UNICEF recruits TA Child Protection Specialist
Job no: 525733
Work type: Temporary Appointment
Categories: Child Protection, NO-3
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UNICEF’s engagement in and geographical focus on the Mbeya, Iringa, Njombe, and Songwe (MINS) regions began in 2012 and was based on a vulnerability analysis that specifically highlighted high levels of nutrition and HIV deprivation. Children comprise between 45 and 50 per cent of the population of MINS, with the total number of children in 2018 estimated at 2.4 million. By 2030 the number of children is projected to reach 3.3 million. Over the past years, TCO health, nutrition, child protection, WASH, and education programme sections have implemented two types of interventions in MINS: (1) interventions aimed at achieving results for children at MINS level; and (2) interventions implemented in MINS but aimed at achieving nation-wide or central level results (pilots, assessments, research).
How can you make a difference?
The purpose of this position is to support districts/LGAs with implementation of the child protection system across all three pillars (and integrate into areas of convergence within UNICEF, such as early childhood development and adolescence). Whereas the candidate will be expected to support the response and enabling environment components of the system, emphasis will be placed on supporting prevention activities, including ensuring implementation of the NPA-VAWC Communication and Outreach strategy, and social welfare case management.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
- Provide technical support to community development officers in the implementation of the prevention component of the child protection system, including the implementation of the National Integrated Communications and Outreach Strategy to End VAWC at the regional and district level.
- Provide technical support to social welfare officers on case management for children.
- Provide technical support to the Regional Secretariats (including Regional Social Welfare Officers, Community Development Officers, Planning Officers, District Medical Officer, et. al.) in understanding their roles and responsibilities in coaching and mentoring their LGA counterparts on implementation of the NPA-VAWC.
- Support LGAs to plan and budget for child protection system components of the NPA-VAWC and include this in all LGA budget and planning processes.
- Support NPA-VAWC coordination structures (Women and Children Protection Committees) at regional and district level to convene and follow up on their child protection commitments.
- With a view towards supporting evidence generation, monitor the use of DCMS and support generation of trends analysis and data for reporting, ensuring the sharing of information both horizontally and vertically (up to the Regional level) on a quarterly basis in order to inform district, regional and national level decision making, as well as reporting requirements against UNICEF indicators and UNDAP II.
- Strengthen the capacity of the LGA’s to report on Direct Cash Transfers (DCT), liquidation and activities and conduct regular programme monitoring visits.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced university degree in social work, sociology, international relations, development studies, law, child psychology or relevant field.
- Demonstrated child protection experience, specifically working in programmes promoting socio-behavior change and/or social welfare case management for children
- A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management of child protection programmes.
- Relevant experience in programme development in child protection in Tanzania or other development context.
- Experience in working with data and evidence generation for advocacy is an asset.
- Fluency in English (verbal and written).
- Knowledge of Kiswahili necessary.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are….
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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