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Child Protection Officer (Alternative Care), NO-1, Mexico City, Mexico [Temp Appointment] (Mexicans nationals only)

Mexico City

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-29

The Child Protection Officer (Alternative Care) will support programme preparation, planning, and implementation, contributing to achieving sustainable results to create a protective environment for children against harm and all forms of violence besides ensuring their survival, development, and well-being in society. Success in child protection programmes and projects contributes to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country. He/She will support UNICEF Mexico's work to advocate for a national alternative care reform at the federal and state levels by 2025.

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, wellbeing

Mexico made significant progress as the General Law on the Rights of Children and Adolescents (Children’s Law) was passed in 2014. The Law created a child rights governance and coordination mechanisms within a National Integrated Child Rights Protection System, to redress fragmentation of policies and responsibilities for children’s rights. The Law sets normative standards for children’s protection applicable across the country, redressing the previous heterogeneity of state laws. The approval of the General Law on the Rights of Children and Adolescents (LGDNNA) in 2014, generated the opportunity to begin a process of gradual reform of the alternative care system for children and adolescents (NNA) deprived of family care in Mexico.

UNICEF has provided technical support for the development of foster care programmes at the national level and in some states; has developed, together with the SNDIF, a proposal for an alternative care model for migrant children and supported the implementation of some of its components and has contributed to the process of regulating CAS, among others. In this context, the demand for technical support from UNICEF and the need to continue promoting processes in this area of cooperation has increased considerably. UNICEF is seeking to strengthen its internal capacities to support a national care reform in Mexico.

Join UNICEF Mexico as the Child Protection Officer (Alternative Care) and contribute through the Protection Programme to scale up the efforts of the response Alternative Care team.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Child Protection Officer (NO-1), the Child Protection Officer (Alternative Care), supports the section in developing, implementing, and monitoring the activities of the office to promote alternative care standards and practices in line with international standards and in accordance with UNICEF Country Programme Document and priorities agreed with the Government of Mexico.

1.- Support to programme development and planning 

Regarding UNICEF Mexico's agendas on alternative care reform: 

  • Research and analyze regional and national political, protection, social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify, and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation. 

  • Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information. 

  • Facilitate the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of child protection programmes and other related information for development planning and priority and goal setting.  

  • Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programmeming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluation of results. 

  • Prepare required documentations and materials to facilitate the programme review and approval process. 

2.- Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.

Regarding UNICEF Mexico´s agendas on alternative care reform: 

  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues, suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and to submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned. 

  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with the government and other counterparts, and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders. 

  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verifying compliance with approved allocation, goals, organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability and integrity. 

  • Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management and stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution. 

  • Prepare inputs for programme and donor reporting. 

3.- Technical and operational support to programme implementation 

Regarding UNICEF Mexico´s agendas on alternative care reform: 

  • Undertake field visits and surveys, and collect and share reports with partners and stakeholders.  

  • Assess progress and provide technical support and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution.  

  • Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results. 

  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in child protection, to support programme implementation. 

4.- Networking and partnership building 

Regarding UNICEF Mexico´s agendas on alternative care reform: 

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on child protection. 

  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes. 

  • Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for child protection programmes.

5.- Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building 

Regarding UNICEF Mexico´s agendas on alternative care reform: 

  • Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders. 

  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results. 

  • Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.  

  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders. 

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

The following required education, experience and languages:

  • A university degree (Bachelor's Degree), preferably in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience in social development planning and management in child-protection-related areas.
  • Experience in the fields of child protection and alternative care.
  • Fluency in Spanish. 
  • An intermediate level of English - although complete fluency is preferred. If the person hired is not fluent, he/she will have to commit to improving their English skills in the first six/twelve months of work.

Additionally, you may have the following experience, but please note that it is not mandatory, it is rather an asset:

  • Experience working with UN agencies. 

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels:

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to including everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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 delivering the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

This Vacancy Announcement is open to all (internal and external candidates) but Mexican nationality or citizenship is required.

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.