The UNICEF Office to the AU& ECA was established to lead, facilitate and coordinate UNICEF’s engagement with the African Union and its Organs so that child rights issues remain high in the AU agenda.
UNICEF recently developed an engagement strategy with the African Union (AU) which overall objective is to contribute to positioning and advancing the rights of children and young people in its work, with a focus on consolidating results achieved and accelerating progress for children and young people. The AU-UNICEF cooperation framework sets four (4) main objectives being operationalized in a 2-year work plan 2019-2020:
- Accelerating children’s rights and protection on the continent;
- Catalysing young people’s development in Africa;
- Protecting children and young people in fragile and humanitarian contexts;
- Strengthening partnerships to deliver results for children.
How can you make a difference?
The position supports UNICEF AU&ECA Office engagement with the AU towards strengthening protection mechanisms of children and young people in fragile and humanitarian contexts.
Under the supervision of the Representative, the Humanitarian Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Monitors, analyzes and reports on AU engagement in humanitarian fronts (migrations, disasters relief, post-electoral conflicts and armed conflicts) in the continent.
- Provides support and technical assistance to the relevant AUC Divisions involve in humanitarian actions to ensure that Child protection dimensions are appropriately integrated in responses programs and decisions.
- In consultation with UNICEF Emergencies Technical teams and Child Protection Advisors, provides inputs to AU policy and program documents related to humanitarian and peace building; Act as focal point for the following specific advocacy initiatives: Children Affected by Armed Conflicts (CAAC), Children on the Move (CoM), Silencing the Guns. In that regard, monitors, reports and coordinates UNICEF engagements with the AUC and other UN Agencies in these initiatives.
- Contributes to preparing concept and briefing notes, speeches for high-level events related to humanitarian and peace and security. This includes, AU Summits, STC, Technical meetings, RCM meetings, AU-UNICEF top leadership meetings etc…
- Prepares or contributes to the preparation of various written reports, documents and communications, e.g. drafts sections of studies, background papers, policy guidelines, parliamentary documents, briefings, case studies, presentations, correspondence, etc.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university Degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Humanitarian Law, International Development, Economic or related social science field, or relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor's) in conjunction with a valid relevant professional certification is required.A minimum of two years of professional experience mainly in preparedness and/or humanitarian action is required.
- Understanding of development and humanitarian work.
- Emergency experience an advantage.
- Familiarity with the AU or any other Regional political institution is a considerable advantage.
- Fluency in English and French 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...
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...
- Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and inclusion, Integrity
- Core competencies: Communication (II), Working with people (I), Drive for results (I)
- Functional Competencies: Formulating strategies and concepts (I), Analysing (II), Applying technical expertise ((II), Learning and researching (II), Planning and organizing (II)
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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.
Please note that this is a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) position open to Finnish nationals only.
The JPO training programme includes the following learning elements:
- Pre-Boarding: UNICEF Context, organizational culture and values;
- On Boarding: Build and expand core knowledge of UNICEF’s functional context; Human Resources /Ethics;
- JPO Orientation Programme – Designed towards development of professional skills and personal insights into performance and collaboration and create and understanding of how the organization functions and carries out its missions around the world;
- E-learning opportunities in performance management: create the conditions for high performance and development;
- E-learning opportunities on basic UNICEF programme & operational Strategies: assimilate UNICEF’s approaches to programming and operations; thematic programme areas; as well as cross-cutting function areas;
- JPO Coaching, Mentoring and Buddy Programme – driven by individual needs and targeted towards insights into organizational culture and targeted training opportunities and support;
- Stretch assignments- opportunity, normally from to max of six months that goes beyond the current description and creates an opportunity to learn new skills in a different Duty Station, Division or Section;
- Career transition programme designed to help the JPOs plan their career development within UNICEF and help them actualize their career aspirations.
The JPO position includes a Duty travel and training allowance (DTTA) of $4000 per year which may be used for learning activities related to the assignment and career development.
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=529200