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Child Protection Officer (MHPSS Data/Reporting), NOB, TA, #116143, Beirut - Lebanon, MENA

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-17

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Lebanon Country Office is looking for a dynamic and experienced Child Protection Officer at an NOB level on a Temporary Appointment to support the Child Protection Programme specific to the area of Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) initiative while reporting to the Child Protection Specialist, P4. The position is based in Beirut.

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, care..

UNICEF Lebanon has been a major actor in the MHPSS thematic area since 2013, including providing strategic and capacity building support to the National Mental Health Department at MoPH. UNICEF has also been actively working with the government and its partners to reinforce levels 1-4 of the MHPSS pyramid across sectors. Much of this work involved integrating MHPSS into child protection prevention and response work, e.g., through case management, gender-based violence (GBV) specific programming, and community based psychosocial support mechanisms and referrals to specialized services (particularly in the humanitarian context); as well as support to strengthening mental health provisions at primary healthcare centers (PHCs). In addition, UNICEF’s Education programme has been supporting the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) to promote the psychosocial wellbeing of children in schools, while the Adolescent and Youth programme has supported out of school adolescents with the Adolescent Kits for Expression and Innovation which is an online PSS and positive engagement platform. The UNICEF Health and Nutrition programme is strategically supporting capacity building of eMHPSS staff in relation to MHPSS.


How can you make a difference?

Your specific role will be to:

  • Ensure cross-sectoral coordination of MHPSS efforts, including programme management, monitoring and implementation of results;
  • Provide technical and operational support to cross-sectoral programme implementation;
  • Ensure networking and partnership building with relevant governmental, non-governmental and UN agencies’ stakeholders involved into the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS activities;
  • Monitor and report on the cross-sectoral programme implementation and use of financial resources;
  • Actively participate in multi-agency technical discussions;

Furthermore,  under the general supervision of the Child Protection Specialist you will provide cross-sectoral professional technical, operational and administrative assistance in the area of Mental Health Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) throughout the programming process for child protection, adolescent development, health and education programmes/projects, within the Country Programme from development planning to delivery of results. You will also be responsible in preparing, executing, managing, and implementing a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate MHPSS programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting. 

To learn more about the specific duties/tasks please refer to the detailed Job Description


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

  • An Advance University degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.

    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree


  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in MHPSS related areas is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.


For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

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)
  • Learning and researching (2)
  • Planning and organizing (2)

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.


  • UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, suitable male candidates will receive preferential consideration and selection, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements stated above.


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


  • This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is either: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.


  • The VA is open to all (internal and external candidates)


  • This is a re-advertisement in order to expand the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered
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