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Child Protection Specialist at UNICEF


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Job Description

5 Year
Male, Female, Both
Master Degree


  • Organization: UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: Mid level – P-3, International Professional – Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Conflict prevention
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
    • Children’s rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2023-05-25


UNICEF, or the United Nations Children’s Fund, is an agency of the United Nations that donate humanitarian and developmental support to children over the world. It was originally initiated in 1946 to give emergency food and healthcare to children and mothers in countries devastated by World War II. UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to defend the rights of every child, especially those who are vulnerable. Its activities include giving immunizations, disease prevention, and treatment for children and mothers with HIV, as well as strengthening childhood and maternal health. UNICEF relies wholly on voluntary contributions from governments and private donors.


The duties for Child Protection Specialist at UNICEF are :

1. Help to program/project growth and planning

  • Keep the preparation/design and conduct/update of situation analysis for the child protection programs/projects and/or sector to ensure that current comprehensive and evidence based data on child protection problems are available to guide UNICEF’s strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child rights and safety and to set program priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans. Keep abreast of development trends to enhance program management, efficiency and delivery.
  • Partake in strategic program discussions on the planning of child protection programs/projects on Children in Armed Conflict, with a specific focus on CRM, DDR and Mine Action. Formulate, design and prepare programs/projects recommendation for the sector, ensuring alignment with the overall UNICEF’s Strategic Plans and Country Program and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDF), regional plans and national priorities, plans and competencies.

2. Program administration , monitoring and delivery of results

  • Plan and/or cooperate with internal and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurement to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results for the assigned sector in child conservation programs.
  • Partake in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual reviews with government and other partners to assess progress and to determine required action/interventions to achieve results.

3. Specialized and functional support to program implementation

  • Supply technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system members and country office partners/donors on interpretation, application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices and approaches on child protection and related issues to support program administration, implementation and delivery of results  in the area of Children in Armed Conflict, with a specific focus on CRM, DDR, and Mine Action.
  • Set/coordinate availability of technical experts with Regional Office/HQ to ensure timely/appropriate support throughout the programming/projects process.

4. Networking and coalition building

  • Create and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders and global partners/allies/donors/academia through active networking, advocacy and effective transmission to build capacity, exchange knowledge/expertise and to reinforce cooperation to achieve tolerable and broad results in child protection.
  • Prepare transmission and information fabrics for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fundraising for child protection programs and emergency interventions.

APPLY ALSO: Associate Political Affairs Officer


The requirements for Child Protection Specialist at UNICEF are :

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in human rights/IHL law, international development or social/political sciences.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of appropriate professional experience at national and international levels in child protection, including international work background .
  • Experience with Protection in Emergency and previous experience on the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism/Children and Armed Conflict and on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups.
  • Designing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is deemed an asset.
  • Fluency in English is demanded. Understanding of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


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