Child protection Specialist: UNICEF Jobs

Posted on :

14 Oct, 2009

Category :

United Nations Jobs in Nigeria

post title: child protection specialist,
vacancy number: vn-ngr-042-2009
contract type: fixed-term
duration: two years
location: kaduna
deadline for application: tuesday, 20 october 2009

UNICEF Nigeria seeks the services of an experienced child protection specialist in the kaduna field office who will be responsible for effective management of unicef resources, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child protection/rights activities in the field office states viz, rights, policy and legislation, child participation and protection services, orphans and vulnerable children support projects. The incumbent will also supervise, monitor and ensure effective programme implementation, including un wide assistance in state of responsibility, focus local government areas and communities.

The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the following duties
manage unicef resources for child protection in the field office. Provide general technical support to programme partners and design, prepare, implement, monitor and evaluate all aspects of the rights, policy and legislation, child participation and protection services, orphans and vulnerable children support projects in the field office states. Analyze and evaluate data to ensure achievement of objectives and/or takes corrective action when necessary to meet child protection programme objectives. Contribute to the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation.
Advocate and promote policy and legislative reforms in line with the convention on the rights of the child (crc) and the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (cedaw); passage and implementation of the child rights law. Ensure capacity building of law enforcement agencies, parliament, judiciary, professional groups and decision makers for the implementation of local legislative and practical actions/policies on children and women’s rights at the state, local government and community levels including during emergencies.
Participate in the development of the sectoral work plan, ensure the achievement of specific assigned objectives. Provide guidance and support to staff in meeting project objectives. Prepare child protection program progress reports required for management, donor, budget review, programme analysis and annual reports etc.
Ensure the accurate and timely input of project information in the computerized programme system database and issue status reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
Identify training needs, select and compile training and orientation materials for government, civil society partners and others involved in programme implementation and assist government authorities in planning and organizing training projects.
Participate in identification and selection of technical supplies and equipment. Undertake field visits to unicef project sites, assess local conditions and resources and monitor unicef inputs—supply and non-supply assistance. Evaluate and analyze financial and supply reports to ensure appropriateness of documentation, expenditures are within allotments, data is consistent with programme implementation data base (pidb), mid-term strategy plan (mtsp) priorities. Report to the supervisor and/or head of office the outcome of reviews.
Participate in intersectoral collaboration with other programme colleagues. Assist in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate programme development.
Provide inputs for the preparation of the sectoral documents for the country programme recommendation and plans of action, country programme summary sheet, and other programme documents, as required.
Contribute to funding proposal development, resource mobilization and develop appropriate partnerships, undertake project monitoring and donor reporting in support of children and women’s rights project activities. Attend technical cooperation meetings, prepares notes and undertake follow-up actions on implementation of recommendations and agreements.

Minimum qualification and competencies
advanced university degree in social sciences, law, humanities or related technical field. Post graduate qualification in human rights or justice administration an asset.
Five years progressively responsible professional experience in programme design, management, monitoring and evaluation in child protection. Very good experience and contemporary knowledge of human rights, child participation, child rights and child law issues is required.
Fluency in oral and written english is required. Knowledge of local language of duty station an asset.
Knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields.
Analytical and conceptual ability; communication skills and report writing skills.
Negotiation, advocacy, networking and youth participation skills.
Planning and monitoring skills; ability to organize work and projects.
Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions.
Supervisory skills and team work ability.
Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
Commitment to continuous learning for professional development.
Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
Initiative, passion and commitment to unicef’s mission and professional values.

Unicef, which has a smoke-free environment, is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff.

Well qualified candidates, particularly women, are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

prepare the following documents
a completed un personal history form (which can be downloaded from
your curriculum vitae with your current, detailed contact information (including telephone number and email address)
a one-page summary statement that shows how your qualifications and experience meet the requirements above.

Only candidates meeting the minimum qualifications and competencies (above) will be considered.

Send your documents in a sealed envelope marked ‘confidential’ and with the vacancy number to:
The human resources manager
unicef, un house
plot 617/618, diplomatic drive
central business district
pmb 2851, garki, abuja

meet the deadline

applications must be received by unicef by midnight (abuja time) on tuesday, 20 october 2009.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


unicef will contact short-listed applicants within two weeks of the deadline. Unicef will not contact applicants who were not short-listed.

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