Child Protection Officer

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    3 months ago
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    Project Management, Social and Inclusive Development
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Description of assignment title

Child Protection Officer

Assignment country


Expected start date


Sustainable Development Goal

3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category

National UN Volunteer Specialist

Host entity





12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments


Duty stations

New Delhi


Mission and objectives

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.


UNICEF’s Child Protection Programme in India seeks to promote the protection of children from violence, exploitation & abuse and ensure their participation in key decision-making processes. It supports the implementation of the Government of India’s Integrated Child Protection Scheme/Mission Vatsalya, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (2006), and other child welfare & protection schemes/ programmes to create a protective environment for children and adolescents. The CP Programme seeks to improve and expand services to children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with the law under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act and related legislation with regard to child trafficking, child labour, child marriage and the sexual abuse of children. The programme also works towards empowerment of adolescents, building life and work skills and their healthy transition to higher education and productive work opportunities. CP programmes emphasize the prevention of abuse and exploitation of children, particularly the reduction of all forms of violence, child marriage through partnerships with education, health, communication for development, social protection and other sectors and departments. At the state level, UNICEF state offices work with state departments, CSOs, government officials and duty bearers, community members and children & adolescents to strengthen child protection services, build capacities of stakeholders and facilitate process of adolescent participation.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF India, the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: 1. Support Country Programme implementation Under the supervision of the Chief of Child Protection, contribute to the implementation of the child protection work plan for the 2018-2022 country programme, with special focus on programme implementation, monitoring, assistance to states, documentation and research. 2. Knowledge Management • Contribute to knowledge management by updating the child protection section on the UNICEF India intranet, maintaining a database of child protection programmes and supporting child protection officers at State level through regular communication and information sharing • Ensure accurate and timely collection and dissemination of updates on on-going child protection initiatives from/with Delhi and state offices • Collate information from states and support in development of regional and global bulletins as requested • Develop and circulate UNICEF India Child Protection Newsletter quarterly within UNICEF and with partners • Ensure accurate and timely dissemination of updates on on-going child protection initiatives within the Delhi office and among the States • Ensure smooth coordination of Enterprise Content Management (UNICEF Intranet) portal of CP and manage the knowledge products efficiently. • Timely maintaining and updating the site of ECM like adding tabs, creating the new pages etc. • Develop annual survey on states’ feedback and analyse results • As Learning and Development (L&D) focal point, support team in setting learning priorities, organising learning sessions, and coordinating with HR L&D focal point on relevant matters • Support the Knowledge Management focal point for CP team in updating the KM products. 3. Report and proposal writing • Prepare programme and project status reports required for the section, Management, Government reviews, programme analysis, Annual Reports, etc. • Contribute to the planning and review of the child protection annual work plan and of other strategic and programme documents • Assist in drafting briefing notes, talking points, funding proposals, presentation

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation of developing country work and/or field experience an asset • Research background and knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, preferably with specialization in areas of child rights, child protection and social development.

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes, Social work

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required Hindi, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in social science disciplines, such as: child development, social development, international relations, social work, law (international law, humanitarian law), economics and social policy.

Competencies and values

• Accountability • Adaptability and flexibility • Creativity • Judgement and decision-making • Planning and organising • Professionalism • Self-management

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

New Delhi, as a duty station, presents a dynamic and diverse environment. The living conditions in this vibrant metropolis offer a mix of cultural richness, historical significance, and modern amenities. The city provides various housing options, catering to different preferences and needs. New Delhi’s cosmopolitan atmosphere allows for easy integration into its multicultural society. While the city boasts a range of international schools, medical facilities, and recreational opportunities, it is essential to be mindful of factors such as air quality and traffic congestion. Flexibility is crucial, along with the ability and willingness to navigate challenging conditions, potentially involving physical hardships and limited comfort. Additionally, due diligence is essential, especially when it comes to being cautious with street food and water. As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. This position is based in New Delhi. National UN Volunteers are part of the malicious insurance plan. National UN Volunteers are expected to be culturally sensitive and adjust to the prevailing culture and traditions. The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment. The applicable Volunteer Living Allowance is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents – except for UN Community Volunteers), as well as final repatriation (if applicable). For information specific to your assignment please see below: 1) Monthly Voluntary Living Allowance (VLA) : INR INR 50,604.24 2) Entry lump sum (one-time payment) : USD 400 3) Travel ticket if/when moving to duty station: USD 200 4)Exit allowance (paid on successful completion of the assignment): 1 VLA/12 Months 5) Medical and life insurance Cigna Private Insurance Leave entitlements: 1) Annual leave : 2.5 days accrued per calendar month 2) Certified sick leave: 30 days 3) Uncertified sick leave: 7 days 4) Learning leave: 10 working days per consecutive 12 months 5) Maternity leave: 16 weeks 6) Paternity leaves: 10 days You can check full entitlements at .

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.

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