Senior Child Protection Consultant

UN Children's Fund, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th December, 2019

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, protection.

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

Capacity building on Child Protection Prevention and Response for the Department for Orientation and Pedagogical Team (DOPS) within the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Department.

Scope of Work:

With support from UNICEF’s Child Protection (CP) Programme, MEHE was able to advance in integrating child protection principles and programming within the Education Sector. A new "Policy for the Protection of Students in the Educational Environment" has been finalized with MEHE and launched in May 2018 by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. The Policy has been instrumental in defining the role of the Ministry of Education in creating a protective environment for children in school settings, preventing and mitigating risks of violence and defined key roles and responsibilities of ministry staff including the teaching body in responding to incidences of violence identified in the school setting. In 2017, the roll-out process of the CP policy was launched and included capacity building of second shift public school counselors, DOPS coaches, sensitization of school directors, supervisors and other relevant staff in 20 pilot schools. Capacity building and refreshers to the DOPS team continues in addition to the second shift counselors and to the identified focal points from schools.

In this regard, and to support the ongoing capacity building component, the consultant will support the Department for Orientation and Pedagogical Support (DOPS) implement its capacity building plan under the 2019-2020 UNICEF-MEHE Annual Work-Plan (AWP). The consultancy will consist of designing, planning, facilitating, evaluating and reporting on capacity building workshops at Beirut level. The consultant will train a team of trainers within DOPS and MEHE that will then train other MEHE or school staff. At the national level, DOPS consists of a national coordinator and 3 team members who oversee the implementation of MEHE’s Child Protection Policy in the school and build the capacity building of the regional and local team as well as other stakeholders at MEHE. At regional level, DOPS has a team of 57 Roving Psycho-Social Support (PSS) Counsellors who offer direct CP prevention and response services in am-shift public schools and provide technical support and guidance to 550 Fixed PSS Counsellors in 300 pm-shift schools. In addition, Roving Counsellors also provide capacity building to 600 school focal points and school directors on the policy. For each workshop, a workshop report should be submitted, with pre-/post-tests assessing knowledge acquisition, feedback from participants, observations and recommendations for future workshops. Based on the findings of the workshop reports, a final report updating the existing Capacity Needs Matrix on priority technical needs and gaps in CP within MEHE.


  • Master’s Degree in Education, Psychology, Social Sciences or relevant fields
  • Minimum 5 years’ professional experience in child protection capacity building to diverse target groups
  • Substantial experience designing, delivering and evaluating CP workshops to both CP and non-CP actors
  • Experience in Lebanon’s public sector (particularly MEHE or MoSA) highly desirable
  • Fluency in English and Arabic - Excellent capacity building needs analysis, communication and facilitation skills
  • Expertise in Child Protection prevention and response
  • Excellent relationship management skills
  • Solid knowledge of Lebanon’s National CP SOPs and MEHE’s Child Protection Policy
  • Solid knowledge of Child Protection mainstreaming in Education
  • Good M&E skills and experience evaluating knowledge acquisition and learning from workshops


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