Local Individual Contractor - Child Protection Assistant in Sukhumi

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Application deadline 1 year ago: Wednesday 28 Oct 2020 at 14:00 UTC

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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.


The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF is focused on accelerating the universal realization of child rights by fostering greater social inclusion of the most deprived children and by reducing disparities and inequities affecting children and their families.

With the financial support of Sida, UNICEF and World Vision are implementing the programme "Strengthening and Developing Sustainable Basic Social Services for Children in Abkhazia". The aim of this project is to support the introduction of community-based approaches to the provision of quality basic social services for children; to strengthen and develop social work; and to contribute to evidence building on child protection issues in Abkhazia. To support the planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities of this project, as well as the other planned interventions in the field of child protection, UNICEF's Sukhumi Field Office is recruiting a local Child Protection Assistant.

Scope of work:

Under the direct supervision of the Child Protection Officer (NOA) and with oversight from the Chief of Sukhumi Field Office, the Child Protection Assistant will provide assistance to the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of all child protection related activities of the Sukhumi Field Office, in close cooperation with relevant international UNICEF child protection specialists. The position is full time and office based.

Contract period:

The expected start date for contract is 15 October 2020. The contract will end on 28 February.

Duties and responsibilities:

Key actions 1: Engage in research on specific topics related to child protection and provide background information/papers/reports to UNICEF;

  • Deliverables: Quality reports/papers/background information documents on various issues related to child well-being are produced and shared with the consultant and relevant UNICEF staff.
  • Delivery Period: Throughout the contract period

Key actions 2: Support the implementation of child protection activities of the office in all aspects; amongst others, provide input to various draft project documents, participate in the planning, preparation, implementation, financial administration, monitoring and evaluation of activities, and provide input to various reports related to child protection activities;

  • Deliverables: Quality support to the planning, preparation, coordination, implementation, financial administration, monitoring and evaluation of activities; quality input to various project related documents including reports.
  • Delivery Period: Throughout the contract period

Key actions 3: Monitor, document and report on the activities of UNICEF's implementing partners and their impact in the field of child protection in Abkhazia;

  • Deliverables: Regular updates and analytical reports to Chief of Sukhumi Field Office, Head of Child Protection and National Project Officer on activities of UNICEF's implementing partners.
  • Delivery Period: Throughout the contract period

Key actions 4: Support the coordination of UNICEF activities in the field of child protection with the activities of UNICEF's implementing partners, other international organizations and NGOs;

  • Deliverables: Smooth coordination of UNICEF activities with relevant programme staff of UNICEF implementing partners, other international organizations and NGOs.
  • Delivery Period: Throughout the contract period

Key actions 5: Maintain close contacts with relevant UNICEF colleagues and offices outside of Abkhazia as well as stakeholders in the field of child well-being in Abkhazia;

  • Deliverables: Smooth cooperation and coordination of activities with relevant UNICEF colleagues and offices outside of Abkhazia, as well as relevant authorities and other stakeholders in Abkhazia.
  • Delivery Period: Throughout the contract period

Key actions 6: Fulfil other duties and responsibilities as requested by the Chief of Sukhumi Field Office or Child Protection Officer.

  • Deliverables: N/A
  • Delivery Period: As necessary throughout the contract period

Necessary qualifications and experience:

  • University degree in law, sociology, psychology, medicine, pedagogical studies, international relations or other relevant field; specialised trainings in a relevant field would be an asset;
  • At least five years of relevant working experience; experience with UN will be a significant asset;
  • Good understanding of child well-being issues;
  • Very good analytical skills, experience in research and the writing of analytical reports;
  • Very good organizational skills;
  • Fluency in English language;
  • Ability to work in a multi-national environment with team members from different cultural backgrounds.

Performance indicators:

The Child Protection Assistant's performance will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of duties and responsibilities fulfilled.

Unsatisfactory performance:

In case of unsatisfactory performance, the contract can be terminated by notification letter sent 15 days prior to the termination date.


The assignment will be office-based. Location in Sukhumi.

Remuneration and entitlements:

Applicants are required to submit a financial proposal for the requested services. The remuneration will be negotiated between the applicants and UNICEF on the basis of an initial proposal of the applicants. The Child Protection Assistant will be remunerated on monthly basis, following satisfactory fulfilment of the duties and responsibilities and the provision of a monthly report on activities performed and deliverables achieved.

An Individual Contractor will be entitled to 1.5 days paid time off at the end of each month and paid UN official holidays.

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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. 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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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