Child Protection Officer

United Nations Children's Fund

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Support to programme development and planning

  • Contribute to the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning (in the areas of Child Protection System strengthening/Case management and Birth Registration) through research, analysis and reporting of child protection and other related information for the development planning and priority and goal setting.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical, programme, operational, and administrative transactions, preparing related materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating of results.
  • Prepare required programme documentations, materials, and data to facilitate the programme review and approval process.

Programme management, monitoring, and delivery of results

  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programmes/projects, and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative, and other assets), verifying compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations, procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. To ensure timely resolution by management and stakeholders, report on critical issues and findings. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Prepare regular and mandated sectoral programme/project reports for management, donors, and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.


Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Conduct regular programme field visits and surveys and exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support. Take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks, and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • To support program implementation, provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners, and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, and best practices in child protection.


Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on child protection.
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings/events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of child protection programmes/projects, and to integrate and harmonize 'UNICEF's position and strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fundraising and partnership development purposes.
  • Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances, and support fundraising for child protection programmes.

Innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building

  • Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Research and report on best and cutting-edge practices for the development planning of knowledge products and systems.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity-building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders.

Specific tasks include:

Support activities related to HACT, especially programmatic visits, as per the Child Protection programme and Office plan.
 

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

  • A university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, social service, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.
  • A minimum of two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection-related areas is required.
  • Relevant 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 working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in French or English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is an asset. 

Source: https://jobs.unicef.org/en-us/job/554553/temporary-appointment-child-protection-officer-no2-bissau