UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Jobs in Kenya

UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Jobs in Kenya


  • UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

  • Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

  • And we never give up.

  • For every child, an advocate

    Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

  • The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism.

    Job organizational context:

  • The Child Protection Specialist GJP is to be used in a Country Office (CO) where the Child Protection Programme is a component of the Country Programme (or UNDAF). The Specialist reports to the Chief, Child Protection, who is at Level 5/4, or a Child Protection Manager, who is at Level 4.

    Purpose for the job:

  • The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief, Child Protection or Child Protection Manager for guidance and general supervision. The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Child Protection programme(s) and is responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the child protection programmes/projects within the country programme.

    Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

    Support to programme/project development and planning

  • Support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis for the child protection programmes/projects to ensure that current and comprehensive data on child protection issues is available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child rights and protection, and to set programme priorities, strategies, and design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance programme management, efficiency and delivery in particular in relation to harmful practices such as female genital mutilation and child marriage.

  • Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of child protection programmes/projects. Formulate, design and prepare programme/project proposals for the sector, ensuring alignment with UNICEF’s overall Strategic Plans and the Country Programme, as well as coherence and integration with the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies

  • Support work to strengthen the social service workforce in line with global, regional and country office priorities and support county capacities to prevent and respond to violence against children, including harmful practices through county legal and policy frameworks and public financing for child protection.

  • Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans for the sector using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.

  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies, and to determine national priorities and competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results,

    Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan and collaborate with colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in child protection programmes.

  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required actions and interventions to achieve results.

  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention
    to achieve goals.

  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems. Take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.

  • Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.

    Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners and donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and approaches on child protection related issues, in particular regarding the prevention and response to violence against children in the form of harmful practices to support programme management, implementation and delivery of results.

  • Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.

    Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, allies, donors, and academia - through active networking, advocacy and effective communication - to build capacity, exchange knowledge and expertise, and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results in child protection.

  • Prepare communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and to support fund raising for child protection programmes and emergency interventions.

    Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.

  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in child protection management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.

  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results in child protection and related programmes/projects.

    Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles

    Core Values

  • Care

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Trust

  • Accountability

    Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

    Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing (3)

  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)

  • Applying technical expertise (3)

    Recruitment Qualifications

    Education:

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.

    Experience:

  • A minimum of five years of professional experience planning and management in child protection related areas is required.

  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage.

    Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Jobs in Kenya


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