Senior Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices), P-5, Dakar
Job no: 493725
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Categories: Child Protection, P-5
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Position
Under the guidance of the Regional Child Protection Adviser, the Senior Specialist is responsible for leading and managing the programme work in the area of ending harmful practices – especially child marriage and FGM/C – in ways that strengthen child protection systems and contribute to the development, understanding and application of evidence on addressing social norms and strengthen results relating to the protection and well-being of children, as set out in the UNICEF Strategic Plan and highlighted in the Gender Action Plan. The Senior Specialist will also be responsible for technical leadership to enable WCARO to fulfill its continental partnership coordinating role vis-à-vis the African Union in the area of harmful practices.
Key Expected Results
- Managerial leadership
- Program development and planning
- Program management, monitoring and quality control of results
- Advisory services and technical support
- Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Key Expected Results
- Establish the components of the annual child protection work plan relating to harmful practices and social norms with the CP team and in collaboration with other WCARO Sections as relevant (C4D, Education, Social Policy and HIV/AIDS); set priorities/targets and performance measurement. Monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
- Supervise team members and consultants focusing on harmful practices by providing them with clear objectives and goals, direction and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
Program development, planning, management, monitoring and quality control of results
- Lead the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the WCARO component of the global programmes on ending harmful practices (UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Abandonment of FGM/C and the Global Programme to accelerate action to end child marriage).
- Lead/support the planning and undertake/supervise actions to strengthen the evidence base on addressing harmful practices and social norms in collaboration with rest of child protection team and relevant WCARO sections so that current programme evidence and data on harmful practices are available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, and programme efforts in WCAR, with particular focus on those that are systemic, cross-sectoral and reach children at scale.
- Lead in the technical support and collaboration with the African Union and other relevant continental and regional partners in jointly planning major regional and continental initiatives to address harmful practices and social norms (e.g. AU Campaign to End Child Marriage). Identify strategic areas for UNICEF support and monitor results.
- Review and submit program/project reports and updates to NYHQ, donors and other partners to comply with requirements and keep them informed on program progress and critical issues.
Program advisory services and technical support
- Provide technical advice and support to Country Office Child Protection and intersectoral teams, on programme design – including annual work plans -, implementation and monitoring and on strengthening the systemic approach to address harmful practices and promote positive social norms for children, especially in the context of existing global programmes to promote the end of harmful practices affecting children.
- Accompany, as relevant, Country Office efforts undertaken with relevant government officials, NGO, UN system and other relevant country office partners so as to connect them with the broader regional, continental and global movement to end harmful practices.
- Participate in major programme and annual reviews, monitoring and evaluation exercises, organized by Country Offices with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results.
- Provide advice on planning and implementation of research by Country Offices, including through the provision of technical comments on the development of terms of reference and research designs or by being a member of advisory committees.
- Lead in WCARO discussions and foster collaboration with other teams (especially C4D, Education, Social Policy and HIV/AIDS) on the refinement and implementation of a cross-sectoral integrated programming approach to address harmful practices and social norms.
Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with the African Union and other continental and regional institutions, UNFPA and other relevant UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, foundations, academic and research institutions and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable child protection results set out in the UNICEF Strategic Plan.
- Participate in, organize and represent UNICEF as necessary in strategic discussions, including national, regional and international conferences and for a to influence policy and agenda setting for advocating strategies and approaches to promote/catalyse positive social changes for a protective environment for child survival, development and well-being in society.
- Lead in consultations with communication colleagues to develop appropriate communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances for sustainable results and support fund raising for WCARO and WCAR Country Office programmes to address harmful practices and social norms and related child protection concerns.
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
In relation to the area of addressing harmful practices and promoting social norms conducive to the development and protection of children:
- Promote critical thinking, innovative approaches and good practices.
- Lead, plan and implement ways to strengthen networking, especially across WCAR focus countries and with ESARO and ROSA with a view to accelerate joint learning and improve the application of existing knowledge and its further development.
- Lead in the dissemination of existing evidence and in its further development.
- Lead, plan and implement capacity building initiatives for UNICEF staff and partners in WCAR to enhance their competencies in designing, implementing and monitoring programmes.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- An Advanced University degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required.
- A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/other related areas at the international level some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required.
- Relevant experience in addressing harmful practices and social norms, programme development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. .
- Experience in programming on harmful practices within Africa is an asset.
- Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish is an asset
- A first level university degree with relevant combination of academic qualifications and additional two (2) years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
- Creates and encourages a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment.
- Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget.
- Has high-level leadership and supervisory skills; provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching.
- Sets, develops and revises organizational strategy and develops clear visions of the organization’s future potential.
- Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
- Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups. Actively nurtures good relationships with people across all organizational levels and boundaries, and with government leaders and stakeholders.
- Identifies urgent and potentially risky decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates organization-wide activities.
- Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
Please Note: This is an extension of the application deadline in order to expand the candidate pool. Previous applicants need not reapply as their original application will be duly considered.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.
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