Child Protection Specialist
Closing date: 15 August 2012
Purpose Of The Post
Under the direct supervision of the Chief, Field Office, and the guidance of the Chief, Child Protection, UNICEF ICO, the incumbent will be responsible for technical advice to relevant departments of the Govt. of Assam and other state-level partners to facilitate and influence policy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and initiatives in the area of Child Protection, aimed at establishing a protective environment for children and adolescents.
The key focus areas will be to (a) support the implementation/strengthening of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) and the various related Acts (Juvenile Justice, Trafficking, Child Labour among others); and (b) strengthen/consolidate ongoing initiatives addressing harmful social norms such as early marriage, trafficking, child labour, corporal punishment, etc. in partnership with the State Government, judiciary, training/research institutions, civil society organizations, including those dealing with excluded groups, and in convergence with other sectors, notably Education and Labour & Employment.
The incumbent will also be responsible to provide technical inputs on children affected by AIDS (CABA), as part of the care & support component of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS covering select States of NE India.
Major Duties And Responsibilities
Technical Assistance and Support:
Provide technical assistance and support to the State Government and other relevant stakeholders (judiciary, training/research institutions, civil society organisations, associations dealing with excluded groups, etc) on planning implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Child Protection programme in Assam, with special focus on the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), implementation of Juvenile Justice Act (JJA) and other child protection related legislation, harmful social norms, as well as specific interventions addressing marginalized children and adolescents, including Tea Communities, those affected by trafficking, HIV/AIDS, civil strife, etc. Provide technical inputs to knowledge management initiatives at the state level.
Systems Strengthening and Capacity Development:
Assist the State Government and other stakeholders with capacity-development inputs and technical support at state, district and sub-district levels to strengthen systems for delivery of Child Protection programmes, viz. ICPS, child labour, child trafficking, CABA, adolescent issues, etc. Provide technical expertise, as required, and facilitate learning exchanges.
Assist in convening strategic partnerships among government, non-government and community-based organisations that would impact on Child Protection policies and programmes, and contribute to leveraging resources to address gaps. This would involve convening meetings with sectoral departments (Social Welfare, Education, Labour & Employment, Health/HIV, etc) for programmatic reviews, follow-up on implementation of recommendations and agreements.
Also assist in the introduction and/or development of Child Protection approaches, methods and practices, relating to ICPS/Juvenile Justice, Social Protection/Norms, Child Labour, Child Trafficking, CABA and life skills for Adolescents.
Programme Monitoring :
Undertake field visits to monitor programmes, both in terms of programming content as well as financial HACT related assurance. Based on an in-depth analysis of data and other related indicators, take/propose corrective action, as appropriate, to meet the programme objectives
Proactively collaborate with programme colleagues, especially Education, C4D, Health/HIV & A&P, to support and/or advocate for inclusion of various components of the Protective Environment framework into sectoral programming. Actively identify potential new partners to promote the protective environment for children and adolescents in the State.
Sectoral planning, reviewing and reporting:
Contribute towards the preparation and review of the Child Protection Rolling Workplans, and participate in Mid-Year, Annual and other reviews. Contribute to the preparation of Child Protection related inputs to the Field Office Annual Report, as well as donor reports, in a timely and qualitative manner. Ensure that UNICEF funds are appropriately utilized in line with approved norms.
Qualifications And Competencies
Advanced university degree in any of the following: Social Sciences, Child Development, Education, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.
Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in social development, project administration, monitoring and evaluation. Good understanding and knowledge of the government systems at state, district and village levels. Knowledge and proven application of project cycle management, Log-frame analysis, an added advantage.
Fluency in English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station Hindi.
i) Core Values (Required)
• Diversity and Inclusion
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
• Working with People
• Drive for Results
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
• Leading and Supervising
• Formulating Strategies and Concepts
• Analyzing • Relating and Networking
• Deciding and Initiating Action
• Applying Technical Expertise
iv) Technical Knowledge
• 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.
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.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 August 2012. In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the post title and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged.
UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees). UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.