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Latest Vacancies at the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), 24th January, 2019

Jan 24, 2019, 1:08 PM

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Job Title: TA Polio Communication and Media Specialist - P3, (364 days)
Job Number: 519005
Location: Abuja-Nigeria
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

Job Description

  • The efficiency and efficacy of the incumbent will contribute to improve policy advice on the articulation of C4D strategies and priorities in NERICC work plans, with an emphasis on those that promote equity for children and social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups.

Key Functions
  • Media strategy and plan of action strategically developed and formulated, and the implementation effectively managed, facilitated and executed at the national, state and LGA levels
  • Press releases prepared and distributed, periodic media briefs, and media missions to update media on the polio situation and challenges organized in Nigeria before each round of IPDs, in collaborate with the Public Relations Unit at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency
  • Strategies that ensures the full participation and support of the media and leverage mass media through such activities as media mapping, partnership with Nigeria Television authority, National Orientation Agency, federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria, and the Nigerian Guild of editors supported technically. Foreign correspondents based in Nigeria engaged through regular meetings, workshops, and interactive sessions to promote the inclusion of polio issues on their agendas
  • Quarterly Media training/workshops for national and state-based and select LGA-based reporters/journalists organized to ensure support in creation/copy writing of relevant material.
  • Technical support effectively provided to government counterparts including the NPHCDA for the development of a database of mass media products such as advocacy kits, radio and video documentaries, photographs, Fact Sheets, etc
  • Daily media analysis of the dailies in the country conducted and fed back regularly to partners at the National, State and LGA levels. Quarterly informal interaction-meetings organized with editors/senior correspondents to brief them on the Polio Eradication Initiative and EPI and associated issues (diarrhoea management, nutrition, sanitation etc) in order to bolster positive and factual media coverage of the programme, based upon the media analysis and the monthly media update prepared by the Media Specialist.
  • Budget properly planned, monitored and controlled, ensuring allocated funds optimally appropriated.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
  • Programme communication programme strategy, plan and implementation for behavioural change:
  • In collaboration with the Chief of Communication, Polio, and other stakeholders and partners, the Communication Specialist, Media designs, manages and facilitates the implementation of a media, strategy and plans of action aiming at informing donors, policy makers and the general public on developments being made at the national state and LGD levels to eradicate polio and ensuring increased coverage of routine immunization.

Information Dissemination:
  • In collaboration with partners, the Communication Specialist, Media develops mechanisms for collecting information and segmenting the information for dissemination of the different audiences having a stake in the programme including HQ and RO

Partnerships for social mobilization:
  • Develops partnerships with various media organizations and institutions (foreign and local) both electronic and print capable of advocating for a better understanding of the issues involved in polio eradication and EPI.

Capacity building support:
  • Develops training materials and activities to build capacity the capacity of journalists and other media practitioners at the LGA, State and national levels on reporting for on polio and EPI

Coordination and collaboration with government and partners:
  • Support government agencies like the NPHCDA and the Ministry of Information build a database of media support materials which can be a quick and accessible resource for information on polio and EPI.

Monitoring and evaluation:
  • Monitors and evaluates media activities.
  • Prepare reports based upon a thorough analysis and evaluation of data, contributes to the completion of donor reports including Human Interest Stories and notes where donor has been specifically mentioned in social media.

Budget planning and management of program funds:
  • Participates in and contributes to the budget and programme review and planning. Establishes programme work plans, allocation of resources, and monitors progress and compliance.
  • Monitors the overall allocation and disbursement of programme funds, making sure that funds are properly coordinated, monitored and liquidated.
  • Takes appropriate actions to optimize use of programme funds. Improves programme efficiency, quality and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Job Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in the social/behavioral sciences, (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) with emphasis on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research.
  • A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in the development, planning and management of social development programmes, including several years in developing countries, with practical experience in the adaptation and application of communication planning processes to specific programmes.

Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Local working language of the duty station an asset

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Job Title: TA Polio Data Manager - P4
Job Number: 519013
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Temporary Appointment

Key Expected Results

  • Leadership in the preparation of the Polio Communication situation analysis by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the analysis.
  • Maintains a data bank of social indicators which are relevant to the Polio Communication Programme.
  • Coordinates the preparation of the Polio data compilation, monitoring, evaluation and research plan.  Responsible for leading the integration of Polio activities within the Country Programme Recommendation (CPR) and all related documents.
  • Manages databases, well-designed data collection methodologies and research protocol for the Polio Programme (Sentinel Site Survey, rapid assessments, KAP, polling, etc.).  Participates in the development and introduction of new approaches and methods in project monitoring and evaluation and data analysis.  Serves as a focal point for the introduction of the new M&E Software, including Evaluation Study Summary Sheet and Programme Review Sheet. Organizes and conducts necessary training in this regard.
  • Under the direction of the Chief of C4D/Polio, support the development of presentations and analysis of data sets for the communication component of the ERC and Independent Monitoring Board reviews.
  • Analyses and evaluates data to ensure achievement of objectives and recommends corrective action, when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives.
  • Provides technical advice to programme staff, Emergency Operation Centre Situation Analysis Working Group, government officials and other counterparts and coordinates and manages the data-related and evaluative elements of polio communication programmemilestone meetings, Expert Review Committee meetings, grant reviews, mid-term reviews, strategy meetings, previews and reviews and annual reviews.
  • Enhance data collection and analysis for sentinel sites in communities identified in high risk areas where communication activities can be more closely monitored and then from which data can be gathered over the course of several IPDs. The data will be analyzed and correlated with communication interventions to demonstrate trends in immunization that can be linked to the social activities
  • Leads the preparation of the monitoring and evaluation documents within the polio communication section. In close collaboration with the Communications specialist (polio communication) identifies and disseminates relevant statistical information/results of the polio communication Situation Analysis to international, national, zonal, state and local levels.
  • Participates in the development of the polio data collection work plan and ensures compliance to specific assigned objectives. Provides guidance and support to staff.

  • Advanced University Degree in Statistics, Biostatistics or Demography along with real time experience in communication/social data management with emphasis in research/data collection methodologies, data analysis, monitoring and evaluation
  • Knowledge of GIS software, e.g. Health Mapper, Action for the Right of Children ARC View, Expanded Information on Immunization (EPI-Info), new technology platforms for data collection and analysis; and interactive digital media.
  • First University Degree with additional two-years of relevant experience is acceptable in lieu of and advanced University Degree

Work Experience:
  • Eight years of progressively responsible relevant work experience in the development, planning and management of research functions in social/international development programmes, with practical experience in managing data collection, analysis and dissemination processes to specific programmes.

  • Fluency in English required
  • Fluency in a second UN language or a local working language of the duty station would be an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply


Application Deadline 29th January, 2019.



Job Title: FT Knowledge Management Specialist - NOC
Job Number: 519305
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

Main Responsibilities

  • Ensuring key policy and advocacy issues are available through regular situation reports, briefings, information, data and analysis on UNICEF's programmes in Nigeria and the emergency response. Working closely within the Management for Results Section, this information will be used to ensure that UNICEF and staff are in the best position for effective advocacy on behalf of children.
  • Designing and developing factsheets, infographics, and presentations that communicate results for children.
  • Promoting knowledge management within the UNICEF Nigeria Country Office (NCO) to ensure that all staff in Abuja and the field offices are effectively sharing knowledge and information, internally, with partners, donors and counterparts.
  • Managing the NCO internal SharePoint team site.

Key Function, Accountabilities and Related Duties/Tasks
  • Ensure the collection, supply and exchange of information supportive to UNICEF programmes.
  • Prepare high quality reports, briefing materials, factsheets and presentations.
  • Ensure facilitation of knowledge building and management for NCO, and support the use of innovations for effective information-sharing within the office and with external partners, donors, and counterparts.
  • Contribute to preparation of donor briefings by updating NCO's donor and communications information packs with the latest data.
  • Maintain and update existing tools and systems for knowledge management (e.g., SharePoint site).
  • Design and produce quality infographs, posters and materials that highlight achievement of results for children

Job Requirements
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • An advanced University Degree (Master's or equivalent) in Social Sciences, Communications, or related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience is required especially with experience in design and communication. Experience in Microsoft Office suite required; experience working with either Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Prezi is an advantage; Experience working for an operational UN agency or NGO is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required.

For Every Child, you Demonstrate:

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply



Job Title: 
FT Innovation Specialist - NOC
Job Number: 519318
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

How can you make a difference?

  • Under the supervision and overall guidance of the Programme Specialist (Field Results), the Innovation Specialist is responsible for coordinating and facilitating this mainstreaming effort, and for providing ongoing technical support to the roll out of prioritised innovations including to programme sections in the design and implementation of their respective Innovation flagship initiative(s) in close coordination with the Global Office of Innovation and the Regional Office (as needed).

Main Responsibilities
  • Lead the development and integration of supply tracking and assessment tools with Equitrack, ODK and Activity Info as relevant.
  • Coordination with the Regional Office and Global Innovations team to share lessons learned and support initial roll out of best practices such as EquiTrack.
  • Management and coordination of U-Report platform and engagement with related stakeholders.
  • Mainstreaming of RapidSMS/RapidPro into programs, starting with informants from a vulnerability assessment, then moving to sectoral stakeholder such as social workers, youth groups, health workers, and ITS leaders.
  • Support to implementation of AcitivityInfo for partner reporting and linkages with other platforms such as ODK, and Mapping (as needed).
  • Support the use of knowledge tools such as trello and teamsite for improved office efficiency and knowledge sharing.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
  • Identify opportunities for resource mobilisation and new partnerships for innovations in close collaboration with the Global Office of Innovation and Regional Office.
  • Develop partnerships and network with local innovators, youth organizations, NGOs, cultural and religious organisations, the private sector, local media and academia to build and provide a space to nurture and test new and innovative ideas, develop the next generation of thought leaders and build local capacity.
  • Train UNICEF staff, partner staff, government counterparts and other end users in the country in the use of innovation products and processes.
  • Document tested innovation projects and processes and ensure effective sharing and generation of knowledge around innovations in the Country Office as well as with UNICEF global innovation network.
  • Together with the Chief M4R, represent the Country Office in the UNICEF global innovation network for information sharing and leverage experiences of innovation colleagues in other Country Offices as well as at the global level.
  • Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist (Field Results) and guidance of the Chief M4R and Deputy Representative, and in cooperation with programme teams, coordinate and provide support on overall innovation strategy/action plan for UNICEF Nigeria, including formulation, design, planning and implementation in close collaboration with the Global Office of Innovation Unit and Regional Office.
  • Coordinate and support development and testing of innovation products and processes to strengthen and improve efficiency and effectiveness of UNICEF's programming, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and communication. More specifically, provide technical support for continued improvements to U-Report, and deployment of RapidSMS/RapidPro - UNICEF's latest mobile phone based system for real-time data collection, including negotiations with mobile network companies and other service providers. Support to implementation of AcitivityInfo for partner reporting and linkages with other platforms such as ODK, and Mapping (as needed).
  • Proactively scout for new innovative ideas and opportunities that promote and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of UNICEF Nigeria's programme objectives.

  • Advanced University Degree in Computer Science or related field such as Information Technology, Information Systems, Engineering or Statistics.

Work Experience:
  • Five years of relevant professional work experience. Experience in start-up companies/organisations is an asset.
  • International and Developing country work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency is an advantage.

Language Proficiency:
  • Fluency in English and another UN language

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply


Application Deadline 31st January, 2019



Job Title: Innovation Specialist, P4
Job Number: 519429
Location: Abuja
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

Job Descriptions
For every child, Opportunities:

  • The Innovation Specialist is responsible for identifying opportunities to use existing and new data collection systems to strengthen the country projects and programmes involving citizens and/or youth as beneficiaries.
  • The Innovation Specialist acts to build capacity in both the country office across all sections, partners and government stakeholders inclusive of all levels within the hierarchy.
  • The Innovation Specialist is responsible for initiating and coordinating ongoing and new Innovation projects for UNICEF Nigeria and partners, and for providing ongoing technical support to each programme team in the design and implementation of their respective Innovation flagship initiative(s).

Key Functions, Accountabilities and Related Duties or Tasks

How can you make a difference?
Citizen Engagement, Participation & Feedback (U-Report):
  • Work closely with Programme, ICT and M4R sections to infuse real-time data into strengthening programmes and to support awareness, behaviour change and mobilization efforts to support specific community activities.
  • Build, manage and optimize a scale strategy to ensure U-Report is as accessible to young people across Nigeria.
  • Manage and raise funds to support the U-Report system.
  • Identify and build on existing partnerships to:
    • Increase the number of U-Reporters
    • Keep U-Reporters engaged
    • Share results and feedback

  • Answer questions from U-Reporters on a range of issues
  • Work closely with the Emergency Specialist to build U-Report projects that enhance emergency preparedness and response.
  • Work alongside the WASH team to leverage existing scale up activities, disaggregate data for WASH related programmes and support monitoring efforts.
  • Support the Education section across their 2018-2021 programmes as well as identify any immediate opportunities for Health and HIV, as requested by the section chiefs.
  • Liaise with the Nutrition chief and section to determine how best to mobilise young people and community members to prevent stunting.
  • Identify how best to support efforts to support existing efforts and partnerships to increase birth registration by working with the Child Protection section.
  • Work closely with C4D team to develop strategy and work plan for U-report Nigeria where grass roots mobilisation and partnerships are important.
  • Establish and maintain U-report external steering committee to guide design and deployment of the platform
  • Work with ICT section to leverage existing partnership opportunities and identify new high-level partnership opportunities with relevant companies in the private sector.
  • Work with Communications to monitor and optimize U-Report scale up campaigns.
  • Manage and maintain existing partnerships with other UN agencies, NGOs and partners to ensure all fulfil their potential.
  • Management of consultant(s) related to the activities outlined above.
  • Work with U-report Global Coordinator to ensure that U-report Nigeria is aligned with global approach and guidelines, including branding, content, and advocacy efforts

Real-Time Monitoring (RTM) & Information Systems:
  • Act as the country focal point for collaboration with Programme Division across all new and existing initiatives.
  • Support programme sections in gathering and refining requirements for deployment of RapidPro-based solutions
  • Liaise with technical service providers to support the adaptation / development of new products in line with requirements of programme sections
  • Work with ICT and Telecom authorities to obtain necessary additional dedicated short codes to support specific programmes
  • Work with ICT & M4R section as relevant to develop big data platforms and analysis
  • Liaise with M4R section to support the establishment of contributions of RTM to existing workflows.
  • Manage and maintain existing partnerships with key vendors such as the aggregator and RapidPro hosting companies.
  • Support programme sections and partners in deployment and ongoing management of new products
  • Provide capacity building to programme sections and key counterparts in the design, development, and management of new products
  • Act as an external representative of UNICEF Innovation in meetings with key government stakeholders where programme sections require, request or need support.

Non traditional Partnerships:
  • Working closely with programme sections, identify set of priority research questions and develop a research plan around Innovation in UNICEF research for Nigeria, with links to the programme-level innovation inception and design processes in place.

Learning, Coordination and Convening:
  • Ensure comprehensive documentation of all innovation projects and processes
  • Ensure effective sharing and generation of knowledge around Innovations within UNICEF Nigeria, and develop knowledge products in support of this
  • Organize and coordinate technical working groups across functional areas of focus, and liaise regularly with CMT to provide updates and receive feedback on progress against Innovation strategy and work plan
  • Identify opportunities for resource mobilization and new partnerships, and lead proposal and partnership development efforts on behalf of the Innovation Unit.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree in International Development, Business Administration, Information Technology or another related field.

  • A minimum of eight years of experience in managing programmes or projects related to information technology for development, communication, education with strong technology components across a large organisation. Experience in start-up companies/organisations is an asset.
  • Experience in managing internal and external partnerships, including international organisations.
  • Good knowledge of current trends in youth participation and new media, as well as a good understanding of development issues, world affairs and current events

Language requirements.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply



Job Title: Chief Field Officer, P5
Job Number: 519370
Location: Lagos
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

For every child, a future

  • Under the guidance of the Representative, the Chief of Field Office (Partnerships) will be responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the Nigeria Country Office’s partnership and resource mobilization strategy, including leveraging and engaging with the private sector, in alignment with UNICEF’s Better Business for Children framework and UNICEF’s local, regional and global resource mobilization priorities.

Key Functions, Accountabilities and Related Duties/Tasks
Resource mobilization and partnerships:
  • Develop a comprehensive resource mobilization and partnerships strategy, including with the private sector, to support UNICEF's priorities at the national level. Design a coherent action plan for each component of the strategy: target setting, prospect pipeline, investment cases, cultivation and solicitation, and partnership management.
  • Cultivate, solicit and finalize partnerships with corporations, high-net-worth individuals, foundations and other key stakeholders for resource mobilisation and private sector engagement aims, in line with UNICEF's Better Business for Children framework.
  • Work in close collaboration with cross-sectoral sections  Communication, Advocacy & Partnership (CAP), Communication for Development (C4D), Social Policy (SP), Management for Results (M4R), and Gender, as well as other programmes sections and Operations, to project a united image of UNICEF's work and brand positioning to UNICEF's donors.

Programme Management:
  • Lead and guide a team of professional and support staff overseeing implementation of UNICEF-supported programmes using appropriate strategies and interventions relevant to the State and Country Programme. Ensure effective and appropriate use of human and material resources, working closely with government and other partners, to ensure smooth and efficient execution of UNICEF-supported programme activities.
  • Coordinate inter-sectoral programme activities to contribute to the achievement of programme objectives and relevant Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Direct, supervise and coordinate implementation of state engagement plans and Field Office workplan, with systematic and regular monitoring of progress to ensure objectives are met.
  • Closely monitor financial commitments, expenditure and liquidation of programme and administrative funds allotted to the Field Office, in accordance with financial rules and regulations, ensuring accountability for resources allocated to the office and compliance with all operational systems and procedures.
  • Ensure established relevant internal controls are monitored and adhered to.

Knowledge Management:
  • Ensure that country programmes are supported by knowledge management through data collection and analysis, complete and accurate reporting as well as participation in the Programme Knowledge Network system of lessons learned" and other corporate-level databases; participate in information exchange through donor and media visits as well as in the development of training and orientation material.

Programme planning and development:
  • Keep abreast of development policies of Federal and State Governments and the socio-economic scenario of the area.
  • Support the Lagos State Government to develop a Plan of Action for children based on an up-to- date situation analysis, with attention to gender equality and the equity perspective (identify and track gender inequalities, equity aspects of child vulnerabilities, and promote interventions to address both).
  • Strengthen coordination between sectors and between different levels of government for policy implementation. Support the development of state engagement plans between UNICEF and the Lagos State Government.

Rights-based and results-based programme management approach:
  • Ensure a rights-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and the development of strategies and implementation frameworks.
  • Formulate consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects.
  • Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes, using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design.
  • Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women, and recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives.

Programme monitoring/evaluation:
  • Coordinate timely programme reviews with both government and other partners.
  • Develop and make effective use of programme monitoring systems and ensure that information generated leads to improvement of project performance and feedback to staff.
  • Direct, supervise and coordinate the preparation of all programme reports required by the country office and donors. Provide inputs and support required during evaluations.

National and local capacity building/sustainability:
  • Provide authorities and service providers with technical support and guidance to plan and organize training programmes for capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Ensure the building and reinforcing of the commitment and institutional capacities of national and local partners, starting with taking a strategic approach to the identification of these partners and partnerships.

Rights perspective and advocacy at the national, community and family Levels:
  • Conduct policy analysis from a children's and women's rights perspective and advocacy at the government, private sector, community and family levels for elevating credibility in national and international policy debates.
  • Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through active advocacy and communication in line with UNICEF's national advocacy guidelines and strategy.

Representation, advocacy, coordination and collaboration with partners:
  • On behalf of the Country Representative, represent UNICEF in Lagos, and advocate for policies supportive of UNICEF goals and objectives, building alliances with government, the private sector, media - both traditional and non-traditional, innovative entrepreneurs seeking solutions that can impact positively on children's lives, NGOs and community groups towards the achievement of these goals. Represent UNICEF in meetings with senior government officials, private sector leaders, multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies and non-governmental organizations, maintaining an effective working relationship and advocating for the rights of children in all fora. Represent UNICEF and ensure increased commitment of UNICEF working under United Nations Joint Partnership framework.
  • Establish effective partnerships with the Government, bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, civil society and local leaders, the private sector, media, and other UN agencies to support sustained and proactive commitment to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to achieve global UN agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Generation Unlimited. Identify other critical partners, including in the world of innovation, promote awareness and build capacity of partners, and actively facilitate effective collaboration within the UN family.
  • Develop partnerships and collaboration in order to improve the ability to collect and disseminate development data and information, exchange information on programme/project status and implementation and movement/distribution of supplies. Link to the Regional Programme Knowledge Network to ensure the availability of current and accurate programme data.
  • Collaborate with the Operations Section to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of programming endeavours and to coordinate financial and supply management requirements and accountability.
  • Maintain close collaboration with heads of sectoral programmes in the CO for effective overall coordination on programmes.

Governance and Office management:
  • Provide leadership to a team with diverse backgrounds and experience, so that they successfully work towards a common goal. Identify and recommend human resources required for programmes, assign tasks to staff in the Field Office, monitor performance, complete the performance appraisal process, as required; and ensure appropriate professional development, training and motivation of staff.
  • Put in place structures for optimal management of the Field Office and participate in country office forums for governance. Ensure the organisation of regular staff and programme meetings and follow up on decisions and recommendations. Provide input to the Country Management Team.

Job Requirements
  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or other relevant disciplines.

Work Experience:
  • Ten years of relevant professional work experience is required.
  • International and developing country work experience and field work experience.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.

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

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply



Job Title: Child Protection Specialist (MRM), P3
Job Number: 519296
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type: Fixed Term Staff

Job Descriptions

  • The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief, Child Protection or Child Protection Manager for guidance and general supervision.
  • The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Child Protection programme(s) and is responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the child protection programmes/projects within the country programme.
  • The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes.
  • 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 well being 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 UNICEFs Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of Key Functions/Accountabilities
How can you make a difference?

Support to Programme/Project Development and Planning:

  • Support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the child protection programmes/projects to ensure that current and comprehensive data on child protection issues is available to guide UNICEFs strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child rights and protection, and to set programme priorities, strategies, and design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of child protection programmes/projects. Formulate, design and prepare programme/project proposals for the sector, ensuring alignment with UNICEFs overall Strategic Plans and the Country Programme, as well as coherence and integration with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the sector using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities and competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

Programme Management, Monitoring and Delivery of results:
  • Plan and collaborate with colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in child protection programmes.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required actions and interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems. Take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, as well as standards of accountability and integrity. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

Technical and Operational Support to Programme Implementation
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners and donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and approaches on child protection related issues to support programme management, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Arrange and coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ to ensure timely and appropriate support throughout the programming process.
  • Participate in child protection programme meetings, including programme development and contingency planning discussions on emergency preparedness in the country or other locations designated, to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.
  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.

Networking and Partnership Building:
  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, allies, donors, and academia - through active networking, advocacy and effective communication - to build capacity, exchange knowledge and expertise, and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results in child protection.
  • Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and to support fund raising for child protection programmes and emergency interventions.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on child protection related issues to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF planning and preparation of programmes/projects. Ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process for development planning and agenda setting.

Innovation, Knowledge Management and Capacity Building:
  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in child protection management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results in child protection and related programmes/projects.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
  • 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.

  • A minimum of five 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 considered as an added advantage.

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

For every Child, you demonstrate:

Interested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply


Application Deadline 7th February, 2019



  • 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.
  • 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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