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Child Protection Specialist

Duty Station: Bhopal
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post
Responsible for facilitating and influencing the State Government’s policy, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Child Protection programme in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

The jobholder works in the state of Madhya Pradesh at both State and District levels. He/she also works under the daily supervision of the Programme Manager (NOD), and takes sector specific guidance from the Child Protection Section in Delhi.

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 Madhya Pradesh 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, missions 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) including ICPS in child protection.

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 under Child Protection and the interventions to improve such systems and capacities.

Undertakes field visits to monitor programme implementation (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 various programme reports on child protection as  needed, by compiling data, analyzing and evaluating information, and writing chapters of the reports.

Work plan development

Responsible for the development of the child protection work plan in the State, and ensures compliance with specific assigned objectives. Ensures convergence of programmes through planning, monitoring and progress reports on IRs.

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, Adcocacy and Partnership 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 for Development initiatives with respect to child protection to enable more effective behavior 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 And Competencies

Education

Advanced university degree in any of the following: Social Sciences, Child Development, Education, or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.

Work Experience

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.

Languages

Fluency in English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station Hindi.

Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)
•  Commitment 
•  Diversity and Inclusion 
•  Integrity 
               
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
  •  Communication 
  •  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.

 e) 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.

Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download)  should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net 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.

 

 

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