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Child Protection Officer

Job Code – UNCPO

Location:  Jaipur
Closing Date: 14/4/2011

Purpose of the post:

The incumbent will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring,  data collection and analysis,  advocacy  and progress reporting on child protection activities for  project: “Promoting Protection and Education Rights of Children in Cotton Areas in Rajasthan”, supported by IKEA.

The thrust of the work will be to promote effective programming to address child labour at state and district level. In addition, the Child Protection Officer will assist in providing technical advice to the DWCD with regard to planning, implementation, and monitoring of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS).

Major Duties and Responsibilities:-

1. Provide support to the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Child Protection programme, with a special focus on IKEA funded project aimed at reducing child labour in Dungarpur and Udaipur districts and Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS). Develop joint operational plans and ensure project implementation, monitoring and evaluation in accordance with the project proposal, project logframe, and project Gantt chart, and district action plans.

2. Assist in convening strategic partnerships among government, non government and community based organizations to impact on child protection policies, to support child protection programmes and leverage resources in the district and the State, in particular those related to child labour and ICPS. Participates in meetings with Departments responsible for programme/project review, and follows up on implementation of recommendations and agreements. Assists in the development and/or introduction of child protection approaches, methods and practices, in particular those related to child labour and ICPS.

3. Provide capacity building inputs and technical support at district and state level with regard to ICPS and child labour, with the latter including convergent child protection structures that effectively address child labour, quality education for all children, community mobilization, and enhanced social protection schemes. Provides technical expertise as required, facilitates learning exchanges as well as policy influencing.

4. Undertake regular field visits to project sites to guide UNICEF consultants, district administration, government functionaries, and other partners and project stakeholders and to ensure that activities are implemented in line with the project Gantt chart, district action plans, and the project logframe. Analyzes and evaluates data and/or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet programme/project objectives. Undertake follow-up action as required. Coordinate joint review meetings with UNICEF ICO and IKEA.

5. Drafts project status reports, donor reports, and process documentation; develop and establish a monitoring system that facilitates the monitoring of achievement of outcomes and outputs set out in the project logframe; ensure data collection and maintenance on key indicators against which outcomes and outputs will be measured.

6. Proactively collaborates with programme colleagues to provide and receive knowledge and assistance. Assists in the development of an appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate for child protection policy and programme development, in particular on child labour. Assists in the planning and formulation of Behaviour Change Communication initiatives with respect to child protection, in particular on child labour. Assists in the planning and formulation of Education initiatives relating to child labour.

7. Follow up and check financial and supply and non-supply reports for project activities, ensuring proper and timely expenditure within allotments; Government financial accountability and certify disbursement and liquidation of Cash Assistance to Government and NGOs, as per UNICEF rules and procedures and related Administrative Instructions. Assist in managing funds and liquidating cash advances; maintain ProMS data.

Qualifications, Experience and competencies required:

• University degree in the social sciences, law or child development.
• Minimum  two years relevant professional work experience in project management in the development sector, including field work with rural communities and interactions with institutions at state, district, and sub-district level, preferably focused on child labour or other child protection issues. 
• 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   [ I ]      
  •  Drive for Results   [ I ]  
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
  •  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
  •  Analyzing   [ II] 
  •  Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
  •  Learning and Researching [ II] 
  •  Planning and Organizing  [ II ]

 iv)  Technical Knowledge   
 a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  (Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 
•  Essential Technical Knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the following areas:
•  Strengthening child protection systems
•  Strengthening partner capacity for protecting children against violence; in emergencies.
•  Strengthening in respect of harmful traditional practices
•  Strengthening 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
•  Sectoral Programmatic goals, policies and strategies
•  Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.
•  UNICEF policies and strategy in child protection, including programmes in conflicts, natural disasters, and recovery.

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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