - UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.

    - Rights-based and Results-based programming in UNICEF.

    - UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.

    - Mid-Term Strategic Plan

    - UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.

    - Gender equality and Diversity awareness.


 Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced 

-Government development plans and policies

-Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes ,

-UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.

- UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions

-UN security operations and guidelines.

-UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.

 -UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.

 -UNICEF policies and strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity.





* 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


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: Aleppo
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-06

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