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The Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) call for the rapid provision and deployment of qualified personnel to act in the first eight critical weeks of humanitarian response and provide guidance for action beyond that, moving towards defined benchmarks and the inter-agency standard on Child Protection coordination.
The situation in Venezuela has changed and worsened significantly since 2015 as consequence of the protracted economic, political and social crisis. Shortage of basic goods, demonstrations, lootings, increased poverty and consequent psychosocial distress and violence, hyperinflation, exchange distortions, reduction of imports, lack of access to services, with social and political tensions rising, are some of the challenges faced by families, including boys and girls, in the country. The complex economic and socio-political dynamics triggered by the crisis are impacting the populations’ capacity to access enough and appropriate services including health, education, protection and water and sanitation.
The formal coordination of humanitarian action in response to the Venezuela crisis has been activated in July 2019 with an urgent need to scale up and strengthen coordination in all key areas of intervention including Child Protection. Therefore, the support is needed to ensure the humanitarian response in Child Protection is adequately coordinated, Child protection Minimum Standards, promoted and partners at national and subnational level adequately supported.
As part of UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Humanitarian Action, the Child Protection Coordinator is expected to provide leadership and support to the sub-regional and national child protection coordination structures within the Humanitarian Cluster Approach. To fulfill this function, a Child Protection Coordinator is needed to secure the overall cluster coordination of child protection responses at the national and subnational level in their efforts to respond to the current crisis.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Establish and assume coordination of the CP Area of Responsibility (AOR) at national level, including:
Maintain effective child protection coordination mechanisms at national and sub-national level
- Regular updating of mapping of child protection actors in Venezuela 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, develop and support implementation of the Child Protection AoR Work Plan for 2019
- Ensure all Child Protection relevant actors are engaged as AoR members and adhere to the Principles of Partnership and the humanitarian Principles
- Produce/contribute to Protection Cluster and inter-clusters’ reports and analysis (e.g. quarterly sectoral reports, CHF reports etc)
- Contribute to strengthening and building stronger relationships with local partners and actors to enhance engagement and response inside Venezuela;
- Ensure Child Protection needs are identified, analyzed and included in the Humanitarian Needs Overview
- Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the sector and its response;
- Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, diversity;
- Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between AoR’s participants and other stakeholders;
- Ensure action-oriented and effective engagement with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors and relevant national authorities for integration of Child Protection concerns, operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners;
- Contribute to relevant reports, provide information to and contribute to UN reports covering the child protection AoR.
- Ensure proper coaching and mentoring of sub-national coordinators
Guarantee effective and quality child protection preparedness and response
- Provide Child Protection contribution in the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan
- Conduct a capacity building assessment and develop a capacity building and mentoring plan
- Participate as needed in interagency/inter-cluster Child Protection needs assessments, lead inter-agency child protection assessments to identify priority child protection issues and advocate for delivery of appropriate response
- Identify response gaps and promote members’ response (including activation of provider of last resort with CLA)
- Ensure mobilization of resources through humanitarian funding mechanisms in Venezuela, including Pooled Fund, HF.
Ensure that child protection concerns and standards are appropriately reflected in inter-cluster humanitarian coordination fora.
- Participate and contribute in Protection, GBV and other relevant cluster’ meetings
- Contribute to strengthening and building stronger relationships with Protection cluster, GBV AoR, and any other relevant coordination group in Venezuela;
- Participate in Inter-cluster Coordination Mechanisms and provide Child Protection inputs to the Humanitarian Country Team plans and meetings
- Work with Protection cluster to ensure Child protection mainstreaming
- Collaborate with other relevant clusters to promote integrated programming (eg. Education, Health and Food Security)
- Ensure advocacy messages are developed with sector members on relevant Child Protection issues and brought to the relevant fora including HCT and donors’ meetings.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Research or related technical field.
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in child protection, including in coordination functions.
- Advance knowledge of child protection approaches, practices and applications.
- Excellent analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
- Excellent Spanish and English writing and editing skills.
- Experience working in emergency contexts.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.