Senior Adviser Child Protection – Planning and Management (P-5), FT, # 00086259, PG – Child Protection, (Out-posted to Nairobi)

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  • Salary:
    € 128,80 - € 157,86
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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Peace and Security, Social and Inclusive Development, Youth and Adolescence
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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.

UNICEF Program Group is currently undergoing organizational changes; therefore, the exact location of the post has yet to be determined. Selected candidates may be required to commence duties remotely until the location is confirmed. If reassigned or relocated to New York, candidates may be expected to relocate to a new location again during the initial contract or assignment period. When working remotely, the candidate will be required to agree on working hours with the Hiring Office, which may require inclusion of all or some of the NYHQ core working hours (10AM-4PM).

In July 2021, in line with organizational improvement commitments to spearhead UNICEF programme excellence globally, the Programme Division transitioned to the Programme Group. The reimagined Programme Group will help enhance UNICEF’s technical authority, thought leadership and global technical leadership by streamlining its structure into six Programme Teams, with the “Migration Issue Hub” being ‘anchored’ in Child Protection. This new ‘Child Protection Programme Team’ (CPPT) will continue to work together to deliver collective results as per the Strategic Plan, and leverage global partnerships and supporting country and regional programme results.

For every child, a hope….

The Senior Adviser, Child Protection is responsible for the delivery of timely and high-quality corporate planning and reporting submissions for the section. He/she supports UNICEF systems for the allocation, timely implementation, monitoring, consolidation and reporting of results of annual CP investments, with particular emphasis on global thematic funding by HQ, RO and COs against child protection priorities. He/she is responsible for leading the Planning and Evidence Building unit which encompasses planning and reporting, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and capacity building. In the above­mentioned tasks he/she works closely with all units within the Child Protection Programme Team in Headquarters and other Divisions as well as the Child Protection Regional Advisers on strategic focus, priorities and innovations.

How can you make a difference?

Results-based key functions/accountabilities:

  • Strategy development and capacity building. Advises on strategic focus, positioning,   priorities, innovations and results for the section in accord with the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, including programmatic, financial and human resource related elements
  • Supports the development of global position/statements based on analysis of evidence and information (including financial data) for global advocacy on child protection
  • Works closely with Child Protection Regional Advisers, Headquarter-based Senior Advisers, and relevant divisions on strategy development for systematic tracking, monitoring and reporting on results to strengthen situation/incidence and programme monitoring and evaluation (M&E)
  • Supervises and/or develops effective analytical reports, case studies, policy documents and other relevant documentation to build evidence base for advocacy, policy development and effective child protection programmes
  • Strengthens partnerships with other organisations for effective and expanded child protection M&E within the sector
  • Leads on human resource capacity building for the sector
  • Co-ordinates the evidence agenda (data, research and evaluation) for Child Protection

Management and Leadership

  • Leads the Planning and Evidence Building unit (PEB) in the Child Protection section
  • Oversees the advancement of digital innovations in the CP sector, particularly related to Information Management Systems for Child Protection, especially with the continued scale up of Primero
  • Aligns the strategies and activities in PEB (encompassing planning and reporting, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management, budgeting and finance and capacity building functions) with the overall section workplan, contributes to the overall achievement of the Goal Area 3 of the Strategic Plan and support regional and field priorities
  • As needed, undertakes and/or supervises missions to provide technical support to Regional Offices, Country Offices and partners in planning and M&E
  • Support the Director with section management, particularly vis-à-vis operations issues
  • Organises statutory meetings as required (e.g. monthly Extended Child Protection Leadership Team meetings, weekly section meetings)

Section Planning and Sector Reporting

  • Coordinates the development of and reporting on the Child Protection section annual workplan, Office Management Plan (OMP) and associated budgets, in consultation with the CPPT Unit Leads and relevant interdivisional teams
  • Coordinates inputs to planning and management related interdivisional submissions and reports to management
  • Leads production of the Global Annual Results Report for Child Protection and relevant inputs for other global corporate reports (Executive Director’s Annual Report, Gender Action Plan Report and the Programme group’s annual reporting in RAM) as well as inputs for global reports e.g. Rights of the Child
  • Support the effective operation and management of the section and its units through regular contributions and participation in internal management meetings

Communication, Advocacy and Knowledge Management

  • Supports the overall work of the Child Protection section through the provision of high quality briefings, presentations and reports, representing UNICEF at relevant internal and external meetings, providing technical input into the work of others and making sure priority messages on child protection are effectively and consistently communicated
  • Manages the advocacy agenda for the section and the sector, including supporting on the development of annual advocacy plans, production of advocacy briefs and events
  • Lead on external communications, including website management and social media
  • Drive the Knowledge Management agenda for the section and the sector, including the information flow of international communication within the section as well as the extended team and Regional and Country offices to maximize impact and efficiency.

 To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in the area of social sciences or other related field, preferably with some specialized training in development studies, monitoring and evaluation, or public administration is required.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of solid and responsible experience at national and international levels in strategic planning and programme formulation, design, management, monitoring and evaluation, research, with particular interest in issues relating to child protection is required.
  • Familiarity with Child Protection programming is an asset
  • Proven ability to work effectively in an advisory, supervisory and management capacity is desired.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Familiarity with other international organisations is an asset
  • Experience working in the UN, and other international development organizations is an asset.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here and Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

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.

“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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  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.