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Under the direction and guidance of the UNICEF Burkina Faso representative, and in line with UNICEF’s global commitment to provide effective leadership in the Child Protection Area Of Responsibility, the incumbent will ensure child protection coordination mechanisms in Burkina Faso, provide guidance to all partners on common standards, strategies and approaches, ensure that all critical child protection gaps and vulnerabilities are identified and that information is provided on roles, responsibilities and accountability to ensure that all gaps are addressed without duplication. Therefore, if you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Maintain effective child protection coordination mechanisms at central and subnational levels with situations of humanitarian concern.
- Guarantee effective child protection preparedness and response in emergencies.
- Ensure that Child Protection standards are promoted among Sub Cluster members and capacities are built.
- Ensure that child protection concerns and standards are appropriately reflected in inter-sectoral humanitarian coordination fora
1.Maintain effective child protection coordination mechanisms at central and subnational levels with situations of humanitarian concern.
- Regular updating of Mapping of child protection actors in Burkina Faso and related sectors of interventions/capacities (5Ws and local partners including Community Based Child Protection Networks and Community Based Organizations).
- Ensure two-way communication with Child Protection Working Groups in the field and respond to their requests.
- In a participatory manner, support the development and implementation of the Child Protection Sub Cluster Work Plan for 2020 and the work plan for the other CP subnational subsectors for 2020.
- Ensure all Child Protection (CP) relevant actors are engaged as Sub Cluster members and adhere to the Principles of Partnership and the CP minimum standards in emergency.
- Produce sectoral reports and analysis (e.g. SITREPs, quarterly sectoral reports, Burkina Faso Humanitarian Fund reports etc).
2.Guarantee effective child protection preparedness and response in emergencies
- Promote interagency/inter-sectoral Child Protection needs assessments, lead and participate in inter-agency child protection assessments to identify priority child protection issues and advocate for delivery of appropriate responses.
- Organize the transparent process for the identification of a qualified CP NGOs to ensure the co-leadership of the CP subcluster at national and subnational levels, in support to the Government.
- Identify response gaps and promote members’ response (including activation of provider of last resort).
- Develop and regularly update a CP Cluster strategy including objectives and indicators for CP response that are aligned with and support realization of the strategic priorities set out by the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for the overarching humanitarian response, the Child Protection Minimum Standards and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Support development and updating of Child Protection interagency cluster Contingency plan.
- Coordinate relevant child protection inputs to the Humanitarian Action Plan and the mobilization of resources through humanitarian funding mechanisms in South Sudan, including Pooled Fund, CERF.
3.Ensure that Child Protection standards are promoted among Sub Cluster members and capacities built
- Disseminate Child Protection upcoming tools (assessments, guidelines, technical documents etc) in coordination with the Child Protection Working Group in Geneva and ensure responses are in line with existing policy standards and technical guidelines.
- Map capacity building needs of Sub Cluster and Working Group members and develop an inter-agency Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) capacity building plan that identifies and prioritizes inter-agency training and capacity building needs of CP staff and partners (international, national, and local) to enhance CP coordination and program implementation. In particular, support roll out of the inter-agency Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action by all CP actors and South Sudan, Introduction and roll out of CPIMS+, Inter-Agency Case Management Guidelines.
- Ensure a functioning platform for information sharing and Child Protection library / resources gateway.
- Ensure the review of the national guidelines on case management for its appropriate adaptation to the emergency context.
- Support the scaling up and functioning of the CPIMS+/PRIMERO in the emergency affected regions.
- Promote the collection of Child Protection data-indicators and relevant analysis at Child Protection Working Group level using innovative mechanisms.
4.Ensure that child protection concerns and standards are appropriately reflected in inter-sectoral humanitarian coordination fora
- Participate in Protection, gender-based violence (GBV) and other relevant Clusters.
- Participate in Inter Cluster Coordination Mechanisms and provide Child Protection inputs to the Humanitarian Country Team plans and meetings.
- Provide technical assistance for the design of a mainstreaming Child Protection matrix and advocate with other clusters for Child Protection issues mainstreaming (in particular work with Education cluster on integrating child protection through Child Friendly Spaces and other community based initiatives).
- Ensure with Protection Cluster that Child Protection issues are included in multi-sectoral assessments and initiatives.
- Promote information sharing with other cluster working groups and with external actors (with the approval of Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) members) to advocate for technical assistance and support.
- Develop an advocacy strategy for issues related to child protection that require sensitization of local authorities or donors and contribute to the development of key messages for broader humanitarian advocacy/messaging initiatives of the protection cluster or the office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in in social sciences, humanities, public administration, or related area, from a recognised tertiary education institution.
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in in social sciences, humanities, public administration, or related area, from a recognized tertiary education institution
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency inFrench is required. Knowledge of English and another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are:
- Leading and Supervising (II)
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts (II)
- Analyzing (III)
- Relating and Networking (III)
- Deciding and Initiating Action (II)
- Persuading and Influencing (III)
- Applying Technical Expertise (III)
- Planning and Organizing (III)
- Adapting and Responding to Change (II)
- Coping with Pressure and Setbacks (III)
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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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
How to apply:
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 organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=529211