Child Protection in Emergencies Officer
Application deadline 10 months ago: Wednesday 16 Mar 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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In Mali, children face a variety and multiple forms of abuse and exploitation at different level; within their families, in their communities, on the streets as well as in institutions, that are supposed to protect them. The crisis that Mali has experienced since 2012 has had an enormous impact on the lives of children through various forms of grave violations of their rights, namely the recruitment and use of children, sexual violence, exposure to remnants of war and improvised explosive devices, in addition to other child protection issues affecting them before the crisis (violence, abuse, ill-treatment, etc...). The conflict has led to a massive displacement of populations from the Northern regions to the Southern regions and neighboring countries (Mauritania, Niger, Algeria, Burkina Faso) and thus causing the separation of children from their families and communities. Families in host communities, already for the majority in precarious situations, have to deal with the economic consequences resulting from an exacerbated pressure on their limited resources. The Government and the child protection sub cluster are organizing and coordinating the child protection sectoral response, under the co-leadership of UNICEF, to provide progressively by the end of 2024, psychosocial support and child protection prevention and responses to affected children in accordance with the minimum standards applicable in this area.
• Contribute to monitoring the trends and emerging evidence of child protection concerns as well as the response by actors, support the analysis of this information to advise on the child protection response priorities and support advocacy. • Contribute to resources mobilization for the Child Protection response through coordination with field offices and other sections within UNICEF, elaboration of project proposals and reporting to donors, as appropriate. • Contribute to the CPiE programme quality through the design of partnership documents, periodic meetings with partners, programmatic visits, and other monitoring and evaluation activities. • Provide technical guidance to national child protection governmental and nongovernmental actors regarding response planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring, reporting and evaluation. • Facilitate linkages with other interventions in the framework of the triple nexus humanitarian-development-peacebuilding and support the mainstreaming of Gender equality and Youth participation in UNICEF-supported projects. • Depending on the needs identified by the CPiE Specialist and the Chief of section, support the Child Protection Sub Cluster coordination and other Child Protection programme.
Accountability Adaptability and Flexibility Commitment and Motivation Commitment to Continuous Learning Communication Integrity Planning and Organizing Professionalism Respect for Diversity Working in Teams
Experience in an emergency setting is an asset, as is experience working in the UN, or other international/non-governmental organizations. Other desired/mandatory required technical knowledge • Professional knowledge of Child protection, preferably in emergency settings. • Technical knowledge in relevant areas: protection, gender equality, mental health and psychosocial support, project management, youth engagement and participation... • Excellent oral and written skills in French and English; ability to produce synthetic and analytical documents. • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development. • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel. • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines. • Sound security awareness. • Have affinity with or interest in child protection, emergency, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
• Results/expected outputs • As an active UNV team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNICEF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o Timely and quality support is provided to the UNICEF Child Protection programmes in emergency contexts and to the Child Protection Sub Cluster coordination. o Resources are mobilized through the elaboration of concept notes, project proposals, briefing notes and evidence-based reports. o Partners are monitored and evaluated, and their interventions are supported through adequate capacity building. o New partnerships are designed based on identified needs. • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
Bamako is a non-family duty station for international staff but offers good working conditions in accordance with UN human resources procedures and rules. The security situation in Bamako remains relatively calm. However, all UN staff members are expected to comply with UN rules and procedures as well as the security arrangements in place for the proper performance of their duties. Mali is a unique country which provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural and security awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential.