Child Protection Specialist

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd November, 2017

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, a better future

Under the guidance of the Senior Advisor, work towards the acceleration of the abandonment of harmful practices and social norms discriminatory to children, boys and girls, with focus on girls, to contribute towards meeting the goals set in the Millennium Declaration and the MTSP.

How can you make a difference?

Programme Policy Formulation: Based on the CRC, CEDAW and the current MTSP assist in the formulation, refinement, adaptation and articulation of UNICEF global strategies, policy and approaches as they relate to the abandonment of harmful practices and change of social norms based on latest developments in social sciences and programme communication and contribute to addressing gender inequality

Knowledge Acquisition: Develop appropriate models for collection and analysis of information with regard to harmful practices and gender inequality for contributing to a programme knowledge network and dissemination of lessons learned and potential good practices.

Partnerships and Advocacy: Strengthen collaboration with key partners at the global and country level, including UN Agencies, the World Bank, NGOs, and academic institutions and keep abreast of new trends and activities.

Capacity Building: Develop models for systematic capacity building in the area of child protection as it relates to harmful practices, of operational frameworks and improved approaches for system-building and holistic approaches in the design of programme activities. Formulate and develop funding proposals, support resource mobilization efforts of regional and country offices related to programmes for child protection, negotiate with donors in collaboration with PFO on technical assistance programmes and projects.

Others/Management: Prepare reports and other documentation, including work plans and budgets, contribute to the personnel and financial management of the Gender and Social Norms area, and perform any other work as assigned

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required.
  • Eight years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience in social policy, research and analysis
  • Work experience in FGM/C strategy development at country level is required
  • Proven knowledge and understanding of KM systems, policies, procedures and practices in a multi-country programme
  • Proven experience in working on multi-country programme is an asset
  • Proven experience in managing effective partnerships at regional or global level
  • Ability to assess and synthesize data and results into coherent and well-articulate narrative reporting
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks within agreed deadlines.
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills with the ability to think strategically and rapidly analyze and integrate diverse information from varied sources into conclusions and recommendations.
  • Strong and demonstrated writing/drafting/ presentation skills essential.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organizations, an asset.
  • Proficiency in English is required and another UN language, especially French, is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate

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


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