Child Protection Specialist

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UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF)
KENYA COUNTRY OFFICE
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT “KCO/CP/2014-037”
Duty Station – Nairobi
Posts: CHILD PROTECTION SPECIALIST
Type of Contract: Fixed Term
(EMERGENCY), NO-C
Reference #
KCO/14030
Duty Station
Child Protection, Nairobi
Date of Issue: 06 August 2014
Closing Date: 19 August 2014
Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the above Fixed Term position
in UNICEF Kenya Country Office (KCO), Nairobi
Purpose of the Post: Under the supervision of the Chief, Child Protection, this post is responsible for
contributing to the development of a national child protection system that prevents and responds to
violence, abuse and exploitation of children, including during emergency scenarios such as natural disaster
and conflict through: (1) the development, implementation, and coordination of child protection
emergency prevention and response initiatives; (2) within the context of systems development, contribute
to the strengthening of those systems through the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and
resilience in national and county level programming; and (3), supporting the development and/or
integration of child protection in emergency coordination mechanisms at the national and county level.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:

As part of a country-wide initiative towards the development of child protection systems, develop
sustainable and institutionalized emergency preparedness and response capacities within
government structures - at national and county levels - in accordance with the CCCs by supporting
a broad spectrum of training and capacity building, including, but not limited to, Child Protection
in Emergencies, Psychosocial Support (including Child Friendly Spaces), Separated and
Unaccompanied Children, Gender-Based Violence, development/support to Case Management,
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, and demobilization of child-combatants and monitoring and
reporting (as required).

In collaboration with UNHCR and implementing partners engaged in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee
camps, support the development and implementation of child protection interventions in
accordance with the parameters set by contingency planning exercises and work plans for the
refugee population

Responsible for arranging contracts (program cooperation agreements and special service
agreements), securing standby partners, arranging for supply procurement, and in collaboration
with section, ensuring appropriate management and use of emergency resources

With regard to the IASC cluster approach and under the auspices of humanitarian reform, ensure
child protection in emergency needs and activities are reflected in broader humanitarian appeals
for Kenya, including FLASH, CAP, and CERF, and mainstream child protection concerns through
sectors and/or clusters.

Within UNICEF, and as required, contribute to raising additional funds for child protection
systems development and child protection in emergencies, prepare donor proposals, donor reports
and/or briefing notes (including sitreps) on child protection interventions.
Required Qualifications:
Advanced university degree, preferably in the social sciences, law or other relevant field.
Experience:
At least 5 to 8 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in international setting or
in emergency prevention and response within Kenya, including supervisory experience. Emergency
child protection experience with refugees and/or IDPs is required, as is experience working in conflict
and natural disasters, i.e, drought/flooding. Must have demonstrated knowledge and training experience
with child protection in emergencies including psychosocial support, IDTR, Case Management, and
GBV. This position requires: excellent writing, analytic, and communication/diplomacy skills;
supervisory experience; and a demonstrated ability to mobilize resources.
Language:
Good knowledge of English language and knowledge of the working language of the duty station.
Competencies:
Core Values (Required)
i)
Commitment
Diversity and Inclusion
Integrity
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
Communication [II]
Working with People [I]
Drive for Results [I]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I]
Relating and Networking [I]
Persuading and Influencing [I]
Applying Technical Expertise [I]
Learning and Researching [II]
Planning and Organizing [II]
Leading and Supervising [I]
Analyzing [III]
Interested and suitable candidates should ensure they forward their applications along with their P11,
curriculum vitae, P11 (internal candidates should attach copies of their last two Performance Evaluation
Reports), to:
The Human Resources Manager
UNICEF Kenya Country Office
Email address: [email protected]
Please indicate
Reference No. “KCO/CP/2014-037” in the email subject.
“QUALIFIED FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY”
UNICEF PRACTICES ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE
UNICEF OFFICE IS A SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT
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