Temporary Appointment Child Protection Officer, P2 (#: 119960) Tarawa, Kiribati


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

UNICEF works with and for disadvantaged children and adolescents across 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories. Our ambition is to get to each entire country, and the entire Pacific Region, working together – as one – on behalf of its most vulnerable children. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here https://www.unicef.org/pacificislands/what-we-do   

How can you make a difference?

Under the administrative supervision of the Chief of Kiribati Field Office (P4) and the technical supervision of the Child Protection Specialist (P3) in the Pacific Multi-Country Office in Suva, Fiji, the Child Protection Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance for the development, planning, management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting for all the components of the Child Protection Programme in Kiribati.

Programme components include: Legal, policy and coordination framework and evidence for the multi-sector child protection system; Child protection prevention, early intervention and response services in the social welfare, judiciary, police, health and education sectors; Social and behaviour change for child protection; as well as child protection in emergencies and birth registration.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Support to programme development and planning

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

4. Networking and partnership building

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

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

    • A university degree in one of the following fields: social work, law, psychology, sociology, or another relevant social science field (required)
    • A minimum of two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas (required)
    • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization (considered an asset)
    • Relevant experience in at least one developing country outside country of origin (required)
    • Fluency in spoken and written English language (required)

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 (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with Others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to Achieve Impactful Results (1)
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity (1)

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.


This position is not considered an elevated risk role. However, UNICEF reserves the right to conduct further vetting/ assessment within the scope of child safeguarding as appropriate.

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

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

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