Child Protection Officer
Duty Station: Gandhinagar
Purpose of the Post
Under the supervision of the Chief of Field Office, and with the technical advice from the Chief Child Protection, contribute to project implementation and monitoring; data collection and analysis; advocacy; and progress reporting on child protection activities as articulated project: “Promoting Protection and Education Rights of Children in Cotton Areas in Gujarat”, 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 lead in providing technical advice to the Dept of Women & Child Development (DWCD), Social Justice and Labour departments with regard to planning, implementation, and monitoring of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) and promotion of the protective environment for children.
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 selected 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.
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 VISION data.
Qualifications, Skills and Attributes
University degree from a recognised university in Social Sciences, Law or Child Development with a particular emphasis on child protection issues. Knowledge of, and training in, protection of children against exploitation/child labour will be an added advantage.
2. Work Experience
At least 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.
3. Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and knowledge of local working language of the duty station required.
4. Competency Profile
i) Core Values (Required)
· Diversity and Inclusion
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.
• Core commitments for children in emergencies (for all Emergency positions)
• UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
• Rights-based and Results-based approach and 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.
Other skills and attributes:
§ Good understanding of child protection issues.
§ Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of community based needs, particularly in relation to the most disadvantaged communities.
§ Good report writing skills and documentation skills highly desired.
§ Project management, planning, monitoring and coordination skills; ability to organize work & take on a leadership role in roll out of project activities.
§ Ability to develop partnerships, to negotiate and build consensus with Governments and civil society.
§ Excellent analytical, communication (both verbal and written) and advocacy skills.
§ Willingness to tackle sensitive issues and ability to use tact and discretion in doing so.
§ Ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as transfer knowledge and skills.
§ Experienced in the design, organisation and delivery of capacity building programmes.
§ Thorough understanding and internalisation of social inclusion.
§ Good understanding of community dynamics and understanding of the institutional set up related to children’s issues.
§ Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
§ Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
§ Must demonstrate sufficient experience working successfully in a team environment.
§ Ability to work in a complex political, social and economic environment.
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