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We are recruiting to fill the following position below:
Job Title: Child Protection Specialist (CAAC Reintegration)
Job No: 562838
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Categories: Child Protection
For every child, a champion
- The armed conflict in north-east Nigeria has gradually intensified over the last 13 years with attacks and insecurity forcibly displacing millions of people and causing a crisis of protection.
- The child protection program in Northeast Nigeria has tremendously scaled up since June 2021 due to the huge number of people (adults and children) that have exited armed groups and handed themselves over to state authorities.
- According to the Nigerian Armed Forces, over 82,237 JAS and ISWAP fighters and their families have surrendered from July 2021 until November 2022, out of which 16,577 were active male fighters, 24,499 women, and 41,161 children
- The effective reintegration of children is hindered by the impact of armed conflict on societies, such as the absence of livelihood opportunities, weak economies and markets, and a breakdown of social infrastructure, including schools and health facilities.
- The recent wave of children, youth, and women exiting from armed groups lacks the support needed to reintegrate due to the highly fragile and unstable security and political environment, weakened state institutions, law and order, impunity, and insufficient resources.
- UNICEF works to support the efforts of the Borno State Government to provide specialized services to children and women exiting armed groups and those released from detention.
- There is an urgent need to support the focus on reintegrating individuals affiliated with armed groups back into communities.
How can you make a difference?
Major tasks and responsibilities to be accomplished:
Provide technical oversight and support to the implementation of a community-based social and economic reintegration programme through systems strengthening approach:
- Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners/donors on the development of a theory of change and strategic operational framework that will guide the actions of government entities, UNICEF partners and other relevant entities, in providing interim care services as well as social and economic reintegration assistance to children and women exiting armed groups.
- Technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by guiding a variety of technical, programme, operational, and administrative transactions, preparing related materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating of results.
- Support CPIE Manager to draft donor proposals and concepts to raise funds for child Protection Section.
- Arrange/coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ to ensure timely/appropriate support throughout the programming/projects process.
- Participate in child protection program meetings including program development and contingency planning discussions on emergency preparedness in the country or other locations designated to provide technical and operational information, advice and support.
- Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic program materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
- Capacity building of the reintegration Technical Working Group and UNICEF partners and other reintegration partners to increase coverage of reintegration services to children and women formerly associated with armed groups.
- Provide inputs to UNICEF strategic sectoral programmatic documents and proposals and reports to donors related to Reintegration.
- Ensure quality CPiE programming, on children formerly associated with armed groups (CAAG), in line with established standards, guidelines and procedures, through technical leadership to country office.
Strengthen coordination and Networking:
- Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy, and effective communication to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results in child protection.
- Participate in the meetings related to children in emergency, including the Reintegration Technical working Group (RTWG), and any other relevant inter-agency working groups relevant to reintegration of children and women agenda in Nigeria.
- Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve reintegration data collection, reporting and analysis. Conduct field visits to monitor programs and collect in formation as appropriate. Conduct periodic program reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
- Collaborate in the preparation of communication and information materials to support efforts to prevent recruitment of children in armed conflict.
- Collaborate with other Programs to ensure linkages between Reintegration and other sectors.
Provide oversight of transitional justice mechanisms, peace building and reconciliation:
- Support development of context specific policy tools, guidance and strategic frameworks and approaches on transitional justice for children
- Support Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to establish Child Protection Unit to support children in contact with the Law (diversion programme) for children.
- Provide community-level reconciliation, peacebuilding and social cohesion through transformative dialogue and community engagement activities.
- Conduct community-based outreach activities on transitional justice (meetings, engagement and dialogue with traditional and community leaders, support community action on transitional justice)
Provide oversight over interim care arrangements, including IDFTR and alternative care:
- Provide interim care services to children and women in transit and interim care centers including PSS, Health, education, case management, family tracing and reunification and and GBV prevention and response services to children and women released from military custody and exiting armed groups.
- Build capacities of CP partners and Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development social workers to provide response and prevention service.
Strengthening of the MEAL framework for programme monitoring and accountability:
- Collaborate with MEAL team of UNICEF and the CP teams to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence, and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in child protection programs.
- Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.
- Monitor reintegration programs/projects through field visits, surveys and/or exchange of information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
- Prepare regular/mandated reintegration program/project reports for management, donors, and partners to keep them informed of program progress.
- In collaboration with the Information Management Officer, produce quarterly info graphs capturing numbers (disaggregated by sex) of children and women benefiting from reintegration support.
Provide oversight of the handover protocol and other instruments for the release of children formerly associated with armed groups and those in detention:
- Ensure overall planning and management of the child release and reintegration programme, including prevention of child recruitment and implementation of Action Plans with armed groups;
- Support the handover of children and women associated with non-state armed groups to state entities and to ensure their safe, supported safe return and reintegration and recovery from their experiences.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An Advanced University Degree in International Development, Human Rights, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, International Law, and other Social Science fields is required.
- A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/or other related areas at the international level some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required.
- Relevant experience in child protection, child reintegration, and related areas, program/project development, and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. Relevant experience in program development in Reintegration in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
- Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.
- Experience working in the UN system agency or UN organization is an asset.
- Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
- Relevant experience in child protection, child reintegration, and related areas, program/project development, and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. Relevant experience in program development in child reintegration in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
- Experience in working with community structures and/or religious groups and leaders on child protection including association of children with armed groups.
- Experience in protracted conflict environments such as that of the North- East Nigeria is a strong advantage. Knowledge of socio-economic, cultural, and community development issues in the North-East Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin region is an asset.
- We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities.
- UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
Application Closing Date
22nd June, 2023.
Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
- UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children.
- The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
- 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.
- All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
- Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history.
- Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
- This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is:a role with direct contact with children, works directly with children, is a safeguarding response role. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.
- UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable women are encouraged to apply.
- Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
- UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.