UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Job Vacancy

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For every child, Protection

Guided by the 2030 Agenda principle of “leaving no one behind”, the UNICEF Rwanda Country Programme contributes to priorities under the social transformation pillar of the Rwanda’s National Strategy for Transformation 2017–2024.

UNICEF Rwanda Child Protection Programme will prioritize the strengthening of child protection systems to address multiple issues. It will emphasize expansion and capacity-building of the social workforce at national and subnational levels to better identify, prevent and respond to child protection concerns; address norms and practices that drive violence, exploitation, neglect and abandonment; improve monitoring and reporting of child protection prevention and response cases; and better coordinate child protection activities, especially at the decentralized levels.

How can you make a difference?
The Child Protection Specialist is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating, reporting and coordinating all strategies and activities under the UNICEF child protection output: All child protection service providers are able to deliver quality and timely child protection services, including referrals to other services, at the national and subnational levels. This includes strengthening the child protection system through improved integrated case management, social workforce strengthening, inclusion of children with disabilities, and alternative care. The specialist is expected to work closely with a wide range of national partners in order to achieve concrete and sustainable results.

Main responsibilities include:
Support to program/project development and planning:
  • Participate in strategic program discussions and support the Chief Child Protection in identifying program priorities, developing strategies and annual workplans. Support/conduct situation analysis for the child protection program to ensure that evidence based data on child protection are available to guide UNICEF’s strategies.
  • Coordinate and lead workplan activities, monitor progress and ensure results are achieved within expected timeframe. Ensure integration within Child Protection and with other UNICEF sectors.
  • Supervise two staff and provide technical assistance and advice on all aspects of Child Protection programming and implementation.
  • Work closely with key government officials and development partners on relevant strategies and approaches to strengthen the child protection system.
  • Formulate, design and prepare programme proposals and take other actions to leverage funds for the areas of responsibility around strengthening the child protection system and improving service delivery for child protection.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results:
  • Plan and collaborate with internal and external partners to improve monitoring systems to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in child protection programs.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program and annual reviews with all partners to assess progress and to identify action to achieve results. Actively monitor programs/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Monitor use of program resources confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity and ensuring timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Submit/prepare high-quality programme/project reports to management, donors and other partners to keep them informed on programme progress and critical issues.

Technical and operational support to program implementation:
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to all partners on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on child protection.
  • Participate in child protection program meetings including program development and contingency planning discussions on emergency preparedness designated to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.

Networking and partnership building:
  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners in the areas of child protection system strengthening, child care reform and social workforce strengthening, through active networking, advocacy and effective communication.
  • Prepare communication and information materials for program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for child protection programs and emergency interventions. Use evidence to advocate for the expansion and sustainability of the social workforce for child protection.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:
  • Introduce/apply innovative approaches to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in the area of child protection systems strengthening, monitoring and evaluation, alternative care, capacity development of the social workforce and inclusion of children with disabilities.
  • Document programmes and lessons learnt in order to record programmatic achievements and share with internal and external partners.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results in child protection and related programs/projects.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in public health or social sciences such as international development, social work, international law, sociology or other social science field is required. Social work background or training is an asset.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels related to child protection, preferably served in a developing country context. Relevant experience working with national child protection systems, including on social workforce strengthening is required. Experience on case management, alternative care and child care reform is an advantage.
  • Relevant experience in child protection programme development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an advantage
  • Strong communication, presentation and writing skills, including report writing, oral presentations and development of technical documents is required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French or a local language is an asset.

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 technical competencies required for this post are….
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts,
  • Applying Technical Expertise; 
  • Planning and Organizing.

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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Please note that UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees)

“UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.”

How to Apply
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Application close: Oct 18 2018 South Africa Standard Time