Child Protection Specialist (Systems building), P-4, Mogadishu, Somalia




UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Chief Child Protection, the position is accountable for the formulation, design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various elements of the Child Protection systems to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives through advocacy and the provision of technical support for legal reforms, policy development, networking and capacity building. The Child Protection Specialist will contribute to development of plan and implementation of activities in the justice sector, national efforts to strengthen social welfare workforce and build capacity of partners to design and implement child protection systems. The incumbent will promote inter-sectoral partnerships leading to responsive child protection systems building on the strengths of issue-specific and which addresses specific forms of vulnerability. The position will also contribute to synergize the work of United Nations agencies to achieve child protection results, including in humanitarian actions, working closely with the Protection Cluster, Child Protection Sub-cluster and the Justice and Correction Technical Working Group in Somalia.

Programme Planning, Development and Management.

Enhance effective sectoral or inter-sectoral collaborative partnerships in planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate; and complete monitoring and analysis; and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input, leading to responsive child protection systems. Provide substantive advice, recommendations and input in the formulation of country programme documents and plans of actions relating to Child Protection programme. Provide technical support to Government, and stakeholders at all levels in the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child protection legal and policy frameworks, coordination and service delivery (through systems building as well as social change), in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches.

Promotion of UNICEF`s Global Goals

Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes; and forge broad-based partnerships to raise awareness and stimulate open dialogue on the rights of the child while leveraging resources for children in partnership with other sectors such as Education, Health, Protection and WASH sectors.

Knowledge Management.

Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country; using the know-how of academic and knowledge institutions to collect, analyze and use relevant data to further understanding of both formal and non-formal child protection mechanisms.

Rights-Based and Results-Based Approach.

Promote the quality of rights-based Child Protection [programmes through participation in the formulation of programme goals, strategies and approaches, collaborating with key partners to address the multiple aspects of the protective environment; and to bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or inter-sectoral management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.

Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches, with adequate consultation with relevant stakeholders. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender and sex aggregated data

Programme Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.

Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts, with involvement of all stakeholders. Ensure contributions to the preparation of annual Child Protection sector status reports, with contribution of all media partners.

UNICEF and Government Accountability.

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability; and to orientate and train Government and all UNICEF implementing partners in UNICEF supply and non-supply policies and procedures. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Child Protection programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts in order to: enhance collaboration with media, civil society and involvement of children and their families to support positive practices; engage dialogue with private sector on good practices and corporate social responsibility; and strengthen partnerships with bilateral and multilateral organizations, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and regional development Banks, to generate greater investment in sectors with child justice responsibility.
Collaborate with other Programme/Project Officers to ensure the integration of the sectoral programme with other sectors.
Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Child Protection programme planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Child Justice project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Child Protection programme goals with all key partners.
In line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, strengthen partnerships with child protection humanitarian actors within the inter-agency standing committee (IASC) mechanism and the JSC for preparedness, contingency planning and response.

Qualification of Successful Candidate

Education: An advanced university degree in Development, Law, Human Rights or a related technical field.
Work Experience:Eight years of professional work experience at national and international levels in child protection, including international work experience for IP. Background/familiarity with Emergency required. Experience in child protection systems design and implementation will be an asset.
Language Proficiency:Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.



For every Child, you demonstrate"¦

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

This position is classified as "rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.



UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.



Remarks

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.



How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=510072