Child Protection Officer

UN Children's Fund, Manila, Philippines

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th August, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, a fair chance

UNICEF has been an active partner with the Government of the Philippines and civil society in realizing the rights of every Filipino child, in line with priorities to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. UNICEF efforts have been focused on the most vulnerable regions identified by the Government of the Philippines Development Plan, particularly in the regions of Visayas and Mindanao. To ensure that interventions are sustainable and scaled up, UNICEF will support primarily local government units (LGUs) as the main instruments of delivering services and building systems. The level of engagement with government institutions will take into account capacities, economies of scale and sector issues.

It has a field office in Cotabato City, the second largest city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, with some 300,000 population. The city is the regional administrative centre of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and over 80 percent of the population is Muslim. Mindanao is both conflict-affected and prone to frequent earthquakes and typhoon storms.

How can you make a difference?

The Child Protection Officer will be under the direct supervision of the Chief, Child Protection. The role will contribute to the continuing implementation of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) in the Philippines.

The post will also support the UNICEF peacebuilding programme, which is being implemented by the UNICEF Mindanao Field Office. This requires constant coordination between UNICEF offices and sections and continuous liaison with government agencies, donors and UN agencies based in Manila.

This temporary function will focus on:

  • Providing technical support for the implementation of the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM).
  • Documenting, monitoring and verifying grave violations against children in situation of armed conflict.
  • Managing partnership agreements with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on children and armed conflict.
  • Managing the MRMIMS+ (Primero).
  • Engaging in dialogues with parties (armed forces and groups) to conflict to prevent grave violations.
  • Advocating and providing technical assistance to government agencies and congress to strengthen protection of children affected by armed conflict.
  • Contributing to the capacity-building government, UN and CSO on child protection.
  • Coordinating and leading discussions in UN Country Task Force on monitoring and reporting.
  • Undertaking monitoring field missions in conflict affected areas.
  • Supporting UNICEF peacebuilding programme in Mindanao and liaising with donors, UN and government agencies in Manila.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in one of the following fields: social science, political science, law or other related fields.
  • At least 5 years of professional working experience in the field of child protection, armed conflict and/or human rights.
  • Experience in conducting field research and in the documentation and monitoring of human rights violations.
  • Experience in advocacy and dialogue with government, parties to conflict, CSO and United Nations.
  • Experience in peacebuilding programmes.
  • Experience in coordination and liason with a broad range of partners at the technical and heads of agency levels (government agencies, donors, UN system, NGOs, etc.)
  • Experience in drafting formal reports.
  • Understanding of Philippine socio-political context.
  • Willingness to travel in remote and conflict-affected areas.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written) is required. Knowledge of the local language an asset.


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