Child Protection Officer (Migration), NO-A, Mexico City, Mexico - Temporary Appointment
Mexico City (Mexico)
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Child Protection, the Child Protection Officer provide professional technical assistance and support the section by carrying out the specific activities and responsibilities listed below, to help develop, implement and monitor the “Children on the Move” multi-country initiative’s Action Plan in Mexico, and the emergency response actions undertaken to face the migration crisis in the country, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF’s rules and regulations.
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For every child,
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Child Protection, the Child Protection Officer provide professional technical assistance and support the section by carrying out the specific activities and responsibilities listed below, to help develop, implement and monitor the "Children on the Move" multi-country initiative's Action Plan in Mexico, and the emergency response actions undertaken to face the migration crisis in the country, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF's rules and regulations.
How can you make a difference?
- Provide technical support to develop and implement the Annual Work Plan in the Child Protection Section, focus on the Children on the Move initiative for children and adolescents in the context of migration in Mexico; in particular, provide support to:
- Develop and test an alternative care model for children and adolescents in the context of migration, from a child-rights approach;
- Provide psychosocial support to migrant children and adolescents during their stay in shelters or other alternative care options, through training and support of their staff and other actors involved;
- Organize recreational and resilient activities inside and outside the shelters through the provision specialized tools and training of their staff and other actors involved;
- Strengthen social cohesion in the communities where the shelters are located, aimed at reducing discrimination, xenophobia and the stigmatization of migrant children.
- Provide technical support in the design, planning and application of the monitoring tools developed to monitor the implementation of the actions of the Children on the Move initiative in nine shelters in five states of Mexico.
- Act as the link between UNICEF Mexico and the network of shelters, social organizations and institutions that are participating in the initiative and maintain permanent contact with them on everything related to the implementation and monitoring of the work plan and its results; undertake follow-up and monitoring visits to the shelters.
- Support capacity development activities related to performance monitoring, program development, by coordinating and organizing training activities for the shelters, social organizations, institutions, and other actors that are participating in the project, and, if necessary, preparing training materials and giving presentations to support the initiative and build the capacity of stakeholders.
- Support the Program in optimizing the use of program funds; monitor budgets and financial expenditures of the project, ensuring compliance with UNICEF's rules and regulations, keeping the supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow-up; coordinate the logistics and monitor the efficient distribution of supplies (kits) that is required for effective program delivery, in support of the operational person hired for this project.
- Develop a specific proposal for the implementation of the Children on the Move initiative's actions for the care of migrant children in the shelters of Tijuana, Baja California, Sonora and Chihuahua; establish contact with the authorities and the staff from these states' shelters, and agree a specific work plan to join the Children on the Move initiative; organize and provide technical assistance to all actors, who join the project and coordinate the implementation of training and support activities.
- Support emergency response actions in response to the migratory crisis that has arisen in the country, due to the migrant caravans that have crossed and settled on the national territory.
- Support to monitoring and reporting of program results; compile qualitative and quantitative data and information and prepare reports, working papers and presentations on the project's implementation and its results; research, analyze and verify data and information to assist in the preparation of periodic or ad-hoc financial reports to the US Fund and the Regional Office; coordinate international field visits and support the preparation of fundraising proposals and reports to donors.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A university degree in one of the following fields is required: Law, Social Sciences or related areas
- A minimum of one year of relevant experience in the field of child protection, and adolescent rights, international protection procedures and migration contexts
- Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset
- Background/familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset
- Fluency in Spanish and English required
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Learning and Researching; Planning and Organizing
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
- Candidates must be of Mexican Nationality