Child Protection Officer (Emergency/DRR), NO-B, Yangon, Myanmar - for Myanmar nationals only
Calling applications to upgraded post of Child Protection Officer (Emergency/Disaster Risk Reduction), based in Yangon (NO-B).
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.
For every child, Protection from Violence, Exploitation and Abuse.
Conflict, displacement, and restrictions on the movement of Muslim communities in Rakhine state result in tens of thousands of children who experience particular child protection threats. Shan state, which continues to experience ongoing conflict, has the highest rate of child marriage in the country, particularly for girls. In Shan and Kachin, boys are being recruited in the context of ongoing conflict. Internally Displaced populations in Rakhine and Kachin lack access to government protection services and out-migration from Rakhine puts children at risk of trafficking and other forms of exploitation, especially adolescents. As the Government child protection system expands, it must be bridged to the emergency and conflict affected areas of the country, working hand in hand with local communities to prevent and respond to violence against children. Migration is an important feature of Myanmar’s society, and is in many ways positive. The expansion of Government led child protection systems need to safely support positive forms of internal and external migration, but also prevent and respond to exploitation and child rights in the context of migration. Based on latest data, 1 in 5 persons in Myanmar is a migrant. This includes more than 3.5 million migrant children, and millions of others whose parents have migrated. Working in displaced communities, and in the context of migration and trafficking will continue to be done in partnership with a broad range of actors, including UNHCR, IOM, UNOCHA and other stakeholders, building on the platforms established over the previous country programme.
How can you make a difference?
You will support the programming, capacity-building and inter-agency coordination efforts on child protection in emergencies (natural disasters and conflict) and ensure preparedness efforts are maintained including with line Union and state –level ministries and network of Community-Based Organisations (CBO).
The key expected results of the position:-
- Children and adolescents living in conflict or disaster affected areas are supported to access direct child protection services including mental health and psycho-social support and case management, even in location where Government-led social work is not present
- Capacity-building and information management tools between child protection in emergencies and government-led system on social are aligned
- Child Protection is included in broader DRR and climate change analysis framework and preparedness plans
- Members of Child Protection Working Group are supported with quarterly trend analysis and dashboard
Your key functions and accountabilities (detailed job description attached):-
- Support to programme development and planning
- Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
- Technical and operational support to program implementation
- Networking and partnership building
- Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have…
- Preferably an Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field. A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- 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.
- Previous experience in working in conflict or emergency affected areas.
- Solid understanding of community-based child protection.
- Understanding of international humanitarian law and humanitarian cluster architecture is an asset.
- Fluency in Myanmar and English. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty,
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Yangon
- Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer
- Legal - International Law
- Closing Date: 2017-08-06