Re-advertised : Child Protection Specialist (AoR Coordinator), NO-C, Temporary Appointment (364 days) Bahirdar, Ethiopia


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

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For every child, Safety 

Purpose:  The CP Specialist (AOR) is expected to provide leadership and support to the regional (Amhara) child protection coordination structures within the Humanitarian Cluster Approach.

How can you make a difference?

  1. Lead and manage the Child Protection Area of Responsibility at Bahir Dar, Amhara level  
    • Establish and coordinate regular AoR meetings and Strategic Advisory Group meetings including preparing and sharing timely minutes and followup on action points. 
    • Ensure engagement and representation in all humanitarian cluster related meetings and working groups. 
    • Regularly update of mapping of child protection actors in in Amhara and related sectors of interventions/capacities (5Ws and local partners including Community Based Child Protection Networks and Community Based Organizations)  
    • Support regular and effective communication and information exchange including with the federal CP AoR. 
    • Ensure effective linkage with other clusters and AoRs, including the GBV AoR, protection, education, health, nutrition and WASH Clusters. 
    • Work with the relevant PSEA focal points and networks to promote the Secretary General’s Bulletin on sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in order to support the safeguarding and wellbeing of beneficiaries in the provision of humanitarian assistance. 
    • In a participatory manner, develop and support implementation of the Child Protection AoR Work Plan  
    • Contribute to strengthening and building stronger relationships with local partners and actors to enhance engagement and response inside Country 
    • Ensure Child Protection needs are identified, analyzed and included in the Humanitarian Needs Overview  
    • Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the AoR and its response 
    • Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, disability 
    • Additionally, supervise and coach the ABH consultants who have an AOR function in the sub-regions (this supervisory function is shared with the NOC Child Protection Specialist in Amhara FO/NOC FT)  
  2. Effective and quality child protection preparedness and response  
    • Provide Child Protection contribution in the Humanitarian Response Plan   
    • Lead the development of the CP AoR Strategy and Response Plan.  This is to be done in collaboration with child protection actors, the Protection Cluster. 
    • Provide child protection inputs for the Protection Cluster preparedness and contingency plans and response strategies and action plans for the CP AoR. Ensure that these are reflected in the response plans and strategies. 
    • Conduct a capacity building assessment and develop a capacity building and mentoring plan that includes, inter alia, the capacity of the government and members in child protection in emergencies, including situation and response monitoring, and leadership and advocacy on child protection.  
    • Participate as needed in interagency/inter-sectoral Child Protection needs assessments, lead inter-agency child protection assessments to identify priority child protection issues and advocate for delivery of appropriate response 
    • Identify response gaps and promote members’ response (including activation of provider of last resort 
    • Ensure mobilization of resources through humanitarian funding mechanisms in /for Amhara/Northern Ethiopia, including Pooled Fund (EHF). 
    • Collaborate with GBV AoR to ensure needs of children survivors are adequately identified and addressed 
  3. Ensure that child protection concerns and standards are appropriately reflected in inter-sectoral humanitarian coordination fora. 
    • Ensure that the CP AoR and other relevant partners are aware of the relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and frameworks related to child protection, the AOR, child safeguarding and PSEA. 
    • Provide technical support and advocacy for the adherence of CP AoR members to the relevant CPIE standards including the Child Protection in Emergencies Coordination Handbook, Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), the IASC guidelines for Integrating GBV into Humanitarian Interventions, the Integrated DDR Standards, Guidelines on Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG), the AU DDR and Children Operational Guidelines, the Field Handbook on Unaccompanied and Separated Children and the CCCs and other relevant case management and child protection Standard Operating Procedures in Ethiopia 
    • Support the review, dissemination and training on CP assessments and monitoring tools, including the CP Rapid Assessment (CPRA), Season Assessments and any joint or intersectoral monitoring /assessments (such as the Displacement Tracking Matrix). 
    • Participate and contribute in Protection, GBV and other relevant sectors’ meetings  
    • Participate in Inter Sector Coordination Mechanisms and provide Child Protection inputs 
  4. Information Management and Reporting 
    • In adherence with the reporting templates and time frames ensure Child Protection AoR inputs to the Protection Cluster, OCHA, and UNICEF as required.  
    • Provide support and oversight to the CP AoR information management function, including through supervision of the Information Management Officer/Consultant (CP IMO), and review of child protection actors monthly 5Ws and other ad hoc reporting.   
    • Provide reviewed 5Ws to OCHA and provide analytical/explanatory text for the monthly dashboard, Sit Reps and other communications materials as needed. 
    • Monitor the coverage and complementarity if CP AoR activities and identify and advocate fort the correction of any gaps and duplication.  
    • Keep the CP AoR Secondary Data Review updated and share, as appropriate, with CP actors.  
  5. Advocating and ensuring mobilization of adequate resources 
    • Identify core child protection advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of OCHA, and other humanitarian partners (including UNHCR as coordinator of the Protection Cluster) and UNICEF.  
    • Support CP members of the AoR and government in resource mobilization for emergency situations, including through timely dissemination of situational updates and assessments relevant to CPiE, prioritization planning, development of funding and advocacy notes, organizing donor coordination meetings and review of Emergency Humanitarian Funding (EHF) or other proposals.  
  6. Represent the CP AoR in: 
    • Protection Cluster meetings and ad hoc as needed.  
    • Inter Cluster Coordination Group and ad hoc as needed.  
    • Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group Meetings 
    • UNICEF Emergency Management Team (EMT) Weekly Meetings 
    • UNICEF Child Protection Sector Meetings  
    • Working Groups (Dignity Kits, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, MHPSS) as needed. 
    • Emergency Humanitarian Country Team (EHCT) as requested by UNICEF and in coordination with the CP AoR Coordinator at national level. 
    • Donor Meetings as needed.  
    • Sub-national CP/GBV/Protection Cluster Meetings as needed. 
    • PSEA Network Meetings as needed. 
    • Other ad hoc humanitarian meetings as needed. 


7. Lead the Child Protection in Emergencies work in Amhara, and serve as technical lead for the work encompassed as below for the entire region:  

    • Advise on and provide technical assistance in the design, preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of child protection programmes. This is to be done in coordination with all key partners (including BoWSA and NGOs that are partnering with UNICEF and part of the CP and GBV AoRs and Protection Cluster more broadly) and with a view to establishing, systematising and scaling up this activity as part of the national child protection case management framework. 
    • Identify opportunities to work with other sectors to strengthen overall protection (including gender-based violence) for children at risk by integrating protection activities within their emergency response programmes and in accord with the relevant guidelines. 
    • Establish and lead the working group in Amhara on case management and alternative care in emergencies under the Child Protection AoR. As part of this working group, develop a plan of action to support the case management of UASC (including identification and registration and referrals within IDP sites). 
    • Develop and/or support systems for and coordination of rapid identification and documentation of children at risk including unaccompanied and separated children, the use of the child protection case management tools and Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS, including consideration for data protection and information sharing protocols).  This is to be done in coordination with all engaged partners including the Bureau of Women and Social Affairs (BOWSA).  
    • Engage with the GBV AoR, including UNICEF’s support to prevent, mitigate and respond to GBVIE in line with UNICEF’s GBVIE Programme Resource Pack and the IASC guidelines. 
    • Undertake field visits to monitor child protection programmes and conduct periodic programme reviews with partners. 
    • Support procurement and distribution of supplies related to interventions for children at risks, including unaccompanied and separated children. 
    • Monitor the trends and emerging evidence of child protection concerns and the response by government; analyse this information to advise on the child protection response. 

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, international development, humanitarian affairs or another directly related subject 
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five [5] years of progressively responsible and relevant professional work experience at the national and international levels in child protection, including in interagency standing committee (IASC) coordination functions, working with government and partners.
  • Previous experience working with the UN System, including a specialized agency such as UNICEF is an asset. 
  • Experience implementing child protection programmes or coordinating child protection response in humanitarian settings is required  
  • Advance knowledge of child protection approaches, practices and applications.  
  • Excellent analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills. 
  • Excellent English writing and editing skills. 
  • Understanding of information management and reporting  
  • Experience working in the region is an asset. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization. 

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. Qualified female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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