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Child Protection Specialist

Location: New Delhi 
Closing date: 24th December 2013

Purpose of the Post

The incumbent will be responsible to provide technical advice to Government counterparts at national level and to the field offices and state governments in the planning, design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programmes and initiatives in the area of child protection, aimed at establishing a protective environment for children.

One of the main focuses of the work will be to support implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme and enforcement of the Juvenile Justice Act, as well as identify new initiatives to address harmful social norms that violate the rights of children in India.

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

1. Technical Assistance and Support: Provide technical assistance and support to the government (at national and state levels), counterparts (UN agencies, donors, NGOs, the Judiciary, academia and others), and UNICEF state offices on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child protection programmes.  

Provide technical inputs to knowledge management initiatives. Provide policy advice and influence policy of government at national and state levels regarding child protection systems. 

2. Systems Strengthening and Capacity Development: Assist the government at national and state level to strengthen systems for delivery of services with an emphasis on enhanced capacities, accountability and effective implementation of child protection programmes of the government.

3. Support to Field Offices: Assist the field offices in work planning, implementation, and monitoring of programming in child protection, ensuring cross sectoral convergence in line with the overall results set out at national and state level, as well as in specific projects aimed at establishing a protective environment for children.

4. Networking and Innovation: Actively identify new actors to promote the protective environment in India, exploring new relationships with both traditional (government and NGOs) and other UNICEF potential partners (civil society at large, the Judiciary, the Legislative, media, academia, etc.). Propose new working strategies and interventions, especially in the area of promoting social change for children.

5. Sectoral planning, reviewing and reporting: Contribute towards the preparation and reviews of the Child Protection Rolling Workplans; participate in the Annual Review and other reviews; contribute to the preparation of the sectoral inputs to the Annual Report; contribute to the Situation Analysis, and the Common Country Assessment (CCA); contribute to the preparation of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), prepare sectoral inputs to the Country Programme Document (CPD), and the Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP); contribute to the mid-year, annual and mid-term reviews; and support in the preparation of donor reports in his/her areas of responsibility.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

a) Education

Master’s degree from a recognized University in Social Sciences, Law, International Development, Public Administration, International Relations or other fields related to the work of UNICEF.

b) Work Experience 

Minimum five years progressively responsible professional work experience in the project management, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of child protection programmes.

c) Languages 

Fluency in spoken and written English required.  Knowledge of Hindi is highly desirable.

d) Competency Profile:  

Competency Profile :

i)  Core Values (Required)

•  Commitment  

•  Diversity and Inclusion  

•  Integrity     

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 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.

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group) [  ]

•  Methodology of programme/project management

•  Programmatic goals, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes

•  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 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. 

•  UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.

Other skills and attributes:

A 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.

Ability to conceptualize, innovate, plan and execute ideas, as well as to impart knowledge and skills. 

Analytical, influencing, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.

Monitoring and Reporting skills, including documentation. 

Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 24th December 2013.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post 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 committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organizations qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

 UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. 



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