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Temporary Appointment: Child Protection Officer, NO-B, Suva, Fiji #114700

Suva (Fiji )

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Suva (Fiji )
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-06

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UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office is seeking to prevent and respond to all forms of child abuse, neglect, exploitation, loss of parental care and other situations harmful to children, through strengthening of multi-sector multi-stakeholder child protection systems in 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The Child Protection Programme comprises 3 Components: (i) Establishing the legal, policy and coordination framework for child protection; (ii) Strengthening the capacity of services in the 5 key sectors, social welfare as child protection statutory authority and lead of the multi-sector child protection system, justice, police, health and education, to prevent and respond to child protection concerns; and (iii) Promoting social and behaviour change for child protection. Under the supervision of the Chief Child Protection, the Child Protection Officer (Knowledge Management & Monitoring) is responsible for information, knowledge and data management, support to planning, monitoring and evaluation, and external communication for the Child Protection Programme in 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).

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, protection

UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office is seeking to prevent and respond to all forms of child abuse, neglect, exploitation, loss of parental care and other situations harmful to children, through strengthening of multi-sector multi-stakeholder child protection systems in 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. The Child Protection Programme comprises 3 Components: (i) Establishing the legal, policy and coordination framework for child protection; (ii) Strengthening the capacity of services in the 5 key sectors, social welfare as child protection statutory authority and lead of the multi-sector child protection system, justice, police, health and education, to prevent and respond to child protection concerns; and (iii) Promoting social and behaviour change for child protection.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Chief Child Protection, the Child Protection Officer (Knowledge Management & Monitoring) is responsible for information, knowledge and data management, support to planning, monitoring and evaluation, and external communication for the Child Protection Programme in 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).

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

  • An advanced university degree in social sciences
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience
  • Familiarity with child protection issues and interventions
  • Technical expertise in data collection and analysis
  • Technical expertise in Excel, Share Point and all Microsoft software
  • Excellent communication, inter-personal, analytical and writing skills
  • Full English language proficiency

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies Nurtures, leads and manages people, Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, Works collaboratively with others, Builds and maintains partnerships, Innovates and embraces change, Thinks and acts strategically, Drives to achieve impactful results,   and Manages ambiguity and complexity.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

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.

JOB PROFILE

I. POSITION INFORMATION

Title: Child Protection Officer (Knowledge Management & Monitoring)

Level: NOB

Office: UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office

Duty station: Suva, Fiji

Supervisor title and level: Chief Child Protection P4

II. ORGANISATIONAL CONTEXT

Under its Multi-Country Programme 2018-2022, UNICEF Pacific is seeking to increasingly protect children from all forms of violence, including neglect, abuse, exploitation, separation from parents and any other harm, through strengthening child protection systems, as defined in UNICEF global Child Protection Strategy, “the set of laws, policies, regulations and services needed across all social sectors – especially social welfare, justice, security, health and education – to support prevention and response to protection related risks”. Within this framework, the approach takes into account the uniqueness of Pacific Island Countries, in particular the role of families, communities and traditional and religious organisations and leaders. Child protection systems in the Pacific therefore build on positive existing practices and include both informal and formal structures.

Child Protection Systems are at various stages of development across the 14 PICTs. Although the countries do share common features, they also vary in terms of number of population, geography, culture, language, social organization and resources/income. UNICEF Pacific has therefore developed a regional technical framework adapted to the unique context of Pacific Island Countries, with the flexibility for adaptation to each country. The Child Protection Programme comprises 3 Components: (i) Establishing the legal, policy and coordination framework for child protection; (ii) Strengthening the capacity of services in the 5 key sectors, social welfare as child protection statutory authority and lead of the multi-sector child protection system, justice, police, health and education, to prevent and respond to child protection concerns; and (iii) Promoting social and behaviour change for child protection.

III. PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

Under the supervision of the Chief Child Protection, responsible for information, knowledge and data management, support to planning, monitoring and evaluation, and external communication for the Child Protection Programme in 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).

IV. KEY END RESULTS EXPECTED

1. Child Protection Section with relevant information on the 14 PICTs available on a timely basis.

2. Child Protection Section with relevant data available on a timely basis.

3. Child Protection Programme adequately planned and monitored.

4. Child Protection Programme studies and evaluations conducted with quality.

5. Child Protection implementing partners with strengthened monitoring capacity.

6. Child Protection Programme with quality external communication products.

V. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES, DUTIES AND TASKS

1. Information and knowledge management

-Maintain electronic and hard copy Child Protection (CP) Section “reference library” updated on a continuing basis, comprising relevant studies, legislation, policies, national plans, guidelines, standards, protocols, training curricula and manuals, management tools and other reference documents from the 14 PICTs, as well as key other country, regional and global resources.

-Maintain electronic and hard copy Child Protection (CP) Section “programme library” updated on a continuing basis, comprising programme documents such as Strategy Notes, Results Frameworks, Annual Workplans, minutes of meetings and reviews, training and workshop reports and materials, programmatic visit reports, trip reports, cash request proposals and reports, etc.

-Search for, store and share relevant new PICT reference documents and resources from outside the Pacific region.

-Review PacNews (Pacific News Agency Service) daily bulletins and other key regional Pacific media, store and share information relevant to child protection with the team.

-Carry out any other information and knowledge management task in the section.

2. Data management

-Maintain up to date on a continuing basis, a database of indicators on prevalence and knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) related to child protection issues and on status of child protection system components

-Assist with contextualization of MICS survey modules for PICTs

-Assist with review of data and draft reports on child protection and gender-based violence global survey modules of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and/or Multi Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) conducted by PICT’s.

-Make recommendations for possible further analysis of raw MICS data and carry out such analysis or supervise the work of consultants doing so

-Assist with compilation of data for SDG Voluntary National Reviews (VNR), UPR and CRC reporting processes

-Compile data from the 14 PICT’s into tables, charts, etc. as required for briefing notes, presentations, reports, proposals, etc., including infographics for dissemination of MICS results

-Carry out any other data management task (data collection, analysis, processing, compilation)

3. Planning and monitoring

In collaboration with Office PME Specialist:

-Review work plans developed with PICT’s to ensure they are aligned with technical guidelines and budgets, and indicator formulation and values are correct, and consolidate country workplans.

-Contribute to the development of funding proposals.

-Review reports on country work plan implementation and compile information for mid-year, annual and donor reports, including RAM indicators and SMQs.

-Compile recommendations from Programmatic Visits and monitor follow up actions.

-Compile information from UNICEF-funded activities technical reports to monitor workplan implementation

-Assist in the development of monitoring and reporting templates for team members, and compilation of results.

-Assist with any other planning or monitoring task in the section.

4. Studies, assessments, reviews and evaluations

In collaboration with Office Evaluation Specialist:

-Assist with the development of terms of reference for studies, assessments, reviews and evaluations

-Oversee and support evaluation processes and conduct of studies and surveys.

-Assist with any other study, assessment, review or evaluation task in the section

5. Strengthening of monitoring capacity of implementing partners

-Assist implementing partners to improve collection, compilation and analysis of routine administrative data in relation to child protection cases, including forms, guidelines and training.

-Assist in the development of monitoring, supervision and reporting templates for implementing partners, and results compilation systems.

6. Communication

In collaboration with communication section:

-Maintain up to date the photo database for the section

-Maintain up to date the database of human interest stories.

-Assist with layout/design of presentations and various documents, including for publications

-Write up country briefs and keep them updated

-Write up regional/multi country thematic briefs and keep them updated

-Write up human interest stories

-Produce materials for social media

-Assist with any other communication task in the section.

VI. QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Advanced university degree in social sciences.

Work experience

At least two years of relevant experience.

Language proficiency

Fluency in English.

Competencies

Core values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core competencies

  •    Nurtures, leads and manages people (1)
  •    Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (2)
  •    Works collaboratively with others (2)
  •    Builds and maintains partnerships (2)
  •    Innovates and embraces change (2)
  •    Thinks and acts strategically (2)
  •    Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  •    Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional competencies

  •   Analyzing (2)
  •   Applying technical expertise (2)
  •   Planning and organizing (2)
  •   Learning and researching (2)

Technical knowledge

  • Familiarity with child protection issues and interventions
  • Quantitative and qualitative data collection, validation, testing, analysis, interpretation, and statistics
  • Results-based planning, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, indicators
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT): Excel, Share Point management of libraries, sites, views and organizational structure; all Microsoft software including Power Point; infographics an asset.

Skills

  • Communication skills, speaking and writing; in particular, ability to communicate technical concepts, knowledge and skills in a clear, simple and jargon-free language and ability to present information in a well-structured, logical manner
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