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Chief Child Protection, P-5, Fixed Term, Khartoum Sudan.

Khartoum (Sudan)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Khartoum (Sudan)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Managerial positions
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-10

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Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, responsible for the development, design, planning, implementation and management of Child protection programme within the country programme

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,

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, responsible for the development, design, planning, implementation and management of Child Protection programme within the country programme


  1. Supervises the activities leading to the completion of the Situation Analysis for the sectoral programme, and its periodic update.  Formulates sectoral programme goals and objectives and develops strategies. Supervises preparation of the sectoral inputs to the Country Programme Recommendation and related documents, such as the Plan of Operation, and annual Plan of Action, CPSS, PSS, etc.
  2. Provides leadership, guidance and direction for programme management and evaluation of the (sectoral) programme through periodic meetings, individually and in groups, with the various sectoral team members.  Ensures exchanges of information, experience, identifies new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve programme requirements and objectives.
  3. As head of a large section, responsible for the overall development and establishment of the workplan, monitoring compliance, and providing support and guidance to make sure objectives are met. This entails identification of internal human resource requirements, training and performance planning and monitoring.
  4. Supervise mid-level international and national professionals.
  5. As part of the senior management team, ensures the integration of the sectoral programme with other sectors in all stages of the programming process, (i.e., the Situation Analysis, CPR, programme strategy, planning, monitoring and evaluation, and courses of action for achievement of programme objectives).
  6. Lead the PSEA and child safeguarding agenda for the entire office.
  7. Interacts with the government and other partners, NGO’s, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of programme implementation, to follow up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.  Provides technical support, orientation and guidance to government officials, technicians and partners on appropriate technical and institutional capacity-building measures, to achieve programme goals and expand coverage of services.
  8. In coordination and collaboration with other professional     colleagues and other sections, establishes and develops effective information and reporting systems to monitor and evaluate the impact of the programme and achievement of targeted goals. Ensures the development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
  9. Monitors developments at the international, regional and provincial levels; develops methodologies and new approaches for improving programme effectiveness.  Participates in programme workshops and consultations at the regional and country levels to exchange knowledge, ideas, and approaches.
  10. Conducts field assessment visits for evaluating programme effectiveness, identifying challenges and instituting remedial measures in a participatory manner.
  11. Monitors the overall planning and disbursement of programme funds for the (sector), ensuring they are properly administered, and utilized in accordance with the Plan of Action and the programme budget allotment.
  12. Prepares and submits timely progress/status reports for management, Board, donors, budget reviews, programme monitoring and evaluation, annual reports, etc.
  13. Ensure UNICEF’s lead co-ordination role in all sectoral areas with relevant stakeholders for all geographical areas of GoS. Through sector co-ordination facilitate the implementation of a coherent and effective humanitarian intervention by all stakeholders.

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

  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences or a related technical field. Ten years progressively, responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in programme planning and management in child protection including in Emergency setting, with emphasis on strategic planning.
  • Excellent leadership and people management skills.
  • Fluency in English language (spoken and written) is required.
  • Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station or other 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.

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

The technical competencies required for this post are….

  • Leading and supervising (III)
  • Formulating strategies/concepts (III)
  • Analyzing (III)
  • Relating and networking (III)
  • Deciding and initiating action (III)
  • Persuading and influencing (II)

View our competency framework at

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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


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