Child Protection Officer (Harmful Practices)

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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Human Rights
  • Deadline:
    December 7, 2022


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Mission and objectives

UNICEF MENARO is a part of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage which focuses on girls’ empowerment, supports households with positive social norms change, strengthens systems that deliver services to adolescent girls; ensure that laws and policies protect and promote the rights of adolescent girls, and develop robust data to inform policies and programmes to end child marriage. The Regional Office is also a part of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. In the MENA region, four countries- Djibouti, Egypt, Sudan and Yemen are working to eliminate the practice through various approaches on prevention, access to services, and social and behaviour change related to the practice and empowerment of girls and boys.


The UN Volunteer will be working with the Child Protection section in the Regional Office. UNICEF Child Protection has a clear mandate to contribute to the realization of the SDGs, in particular Goals 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 (gender equality, violence against children, harmful practices), 8.7 (child labour, trafficking) and 16.2 (access to justice). Across the region, we are working closely with governments, civil society partners, research institutions, private sector and other UN agencies to build strong child protection systems to prevent and mitigate harm for children and to ensure that if and when they are harmed, they get the needed care and protection to recover. The UN Volunteer will specifically support UNICEF RO in implementation of programmes for addressing harmful practices in the MENA region. The UN Volunteer will also have regular interactions with UNICEF Country Offices (CO’s), UNFPA Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) & CO’s and civil society organisations that are members of the Regional Action Forum to End Child Marriage in the Arab States/MENA region (RAF).

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Indrani Sarkar, Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support in regular coordination with CO’s implementing child marriage and FGM prevention and response programmes; • Support RO in strengthening RAF coordination and regular communication: – Support RO to organize periodic RAF members’ meetings. Ideate on key meeting (virtual or in-person) themes for RAF meetings; – Coordinate with members for updates; – Develop periodic newsletters and other communication materials; – Coordinate with RAF members on work plan updates; – Promote activities and initiatives undertaken by the RAF; – Update and share calendar of events, advocacy and research initiatives; – Knowledge management for materials learning and knowledge materials for RAF. • Provide technical and logistical support to RO CP team in organizing regional advocacy events/meetings on addressing harmful practices; • Support CP Harmful Practices team in documentation, annual reporting and knowledge management.

Eligibility criteria


18 – 26


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

0 years of experience in (up to 3 years) programme management, knowledge management or communications. and; • Knowledge of child protection and gender issues is an asset; • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills; • Willingness to contribute and work as part of a team; • Flexible and open to learning and new experiences; • Respect for diversity and adaptability to other cultures, environments and living conditions; • Experience of working/volunteering in developing country contexts would be highly regarded; • Computer skills (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media etc.)

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes, Volunteer management, Communication

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Work, Political Science, Gender Studies, Psychology, or other relevant areas.

Competencies and values

• Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented; • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations; • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment; • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities; • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, re-mote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary; • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Location: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is located in the Middle East. Bound by Syria to the north, Iraq to the northeast, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Red Sea to the south and the Palestinian National Authority to the west. Weather: Jordan’s climate can be classified as semi-arid (Bsh) on the Koeppen-Geiger classification. It features a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The climate is influenced by Jordan’s location between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian desert areas and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area. January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month at 20°C to 35°C. Daily temperatures can be quite hot, especially in the summer; on some days it can be 40°C or more, especially when a hot, dry southerly wind blows. Such winds can sometimes be very strong and can cause sandstorms. About 70 percent of the average rainfall in the country falls between November and March; June through August are often rainless. Rainfall varies from season to season and from year to year. Precipitation is often concentrated in violent storms, causing erosion and local flooding, especially in the winter months. Safety and Security: Jordan is a relatively stable country. The potentials for internal or external armed conflict are considered very unlikely in the current political environment. Peaceful demonstrations, and sometimes road blockages, do occur in Jordan, motivated by domestic factors such as unemployment, deprivation of resources and development or for regional issues such as solidarity with the Palestinian cause or with the Syrian crises. Most of these events are driven by civil society unions and Islamic parties. Domestic tribal civil unrest sometimes turns violent, especially outside main cities, due to tribal disputes or socio-economic reasons. In all occasions law enforcement agencies usually manage to contain the situation rapidly. Road traffic accidents are the primary threat against UN personnel in Jordan. Poor road conditions and bad driving behaviours are the main reasons for the high rate of traffic accidents. Amman is a category A duty station with security level 1. Transportation and housing: Taxis as well as ride-hailing services (Uber and Careem) are abundant and affordable in Amman. Medical facilities are generally very good, particularly in Amman where there are several modern, well-equipped public and private hospitals. Public minibuses are the most common form of public transport. They normally only leave when full, so waiting times of an hour or more are inevitable, especially in rural areas. The larger air-con buses offer a speedy and reliable service, departing according to a fixed schedule. Housing is readily available with rents for one- to two-bedroom apartments ranging between 500 and 800 JD (1 JD = 0.708 USD) depending on the location. Health Services: Medical facilities are generally very good, particularly in Amman where there are several modern, well-equipped public and private hospitals. Almost all doctors (and most pharmacists) speak English; many have studied abroad. Language: The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widely spoken – especially in the cities. Many Jordanians have travelled or have been educated abroad so French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken, but to a lesser extent. Learn more about Jordan from the Ministry of Tourism’s website:

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Reasonable accommodation

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.