Programme Associate-Child Protection

  • Added Date: Friday, 19 May 2017
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 02 June 2017

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programmeis the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long-established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.

In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.


1.  Type of Assignment:              National UN Volunteer 

2.  Type of Assignment Place:     Family Duty Station

3.  Assignment Title:                  Programme Associate – Child Protection

4.  Link with UNV Strategic Framework :  Youth

5.  Duty Station, Country:            Beijing, China

6.  Duration (in months):             12

7.  Expected Starting Date:          Mid June 2017

8  Host Agency/Host Institute:     UNICEF China office

9.  Organizational Context/Project:      

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.  UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children’s rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.  UNICEF insists that the survival, protection and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress.


UNICEF and China have a long history of collaboration.  In 1947, China became the first country in Asia to welcome a partnership with UNICEF, and our first programme provided emergency relief services to children.  Between 1948 and 1951, our work in China included child feeding, as well as training to build capacity for maternal and child health care, sanitation and first aid.  This training programme later influenced China's “barefoot doctor” rural healthcare system.  Our partnerships in China resumed in 1979.  Since that time, we have contributed to many of China's most significant developments for children.


UNICEF China and its government partners work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children.  Every child has the right to survive, develop, be protected and participate in family and society.  UNICEF collaborates with many partners to help make those rights a reality in China.  We work by developing demonstration models and approaches in rural poor and urban marginalized communities.  Once an approach has been shown to be effective, we support the government to replicate and expand the approach with its own budget.


We also play an important role in advancing research and assembling scientific evidence about children in collaboration with Chinese universities, research centres and policy-making institutions.  We support the government to use this data, along with the findings from our pilot programmes, to develop evidence-based policies and laws.


In the recent past, many important achievements for children in China have been based on innovative models and pioneering research supported by UNICEF.  For more than thirty years, our programme of cooperation with the Government of China has helped to improve the lives of children and women in all provinces.


We also partner with the private sector by providing ideas and opportunities for improving the lives of children in China.  Children's rights and welfare are integral to a corporation's social responsibility to the communities in which it works.  We are helping the private sector to develop child's rights business principles, engage on protecting child rights, and mobilize to make children's lives better.


Our work focuses on seven areas: health and nutrition; education; child protection; water and sanitation; HIV and AIDS; social policy; and emergency preparedness and response.  Today, the single most important focus of our work is to reduce disparities and help bring about equity for children.


Finally, as a global child rights organization, UNICEF also helps to give a voice to and advocate for children, so that their rights are given the highest priority by all sectors of society.  As China's development moves ahead rapidly we are increasingly focused on engaging all citizens in China in the mission of promoting and protecting children's rights.


Brief Portfolio Description:

Child Protection is one of UNICEF China’s programme areas.  It supports the Government of China in developing an equitable and integrated child protection system that benefits all children in China.  Support is provided to the development and implementation of effective, gender-sensitive child protection and welfare related laws and policies, in line with international standards; and to the strengthening of the capacity of government institutions at national and subnational level to provide equitable, quality and coordinated child protection services, including in the justice system.  A key element is the development of the workforce of social workers, including para-professionals.  Emphasis is also placed on increasing the availability and use of disaggregated child protection data to inform planning, policy and programme development and budgeting.


The child protection programme further contributes to ensuring that children benefit from a family and community environment that protects them from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, with particular attention to protecting girls and boys from violence and unnecessary family separation; and strengthening the quality and coverage of community-based child protection and welfare services with a focus on the most disadvantaged, including children affected by HIV and by migration, and children in humanitarian situations.  The programme supports the integration of these services into the child protection system.



Description of tasks:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Child Protection Officer responsible for legal and policy development for child rights and child protection, the UN Volunteer’s work will mainly focus on the area of child online protection. She/he assists in preparation, implementation, and monitoring of UNICEF China’s child online protection project activities and in communicating UNICEF’s work and research in this area. The UN Volunteer works in close collaboration with the other team members of the Child Protection Team as well as with other programme sections and the communication section in UNICEF China.

The core responsibility of the UN Volunteer is to support the Child Protection Officer in planning, executing, and monitoring the child online protection project as well as the activities on child online protection captured in the global Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNICEF and Tencent. Specific functions include:


·         Support coordinating and processing the administrative, financial, and technical aspects of the research activities, with a focus on a desk review of the legal and policy framework on child online protection (national and international), and the research and analysis of children’s use of the internet in China;

·         Participate in project planning, assist in review and making adjustments to relevant documents, work plans and other relevant documents to ensure effective implementation;

·         Support project implementation mainly in the area of child online protection, and other minor ad-hoc work assigned by the supervisor. This may also include travel for meetings and other events;

·         Support communication, advocacy, and reporting, including preparing and reviewing technical contents in the area of child online protection and related areas;

·         Support preparing and organizing meetings with government partners, ICT industry, researchers, and other stakeholders;

·         Support compilation, documentation, and review of relevant materials and resources on child online protection and safety;

·         Support the translation of documents from Chinese to English and English to Chinese;

·         Participate in office and section activities, e.g., monthly meetings, formulation of section plans, reporting to Regional Office and HQs.


Furthermore, the UNV is encouraged to:

·         Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and taking an active part in UNV activities (for instance, IVD celebration events);

·         Get acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

·         Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking;

·         Contribute news and articles on field experiences and submit them to UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;

·         Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UNV volunteers;

·         Promote online volunteering and encourage individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering Service whenever technically feasible.


Results/Expected Output:

Some of the expected outputs are as follows:

·         A working document developed, maintained, and updated for planning and monitoring the child online protection project;

·         Regular communication maintained with Tencent and UNICEF’s Private Fundraising and Patnerships Division (PFP) on supporting the MOU activities and minutes of (virtual) meetings drafted;

·         Contributed to preparation of relevant documents in relation to major project events including but not limited to Concept Notes, Terms of References, event reports;

·         Contributed to at least four convening events with government partners, industry, and researchers;

·         At least two Communication products independently prepared to communicate UNICEF’s work on child online protection;

·         Preparatory work conducted on the desk review of the legal and policy framework on child online protection and the situation analysis of children’s use of the internet, especially the mapping of researchers and methodology;

·         Timely support provided to drafting of a Parents Guide on online safety for children and linking it to the existing health portal explored with UNICEF Health Section;

·         Documentation of key project materials in English and Chinese;

·         Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment;

·         A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.



·         Proven analytical and research skills in the area of internet of things and knowledge of child protection issues in China. Knowledge on child online protection an asset;

·         Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills;

·         Strong relationship building skills with internal and external counterparts;

·         Strong organizational skills;

·         Creative thinking and ability to take initiatives;

·         Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;

·         Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;

·         Promotes a learning environment within and outside the team;







·         Bachelor or higher degree  in Law, Communication, Sociology, or a related field.


Professional experience:

·         At least 1 year relevant work experience, preferably at the national or international level in the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of development projects;

·         Previous experience in/with the UN, including solid knowledge of UN/UNICEF programme and operations, policies and procedures an asset.


Other Requirements:

·         Full professional proficiency in English and Chinese, written and oral.

·         Computer skills: Command of standard office software packages; Internet research, webpage maintenance.

·         Minimum 22 years old



Living Conditions:

The duty station of the national UNV is in the UNICEF China office located in Beijing, where high-quality public infrastructure and health services are available.  It is the foremost political and cultural metropolis in China.  The city has excellent health services available.

In general, rent for apartments in central locations is high relative to other regions in China, but quality is good. Beijing is well served by many shopping malls, large supermarket chains and international brands. Buses and subways are the most common form of mass transportation. Metered taxis are widely available and domestic and regional travel by train and airplane is popular.


Conditions of Service for national UN Volunteers

The National UN Volunteer receives a standard volunteer living allowance (VLA), which is intended to cover their accommodation and basic living expenses. In China the VLA is 4,875 RMB per month. The NUNV is entitled to an excellent health, life and disability insurance package.  A modest Settling-in Grant and end of assignment allowances will also be provided along with travel to and from the duty station. The NUNV is entitled to 2.5 days personal leave per month and UN official holidays.


United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from quaified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and  culture.

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