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Senior Adviser (Child Safeguarding), (P-5), OED, New York

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Senior Adviser (Child Safeguarding), (P-5), OED, New York

Deadline for application: 
16 Jul 2018
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
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Under the supervision of the Deputy Executive Director (Management), the Senior Adviser (Child Safeguarding) coordinates the issuance of appropriate child safeguarding Procedure and Guidance by UNICEF Division Directors, providing necessary legal, policy and administrative advice.  Leveraging the expertise of substantive divisions, the Senior Adviser (Child Safeguarding) facilitates the identification of or designs mechanisms to fully implement such regulation. The Senior Adviser (Child Safeguarding) advises the Deputy Executive Director (Management) on areas of child safeguarding risk, and serves as Adviser on safeguarding incident response.

A summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Coordination of completion and maintenance of a comprehensive and coherent regulatory framework under the Child Safeguarding Policy; 
  2. Advise on safeguarding implementation modalities; 
  3. Advise on safeguarding incident response;
  4. Managerial leadership; 
  5. Networking and partnership-building; 
  6. Knowledge management; and
  7. Reporting.  

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

  • An advanced university degree in law, public policy, human rights or a related field; 
  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional work experience in law or public administration, with five years' experience relating to the administration of an international organization (including experience in drafting internal policy); 
  • Knowledge of the UNICEF Regulatory Framework and divisional accountabilities; 
  • Experience advising senior officials; 
  • Supervisory experience; 
  • Familiarity with UNICEF's investigative and disciplinary mechanisms; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and 
  • Fluency in English. (Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.)

Additional qualifications that are highly desirable include: 

  • Experience with reporting to and representing an organization before oversight bodies; 
  • Experience with (ideally UN) mechanisms concerning safeguarding beneficiaries from abuse and exploitation; 
  • Experience with developing training materials that cater to diverse audiences; and
  • Experience serving in a developing country.


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.

Apply or view the complete terms of reference here.  

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