Programme Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd October, 2018

Job Description

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, fairness

Since the beginning of the migrant and refugee influx, UNICEF is responding to the unique needs of children and women who are seeking asylum in Europe, on the move, stranded or pushed back. A two-pronged approach combines life-saving humanitarian service delivery with capacity building, policy reform and technical assistance on addressing gender-based violence (GBV), with partner organizations and governments. UNICEF uses both partner centers and programme bases as well as mobile outreach to identify and refer at-risk boys and girls, particularly unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), to relevant services, including psychosocial and medical assistance. UNICEF also focuses on providing spaces that support girls and women at risk of violence or who have experienced violence and need assistance, particularly adolescent girls, through an Adolescent Girls’ Safety and Resilience approach. With an eye to systems strengthening, key government institutions are supported to ensure protective guardianship, support to cases of GBV, foster care, alternatives to detention, and speedy asylum and family reunification procedures.

UNICEF will continue strengthening multi-sectoral response to prevent and respond to GBV affecting refugee, asylum-seeking, and migrant populations in Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, and Serbia. The UNICEF multi-sectoral response to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe aims to ensure that protection, care and support is assured for refugee and migrant women and children including through the provision of integrated technical assistance and service delivery support, and a complementary focus on provision of direct services, systems building and advocacy. Child protection is one of the core pillars of UNICEF’s response, and within this, GBV prevention and response with a specific focus on women and children, including adolescent boys and girls.

How can you make a difference?

The post reports to the Italy Programme Coordinator, with functional responsibilities to the Regional Gender Advisor. 50% of post time would be dedicated to Italy, 25% to Greece and 25% to the Region, and backstopping Bulgaria as needed.

GBV Programming and Capacity Development (for Italy)

  • Lead and supervise comprehensive GBV related prevention and response activities implemented in Italy, making sure GBV is mainstreamed into the Child Protection Adolescent Development programme through the sharing of information, identification of response gaps, and follow-up through relevant protection stakeholders;
  • Ensures and advocates for GBV and gender to be properly integrated into the broader system and national response through coordination and regional reporting and support to (country specific) monitoring
  • Develops a project workplan for Italy identifying partners and contributing to the elaboration of all the necessary documentation for their partnership. Provides technical support in developing and implementing a multi-sectoral and coordinated GBV prevention and response programme with national partners including age and sex relevant services, and monitors progress against programme results framework.
  • Supports capacity building and ongoing support of partners at various levels including GBV partners and supports institutional capacity building of government and other partners to establish a protection framework for prevention and response to GBV in line with UNICEF country priorities
  • Advocates and supervises the development of a national manual on GBV and children on the move for frontline workers, endorsed by the key Ministries.

Multi-country project coordination and monitoring (Italy with additional support to Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria)

  • Leads the regular sharing among the countries on specific topics of interest, training material, and joint workplans as deemed necessary;
  • In collaboration with CO teams, including M&E Specialists, monitor the progress on grant implementation against results framework through monthly reports. Prepare quarterly progress summary on CO and regional outputs.
  • Working with the CO teams, identifies promising practices and progresses regarding the GBV program to be shared with key partners and donors and relevant stakeholders, including with a focus on regional synergies.
  • Assists in in resource mobilization efforts including developing GBV proposals identifying other resource mobilization opportunities;

Technical Support (Italy with additional support to Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria)

  • Provides technical support to the country team in Italy and partners as well as to Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria in collaboration with colleagues in country and upon request by country team
  • Designs, develops, adapts project material such as training package, advocacy notes, assessment tools as requested by colleagues in country and based on partners needs
  • Updates colleagues and share relevant material elaborated by each country to promote sharing and contribute to an inclusive documentation in the region
  • Supports and advises colleagues and builds knowledge and programming practices in relation to GBV through information sharing and facilitation of external and internal trainings aimed at multi-sectoral prevention and response.
  • Contribute to the identification, handover if necessary and onboarding of the staff and consultants to be funded under the PRM Phase II program as needed: contribute to the elaboration of ToRs, of a tentative work plan in line with PRM and country strategic priorities, liaising with civil society partners to ensure transition and/or establishing new partnerships, ensuring each country team will have a smooth onboarding introducing him/her to the project activities and approach;
  • Contribute to the organization and if relevant facilitation of the two regional GBV Guidelines workshops in the European region;
  • Consolidating documentation and donor reporting of Phase I and make it available to the countries staff and partners as relevant to ensure continuity of activities.

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

Education: Advanced professional university or technical degree in Social Work, Gender Studies, or other field related social/humanitarian sciences.

Work Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience working on gender based violence, including with refugee and migrant populations in displacement and integration contexts.

Technical knowledge/expertise:

  • Experience developing GBV prevention programs with a focus on children and adolescents, including adolescent boys.
  • Experience in addressing GBV issues in a multi-cultural environment with a view to supporting the adaptation and increased accessibility of services.
  • Experience carrying out applied capacity building of front line workers identification, assessment and referral of GBV cases
  • Knowledge of key standards and resources on GBV in emergencies, including the IASC GBV Guidelines.
  • Ability to work through networking and partnership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work with professionals from other disciplines to deliver collaborative assessment results strengthening the quality of care provided.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
  • UNICEF experience preferred, with a combination of UN/NGO work in GBV humanitarian assistance required.

Language Proficiency Fluency in Italian and English; another UN language would be 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.

The technical competencies required for this post are:

Core Values (Required)

  • Commitment
  • Diversity
  • Integrity

Core Competencies (Required)

  • Communication [II]
  • Drive for results [II]
  • Working with people [II]

View our competency framework at Our Core Values reflect attitudes and convictions that are shared across all UNICEF staff and include:

  • Relating and Networking [II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II]
  • Planning and organizing [II]
  • Entrepreneurial Thinking [II]


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