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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Gaziantep
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-24

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Child Protection Specialist, P-3, Temporary Appointment, MENA regional outpost Gaziantep #364days (521312)

Gaziantep (Turkey)

Under the guidance of the overall supervisor and in close consultation with the Senior Emergency Specialist and WOS team, the role of the child protection specialist is to provide support to Gaziantep child protection team in emergency response efforts. The Child Protection Specialist will provide technical support to the Child Protection Manager and to child protection colleagues ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards of child protection. This is carried out according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Safety 

Under the guidance of the overall supervisor and in close consultation with the Senior Emergency Specialist and WOS team, the role of the child protection specialist is to provide support to Gaziantep child protection team in emergency response efforts. The Child Protection Specialist will provide technical support to the Child Protection Manager and to child protection colleagues ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with UNICEF’s (CCCs) and national and international humanitarian standards of child protection. This is carried out according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), as well as UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance, and accountability framework.

How can you make a difference?

1. Support to programme development and planning

  • Contribute to and support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the Child Protection sector(s) to ensure comprehensive and current data on maternal and child Child Protection are available to guide policy development, and the design and management of Child Protection programmes/projects.
  • Support strategies and mechanisms to scale up the child protection response to the emergency, including addressing as relevant: family separation, gender-based violence, child recruitment and use by armed forces or armed groups, child labour, the mental health and psychosocial well-being of children and their families, mine risk education, arbitrary/illegal arrest and detention of children, other protection concerns for children.
  • Provide technical support and assistance to UNICEF child protection staff and partners, to scale up the child protection components of emergency response programmes, including development or amendment of projects and partnerships.
  • Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of Child Protection programmes/projects.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the Child Protection sector(s) based on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
  • Ensure that Partnership Cooperation Agreements (PCAs) are developed, reviewed, finalized and followed up (including budget and expenditure monitoring).
  • Supervise and monitor the timely implementation of UNICEF funded child protection programmes, ensuring quality and timeliness of reporting and financial management processes.
  • Identify opportunities to work with other sectors to strengthen overall protections for children and women by integrating disabilities activities within their emergency response programmes. Support the implementation of the multi-sectoral response.
  • Identify capacity needs for UNICEF Child Protection Partners and other sectors engaged

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, and UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in Child Protection programmes.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action and interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes and projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners and stakeholders to assess progress. Identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and approaches on Child Protection and related issues to support programme development planning, management, implementation, and delivery of results.
  • Participate in discussions with national partners, clients and stakeholders to promote Child Protection and development issues especially in the areas of emergency preparedness and maternal, newborn and child survival and development.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
  • Participate in emergency preparedness initiatives for programme development, contingency planning and/or to respond to emergencies in country or where designated.

4. Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with Child Protection sector government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge.
  • Facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve programme goals on maternal and child rights as well as social justice and equity.
  • Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for Child Protection programmes (maternal, newborn and child survival and development).
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency discussions, ensuring that UNICEF’s position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF development planning and agenda setting.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best and cutting edge practices in Child Protection management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results on Child Protection related programmes and projects.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in one of the following fields is required:  Child Protection, public health, social science, social work, international relations, law, child psychology, or other social development relevant fields.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with a total of [7]  seven years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of [5]  five years of relevant professional experience with UNICEF and/or other relevant actors, including experience with child protection programming in natural disaster and/or armed conflict contexts.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF’s core commitments to children in humanitarian action as well as the humanitarian cluster approach, particularly the child protection working group (sub-cluster), gender-based violence area of responsibility, and protection cluster is considered an asset.
  • Experience in health/Child Protection programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

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….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

 

Remarks:

* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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

* 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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