Social Protection Specialist
Mission and objectives
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education, and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations
The Evidence, Policy and Social Protection Section supports the Government of Sierra Leone in producing and analyzing evidence on child poverty, social inclusion and fulfillment of children’s rights; analyzing levels and trends in investment in children and budget allocation for social sectors; strengthening national capacity for undertaking high quality evaluations; providing technical assistance for strengthening child and gender-sensitive social protection including development of polices and strategies; and supporting the capacity strengthening of local government for child-sensitive planning, budgeting and coordination.
Under the direct supervision of Chief Evidence, Policy and Social Protection, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: · Support the development of social protection policies and programmes in the context of post-COVID socio-economic recovery with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention to the most marginalized such as children and adolescents affected by HIV, child labour or out of school children. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners. · Promote strengthening of integrated social protection systems to aid post-COVID socio-economic recovery, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfer programmes and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as social health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and interventions related to nutrition, health, education, child protection and Gender Based Violence (GBV). · Support capacity building for social protection stakeholders, particularly related to disability, GBV and gender. · Support the development of new social protection programmes for children and adolescents with a special emphasis on nutrition sensitive social protection, cash+ pro-grammes to aid post-COVID socio-economic recovery for children and enhancing objectives such as child marriage reduction and increased school attendance through integrated social protection. · Undertake innovative monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes in the context of post-COVID socio-economic recovery, including health and nutrition in the context of universal health coverage (UHC), reducing child marriage and child labour and strengthening girls’ education, and ensure use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results. · Support the development of Country Office Procedures for Humanitarian Cash Transfer in emergencies and support programme sections to integrate Humanitarian Cash Transfers in their emergency response.