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UNICEF recruits 01 Child Protection Specialist (Child Marriage & Female Genital Mutilation)

UNICEF recruits 01 Child Protection Specialist (Child Marriage & Female Genital Mutilation)


Dakar, Sénégal
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Child Protection Specialist (Child Marriage & Female Genital Mutilation), P4 WCARO Dakar-Senegal #96482
Job no: 550274Contract type: Fixed Term AppointmentDuty Station: DakarLevel: P-4Location: SenegalCategories: Child Protection
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For every child, a childhoodUNICEF’s work on the prevention of and response to child marriage is a priority in the Common Agenda of the West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO), embedded in Key Result for Children (KRC) 6 (Child Marriage). Many countries in the region are working on the prevention and response to child marriage (including through their engagement in KRC 6) and female genital mutilation (FGM) given the prevalence rates and the adverse consequences they have for the realization of children’s and women’s rights. At global level, work to prevent and respond to child marriage and FGM is embedded in UNICEF’s Strategic Plan (2022-2025), Gender Action Plan (2022-2025) and the Child Protection Strategy (2021-2030). This corporate commitment provides a favorable institutional environment in WCARO for expanding work on ending child marriage and FGM through various mechanisms, notably the Common Agenda (Key Result for Children 6 on child marriage), the Joint Programmes which cover multiple countries in this region and which are delivered jointly through UNFPA and UNICEF, and the Spotlight Initiative: Ending Violence against Women and Girls that is implemented at regional and country level and which encompasses work on ending child marriage and FGM and that encompasses work across multiple UN agencies (including UNFPA and UNWomen), the African Union Commission and civil society partners. This work also responds to SDG 5.3 which aims to “…eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations.” 

Job organizational context: Under the general guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Adviser, the Child Protection Specialist will work closely with the other Specialists and Officers in Child Protection and other thematic and cross-cutting sections in the Regional Office, notably Adolescents; Gender; Education; Social and Behavior Change (SBC); Social Policy, Social Protection, Data, Monitoring and Research (DMR); Evaluation; and Emergency.  The Specialist works closely with the lead Representatives of Key Result for Children (KRC) number 6 and the members of the Technical Working Group.  The Specialist also works in close collaboration with other Country, Regional (notably Eastern and Southern Africa) and Country Offices, the Programme Group in New York Headquarters (notably Child Protection) and the Data and Analytics Section, UNICEF Innocenti (Office of Research), the UNICEF African Union Office to advance efforts to end child marriage, academic institutions, international and national non-governmental organizations, networks and civil society organizations. The Specialist works closely with other UN Agencies, notably UNFPA on the Global Programme to End Child Marriage and the Joint Programme on FGM and the Spotlight Initiative (notably the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme and relevant Country Programmes that include efforts to eliminate child marriage and FGM). The Specialist also works with regional bodies, notably the Economic Commission of West and Central African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and multilateral and bilateral resource partners in order to promote the elimination of all forms of violence against children and child marriage and FGM. The Specialist also works with regional non-governmental and civil society organizations. This is done in coordination with the relevant partners and entities listed above, the Specialist also works with government officials to promote the elimination of child marriage and FGM.
How can you make a difference?
Purpose for the job:The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Child Protection Regional Advisor for general guidance and direction.

The Specialist contributes to achievement of concrete and sustainable programs/projects results related to KRC 6, global and country specific programmes for prevention and response to child marriage and FGM according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.
The Specialist is responsible for providing technical support and quality assurance for the design, implementation, and reporting on KRC 6, global and country specific programmes for prevention and response to child marriage and FGM in line with UNICEF policies and procedures, programme guidance, Results Based Management principles, UNICEF’s Strategic Plan (notably Outcome 3, Child Protection), the Gender Action Plan,  the Child Protection Strategy (2021-2030) and the relevant Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action.
In consultation with the concerned specialists in the Data, Monitoring and Research (DMR), s/he is responsible for developing and maintaining systems and frameworks for tracking progress against the relevant Strategic Plan results framework and for collecting and analysing data and generating periodic reports.  The position will contribute to and strengthen relevant partnerships at regional level and contribute to resource mobilisation.  S/he will generate and disseminate evidence and knowledge on effective programmes to address child marriage and FGM, with particular focus on KRC 6. The programme(s) and results frameworks will align with the related Sustainable Development Goals, notably target SDG 5.3 which “aims to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations, as well as other relevant post-2015 targets.”
The Specialist supports the Chief in managing the Section and contributing to knowledge development/innovation and for developing and preparing child protection (and/or integrated/complex/key) programs/projects and with a focus on those related to KRC 6, child marriage and FGM. The Specialist provides authoritative technical guidance/operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery 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, development and well being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Management and advisory support to the ChiefProvide advice to the Regional Adviser in establishing the annual work plan including developing strategies and determining priorities/targets and performance measurements and with specific focus on KRC 6 and the global and joint programmes related to child marriage and FGM. Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.
Provide technical assistance/advice to colleagues in the section and other sections and who are engaged in KRC 6 and relevant KRCs and the global and joint programmes on all aspects of programming and implementation to enable colleagues to achieve program/performance objectivesPerform the full duties of the Chief in his/her absence.
Program development and planningPlan and/or provide technical assistance and operational support to the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis and with specific attention to KRC 6, child marriage and FGM to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence based data on child protection issues are available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child rights and protection and to set program priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans.
Keep abreast of national/regional/international development priorities on child protection and rights and with specific attention to child marriage and FGM to enhance program management and delivery.Participate in strategic program discussion on the planning of child protection programs/projects with specific focus on KRC 6 and child marriage. Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects proposal for the sector, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
Program management, monitoring and quality control of resultsPlan and/or collaborate with monitoring and evaluation initiatives to establish benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators, to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in child protection programs.
Assist in the development of tools to monitor programmes and track results, in line with existing UNICEF RBM principles, KRC results frameworks and existing donor and programme frameworks.Participate in major monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results.Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in program and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.Monitor programs/projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
Advisory services and technical supportProvide technical advice and support to country and regional offices, regional bodies, government officials, NGO, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on child protection, human rights and other related issues such as child marriage and FGM to support program development planning, implementation and delivery of results, including through cross and inter-sectoral efforts.
Provide technical support and promote the convening role of the regional office vis-à-vis regional intergovernmental institutions such as ECOWAS, and the African Union and regional civil society organizations (in collaboration with UNICEF East and Southern Africa and African Union Office). This includes collaboration to strengthen exchange of evidence and relevant child marriage and FGM programming information, advocacy, and support to implementing regional and sub-regional programmes and activities.Manage the UNICEF contributions to the regional intergovernmental institutions, and represent the region in relevant child protection meetings, webinars, and advocacy events. Coordinate/ensure the availability of technical expertise from among the Regional Office and, where required, relevant HQ entities) to ensure timely support throughout all stages of programming/project processes.
Advocacy, networking and partnership buildingProvide technical support to country offices in the planning, development and implementation of all stages of programming for the protection of children from child marriage and FGM within the context of KRC 6 (concerning child marriage) and the global and joint programmes on child marriage and FGM.
Proactively engage key partners on issues related to child marriage and FGM, including the global and joint programmes. Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, regional bodies, UN system agency partners (notably UNFPA given the link to the global, joint and regional programmes to which it is engaged), donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on child protection and with specific focus on achievement of KRC 6.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity buildingDevelop programme knowledge acquisition through systematic collection of country programme experience (lessons learned, best practices, reviews, evaluations) in the protection of children from child marriage and FGM.
Support to strengthen capacity at country and regional levels including review and contextualization (at national and sub-national tools) of relevant technical guidance and tools, informed by a collected body of knowledge.Support research around child marriage and FGM including its impact on girls and women, boys and men.  Promote uptake of data and research findings for strengthening programme design and delivery at country and regional levels. Ensure adequate dissemination of research findings, including through development of technical briefs, and keep abreast of latest developments in the field of child protection for sharing with colleagues and partners working on child marriage and FGM in the region in view of strengthening relevant advocacy and programming.Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable child marriage and FGM initiatives, keeping abreast of current research and introducing and implementing best and cutting-edge practices on child protection management and information systems. Institutionalize and disseminate
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:An advanced university degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required.
A minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible professional experience at national and international levels related to child marriage and FGM prevention and response planning, programming and management, some of which were served in a developing country is required.
Demonstrated strong communication, presentation and writing skills including report writing, oral presentations and development of technical documents is essential.
Relevant experience in child protection and related areas, program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the latest developments and issues related to child marriage, FGM and violence against children and gender are essential.
Experience in excel and standard software programmes is essential and statistical software packages an asset.
Demonstrated experience in design, implementation, budget management and monitoring of programme results is essential.
Publication record related to child marriage and violence prevention and response, gender and child protection issues more broadly an asset.
Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate: UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are: Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
Works Collaboratively with others (1)Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)Innovates and Embraces Change (1)Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)Drive to achieve impactful results (1)Manages ambiguity and complexity (1) To view our competency framework, please visit 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.
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.
Remarks: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.
The selected candidate will be expected to be based and work from Dakar, Senegal, the duty station.
Deadline: 18 May 2022 Greenwich Standard TimePOSTULER

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