Child Protection Officer, NO-B, Cotabato, Philippines #97330, Temporary Appointment (12 mos.)

Cotabato

 

Join our dedicated team and provide support to Child Protection and support the implementation of the UNICEF child protection and peace-building workplan. You will be responsible for providing support in planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a community-based programme for adolescents and young people to promote a culture of peace and prevent recruitment of children by armed groups.

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, a fair chance

UNICEF has been an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. To ensure that interventions are sustainable and scaled up, UNICEF will support primarily local government units (LGUs) as the main instruments of delivering services and building systems. The level of engagement with government institutions will take into account capacities, economies of scale and sector issues.

Cotabato City is the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms. 

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How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Child Protection Specialist in Cotabato, and overall supervision of the Chief of the Mindanao Field Office, with technical support from the Child Protection Manila team including the Social Welfare and CP in Emergency Specialist, the Child Protection Officer shall support the implementation of the UNICEF child protection and peace-building workplan, with a particular focus on:

Planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a community-based programme for adolescents and young people to promote a culture of peace and prevent recruitment of children by armed groups. 

Monitoring, coordination and technical assistance for the implementation of a social welfare and child protection programme of support to disengaged/at-risk children and their families to prevent their (re) association with armed groups.

This will involve establishing partnerships with existing youth organizations/networks, universities and religious leaders, among others, in order to strengthen the life skills and foster the participation of adolescents and young people in peace-building initiatives, including through social media.

And also; family-based case management, referral to services, psycho-social and parental support interventions. Requiring the close working relationship with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO), service providers, MILF Social Welfare Committee and NGO implementing partner, as well as frequent travels to conflict-affected areas in ARMM and adjacent provinces to supervise the programme.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • A bachelor's degree in social sciences, law or child development.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of relevant professional experience in child protection, in particular with children in situations of armed conflict 
  • Experience and technical expertise in adolescent/youth programming
  • Experience and technical expertise in social work and social welfare services
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to travel throughout western Mindanao, in a low-medium risk environment.
  • Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station.

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. Functional competencies of Formulating Strategies and Concepts (Level 1), Analyzing (Level 2), Applying Technical Expertise (Level 3), Learning and Researching (Level 2), Planning and Organizing (Level 2).

  • HOW TO APPLY

     

    Qualified candidates are requested to complete an online candidate profile in http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/ by 21 August 2017.  Only applications sent through the e-recruitment portal under Job Number: 506377will be considered.

     Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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: Cotabato
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-21

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