UNICEF works in some of the worldâs toughest places, to reach the worldâs 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,Â a protection
In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children's rights in partnership with government, civil society, children, and families. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally -Â click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria:Â
Organizational Context and Purpose for the job
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does â in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to childrenâs 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 â in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions â her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a societyâs most disadvantaged citizens â addressing inequity â 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.
How can you make a difference?
The Child Protection Officer reports to the Chief, Child Protection or Child Protection Specialist for supervision. The Child Protection Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for child protection programmes/projects within the Country Programme from development planning to delivery of results. H/She prepares, executes, manages, and implements a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:Support to programme development and planning Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results Technical and operational support to programme implementation Networking and partnership building Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
1. Support to programme development and planningConduct and update the situation analysis for the development, design and management of child protection-related programmes/projects. Research and report on development trends ( economic, social, health) and data for use in programme development, management, monitoring, evaluation and delivery of results. Contribute to the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning through research, analysis and reporting of child protection and other related information for development planning and priority and goal setting. Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical, programme, operational, and administrative transactions, preparing related materials and documentation, and complying with organizational processes and management systems to support programme planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating of results. Prepare required programme documentation, materials and data to facilitate the programme review and approval process.
2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of resultsÂ Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss implementation issues, provide solutions, and recommendations and/or to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records 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 government and other counterparts to assess programmes/projects, and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management. Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verifying compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations, procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on critical issues and findings to ensure timely resolution by management and stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution. Prepare regular and mandated sectoral programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
3. Technical and operational support to programme implementationConduct regular programme field visits and surveys and exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support. Take appropriate action to resolve issues 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 buildingBuild and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build the capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on child protection. Participate in inter-agency meetings/events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of child protection programmes/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEFâs position and strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes. Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fundraising and partnership development purposes. Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and support fundraising for child protection programmes.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity buildingIdentify, 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 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 haveâ¦
A university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.
Experience:A minimum of two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection-related areas is required. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in programme development in child protection-related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrateâ¦
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).ÂThe UNICEF competencies required for this post are... Builds and maintains partnerships (II) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (II) Drive to achieve results (II) Innovates and embraces change (II) Manages ambiguity and complexity (II) Thinks and acts strategically (II) Works collaboratively with others (II) Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (II)
To view our competency framework, please visitÂ 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.
We offer aÂ 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.
UNICEFâs active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
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
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