Child Protection Officer

United Nations Children's Fund

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The Child Protection Officer is based in Osh Field Office and responsible for leading the Child Protection programme output on social and behaviour change. This output is a gender principle output, requiring strong collaboration with the gender specialist to ensure gender responsive and transformative work. The officer is responsible for supporting the co-development (with community members, religious leaders, adolescents, social welfare workers including LSG specialists, social pedagogues, FCSD social workers and others) and implementation of community-based approaches for participation and social and behaviour change supporting child and family welfare.
Key Results Expected:
  • Builds partnerships with civil society, Local Self Government and community leaders to support human-centred design approaches for community participation including for identification of protection issues and reporting and supporting and amplifying adolescent voices in issues affecting them.
  • Manages the co-development (jointly with civil society, adolescents, community members, religious leaders) of a core package of approaches to address social and gender norms underpinning child marriage; violence against Girls, Boys and Women (VaGBW); and to support empowerment through localising skills in PSS and self-help approaches and localizing monitoring of interventions including by community.
  • Supports involvement of adolescents in the programme cycle.
  • Manages consultants and implementing partners working to co-develop and implement the community-led approaches. 
  • Supports development of guidance documents / curriculum of community-led approaches to support scale up of approaches.
  • Provides quality reports for donors and internally describing progress in community participation, and changes in gendered attitudes and behaviours.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • A University Degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required.
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/other related areas at the international and/or in a developing country is required.
  • Programme/project development and management in child protection in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working on social and behaviour change and community-led interventions and community-level child protection/social welfare
  • Strong understanding of gender equality programming, or exposure to such programmes.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Russian is required.  Knowledge of Kyrgyz and Uzbek is an asset