Organization: UN Children’s Fund
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The Child Protection Specialist is based in MENA Regional Office supporting the Country Offices’ programmes. 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
How can you make a difference?
Under the guidance of the Regional Child Protection Adviser, accountable for providing high quality technical assistance to Country Offices on Justice for Children and Migration issues and for leading the development, implementation and monitoring of regional initiatives and partnerships in those thematic areas.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- High quality technical expertise and programme implementation guidance in the field of Justice for Children and Migration provided to Country Offices in MENA.
- Justice for children and Migration regional and country data analysed, compiled and disseminated to ensure achievement of objectives and/or take corrective action when necessary to meet regional and country programme goals.
- UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted at the regional level through advocacy and policy dialogue with relevant stakeholders within the Justice for Children and Migration domains.
- Knowledge management effectively promoted at the regional level through drafting/finalizing Justice for Children and Migration products, programme documents and reports; sharing good practices and lessons learned; promoting knowledge/information exchange among Country Offices; harnessing knowledge institutions resources and partnerships.
- Coherence and synergy gained by collaborating with key regional partners in the Justice for Children and Migration domains.
- Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches, in the areas of Justice for Children and Migration, with a special focus on promoting cross-regional collaboration along migratory routes.
- Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
- Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration; coordination amongst child protection system actors strengthened, with specific attention to the Justice for Children and Migration stakeholders in the region.
ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS
1. Programme Planning, Development and Management.
Provides substantive advice, recommendations and inputs in the formulation of regional and country programme documents and plans of actions relating to the Justice for Children and Migration components of the Child Protection programme at the regional and country level.
Takes primary responsibility for the development of the Justice for Children and Migration work plans and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned sectoral activities, in compliance with the defined regional 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 regional partnerships to raise awareness and stimulate open dialogue on issues related to Justice for Children and Migration in the MENA region.
3. Knowledge Management.
Promote knowledge management on Justice for Children and Migration by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical inputs or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the region; using the know-how of academic and knowledge institutions to collect, analyze and use relevant data on Justice for Children and Migration.
4. Rights-Based and Results-Based Approach.
Promote the quality of rights-based Child Protection programmes through supporting Country Offices in the formulation of programme goals, strategies and approaches, relevant to Justice for Children and Migration.
5. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.
Takes primary responsibility for the development of the Justice for Children and Migration elements of the Regional Office work plan as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activities, 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.
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 Justice for Children and Migration research and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with regional and government counterparts, with involvement of all stakeholders.
7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.
Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and partners’ accountability, as relevant; and to orientate and train UNICEF partners in UNICEF supply and non-supply policies and procedures, as relevant. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines, as relevant.
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 Justice for Children and Migration programme requirements and objectives.
• Conduct country technical support missions and support periodic programme reviews with counterparts and other partners at regional and country level, as needed.
• Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts in the Justice for children and Migration domains 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 protection responsibility.
• Overall coordination with HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Programme/Project Officers to ensure the integration of the sectoral programme with other sectors within the Regional Office.
• Interact with regional, Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of programme/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 Justice for Children and Migration programme goals with all key partners.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree, preferably in the social sciences, law or other relevant field.
- Minimum 8 year’s professional work experience at national and international levels in the child protection sector, including international work experience for IP or field work experience for NO. with a focus on Justice for Children and/or Migration.
Fluency in English. Fluency in French and Arabic would be a very strong asset. For every Child, you demonstrate…
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The technical competencies required for this post are….
Technical competencies must be demonstrated in the following areas:
a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required:
- Advanced knowledge on Justice for Children and/or Migration.
b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group):
- Methodology of programme/project management
- Programmatic goals, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
- Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.
- UNICEF policies and strategy in child protection, including: natural disasters, and recovery.
- Core commitments for children in emergencies (for all Emergency positions)
- UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
- Rights-based and Results-based programming in UNICEF.
- UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
- Mid-Term Strategic Plan
- UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.
- Gender equality and Diversity awareness.
c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job):
- Sound knowledge of UNICEF Justice for Children and broader UN strategies and approaches and related normative frameworks
- Knowledge of UNICEF Migration policy and programming frameworks and familiarity with global migration frameworks (e.g. Global Compacts on Migration, Global Compact on refugees etc.)
- UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
- UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
- UN security operations and guidelines.
- UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.
- UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.
UNICEF policies and strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and
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