Sub-national CPAoR Coordinator, P-3, Atbara, Sudan (Temporary Appointment – Open to non Sudanese only)

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan’s, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the post:

The purpose of the post is to work and provide subnational leadership for CPAoR covering but not limited to West, Central and East Darfur, Khartoum, Red Sea, South and West Kordofan CPWGs, to guarantee a well-coordinated, adequate and effective inter-agency/inter-cluster response to the evolving child protection needs in Sudan in-line with the national level CPAoR strategies and priorities.

The Sudan-sub-national CPAoR coordinator will provide technical guidance to the CPAoR and UNICEF programming partners. She/he will contribute towards generating an overall emergency situation analysis and response coverage in the area of child protection.

Key accountabilities, duties and tasks

    1. Coordination of sub-national CPAoR and Supporting Child Protection service delivery
      • In consultation with CP partners, and government if appropriate, establish and/or strengthen the of child protection coordination structures at sub-national level under the national level CPAoR strategy.
      • Strengthen local coordination systems and structures by establishing site-based coordination mechanisms or focal points, as necessary.
      • Ensure service delivery in line with the response plan and national CPAoR strategic priorities and provide recommendations to the national CPAoR to address emerging needs based on evolving situations.
      • Maintain the profile of child protection within the broader protection structure and identify key actions across clusters for improved child protection integration.
      • Adopt, apply, and adhere to common standards and guidelines, specifically the CPMS and other inter-agency guidelines.
      • Support resource mobilization initiatives by identifying funding requirements and gaps at sub­ national level.
      • Promote strategic partnership and increase participation of local actors in each CPWG.
      • Seek complementarity and synergy with development actors and promote system-based approach when applicable.
    2. Informing humanitarian strategic decision-making:
      • Support the National CPAoR in developing and implementing its strategy.


      • Support the national CPAoR in conducting rapid child protection assessment, together with partners in the child protection sub-cluster and/or protection cluster using agreed inter:agency assessment tools.
      • Support strategies and mechanisms of the national CPAoR to scale up the child protection response to the emergency, including addressing as relevant: family separation, gender-based violence, child recruitment and use by armed forces or armed groups, trafficking, the mental health and well-being of children and their families, mine action, arbitrary/illegal arrest and detention of children, and any other child protection concerns.
      • Identify governorate/local level specific priorities and benchmarks at sub-national level to feed into the national CPAoR operational plan.
      • Identify funding requirements for the child protection response in the State, helping the national CPAoR to set priorities and improve access to funding.
      • Ensure child protection assessments are conducted, particularly in cases of new emergencies, and or key child protection concerns are reflected in multi-sectoral assessments and other assessments.
      • Alert the national CPAoR team about gaps in the Child Protection response.
    1. Strengthen the Capacity of CPAoR members in response. preparedness, and contingency planning
      • Provide technical support and assistance to UNICEF child protection staff and partners, including government and NGOs, to scale up the child protection components of emergency response programmes, including development or amendment of projects and partnerships
      • Develop and lead on implementation on capacity building plans focusing on coordination, programmatic, and institutional capacity of members of the sub-national CPWGs as necessary.
      • Contribute to national CPAoR contingency planning through the identification of key child protection preparedness actions and actors at the state level.
      • Contribute to and widely disseminate CPAoR products and resources among state CPAoR members.
    2. Monitoring and reporting of the response
      • Through routine situation and response monitoring with the support of the CPAoR IMO, identify and analyse child protection needs and service coverage and quality gaps, ensuring access to safe and relevant child protection services.
      • Review progress against the governorate-specific benchmarks and agreed results and address gaps.
      • Promote CPAoR situation and response (e.g., SWs) monitoring tools to minimize duplication and ensure complementarity with the support of the CPAoR IMO.
    3. Integrate Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) in child protection response:
      • Ensure child and family involvement in intervention design, implementation, and evaluation.
      • Promote confidential, safe, and age-appropriate feedback and reporting mechanisms in line with national CPAoR standards.
      • Promote CPAoR methods to inform communities of CP services, ensuring children and families have access to age-appropriate information on child protection risks and available services.
      • Promote the engagement of children/families in end-user monitoring to improve accountability
      • Work with actors engaging with children and families to have code of conduct and child protection policy that is displayed and well-communicated in child friendly language.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have: –

  • Education – Advanced university degree in social work, international relations, law, child psychology, or relevant field.
  • Experience – A minimum of 5 years of professional experience with UNICEF and/or other relevant actors, including experience with child protection programming in natural disaster and/or armed conflict contexts.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF’s core commitments to children in humanitarian action as well as the humanitarian cluster approach, particularly the child protection working group (sub-cluster), gender-based violence area of responsibility, and protection cluster
  • Ability to express complex technical concepts effectively, both verbally and in writing; effectively presenting thoughts and ideas in a clear, concise, and readily understood manner. Listen to and acknowledges others’ perspectives and views.
  • Have inter-agency coordination and leading on diverse network of contacts including NGOs, government and donors, experience.
  • Multi-tasking, works effectively on multiple assignments simultaneously in
  • Managing stress- performs effectively in unstable, uncertain, or potentially dangerous environments while maintaining physical and mental health.
  • Language requirements: Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in Arabic is an asset.
  • Core Values            
  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability

Core competencies

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with Others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drives to Achieve Impactful Results (1)
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity (1)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and Networking
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Persuading and influencing

For the full job description view the link below:

Sudan CP Cluster Sub-national CoordinatorAoR ToR.docx

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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 be 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.

“UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

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