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Child Protection Specialist (Systems Strengthening), NOC, Dar es Salaam

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Dar es Salaam is inviting applications from suitably qualified Tanzanian nationals for the post of:

Child Protection Specialist (Systems Strengthening) – Fixed Term

Vacancy No. 2014/06


UNICEF Tanzania is recruiting a Child Protection Specialist (System Strengthening) who will be accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of components of the Child Protection programme as it is elaborated within the framework of the UNDAP, in particular child protection budgeting at national level and roll out of the child protection system at Local Government Authority (LGA) level, to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives. The post holder will promote intersectoral partnerships to ensure all components of the child protection systems are in place.

Major Accountabilities

  • Designs, prepares, implements, monitors and evaluates the components of the Child Protection Programme for which s/he is responsible, focusing on the capacity development at the LGA level related to prevention of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation; supports coordination among key sectors; supports provision of protection and care services; and supports collection, analysis and use of child protection data. Analyzes and evaluates data to ensure achievement of the objectives and/or takes corrective action when necessary to meet programme/project objectives. Contributes to the development and/or introduction of new approaches, methods and practices in programme management and evaluation.
  • At national level, supports key sectors, in particular Social Welfare, Community Development, Finance and Local Government, to advocate for increase in resource allocation for child protection and to plan, implement and monitor child protection initiatives. Identifies training needs and objectives for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Provides technical input to the development of the new Country Programme, within the One UN, and reviews when relevant. This includes technical input to updating the Situation Analysis, and development of relevant sectoral strategy and planning documents.
  • Supports the annual work planning process in line the One UN and the Government of Tanzania’s planning process. Ensures the achievement of specific assigned objectives. Supports mid and end year review and reporting on progress and constraints, within the Social Protection Working Group.
  • Undertakes field visits to monitor the child protection programme as well as conducts periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Proposes and/or undertakes action on operational procedures affecting project management and implementation. Provides technical advice and assistance to government officials and other partners in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the relevant components of the child protection programme.
  • Ensures UNICEF’s global goals are effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue with the sectors responsible for Child Protection, including inter-sectoral collaboration with the Education, Health and HIV sectors in particular.
  • Supports knowledge management effectively through drafting/finalizing key Child Protection sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice and lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange with all partners, harnessing knowledge institutions’ resources and partnerships.
  • Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
  • Proper and timely UNICEF, Government and all implementing partners’ accountability ensured regarding supply and non-supply assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the Child Protection sector.
  • Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration; coordination amongst child protection system actors strengthened, with specific attention to children’s life skills, knowledge and participation, as actors in their own protection; engagement of media and civil society to supporting positive practices and involvement of children and families; and dialogue with private sector expanded, to emphasize good practices and corporate social responsibility.


Expected Qualification and Experience

  • Advanced university degree, preferably in the social sciences, law or other relevant field.
  • Five years of professional work experience at national and/or international levels in child protection, including international work experience for IP or field work experience for NO.
  • Fluency in Swahili and English, spoken and written.


UNICEF Competencies

  • Core Competencies: Communication, Working with People, Drive for Results      
  • Functional Competencies: Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Relating and Networking, Deciding and Initiating Action, Applying Technical Expertise


To Apply

  • If you meet the above profile, please submit your application along with a cover letter, an updated CV and a completed UN Personal History Form, indicating post title/vacancy number to The Human Resources Manager, UNICEF Tanzania Country Office, Dar Es Salaam, and send to hr.tanzania@unicef.org indicating clearly Vacancy No. 2014/06 on or before the closing date of 29 June 2014.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Applications not quoting the title and vacancy number will automatically be disqualified. DO NOT attach copies of your certificates/diplomas.
  • No late application or telephone inquiries will be considered. 


UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, gender or religion and without discrimination of persons with disabilities.

Qualified Female Candidates are encouraged to apply

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