Child Protection Specialist
Duty Station: Kolkata
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 program in the state of West Bengal
The jobholder works in the state of West Bengal at both State and District levels. He/she also works under the daily supervision of the Chief, Field Office (L4), and takes sector specific guidance from the Child Protection Section in Delhi.
Major Duties And Responsibilities
Analyses and recommends policies, systems of management, resource allocation and coordination systems around child protection issues and programs. Provides technical support to Government for the implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme in the state of West Bengal and any other policies related to child protection.
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 programs, evaluate, report good practices 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 programs/projects. Participates in meetings with Ministries/Departments responsible for program/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.
With guidance from the supervisor ( Chief of Field Office ) in consultation with CP Section in Delhi, proposes designs for child protection programs. When agreed, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates UNICEF assisted program or specific project(s) in child protection.
Analyzes and evaluates data related to child protection and /or takes corrective action when necessary, to meet program/project objectives.
Contributes to and enables the concurrent monitoring and reporting on performance indicators of ICPS and /or UNICEF–NGO managed programs 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 programs (including cash and supply assistance), as well as conducting periodic program reviews with government counterparts and other partners.
Identifies and recommends necessary action for program adjustments. Provides advice and assistance to government officials and other partners in the planning and management of program/projects.
Contributes to the development of child protection monitoring system in the state by designing, consensus building and institutionalizing within ICPS.
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 programs towards the achievement of Intermediate Results contributing to PCR 3.
Capacity Building and technical assistance for Government
Assists government authorities and nongovernment partners to plan and organize capacity building programs with respect to child protection. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of program/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 program 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 program 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 programs of social inclusion
Supplies and Cash Assistance
Coordinates with the Operations/Supply staff/program 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 Program Manager
Writes program/project inputs for donor proposals, status reports required for management Board, donors, budget review, program analysis, annual reports, etc.
Qualifications And Competencies
Advanced university degree in any of the following: Social Sciences, Child Development, Law or other relevant field.
Five years progressively responsible professional work experience in social development, project administration, monitoring and evaluation.
Fluency in English. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.
i) Core Values (Required)
• Diversity and Inclusion
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 programs.
• 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 program/project management
• Programmatic goals, policies and strategies for sectoral programs
• 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 program 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 programs
• 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.
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 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.