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Child Protection Specialist needed in Bahir Dar

Aug 03 2014


VACANCY NOTICE NO: ETH14029-2014-1    
LEVEL: NO C     
CONT. STATUS: Fixed-Term (FT)    

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the world’s leading organization working for the rights of children, is inviting applications for the above position. 

Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation systems programme(s) of the child protection program and to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. Promotes inter-sectoral partnerships leading to responsive child protection systems (social welfare and justice) build on the  strengths of issue-specific programming; and which addresses specific forms of vulnerability. 

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

1. Programme Planning, Technical support, 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  programs,   build on the strengths of issue-specific programming which addresses specific forms of vulnerability, including on child marriage,  children without adequate parental care, violence against children, child justice and those related to gender, disability, HIV, and facilitate measure of outcomes for different groups.

 Provide substantive advice, recommendations and input in the formulation of country programme documents and plans of actions relating to child protection programme.
Takes primary responsibility for the development of the child protection plan in the region and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches. 

2. 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 and practices that create social exclusion or harm children.

3. 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 social norms, harmful practices to children, issues of separation, particularly girls.

4. 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.

5. 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/sex disaggregated data. 

6. 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 the preparation of annual Child Protection sector status reports, with contribution of all major partners. 

7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.

Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government as well as all implementing partners’ 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.

8.  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. 

  • Overall coordination with UNICEF Field offices. 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 the community based alternative care program 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, for preparedness, contingency planning and response. 

Job Requirements:

Education requirements: Advanced university degree*, preferably in the social sciences, law or other relevant field. 

Work Experience: Five years of professional work experience at national and international levels in child protection, including field work experience and Background/familiarity with Emergency. *A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Language Proficiency: Fluency in English and in the local working language of the duty station required. 

Nationality:    Candidates should be NATIONALS of Ethiopia.

Competencies: Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity, Communication, Drive for Results, Working With People, Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Relating and Networking, Deciding and Initiating Action, Applying Technical Expertise.

How to Apply:

Apply online
Applications must include motivation letter, an updated CV, and a completed UN Personal History Form (P-11) available for download on the same page.
UNICEF and UN candidates must also include two recent Performance Evaluation Reports.
Please apply online at
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Applications from qualified women are encouraged
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