United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Child Protection Specialist (Disability Inclusion, Child Protection Section)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

In close collaboration with Child Protection Section you will conduct a review of the CP HQ portfolio within key units of the section and identify entry points to bring a disability inclusion focus into those, to be progressively incorporated within child protection programming and results monitoring. In addition, in Coordination with the disability inclusion section and other relevant sections, your will be responsible for strengthening disability inclusive child protection programming.

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.

UNICEF’s child protection work is grounded in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other International Human Rights treaties and instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. UNICEF is working in many countries to expand and strengthen disability inclusive child protection and seeks to ensure that every girl and boy is protected from violence and exploitation, in both humanitarian and development contexts. This includes all forms of violence, including gender-based violence (GBV), sexual exploitation and abuse. It should additionally be noted that an increased focus on children with disabilities within Child Protection programming was one of the main points of feedback from country offices during the development of the Child Protection Strategy.

For every child, protection….

In close collaboration with Child Protection Section you will conduct a review of the CP HQ portfolio within key units of the section and identify entry points to bring a disability inclusion focus into those, to be progressively incorporated within child protection programming and results monitoring. In addition, in coordination with the disability inclusion section and other relevant sections, your will be responsible for strengthening disability inclusive child protection programming.

This will include: 1) strategic planning and, formulation of programmes to accelerate disability inclusion; and 2) providing Technical Support on disability inclusive child protection programming to Regional Country Offices in the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management of all stages of child protection programming, policy, communication and advocacy.

How can you make a difference?

Strengthening disability inclusive child protection programming

  • Support development of global policy and programmatic guidance and provide technical assistance to country offices and partners to strengthen disability inclusive child protection policies and programmes.
  • Development of disability-inclusive strategies and interventions in child protection programming, child protection systems strengthening (CPSS), civil registration systems with a focus on birth registration for children with disabilities, prevention and response to violence against children, children without parental care, and birth registration, prevention of harmful practices, as well as child protection in Humanitarian Action.
  • Support disability inclusion within UNICEF’s Country Programmes and programme strategies
Development of tools to support inclusion of children with disabilities within child protection programming

  • Development of technical guidance to support national efforts to make child protection systems disability inclusive.
  • With the aim of developing disability inclusive social service workforce (SSW) for child protection, development of tools for strengthening the capacities of the SSW to address stigma, discrimination, and harmful social norms that prevents them from providing child protection services to all children in an inclusive and equitable manner. This will include a specific focus on prevention of family-child separation, and promotion of family-based alternative care.
  • Development of tools to equip SSWs with knowledge and skills that will enable them to prevent, detect, report, and respond to violence against children with disabilities, and address the specific needs of children with disabilities in the case of violence, abuse, exploitation or neglect, including those children whose disability prevents them from reporting.
  • Develop tools and guidance to enhance child protection case Management Systems by integrating specific elements such as the Child Functioning module for disability into national case information management systems, e.g., Primero.
Strengthened advocacy and partnerships for disability inclusive child protection

  • Engage with, and when necessary, establish, global level policy and practice networks, and support regional level networks for learning and lesson sharing on disability inclusive child protection and leverage partnerships for improved advocacy.
  • Provide high quality technical assistance to the child protection section and other sections in UNICEF, Human Rights mechanisms such as the CRC and CRPD Committees, NGOs, including Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and caregivers, UN agencies, and networks to strengthen the policy environment for the protection of children with disabilities.
  • Develop advocacy and Knowledge Management materials to strengthen UNICEF’s advocacy and learning on disability inclusive child protection policy and programming.
 UNICEF Programme Management and reporting

  • Manage and coordinate technical support to ensure that Country Programme Documents and child protection work plans within the UNICEF are developed, implemented, and monitored with the objective of inclusion of children with disabilities.
  • Ensure annual reports are developed and submitted in a timely manner, and that reporting tools and Analysis offer a comprehensive understanding of UNICEF’s disability inclusive child protection work.
  • Support the operationalization of specialized data collection tools to enable UNICEF to accurately monitor and report programme performance and results related to inclusion of children with disabilities within child protection programming.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social science, social work, international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science. and/or other related field is required.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience at the national/and or international levels in the area of child protection programme planning and management in the areas of disability inclusion is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered an asset.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection and disability inclusion related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements’ page.  If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

“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/”
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