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Syria: Child Protection Specialist, Fixed-Term

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Syria: Child Protection Specialist, Fixed-Term

Deadline for application: 
28 Jan 2020
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
UN Children's Fund
Job type: 

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Inspire

Under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office and technical guidance of the Child Protection Section, contribute to the formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Child Protection emergency programme(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives and ensure an effective emergency response and adherence to the CCCs in Humanitarian Action by the country office as a critical function during an emergency response.

Promotes intersectoral partnerships leading to responsive child protection systems that build on the strengths of issue-specific programming and which addresses specific forms of vulnerability.

How can you make a difference?

1. Programme Planning, Development and Management.

  • Enhance effective sectoral or inter-sectoral collaborative partnerships in planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input, leading to responsive child protection systems.
  • Provide substantive advice, recommendations, and input in the formulation of the country programme documents and plans of actions relating to the Child Protection programme.
  • Takes primary responsibility at the field office level for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined 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 partnerships to raise awareness and stimulate open dialogue on the rights of the child and practices that create a social exclusion or harm children.

3. Knowledge Management.

  • Promote knowledge management through the exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on the introduction of new initiatives in the country, using the know-how of academic and knowledge institutions to collect, analyze and use relevant data to further understanding of social norms and harmful practices to children, particularly girls.

4. Rights-Based and Results-Based Approach.

  • Promote the quality of rights-based Child Protection programmes through participation in the formulation of programme goals, strategies and approaches, collaborating with key partners to address the multiple aspects of the protective environment and to bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or inter-sectoral management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

5. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation and Monitoring.

  • Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches, with adequate consultation with relevant stakeholders. Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender/sex-disaggregated 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 evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts, with the involvement of all stakeholders.
  • Ensure the preparation of annual Child Protection sector status reports, with the contribution of all major partners.

7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.

  • Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government as well as all implementing partners accountability and to orientate and train Government and all UNICEF implementing partners in UNICEF supply and non-supply policies and procedures.
  • Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

8. Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.

  • Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve the delivery of services and achieve Child Protection programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts in order to: enhance collaboration with media, civil society and involvement of children and their families to support positive practices, engage in 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.
  • Collaborate with other Programme/Project Officers to ensure the integration of the sectoral programme with other sectors.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Child Protection programme planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
  • Interact with 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 Child Protection programme goals with all key partners.
  • In line with the Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) in Humanitarian Action, strengthen partnerships with child protection humanitarian actors within the Child Protection Sector Working Group mechanism, for preparedness, contingency planning and response.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in the social sciences, law or other relevant fields.
  • A minimum of 5 five of relevant professional experience in child protection, including international work experience for IP or fieldwork experience for NO.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.
  • Fluency in English and a second UN language (IP). Fluency in English and local working language of the duty station (Knowledge of 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:

i) Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

ii) Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication [ II ]
  • Working with People [ II ]
  • Drive for Results [ II ]

iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

  • Leading and Supervising [ I ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing [ III]
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]
  • iv) Technical Knowledge
  • a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
  • Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the following: Strengthening child protection systems and partner capacity for protecting children against violence, in emergencies, in respect of harmful traditional practices, in improving justice for children and in strengthening social welfare systems.
  • Use of data and indicators in child protection.
  • Knowledge of the global commitment on aid effectiveness, including the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action as well as knowledge of the Global Programme Partnerships (GPPs). b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)
  • The 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)

Government development plans and policies

  • Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes.
  • UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and 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 diversity.

View our competency framework at


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.

* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

* Please note that this is a non-family duty station.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offer of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

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=529137


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