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Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices) at United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s 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.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:



Job Title: Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices)

Job no: 550356
Location: Akure, Ondo
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: NO-3
Categories: Child Protection

Job Description

  • The Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices) will serve under the direct supervision of the Chief of Field Office in Akure.
  • This function will work within the context of supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNICEF Strategic Plan, UNICEF Gender Action Plan, UNICEF Child Protection Strategy and the Country Programme (or UNDAF).
  • The incumbent will lead the planning processes, develop partnerships and technical guidance to support the Prevention of Harmful Practices portfolio (with a focus on Female Genital Mutilation), In collaboration with UNICEF sections (in particular the Gender, innovation, external communication and C4D Sections), external partners and UN agencies (particularly UNFPA) the incumbent will provide implementation of child protection programmes in focus states under the Akure Field Office in order to enhance child protection systems.
  • The Child Protection Specialist (field office) will work closely with the Child Protection Specialist ((Harmful Practices), Gender, C4D, Education, Social Protection and Health Sections to ensure that the aims and approaches to end harmful practices are effectively considered and coherently integrated into appropriate work streams.

How can you make a difference?:

  • The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief of field Office for general supervision and operational guidance and to the Chief, Child Protection and Child Protection Manager for technical implementation of the programme.
  • The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Child Protection programme(s) as it relates to System Strengthening and is responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the child protection programmes/projects within the country programme with a particular focus on the UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme on FGM.
  • H/She facilitates the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm, and to protect their rights to survival, development and wellbeing as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies.
  • The Specialist contributes to the achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

  • Support child protection system programme development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results on harmful practices
  • Technical and operational support to harmful practices programme implementation
  • Networking and partnership building on harmful practices
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Competencies and Level of Proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles)
Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competences:

  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

Functional Competences:

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (3)

Recruitment Qualifications

  • An Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields is required: International Development, Human Rights, Psychology, Sociology, International Law, or another relevant Social Science field as it relates to harmful practices and gender issues


  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in Social Development Planning and Management in child protection gender related areas is required.
  • At least five years of relevant professional experience with demonstrated track record of having undertaken and led evidence-based programming on child protection, gender, social norms or harmful practices, with a cross-sectoral and adolescent girl focus.
  • Experience working on community engagement programmes is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection and gender related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in research and analysis, and especially monitoring and evaluation on gender, adolescents and harmful practices.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset



How to Apply
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Application Deadline 5th May, 2022 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).

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