22 April 2016

UN Jobs - Child Protection Specialist (Justice for Children) at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Organisation: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Reports to: Chief Child Protection
Job Grade: P-4
Vacancy No:  493914
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

For 60 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.

Job Summary: The Child Protection Specialist (Justice for Children) will primarily be  responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the “Justice for Children” Output of the current Child Protection Programme 2016 – 2020.  In addition, the Child Protection Specialist also supports the Chief in the managing the section and contributing to knowledge development/innovation and for developing and preparing child protection (and/or integrated/complex/key) programs/projects, and will provide authoritative technical guidance/operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery of concrete and sustainable UNICEF contribution to national and international efforts to create a child friendly  and responsive system which ( as an integral part of the child protection system) effectively and efficiently protects and serves all children, and operates in the best interest of children environment for children against all harm and to protect their rights to survival, development and well-being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies. The Specialist contributes to achievement of concrete and sustainable programs/projects results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF's Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Management and advisory support to the Chief
  • Offer technical advice to the Chief in establishing the annual work plan including developing strategies and determining priorities/targets and performance measurements. Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.
  • Provide technical assistance/advice to colleagues in the Section on all aspects of programming and implementation to enable colleagues to achieve program/performance objectives.
  • Perform the full duties of the Chief in his/her absence.
2. Program development and planning
  • The jobholder will plan and/or provide technical assistance and operational support to the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence based data on children in contact and in conflict with law are available to guide UNICEF's strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child rights and protection of those children and to set program priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans.
  • Stay abreast with national/regional/international development priorities on UN Common Approach to Justice for children and on child protection and rights in general to enhance program management and delivery.
  • Actively participate in strategic program discussion on the planning of child protection programs/projects.
  • Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects proposal for the Justice for Children Programme component, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF's Strategic Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Work in liaison with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the Justice for Children Programme component using on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for program review and approval.
  • Provide authoritative technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of Justice for Children Programme component with other Child Protection Programme component and other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.
3. Program management, monitoring and quality control of results:
  • Plan and/or collaborate with monitoring and evaluation initiatives to establish benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators, to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in Justice for Children Programme component.
  • Actively participate in major monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Keenly monitor programs/projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Plan, monitor and control the use of program resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) certifying/verifying compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Submit/prepare program/project reports to donors and other partners to keep them informed on program progress and critical issues.
4. Advisory services and technical support
  • Offer technical assistance to key government officials, NGO, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on justice for children as an integral part of child protection system, human rights and other related issues to support program development planning, implementation and delivery of results planned under the Justice for Children Output.
  • Coordinate/ensure the availability of technical experts (with Regional Office/HQ) to ensure timely support throughout all stages of programming/project processes.
  • Actively participate in strategic discussions to influence policy and agenda setting for combating poverty and all forms of discrimination against women/children by advising on and advocating strategies and approaches to promote/catalyze social changes for a protective environment for child survival, development and well-being in society.
  • Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and consideration.
  • Participate in country discussions on child protection emergency preparedness, programming and contingency planning to ensure proactive and appropriate response to children in contact and conflict with the law are in place to meet onset of emergencies nationally or other designated locations.
5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on child protection.
  • Prepare communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances for sustainable results and support fund raising for UNICEF and Country Office child protection programs and emergency interventions.
  • Take part in and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on Justice for Children component of the child protection programme, child rights and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues UNDAF planning and preparation of programs/projects including emergency preparedness.
6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Actively promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable child protection programs/projects initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting edge practices on child protection management and information systems. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Significantly contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programs and projects.
  • Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on child protection and related programs/projects.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist (Justice for Children) career opportunity should hold an advanced University degree (Master’s) in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and additional two (2) years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • At least eight years of professional relevant experience in child protection, including in Justice for Children programming at the national and international levels, some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required.
  • Significant experience in child protection and related areas, program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization are an asset.
  • Previous exposure and experience in both development and humanitarian contexts are an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is considered an asset.

Personal Competencies:
  • Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity
  • Core Competencies: Communication - Level (II), Working with people - Level (II), Drive for results - Level (II)
  • Functional Competencies: Leading and supervising - Level (I), Formulating strategies/concepts - Level (II), Analyzing - Level (III), Relating and networking - Level (II), Deciding and initiating action - Level (II), Applying Technical Expertise - Level (III)

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 organisation.

How to Apply:
If you want to work for the United Nations UNICEF in the aforementioned capacity should please click on web link below to visit and review the requirements and Click “Apply Now.

Deadline: 28th April, 2016

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