Child Protection Specialist (MRM/CAAC), P-3, Fixed Term, Mogadishu, Somalia, # 63960

  • Contract
  • Somalia


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, Protection

How can you make a difference?

1. Support to programme/project development and planning

  • Enhance effective sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion MRM component of the Child Protection programme of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input.
  • Provide quality inputs in the formulation of country programme documents and plans of actions relating to Child Protection programme.
  • Take primary responsibility for the development of the MRM work plan, and the preparation of timely and quality MRNM related reports for the Country Taskforce on MRM and the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.
  • Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate capacity building of effective network of MRM actors throughout the country, in coordination with the Child Protection Working Group. Particular attention should be paid to the implementation of the action plans signed by national authorities regarding the prevention of and response to grave violations against children

2. Programme management. Monitoring and delivery or results

  • Plan and collaborate with colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements, to assess and strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the MRM component of the Child Protection Programme.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with the government and other counterparts to assess progress and to determine required actions and interventions to achieve results.
  • Prepare and assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths and/or weaknesses in programme management. Identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits, surveys and exchange of information with partners to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems. Take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets) confirming compliance with organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, as well as standards of accountability and integrity. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
  1. Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners and donors on the interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF MRM guidelines and the implementation of Action Plans signed by Somalia, as wellas on policies, strategies, processes, best practices, and approaches on child protection related issues to support programme management, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Arrange and coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ to ensure timely and appropriate support throughout the programming process.
  • Participate in child protection programme meetings, including programme 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 programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.

 4. Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, global partners, allies, donors, and academia – through active networking, advocacy and effective communication – to build capacity, exchange knowledge and expertise, and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results in child protection.
  • Participate in the meetings related to children in armegency, including the CAAC Working, the MRM Working Group and the Cpuntry Taskforce on MRM, and any other relevant inter-agency working groups relevant to the MRM agenda in Somalia.
  • Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve MRM data collection, reporting and analysis. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information as appropriate. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
  • Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts to prebent grave violations against children including the involvement of children in arme conflict.
  • Overall coordination with relevant teams in the regional office and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Programme/Project Officers to ensure linkages between MRM and other sectors.
  • Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Child Protection programme planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
  • Interact with Government, AMISOM and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Child Protection programme goals.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to build the capacity of partners and stakeholders, and to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices in child protection management and information systems. Assess, institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of policies and procedures to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders to promote sustainable results in child protection and related programmes/projects.

6. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Prepare for the high-level Meeting including briefings for the Security Council working Group, Group of Friends and the Co-Chairs of Country Taskforce of Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism.
  • Prepare and timely provide inputs to quarterly reports (GHN), country report on Children and Armed Conflict in Somalia  and contribution to the SG annual report to the Office of the SRSG on Children and Armed Conflict – based on all consolidated MRM cases – submitted to Somalia CO CP and transmit it to the Somalia MRM CTFMR in for onward submission to SRSG-CAAC.
  • Ensure capacity-building of identified partners and UNICEF MRM team to increase coverage, participants, reported cases of grave child rights violations and to strengthen the analysis of trends and response to children victims by remote and country-mission technical supervision, support, mentoring and coaching, as needed;
  • Ensure the link between monitoring & reporting activities and programmatic response to children victims of violations by liaising with protection and child protection working groups for appropriate referral of cases;
  • Provide inputs to UNICEF strategic sectoral programmatic documents and proposals and reports to donors related to MRM.
  • Manage the partnership with organizations undertaking direct monitoring on MRM;
  • On a monthly basis – with the supervision and support of the MRM Database Manager – all Somalia MRM cases documented in concerned Cross-border COs and by relevant CTF Agencies are compiled, reviewed (ensuring the credibility, reliability and verification of all cases), finalized and uploaded onto the MRM Database.
  • Ensure quality CPiE programming – in particular on CAAFAG – in line with established standards, guidelines and procedures – through technical leadership to Somalia Country Office

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

  • 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.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas is required.
  • Experience working in a developing or emergency country is considered as an asset. Relevant experience in programme development in MRM in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.


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