Child Protection Specialist (UASC/CM), P-3, Baghdad, Iraq, Post#112346

  • Added Date: Thursday, 26 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 23 April 2020

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 full 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, care

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life - in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions - her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also accelerating the equitable development of nations to attain SDG.

How can you make a difference?

As the Child Protection Specialist, you will support the coordination and provision of response services for extremely vulnerable separated and unaccompanied children including special caseload of foreign children who are perceived to have been associated with armed actors. You will also support the development and preparation of the Child Protection programme(s) and will be responsible for the design, management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the child protection programmes/projects within the country programme. Further, you 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, growth, development and wellbeing as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies. You will report to the Chief, Child Protection, for guidance and general supervision.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

Education: An advanced 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 five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas in complex environment. Relevant experience in program development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency, working in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage. Experience working on IDTR and case management for children associated with armed groups and children held in detention, and other critically vulnerable children (i.e. formerly associated with ISIS/Terrorism groups). Excellent commend of the CPIMS+ Primero platform or other case management information systems is strongly encouraged as well as experience on developing and ensuring compliance on information sharing protocol (ISP) on data protection, capacity development of various stakeholders on IDTR, Case management and alternative care. Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset (knowledge in Arabic is an added advantage).

For every Child, you demonstrate…

The competencies required for this post are….

Core Values

Care Respect Integrity Trust Accountability

Core competencies

Communication (II) Working with people (II) Drive for results (II)

Functional Competencies:

Leading and supervising (I) Formulating strategies and concepts (II) Analyzing (III) Relating and networking (II) Deciding and Initiating action (II) Applying technical expertise (III)

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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.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is archived.