Child Protection Officer (Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies), NO-B, Mekelle, 364 days, Open for Ethiopian nationals only

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This is a NO-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-2 contracts.

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, an advocate

The Tigray region of Ethiopia has been affected by armed conflict since late 2020 and the ongoing conflict has had grave consequences for civilians. The deteriorating situation, including limited humanitarian access and the breakdown of pre-existing protection systems, both formal and informal, has had devastating impacts on the protection of children. Gender-based violence, particularly sexual violence used by perpetrators of the conflict, has been a devastating feature of the conflict, as documented by multiple sources.

UNICEF has been present in Tigray throughout the conflict and is committed to improving the prevention and response to all forms of violence, particularly of violence against children and gender based violence.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance and direction of the Child Protection Specialist based at Mekelle the Child Protection Officer (GBViE), the incumbent will provide technical and management support to the Mekelle Field Office and Shire Sub Office and UNICEF-supported Implementing Partners (IP) on GBViE prevention, risk mitigation and response. This will include working closely with Child Protection (GBViE) specialists to develop, implement and manage the regional GBViE plan of action based on contextual needs assessments and emerging issues and will engage with UNICEF -led clusters, staff and partners to manage the effective implementation of the action plan. The position will ensure to strengthen local systems and capacities in alignment to UNICEF’s 2022-2025 Gender Action and Strategic Plans. The incumbent will work collaboratively with regional government and non-government partners as well as CSOs, UN agencies and the GBV AoR.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following key functions, accountabilities and related duties and tasks:

  1. Technical and operational support to program implementation

    • Facilitate GBViE technical program discussions and support program design, planning and implementation interventions with partners, Government counterparts and GBV AoR members in line with the northern response plan and UNICEF’s gender equality programming priorities.

• Participate in the Health Cluster planning processes and provide technical input to ensure GBV response activities are reflected within the cluster plans, including the strengthening of One-Stop-Center (OSC) response, referrals, and coordination services and GBV services within health facilities;

• Contribute to the development, adaptation, review and rollout of training materials, guidelines, standard operating procedures, and other documents pertaining to GBViE in the local context.

• Support the provision of capacity-building for GBV frontline workers and healthcare staff on GBV-related activities including case management, clinical management of GBV survivors and PSEA.

• Compile and submit monthly activity work plans, weekly and monthly reports and cash projections.

• Provide input on sitreps and donor reports on progress made against targets.

  1. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

• Support the monitoring and review of program implementation based on program indicators, including collating and analyzing information for problem analysis, planning, advocacy and knowledge management.

• Provide technical support to enhance the quality of data collection on GBViE through the analysis of periodic assessments led by the Government, GBV AoR and interagency assessments including the Displacement Tracking Matrix (with protection components).

• Conduct regular field monitoring visits of GBViE program implementation to ensure interventions are implemented as planned, source beneficiary feedbacks, identify bottlenecks and potential problems, and document best practices; and outcomes to inform timely programming decision-making.

• Ensure GBViE is included in programs targeting the needs of separated and Unaccompanied and separated Children (UASC), vulnerable children and children associated with armed groups and forces.

• Contribute to the development of concept notes, proposals, program donor reports, budgets and advocacy briefing notes/materials.

• Support management of Direct Cash Transfers (DCT) to partners and compliance of IPs with UNICEF harmonized approach to cash transfers (HACT) procedures.

  1. Networking and partnership building

• Participate in the planning processes of UNICEF-led cluster programming interventions (Education, Health, Nutrition, WASH and Child Protection) to ensure GBV risk mitigation measures are reflected.

• Work closely with Social Behavior Change team to develop and circulate GBViE behavior change communications materials.

• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with GBV AoR member institutions, humanitarian agencies, governmental counterparts, and UN agencies; ensuring UNICEF jointly works together with these stakeholders to address GBV in Tigray.

  1. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

• Work closely with GBV AoR members and stakeholders on strengthening safe and ethical monitoring of conflict-related sexual violence; as well as learning exchanges and capacity building to promote consistency, quality, and safe and ethical practices.

• Support UNICEF-supported IPs to develop institutional improvement and continuous professional development plans including documentation of good practices, learning exchanges, refresher training and information sharing forums.

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

  • University degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, social work, international law, or another relevant field.
  • A minimum of two years of progressive professional experience in social development planning and management GBV-related areas is required.
  • Experience working in a conflict-affected context is an asset.
  • Relevant experience in program development in GBV or related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered an added advantage
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.

For every Child you demonstrate ...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS) and

UNICEF Core Competencies of..

  • 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)

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. Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

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.


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

If you have the required qualification and experience, please submit your application to UNICEF Office at Mekelle.

The deadline for the application is 26 October 2022.

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

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