Child Protection Officer

UN Children's Fund, Panama City, Panama

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd November, 2018

Job Description


We are looking for a dynamic, passionate, and innovative Panamanian professional with knowledge and experience in protecting the rights of children. Please read the job profile and apply if you think you are the right person:

IMPORTANT: Only those who have Panamanian nationality can apply.


Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, the selected professional will lead UNICEF´s Panama Child Protection programme, providing technical support, strengthening coordination structures for the sector, applying innovative approaches, monitoring initiatives in the field, and managing knowledge in order to contribute to UNICEF´s efforts to improve the lives of children and adolescents in Panama.


  • Manage the child protection programme within UNICEF Panamá building with the team strategies and mechanisms to protect the rights of children.
  • 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 on child protection and related issues to support program implementation, operations and delivery of results.
  • Provide support for the establishment or strengthening of coordination structures and networking mechanisms in the child protection sector. Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
  • Conduct regular program field visits and surveys and/or exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Monitor results and manage knowledge including reporting on the use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on critical issues/findings.


  • Education: University degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field required.
  • Work Experience: A minimum two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/other related areas is required. Additional years of experience in child protection is highly desirable. Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset. Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added value.
  • Language Proficiency o Fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Portuguese) or a local language is an asset.

This is a fixed term position and a career opportunity.


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

We work in Panamá since 1991 and we are looking for someone who is committed to the UNICEF’s mandate and its effort to improve the lives of children in Panama, while building a long term professional career with us.


UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating strategies and concepts [ I]
  • Analyzing [ II]
  • Applying technical expertise [ II]
  • Learning and researching [ II]
  • Planning and organizing [ II]

Salary Scales Staff members in the National Officer and General Service categories are recruited locally and are paid a salary based on a local salary scale which is reviewed periodically. The monthly net salary range is between USD$4,400.00 - 5,100.00. it will depend on the years of experience. For more detailed information, please see the Panama UN Salary scale:

The sites of the International Civil Service Commission, United Nations Common System and the United Nations Secretariat provide more information Benefits and Entitlements Employees’ benefit from family-friendly, work-life, and diversity policies and UNICEF is committed to maintaining a balanced gender and geographical representation.

Other benefits and entitlements include:

  • Annual leave up to 30 working days per year (in addition to holidays)
  • Child dependency allowance
  • Medical and dental insurance (Cigna International) including dependents
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexi work schedule
  • Paid sick leave
  • Family leave
  • Generous Maternity leave and Paternity leave
  • Adoption leave
  • Special leave

Please note that some benefits are paid depending on the duty station and type of assignment. 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 to become a part of the organization.


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