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Purpose of the post:
Under the guidance and supervision of the Regional Advisor Child Protection, the Child Protection Manager-Child Labour, serves as the regional focal point for child labour and modern slavery within the overall child protection programme. The Manager enhances UNICEF’s planning, design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation strategies for the regional Child Protection programme with specific attention to child labour and modern slavery. S/he is responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, and reporting on the regional child labour programme, and facilitates the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions to regional efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm, and particularly against the risk of child labour as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies. The Specialist provides necessary technical and strategic support to the country offices on the area of child labour and modern slavery, and conducts strategic analysis on the child labour and modern slavery in South Asia, including reflection on specific groups such as those with disabilities and those who are migrants. The Manager is engaged in partnership activities with other regional initiatives around child protection, child labour and modern slavery. S/he ensures strong UNICEF representation among agencies at the technical level enabling UNICEF for strengthened leveraging.
How can you make a difference?
Support the administration, development, planning, implementation and monitoring of the regional child protection programme with a specific focus on child labour.
- Support the preparation, design and implementation of the regional child protection programme, with particular attention to child labour and modern slavery, including formulate, design and prepare programme/project documents/reports related to child labour and modern slavery, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s overall Strategic Plans and the human rights framework, and considering regional policies and directions
- Acts as the grant manager for any child labour related projects ensuring implementation complies with the terms of the grant, financial and narrative requirements are met, and milestone activities such as assessments, audits and evaluations are adequately supported
- Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of child protection programmes/projects.
- Establish and monitor specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the child protection, notably for the child labour and modern slavery programme. Coordinate reporting from country offices, as needed, and monitor country progress, recommending timely adjustments, particularly for the child labour and modern slavery aspect of the programme.
- Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, related to child labour and modern slavery, to determine priorities and competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
- Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonisation of programmes/projects with the broader child protection programme and with other UNICEF sectors, for the achievement of results, notably within the regional child labour and modern slavery programme
Technical and operational support to programme implementation.
- Provide technical guidance and operational support to country offices in South Asia, and regional partners on child protection programming, particularly child labour and modern slavery.
- Identify needed technical inputs required to ensure effective implementation of the child labour programme, and coordinate the same
- Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials
- Provide technical advice to key government officials, NGO, UN system and other country office partners on strategies and best practices to influence approaches/policies, support social/economic/political/legal development planning & implementation, and to support delivery of results on child protection, particularly child labour and modern slavery
- Contribute to the creation and implementation of a regional child protection programme, that is technically robust, feasible and results oriented, with particular attention to child labour and modern slavery.
- Ensure that current and comprehensive data on child labour and modern slavery informs child protection priorities, strategies and plans
Networking and partnership building
- In collaboration with partners, define strategies for addressing child labour and modern slavery though strengthening child protection systems
- Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant regional and global partners, allies, UN agencies, donors, and academia - through active networking, advocacy and effective communication - to build capacity, exchange knowledge and expertise, and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results in child protection.
- Prepare communication and information materials to promote awareness and establish partnerships/alliances
- Collaborate with national and global colleagues, partners and allies to develop partnership frameworks to address specific needs and to leverage resources for enhancing and scaling up child protection programmes/projects.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
- Keep abreast of the latest developments and research on child labour and modern slavery, and ensure the latest evidence can be applied to programmes. Support knowledge management activities in the region
- Identify potential study and research required to inform child protection programming and particularly in the area of child labour, modern slavery, and specific sub-groups of children who may be effected differently such as children with disabilities and child migrants
- Analyse existing information and data on child migration and modern slavery issues for advocacy, policy dialogue with Government, design of strategies and programme formulation. Identify gaps and devise ways to address them.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- An advanced university degree is required from a recognized university in social work, sociology, social/cultural anthropology, labour law, or another relevant technical field.
- A minimum of eight years of professional experience in child or social protection programming.
- Proven experience in the area of child labour.
- Proven experience with all parts of the project cycle, and experience as a project manager. Project management certification an asset.
- Experience working in a developing country and with development partners is considered as an asset.
- Experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
- Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage
- Experience in child migration and the disability area considered an asset
- Experience in compiling complex reports or analytical documentation in English. .
- Fluency in English 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 core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are,
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Communication (II)
- Working With People (II)
- Drive for Results (II)
- Leading and supervising (I)
- Formulating strategies/concepts (II)
- Analysing (III)
- Relating and networking (II)
- Deciding and initiating action (II)
- Applying Technical Expertise (III)
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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.