Vaga para Especialista em Proteção à Criança em Emergências

Vaga para Especialista em Proteção à Criança em Emergências
Vaga para Especialista em Proteção à Criança em Emergências

19 março, 2021

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a voice

UNICEF Mozambique is mid to large (and growing) UNICEF Country Office in ESAR with an exciting and innovative programme for championing child rights in the country. The Country Office has an annual programme budget of approximately US$ 100 million and over 160 staff members. Following the L3 emergency in 2019, the regular programme augmented with additional funding for recovery in affected areas. The 2017-2021 country programme has a broad portfolio in Health, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child Protection and Social Policy & Research. The programme is transitioning into more integrated and convergent programming hence requiring innovative and collaborative skills.

UNICEF, as highlighted in their Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, is fully committed to scale-up its Child Protection in Emergencies program in Cabo Delgado, as well as its accountability in the Child Protection Area of Responsibility.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Chief Field Operations and Emergency, in collaboration with the Chief of Child Protection (dotted line for technical supervision) and coordination with the Chiefs of Field Offices CFOs (Cabo Delgado and Nampula), the objective of the post is to support overall programme management and implementation of Child Protection in Emergencies,(approx. 50%) and COVID 19. The incumbent will directly supervise the national officers in the Cabo-Delgado field office; coordinate with CP team in the Nampula field office as well as the CP section in Maputo. The incumbent will also engage in advocacy efforts related to the protection of children the incumbent will support on coordination of the Child Protection Area of Responsibility at sub-national level in Cabo Delgado. (approximately 50%) and coordinate with other UNICEF sections regarding interventions aimed at preventing and mitigating secondary impact of COVID 19.

The post holder has joint responsibility for the CPiE program for the Cabo Delgado Emergency Response and leading coordination at subnational levels of the Child Protection Area of Responsibility.

UNICEF Child Protection in Emergencies Programme (approximately 50%):

    • Ensures the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions for Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) including for overall CPiE programme management, implementation and monitoring, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches as per UNICEF Core Commitments for Children. CPiE program will include mitigation of secondary impact of COVID where appropriate;
    • As part of CPiE programme management, work with partners, notably IOM, UNHCR, UNFPA among others, to ensure better reintegration of CAAFAG, coordinated support efforts on UASC and FTR, SGBV and secondary impacts of COVID19 through the provision of individual psychosocial support, case management, empowerment, peer group support, family tracing, reunification and reconciliation, and community dialogue to promote return and reintegration; as well as monitoring and reporting of violations against children and women;
    • Lead CPiE programme coordination with sub-national local authorities and other actors to implement community-based child protection, including reintegration strategy for children affected by armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG), efforts on UASC and FTR, and SGBV, and ensure provision of related technical support;
    • As applicable, ensure \ integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, disabilities, environment and HIV/AIDs in CPiE interventions;
    • Engage with religious and community leaders to promote community-based child protection mechanisms, including alternative care for UASC and COVID affected children where necessary, and reintegration of children and women;
    • Lead and Support development of new partnerships with international and national/local CSOs for the Child Protection in Emergencies response support;
    • Provide leadership and supervision to CPiE staff in the Cabo Delgado field office and ensure coordination with the Nampula field office team as well team in Maputo for CP in Emergencies.
    • Facilitate the training of and for state and community-based actors, including community volunteers, on child protection;
    • Facilitate the training of military and security personnel on child protection and engage in advocacy on the handover of children from military authorities to civilian authorities;
    • Support capacity building of partners, including CSOs, on child rights monitoring and reintegration of CAAFAG;
    • Provide technical guidance and support to strengthen the child protection and GBV referral pathways, including mechanism for CAAFAG to available services and programmes, involving coordination/collaboration with education and ADAP programming, including peacebuilding initiatives in focus communities, leveraging existing and planned youth clubs, child friendly spaces, etc;
    • Ensure timely M&E of the CPiE program including monitor performance of UNICEF CPiE response against the standard indicators; and data collection to capture the number of beneficiaries reached by the programme and timely reporting the for UNICEF SitReps, and donors reports including for compliance with visibility requirements and compliance with internal UNICEF procedures and processes;
    • Contribute and support MCO CPiE resource mobilisation efforts, including supporting donor proposals.
    • Monitor cross border CP situation (in collaboration with RO as well as from RO CP Section and Tanzania CO)

Child Protection Area of Responsibility Lead at subnational level (approximately 50%):

  • Work with governmental and non-governmental child protection actors and mobilise them at sub-national level (Cabo Delgado, to develop an inter-agency CPiE response plan in coordination with national level CP AoR, based on needs and gaps identified, that fits within the wider subnational and national protection response and is captured in the overall Humanitarian Response Plan (HbRP) and other relevant IA plans and appeals; support Nampula the field office team for CP sub-national coordination as per the coordination architecture of Nampula province.
  • Carry out a mapping of CPiE actors (sub-national/local) to identify gaps, avoid duplication and build complementarity of partner actions for CP and COVID19 response actions;
  • Ensure the CPIE response is evidence-based through conducting secondary data reviews of CPiE relevant data, including on COVID19 related indicators, and, where necessary, assessments identifying the priority child protection needs and capacities;
  • Ensure continued sharing and management of information and generation of analysis, to/ from and between CP AoR participants and other stakeholders, including relevant government counterparts, and between national and sub-national levels;
  • Promote the implementation of the Minimum Standards of Child Protection in Humanitarian Action amongst child protection and non-child protection actors;
  • In collaboration with national CP AoR, contribute to resources mobilization efforts for the CP AoR and advocacy on funding allocation for the effective functioning of the AoR and the CP AoR response;
  • Work with child protection actors to develop an inter-agency CPiE capacity building strategy that meets the needs and priorities;
  • Interact with other clusters (including through inter-cluster coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners; coordinate with CP AoR partners engage in IA needs assessments and response;
    • Maintain flexibility within the cluster to respond to changes in the operating environment, including in or decreased violence and fluctuating COVID pandemic, evolving requirements, capacities and participation; and
    • Monitor performance of the inter-agency CPIE response against agreed indicators and monitor the core cluster functions; recommending corrective action where necessary

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 8 years demonstrable professional experience in managing, coordinating and implementing child protection in emergencies (CPiE), including CAAFAG, Child Rights Monitoring; and staff supervision therein.
  • Demonstrable ability to work under difficult conditions, high pressure situations and manage complex and ambiguous situations;
  • Experience in advocating with military/security forces for the handover of children and Experience in implementing peacebuilding programmes;
  • Understanding of the overall humanitarian coordination architecture, how elements are inter-related and how to apply them to CP AoR coordination work;
    • Knowledge and understanding of CP AoR and UNICEF information management, M and E and related tools and reporting frameworks.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and a Latin language is required. Proficiency in Portuguese is a strong asset and highly desired.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

    • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
    • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (3)
    • Works Collaboratively with others (3)
    • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (3)
    • Innovates and Embraces Change (3)
    • Thinks and Acts Strategically (3)
    • Drives to achieve impactful results (3)
    • Manages ambiguity and complexity (3)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.





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.

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