Child Protection Specialist – UNV


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations Volunteers
Host EntityUNICEF
Duty StationNyala (SDN)
Language SkillsEnglish, Arabic
Start DateImmediate
Duration24 months with possibility of extension
Application Deadline16/12/2020

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Under the general supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Officer in Nyala, the IUNV Specialist will provide support in a range of programme and coordination issues at State level to include but will not be limited to the following:

1. Support to program/project development and planning

· Support the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis for the protection programs/projects and/or sector to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence based data on child protection issues are available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child protection programs and to set priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.

· Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the sector/s using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for program review and approval.

· Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes and to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programs/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

· Plan and/or collaborate with internal and external partners 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 on child protection programs.

· Strengthen and/or establish a monitoring and reporting mechanisms of child rights violations, especially those perpetrated by parties to conflict. ensure accuracy of the collected information and participate as appropriate in MRM (Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism) verification missions;

· 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.

· Undertake and assist in rapid assessment by compiling data, analysing and evaluating information on local conditions resulting from the emergency situation affecting children, and participate as needed in multi-sector and/or inter-agency assessments, where applicable;

3. Technical and operational support to program implementation

· Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and country office partners/donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on child protection and related issues to support program management, implementation and delivery of results.

· Support the Government through trainings, capacity building, technical assistance to develop necessary policy and procedures to end grave violations against children and to support the Action Plan implementation.

4. Networking and partnership building

· Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, UN partners, including UNITAMS and UNHCR, 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 on child protection programs.

· Help strengthen child protection networks on the ground, providing capacity building and support to such networks to ensure systems for gathering and verifying information on gross child rights violations are implemented and strengthened; participate in MRM working group at field level.

· Participate in other appropriate humanitarian coordination fora in collaboration with the National Child Protection Officer at State level and ensure CPiE issues are raised in other protection or non-protection coordination mechanisms.

· Any other tasks to be assigned by the Child Protection Officer based in Nyala.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

· Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);

· Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;

· Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;

· Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;

· Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;

Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.


Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent

Education – Additional Comments:

Master degree in Law, human rights, international relations, anthropology, political or social sciences.

Bachelor’s degree can be considered in lieu of a master’s degree with an additional two years of experience.

Required experience: 24 Months

Experience remark:

2 years working experience, including at least 1 years working on issues related to the protection of Children affected by Armed Conflict. Excellent experience of advocating and negotiation for the protection of children with Government and other key actors. Knowledge of Security Council Mechanism on Children and Armed Conflict is an added advantage.

· Age, Gender, and Diversity (AGD) awareness and demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a multi-cultural environment;

· Ability to apply gender equity principles in mainstreamed manner.

· Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian relief, post-conflict situations, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN system;

· High ability to effectively perform duties under circumstances with political and ethnic sensitivity;

· Strong analytical, quantitative and qualitative research skills;

· Experience and ability to organize and implement training sessions;

· Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills;

· Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate a high level of motivation and good communication, social, and interpersonal skills.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent
  • Arabic(Optional), Level – Fluent

Area of expertise: Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs

Driving license: No

Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Working in Teams.

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

First register your profile at

Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

First update your profile at

Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

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