Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
For every child, Protection:
Job Context: The UNICEF Child Protection programme in Sierra Leone is working towards developing a comprehensive child protection system, with three major interlinked strategic elements: child-friendly justice system; child-focused social welfare system; and family and community strengthening, supported by an enabling legal and policy framework. We aim to improve the overall competency of social work, justice and education personnel; and support the development of a more gender-equitable workforce. We are accelerating efforts for the full establishment of the birth registration system within the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics system through inter-operability with the health system, including development of operational procedures and tools and using information technology as appropriate. We also work to end harmful practices through informed understanding of social norms and behaviour change programming.
Purpose of the Position: The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief, Child Protection for guidance and general supervision. The Specialist will lead the development and preparation of the Child Protection programme on social welfare systems strengthening, justice for children, and birth registration. They will be responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of programmes on strengthening the social welfare and justice systems, and birth registration, within the country programme. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes.
The key accountabilities are as follows:
The Child Protection Specialist will facilitate 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.