Deadline : 4 January 2020
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Child Protection Specialist in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Child Protection Specialist will be responsible for the implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of programmes to prevent and respond to violence and harmful practices, within the country programme.
UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Child Protection Specialist will perform the following functions:
- Support to programme development and planning: support research on child protection issues to guide development of evidence-based and targeted interventions, messaging and policies, as well as to understand the social dynamics and underlying drivers that foster harmful practices.
- Support the development of a national parenting education programme, and interventions to end harmful practices.
- Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results: management, oversight and reporting on the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage and the UNICEF West and Central Africa Key Results for Children.
- Provide strategic direction to programme areas and convergence work in programming relevant to parenting education and harmful practices.
- Technical and operational support to programme implementation: develop programmes, strategies and policies for children, parents, teachers and community leaders on the prevention of harmful practices, including through social norms programming, adolescent empowerment activities, and parenting education programmes.
- Provide technical assistance and strategic guidance to government on the review, enactment, and implementation of laws and policies related to ending child marriage and other harmful practice.
- Networking and partnership building: work in close partnership with the government, UN Agencies, and CSO partners to mobilise communities, develop and implement policies, develop social networks, and engage women and youth in organizing activities.
- Initiate/participate in internal collaboration activities to ensure cohesion of programme areas towards the collective achievement of results.
- Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building: ensure the availability of social and behaviour change data and evidence to plan, implement and monitor behaviour change programmes to shift attitudes.
Applicants must have:
- An Advanced University degree from a recognized university in social/behavioural sciences (Social Work, Education, Psychology, Sociology, or other Social Science field) is required.
- Minimum 5 year’s of professional experience in social development, planning and management in child protection and/other related areas.
- Relevant experience in child protection and/or education, programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Nationality of Sierra Leone.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit UNICEF.