Child Protection Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund, Malawi

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th August, 2021

Job Description

The Malawi Country Office’s Child Protection section partners with the Government of Malawi, UN agencies, civil society organisations and communities to prevent all forms of violence against children and support the most vulnerable with mental health and psychosocial support and access to justice.

Your role as Child Protection Specialist will not only supervise one of the two units in the Child Protection section but also work closely with other teams to ensure child protection is visible in all settings and all ages of the child.

How can you make a difference?

The Malawi Country Office offers an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for you to join our dynamic Child Protection team where you will be responsible for the formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of core aspects of the Child Protection programme. As the Child protection Specialist, you will support national efforts to have an operational National Child Protection System that protects children from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. You will furthermore be primarily accountable for supporting national capacities to strengthen three components of the National Child Protection System. These components are: 1) Legal and regulatory; 2) Coordination, governance and accountability; and 3) Capacity building, infrastructure and funding. The  programmatic areas which will fall under your responsibility are: Justice, Social Welfare Workforce Strengthening, Birth Registration/CRVS, Advocacy/Budgeting for Child Protection, Safe School UN Joint Programme and Emergency.

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


  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: child protection, social sciences, law or another relevant field.


  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience is required in Child Protection, including international work
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered is highly desirable
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset
  • Experience in supervising a small team is highly desirable
  • Documented experience working in the field of access to justice, birth registration and prevention and response to violence against girls and boys is preferred
  • Experience in supervising cross-sectoral programmes is an asset


  • Fluency in English is required, both verbal and written


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