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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!
The purpose for the job:
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Field Office in Benghazi and technical guidance of the Chief Child Protection, the Child protection officer will be responsible to assist in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating and quality assurance of threshold Protection Programme activities in line with the new CPD and the Progamme Rationale and the Results Framework of the Child Protection Programme of 2023 -2025. The child protection officer will be accountable for effective technical, and Programme support to facilitate the application and adaptation of UNICEF Child Protection Progamme, its policies, and strategies at the field level to achieve strategic priorities and objectives. Assist in Scaling up/expansion of UNICEF assisted child protection activities and capacity building of counterparts and local partners.
How can you make a difference?
1- Support programme development and planningPrepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness, and relevancy of information. Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials and documentation, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support, results-based Programme/activities planning. Prepare required documentation and materials to facilitate the programme review and approval process.
2- Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues, suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and to submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned. Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with the government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow-up action by higher management and other stakeholders. Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative, and other assets), verifying compliance with approved allocation, goals, organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability and integrity. Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management and stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution. Prepare inputs for programme and donor reporting, the proposal for scale up in the east.
3- Technical and operational support to programme implementationUndertake field visits and surveys and collect and share reports with section, partners and stakeholders. Assess progress and provide technical support and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks, and potential problems for timely action to achieve results. Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in child protection, to support programme implementation.
4- Networking and partnership buildingBuild and sustain close working partnerships with MOSA counterparts, partner UN agencies and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on child protection. Hold regular Monthly coordination meetings with MOSA and CSOs for smooth coordination. Support Chief of Field Office to prepare for potential donors’ visits, resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes. Draft communication and information materials for Child protection Programme advocacy in the east to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and support fundraising for child protection programmes.
5- Innovation, knowledge management and capacity buildingIdentify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders. Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results. Research, benchmark, and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems. Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of CSO and MOSA counterparts
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field. Experience: A minimum of one year of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection-related areas is required. Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (1)
(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (1)
(3) Drive to achieve results for impact (1)
(4) Innovates and embraces change (1)
(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
(6) Thinks and acts strategically (1)
(7) Works collaboratively with others. (1)
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is either: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.
UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.