Child Protection Specialist job at UNICEF

Website United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The purpose of this position is to support districts/LGAs with implementation of the child protection system across all three pillars (and integrate into areas of convergence within UNICEF, such as early childhood development and adolescence). Whereas the candidate will be expected to support all three components of the child protection system, emphasis will be placed on supporting prevention activities, including ensuring implementation of the NPA-VAWC Communication and Outreach strategy, and supporting local and regional government authorities, to plan and budget for the child protection system.

Main Responsibilities And Tasks:

  • Provide technical support to community development officers in the implementation of the prevention component of the child protection system, including the implementation of the National Integrated Communications and Outreach Strategy to End VAWC at the regional and district level.
  • Support LGAs and RAS to plan and budget for child protection system components of the NPA-VAWC and include these in all LGA and RAS budget and planning processes.
  • Provide technical support to social welfare officers on case management for children.
  • Provide technical support to the Regional Secretariats (including Regional Social Welfare Officers, Regional Community Development Officers, Regional Planning Officers, and Regional Medical Officer) in understanding their roles and responsibilities in coaching and mentoring their LGA counterparts on implementation of the NPA-VAWC.
  • Support NPA-VAWC coordination structures (Women and Children Protection Committees) at regional and district level to convene and follow up on their child protection commitments.
  • With a view towards supporting evidence generation, monitor the use of DCMS and support generation of trends analysis and data for reporting, ensuring the sharing of information both horizontally and vertically (up to the Regional level) on a quarterly basis in order to inform district, regional and national level decision making, as well as reporting requirements against UNICEF indicators and UNDAP II.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the RAS and LGAs to report on Direct Cash Transfers (DCT), liquidation and activities and conduct regular programme monitoring visits.

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

  • Advanced university degree in social work, sociology, international relations, development studies, law, child psychology or relevant field or a Bachelor’s Degree in lieu of an advanced degree with a minimum of 7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated child protection experience, specifically working in programmes promoting socio-behavior change and/or social welfare case management for children
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management of child protection programmes.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection in Tanzania or other development context.
  • Experience in working with data and evidence generation for advocacy is an asset.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).
  • Knowledge of Kiswahili necessary.