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In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with government, civil society, children and families. UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally – click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria: https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/
The Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices) will serve under the direct supervision of the Chief of Field Office in Lagos. This function will work within the context of supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, UNICEF Strategic Plan, UNICEF Gender Action Plan, UNICEF Child Protection Strategy and the Country Programme (or UNDAF). Under the UN Joint Programme on the elimination of FGM, in close collaboration with UNFPA and other UNICEF sections in the Lagos field office (SBC, health, education and social policy), the incumbent will coordinate the implementation of the FGM programme in the Southwest region, will develop partnerships and contribute to the overall work of the Child Protection section to end all forms of violence against children, particularly girls, in region. The implementation of the programme will be scaled-up in the States where the Joint Programme is currently active (Oyo, Ekiti and Osun) and will be expanded to new hotspots identified in the latest MICS 2021 as priority states to end FGM for children 0-14 (Kwara, Ondo, and Edo). The Child Protection Specialist (based in Lagos field office) will work closely with the Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices) and the Child Protection Chief of Section based in Abuja to ensure that the aims and approaches to create the conditions to prevent violence against women and girls and harmful practices at the individual, community/organizational and societal level, and strengthen access to services with a survivor-centric approach in line with the overall UN Joint Programme.
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The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief of field Office for general supervision and operational guidance and to the Chief of Child Protection and the Child Protection Specialist (Harmful Practices) for technical implementation of the programme. The CP Specialist is responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the child protection programme within the country programme with a particular focus on the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the elimination of FGM. This also includes the provision of support to the implementation of the Child Protection programme(s) as it relates to System Strengthening (including data management, community structure and social welfare workforce strengthening, justice for children and birth registration). This role requires a strong background and professional experience in gender and social norms change, in addition to child protection interventions. H/She facilitates the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm, and to protect their rights to survival, development and wellbeing as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies.
The CP Specialist contributes to the achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Candidates who applied before should not apply again.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.