For every child, safety.
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. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
How can you make a difference?
The Child Protection Specialist will support the Country Office engagement with relevant government authorities to support provision of services to children perceived to be affiliated with armed groups (Iraq national and foreign children) currently in detention or in process of repatriation to their countries of origin including those returning home from countries of refuge.
The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief, Child Protection (Level 5) for guidance and general supervision. The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Child Protection (or a sector of) programs/projects and is responsible for managing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and reporting of progress of child protection programs/projects within the country program. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes to facilitate the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable UNICEF contribution to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm and to protect their rights to survival, development and well-being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and UN intergovernmental bodies. The position supports the chief of section in the implementation of the Monitoring, Reporting Mechanism on violations of child rights as per UN Security Council Resolution 1612 and 1882 and this function leads overall implementation for CAAC interventions across the country. This position will work very close with relevant government institutions to ensure implementation of the strategy for the release and community-based reintegration of children and young people from armed actors and groups including prevention of all grave child rights violations.
Key accountabilities and duties & tasks include:
1. Support to program/project development and planning
2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
3. Technical and operational support to program implementation
4. Networking and partnership building
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of
Core competencies in:
The functional competencies required for this post are:
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.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.