UNICEF Jobs in Nigeria - Child Protection Specialist

UNICEF Jobs in Nigeria - Child Protection Specialist

Job no: 520124
Work type:
  • Temporary Appointment
  • Nigeria
  • Child Protection, P-3

    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.


  • The overall objective of the post is to support overall GBV prevention and response initiatives and programming, including but not limited to the capacity building initiatives, case management and PSS support.
  • The incumbent will also promote the handover of girls and women associated with non-state armed groups to civilian authorities and to ensure their safe, supported return and reintegration and recovery from their experiences.
  • Specific project objectives to which the position is related
  • Children who are victims or at significant risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, including those in humanitarian settings, receive quality preventive and responsive services from a functioning child protection system at federal level and in targeted states
  • By 2022, children in humanitarian situations have timely and sustained access to quality preventive and responsive child protection services

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished
  • Women peace and security and reintegration
  • Work with partners to ensure better reintegration of women and girls who were associated with NSAG and who have suffered conflict related sexual violence, through the provision of individual psycho-social support, empowerment/livelihoods, peer group support, family tracing, reunification and reconciliation, and community dialogue to promote return and reintegration
  • Support in the establishment and monitoring of the reintegration programme for girls and women in a minimum of six local government areas, as well as Maiduguri, in Borno State
  • Support the organization of the international conference on women peace and security and all pre-conference activities
  • Work with State ministries and other actors to develop and implement social and economic reintegration strategy for women and girls associated with armed groups and survivors of conflict related sexual violence
  • Support the tracing and reunification of families for girls and women
  • Support the development of community-based reintegration activities for affected girls and women
  • Engage with religious and community leaders to promote reintegration of girls and women impacted by conflict related sexual violence
  • Ensure the availability of alternative care for children born out of conflict related sexual violence who cannot remain with their mothers

    Strengthening GBV Prevention and Response

  • Support community prevention and response services for children and women who are survivors of GBV including women, child mothers and adolescent girls affected by conflict related sexual violence
  • Strengthen the capacity of key service providers and actors to prevent and respond to GBV through facilitating targeted training and ongoing support for state and non-state actors
  • Support in the development and implementation of 1-2 programmes which enhance the protective environment for girls and women to protect them from GBV
  • Explore the impact of conflict related sexual violence on boys and devise and implement strategies and programmes to support their recovery and reintegration
  • Work in consultation with the CP Specialist to strengthen the referral mechanism for the girls and women, and their children to available services and programmes, including health, mental health, education and livelihoods programming
  • Undertake the training of community volunteers and CFS managers on basic GBV and referrals
  • Manage and quality assure the work of the team of consultants and third party local consultants responsible for overseeing and monitoring the SGBV programme including work in the CFS
  • Ensure effective linkages with other components of the child protection in emergencies programme


  • Represent UNICEF at the GBV sub working groups at State and LGA level
  • Support the implementation of GBV and reintegration programme, including ensuring timely implementation of activities, timely reporting to the donors, compliance with
  • visibility requirements and compliance with internal UNICEF procedures and processes
  • Contribute to the development of new programme cooperation agreements with
    international and national NGOs for the reintegration of girls and women affected by conflict related sexual violence and for GBV prevention and response programming
  • In close collaboration with the Information Management Specialist and Officers ensure robust data collection to capture the number of beneficiaries reached by the programme and the impact of the programme, including management of the evaluation of the programme

  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • Advanced university degree in social work, social science, development studies or its equivalent.
  • Relevant training and experience in a related field will be considered.
  • A minimum of 5 years demonstrable professional experience in implementing Child
  • Protection and GBV in emergencies including GBV and CP case Management is required.
  • Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions is required.
  • Excellent communication and advocacy skills is required
  • Experience of implementing support/reintegration programmes for girls and women associated with armed groups/victims of conflict related sexual violence is highly desirable.
  • Experience of working with community structures and/or religious groups and leaders on GBV and Child Protection is highly desirable.
  • Experience in case management and tracing and reunification programmes for unaccompanied and separated children is highly desirable .
  • Experience in team management is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

    Duty station
  • The position is based in Maiduguri, Borno State, with regular travel to Yobe State and Local Government Areas.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • The competencies required for this post are….View our competency framework at
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination.
  • UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles.
  • All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

    How to Apply
  • Interested candidates should apply online by 1st March 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Jobs in Nigeria - Child Protection Specialist
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment Must be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
  • Please note that this is a non-family duty station.
  • Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish.
  • Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

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