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Child Protection Specialist

Job Code – UNCPM

Location:  Mumbai
Closing Date: 14/4/2011

Purpose of the post:

The incumbent will be responsible for facilitating and influencing the State Government’s policy, as well as planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Child Protection programme in the state of Maharashtra.  The jobholder works in the state of Maharashtra at both State and District levels.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:-

Influencing Policy

Analyses and recommends policies, systems of management, resource allocation and coordination systems around child protection issues and programmes. Provides technical support to Government for the implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme in the state of Maharashtra and any other policies related to child protection.

Building Partnerships

Convenes strategic partnerships – among government, nongovernment and community based organizations and other relevant stakeholders  to impact on overall child protection policies, to support child protection programmes and leverage resources in the State in the context of ICPS

Interacts with State, national and international agencies and commissions, on the management of child protection programmes/projects. Participates in meetings with Ministries/Departments responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.

Assists in the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in project management and evaluation.

Programme Implementation

With guidance from the CP Section in Delhi, proposes designs for child protection programmes.  When agreed, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates UNICEF assisted programme or specific project(s)in child protection, especially in the context of the current large projects in Moradabad district and in three districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives. Contributes to and enables the concurrent monitoring and reporting on performance indicators of Government flagship programmes and /or UNICEF–NGO managed programmes under the Project Co-operation Agreement.  Integrates input/advice from the CP Section in Delhi

Monitoring and Evaluation

Facilitates the review of systems and capacity related to delivery of services to children and the interventions to improve such systems and capacities.

Undertakes field visits to monitor programmes (including cash and supply assistance), as well as conducting periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners.

Identifies and recommends necessary action for programme adjustments. Provides advice and assistance to government officials and other partners in the planning and management of programme/projects.

Contributes to the preparation of the Situation Analysis on child protection, led by SPPME, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the Analysis.

Work plan development

Responsible for the development of the child protection work plan in the State, and ensures compliance with specific assigned objectives. Provides guidance and support to subordinate staff to manage and implement projects. Ensures convergence of programmes in education, SPPME and C4D through planning and progress reports on IR

Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government 

Assists government authorities and nongovernment partners to plan and organize capacity building programmes with respect to child protection. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme/projects.

Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.

Inter-sectoral collaboration

Proactively collaborates within state and/or sector with programme colleagues, especially education, communication for development and Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation to give and receive knowledge and assistance. Pooling resources for more effective programming.

Assists in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate child protection programme development.

Assists in the planning and formulation of Communication 4 Development initiatives with respect to child protection to enable more effective behaviour change.

Supports/undertakes research that provides tracking on programmes of social inclusion

Supplies and Cash Assistance

Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff/programme support on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, as per UNICEF rules and procedures monitors and submits financial status reports to Programme Manager

Report Writing

Writes programme/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, programme analysis, annual reports, etc.

Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:

• Advanced university degree in any of the following: Social Sciences, Child Development, Education, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.
• Minimum five years progressively responsible professional work experience in social development, project administration, monitoring and evaluation.
• Fluency in written and spoken English is essential. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station is required.  

Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)
•  Commitment 
•  Diversity and Inclusion 
•  Integrity 
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
  •  Communication  [ II ] 
  •  Working with People   [ II ]      
  •  Drive for Results   [ II ]  
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  •  Leading and Supervising    [ I ]                      
  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  •  Analyzing   [ III] 
  •  Relating and Networking [ II ]
  •  Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]
iv)  Technical Knowledge    [  ]
a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required [  ]

• Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
• Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the following: Strengthening child protection systems and partner capacity for protecting children against violence; in emergencies; in respect of harmful traditional practices; in improving justice for children and in strengthening social welfare systems.
• Use of data and indicators in child protection.

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [  ]

•  Methodology of programme/project management
•  Programmatic goals, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
•  Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.
•  UNICEF policies and strategy in child protection, including: natural disasters, and recovery.
•  Core commitments for children in emergencies (for all Emergency positions)
•  UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
•  Rights-based and Results-based programming in UNICEF.
•  UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
•  Mid-Term Strategic Plan
•  UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job) [  ]

•  Government development plans and policies
•  Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
•  UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
•  UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
•  UN security operations and guidelines.
•  UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.

 Other skills and attributes

• In depth understanding and knowledge of the child protection and issues and sector
• Current knowledge of development issues, strategies, as well as programming policies and procedures in development cooperation, in particular pertaining to child protection
• A strong familiarity as to how public administration systems affect delivery of results for children
• Understanding of social mobilization and behaviour change communication
• Understanding of the importance and role of partnerships Proven ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and teach skills.
• Analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
• Report writing
• Training ability.
• Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.

Application consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 14th April 2011. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the Job Code of the post and location applied for in the subject line of your e-mail/application.

Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.

UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged



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