National Consultant - Unaccompanied and Separated Children

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.



Purpose of the Assignment:

  • The nature of the conflict and the resultant displacements have caused a large and growing number of children separated from their primary caregivers.
  • It is estimated that there are over 20,000 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in the three States of Emergency.
  • As the conflict subsides, it is envisaged that there will be mass returns of internally displaced persons. Identification of all UASC, assessment of their care arrangements and reunification are urgent priorities.
  • The purpose of the consultancy (one for Borno and one for Yobe) is to support the UNICEF Nigeria Country Office to scale up its emergency response programme related to unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).



  • Provide inputs into the action plan for sensitization, training (especially on Identification, Documentation, Tracing and Reunification and follow up) and coaching for state and non-state partners on case management of UASC based on capacity gaps and gaps and challenges in programme implementation
  • Coach and train officials of State and Federal Ministries of Women Affairs and Social Welfare and National and State Emergency Management Agencies on effective approaches to UASC in accordance with the action plan
  • Monitor programme implementation and provide support for UASC identification, registration, tracing, provision of alternative cars, reunification and follow up
  • Monitor and support placing of UASC under appropriate alternative care systems, with particular attention to the provision of care for high risk children i.e., children associated with armed groups, children born out of sexual violence etc.
  • Provide support to state and non-state partners for the operationalization of the Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) and Case Managements System
  • Monitor implementation of UASC project by UNICEF's partners


Qualifications and Requirements:

  • University degree in Social Science, Social Work, Social Development, Child Development or related field
  • Years of Relevant Experience:
  • Minimum two years' experience in child protection, preferably with UN or NGOs
  • Experience in implementing systems of identification, documentation, tracing and reunification of UASC is desirable
  • Experience in delivering training to government and NGO partners
  • Experience of working in an emergency context is desirable
  • Ability to work independently in the field
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Hausa and Kanuri would be an advantage

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Consulting/Business Strategy & Planning

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

1 - 3 years