Child Protection Specialist
Mission and objectives
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 fulfil their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF works for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 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 favoritism. 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 fulfill 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 purpose of this UNV assignment is to support UNICEF child protection manager responsible for VACW and harmful practices prevention and team to enhance a more coordinated response to violence against children and women, child marriage and child labor among other harmful practices; the UNV needs to support the creation of stronger linkages within the two main drivers of change identified which are adolescent participation and family strengthening. The UNV needs to support EU funded project with effective coordination of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), Ministry of Social Welfare (MoSW) and other key governmental and non-governmental partners like Ministry of Youth and Sport, Ministry of Health and Population and Ministry of Education as relevant. The UNV will provide technical support to develop work plan, program and progress monitoring, monitoring and evaluation especially support to MoWCA and the team to implement the program following donor compliances with effective coordination, communication to prevent violence against children and women and harmful practices in Bangladesh. Excellent English writing skills are a requirement due to the high number of reports and proposal expected.
Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Child Protection Specialist- P4 or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Child protection Officer will: • Support CP manager P4, pillar Lead on Harmful Practices and Violence Prevention on EU funded national program coordination both internally and externally in alignment with UNICEF child protection strategy and relevant documents. • Support pillar Lead on donor management, monitoring, reporting and fundraising efforts. • Represent Harmful Practices, Ending Child Marriage, etc. in intersectoral meetings internally and externally. • Ensure Violence against children and women (VACW) family strengthening overarching strategy is in place and implemented. • Develop donor proposals, donor reports, concept note and strategy notes in the area of VACW. • Provide technical support to the roll out and quality implementation child protection resource packages, including Positive Parenting, Online Safety, COVID-19 handouts, End Child marriage, Gender Based Violence (GBV), Violence against Children and Women (VACW), use of toll-free child helpline (1098) to- i) MoWCA including Bangladesh Shishu Academy (BSA); ii) Division of Women Affairs (DWA) field officials. • Develop different analytical presentation, dashboard for the donors, government and other stakeholders as required. • Provide supports in establishing children and adolescents’ online protection. • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Results/expected outputs: • As an active UNICEF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNICEF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: • Monthly analysis of budget expenditures according to donor conditionalities • Monitoring of quality and timely implementation as per the signed Rolling Work Plan with relevant Ministries. • Documentation, event completion, report preparation and action points follow up of internal and external coordination meetings with donors, stakeholders or internal meetings with other sections. • Database with beneficiaries and results achieved with children and adolescent clubs; Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Adolescent Friendly corners, Public schools, etc. • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
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