Child Protection Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Under the guidance and general supervision of the Chief Child Protection and in close collaboration with the Deputy Representative Programs, The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Child Protection programme(s) and is responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the child protection programmes/projects within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes. H/She facilitates the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm, and to protect their rights to survival, development and well being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies.

The Specialist contributes to the achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Support to programme/project development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Networking and partnership building
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international law, international development, human rights, ,sociology, or another relevant social science field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas with focus on justice and/or child rights is required.
  • Experience of legislative reform in developing countries;
  • Experience of child justice systems strengthening (preferably within the United Nations system)
  • Experience of engaging with or knowledge of international and regional human rights bodies and mechanisms is considered a strong asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country or in South East Asia is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection, justice and child rights  in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.