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Programme Manager (Safeguarding), P-4, Office of Executive Director, PAT 117133, home based initially or Budapest

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Remote | New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Safeguarding and Accountability
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-19

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The Safeguarding Office, which will be established as separate office from the Office of the Executive Director in 2022, continues its important work in child safeguarding and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (collectively, “safeguarding”). The office is the global manager of safeguarding risks. The Safeguarding Office will employ a small team principally serving advisory and coordination functions, with Divisions responsible managing global procedures and systems in their areas, and offices responsible for implementation. The office collaborates with other UN agencies and other stakeholders in inter-agency fora.

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, commitment

UNICEF’s organizational commitments to safeguarding are expressed in its Policy on Conduct Promoting the Protection and Safeguarding of Children (“Child Safeguarding Policy”) and associated Framework, the UN Secretary-General’s Bulletin, “Special measures for protection from sexual exploitation and abuse”, and further specialized regulations. Safeguarding objectives form part of UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025. The aim is to ensure UNICEF systems minimize the threat of collateral harm to children and communities arising from UNICEF’s people, partners/associates and work, in accordance with best international standards and practices in relation to safeguarding. The risks will be mitigated through effective prevention, detection and reporting of and response to such harms.

The Safeguarding Office, which will be established as separate office from the Office of the Executive Director in 2022, continues its important work in child safeguarding and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (collectively, “safeguarding”). The office is the global manager of safeguarding risks. The Safeguarding Office will employ a small team principally serving advisory and coordination functions, with Divisions responsible managing global procedures and systems in their areas, and offices responsible for implementation. The office collaborates with other UN agencies and other stakeholders in inter-agency fora.

The incumbent reports to the Senior Advisor (Safeguarding), who reports to the Deputy Executive Director (Management).

This will initially be a work-from-home position, with entitlements based upon those in Budapest, Hungary. The post is subject to relocation.

How can you make a difference?

The safeguarding risks that UNICEF manages across its people, partners and work are diverse.

The Programme Manager (Child Safeguarding) contributes administrative and technical expertise the planning, development, and communication/training of appropriate safeguarding procedures, guidance and administrative mechanisms. The Safeguarding Specialist opines on areas of safeguarding risk and appropriate mitigation measures to the Senior Advisor (Safeguarding), and contributes to institutional safeguarding resources. The Programme Manager (Child Safeguarding) may represent UNICEF in internal and inter-agency committees, and or contribute to briefing notes for senior management or oversight reporting. The Safeguarding Specialist may be required to serve as Officer-in-Charge, in the absence of the Senior Advisor.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

 

1. Regulation: Provide advice about regulatory gaps or inconsistencies in UNICEF safeguarding regulations. Perform consultation and research concerning international standards and mechanisms, donor policies and UN-wide interventions and initiatives.

2. Prevention, Detection, Reporting of and Response to Harm: Develop proposals for and contribute to the design of global or model internal controls, addressing with whom UNICEF works (vetting, training, management of personnel and associates), how UNICEF works (operational/programmatic risk mitigation), where it works (contextual risks), and addressing reporting and responses to incidents.

3. Communications and knowledge management: Raise awareness of safeguarding issues among diverse audiences working for or with UNICEF (webinars, presentations, etc.)

4. Reporting: Provide inputs to reports on safeguarding issues, as required, to oversight bodies and relevant media or other interests, concerning UNICEF’s safeguarding mechanisms or activities.5. Coordination: Collaborate with other UN agencies and other actors through safeguarding working groups, as needed.

6. Officer-in-Charge and Other Safeguarding Needs: In the absence of the Senior Advisor, serve as officer-in-charge as needed. Address varied emerging needs of Safeguarding Office.

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

  • An advanced university degree in law, public administration, human rights, social work, or a related field, is required.
  •  A minimum of 8 years’ of progressively responsible professional work experience in safeguarding, law, public administration, child protectionor risk management is required.
  •  Experience in organizational safeguarding (child safeguarding or protection from sexual exploitation and abuse) is required.
  •  Familiarity with UN administration is required.
  •  Experience advising senior officials is highly desirable.
  •  Experience contributing to reports of oversight bodies is desirable.
  •  Experience in project management is desirable.
  •  Experience writing grant applications is desirable.
  •  Experience serving in a developing country is desirable. 
  •  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

i) Core Values

  • Care 
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

 

Core Competencies (For Staff without Supervisory Responsibilities) *

• Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

• Works Collaboratively with others (1)

• Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

• Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

• Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)

• Drive to achieve impactful results (1)

• Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

 

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.

Note: UNICEF (offices located in HQ) is currently undergoing organizational changes; therefore, the exact location of the post has yet to be determined or may change.  Selected candidates may be required to commence duties remotely until the location is confirmed. 

 
 
 
 
 
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