Child Protection Specialist (Child marriage and female genital mutilation), P3, TA (11 months), for non-Ethiopian nationals

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 8 Mar 2020

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The Child Protection Specialist will support the delivery of Child Protection Output 2 on ending child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Country Office flagship “End Child Marriage”, and contribute to Child Protection Output 1 on strengthening the child protection system.

The Child Protection Specialist will work closely with colleagues working on ending child marriage and FGM in Addis and in the Field Offices as well as colleagues from other Sections across the office. The staff will also engage with other UN agencies, Government partners, NGOs/CSOs and faith-based organisations, as well as institutions/companies. The UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage and UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM require close collaboration with UNFPA particularly.

The assignment will include development and/or follow-up of new partnerships with NGOs/CSOs/FBOs and media, operationalisation of gender transformative approaches, review of gender and social norms change pathway (including for community conversations), delivery of methodology and tools, as well as development of baseline and measurement frameworks on gender and social norms change and efforts to prevent and respond to harmful practices in humanitarian settings. Approaches to reach and engage out-of-school adolescent girls as well as in-school interventions (with L&D) will need to be strengthened, and opportunities to leverage social protection programmes to end child marriage pursued as per the global and national evidence on ‘what works’ to end child marriage and FGM. A strong focus is expected on supporting colleagues and partners improve data collection and the quality of reporting. The promotion, implementation, funding, coordination and tracking of the “National Costed Roadmap to end child marriage and FGM/C in Ethiopia (2020–2024)” is also a critical area to be supported.

Specific tasks:

1. Support to programme/project development and planning

  • Develop and implement a media engagement strategy with sound measurement of change at community level with input from CAP and C4D.
  • Develop programme/project proposals including in consultation with Field Offices and other sections as relevant.
  • Develop terms of references including for the recruitment of individual experts and institutions for specific pieces of work.
  • Support the development of Annual/Rolling Work Plans as part of the new Country Programme anticipated to start in July 2020 with Field Offices and partners.
  • Contribute to development of Partnership Cooperation Agreements with non-governmental actors.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes including using results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM).
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to promote and implement the National Roadmap to end child marriage and FGM/C (hereafter ‘the Roadmap”).
  • Ensure that new data, evidence and research are incorporated into programme development and planning, and promote evidence-based programming and advocacy.

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Lead on strengthening the monitoring and data collection for the ending harmful practices portfolio with significant support to regions (Field Offices and external partners). This includes strengthening capacities for reporting against the results frameworks of the two UNFPA/UNICEF programmes, integrating reporting on and case management of harmful practices in admin routine data collection under the lead of the Violence Against Children team in the Child Protection, section, and supporting monitoring the results framework of the Roadmap.
  • Prepare regular and mandated programme/project reports for management and donors with lead role for writing the reports for the two UNFPA-UNICEF programmes. Contribute to mid-year and annual reporting for Output 2 (including, COAR, RAM and SMQs).
  • Lead the development of a gender and social norms change measurement framework for harmful practices (including baseline for Phase II of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage and for the End Child Marriage Country Office flagship) based on global standards and experiences including the testing of the ‘ACT’ framework on FGM (UNFPA and UNICEF in partnership with Drexel University) and the guidance from UNICEF Middle East and North Africa Regional Office on Measuring Social and Behavioural Drivers of Child Protection Issues.
  • Participate in monitoring exercises, programme reviews with the government and other counterparts for Output 2.
  • Actively monitor programmes/projects through field visits; identify gaps, weaknesses and bottlenecks in programme management, RBM and reporting; plan technical support accordingly.
  • Monitor and verify the optimum and appropriate use of resources under Output 2 in compliance with organizational rules and donor commitments for both Government and non-government partners. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Review the gender and social norms change pathway (including the development of new approaches and materials for community conversations, monitoring of results and change, engagement and phase-out strategies).
  • Support the Child Protection section’s lead on the ‘End Child Marriage’ flagship including collaboration with other sections.
  • Provide technical assistance to prevent and respond to harmful practices in humanitarian/emergency settings.
  • Promote gender transformative approaches and adolescent meaningful participation in the programmes.
  • Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other partners and donors on ending harmful practices.
  • Participate in child protection programme meetings, including programme development and contingency planning discussions.
  • Draft papers, briefs, speeches, advocacy papers and other strategic materials.
  • Collaborate with the L&D section on the Flagship ‘Every child accessing learning opportunities’.

4. Networking and partnership building

  • Manage partnerships including with media and with non-governmental actors through Partnership Cooperation Agreements including contractual and Harmonized approach to cash transfers (HACT) requirements.
  • Support the revitalisation of the National Alliance to end FGM and ECM.
  • Work with the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth (MoWCY), the National Alliance to end FGM and ECM, Federal Attorney General and other relevant government counterparts - through advocacy, knowledge exchange and technical expertise.
  • Strengthen coordination frameworks and partnerships to promote, implement and track the Roadmap including for advocacy, resource mobilisation and M&E.
  • Work closely with UNFPA on the two UNFPA/UNICEF programmes.
  • Internally, strengthen the collaboration with other sections (particularly L&D, Health, SPESI) as well as cross-cutters (particularly C4D, Gender, CAP).

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Introduce innovative approaches, best practices and learning from other countries and organisations.
  • Build the institutional memory for Output 2 (new SharePoint).
  • Organize and implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of staff, partners and other stakeholders on operational, programmatic, data and monitoring aspects.

To qualify as an advocate for every Child, you will need...

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas is required.
  • Experience on ending child marriage or FGM is required.
  • Experience in monitoring, results reporting, with a particular focus on ending child marriage and FGM is required.
  • Experience in the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to End Child Marriage or UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C is an asset.
  • Experience working in a developing country is an asset.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage
  • Advanced computer literacy expected in Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Fluency in English is required (excellent oral and written communication and report writing skills in English is required. Writing samples may be requested).
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.
  • The functional competencies required for this post are...

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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.

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