Programme Officer - Child Protection (P-1), FT, Geneva - Switzerland, ECARO

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This is a P-1 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 1 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 78,305 USD and 108,219 USD.

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The international rate of 44,593 USD, with an additional 75.6% at this the location, applies.

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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.

For every child, hope

Significant escalation of the armed conflict in Ukraine has resulted in increased humanitarian needs and population displacement within and outside of the country. The situation is rapidly evolving; and hostilities have led to destruction of key infrastructure and disruption of basic social services and economic activity. A number of children have been caught in the crossfire and have been injured and killed, highlighting the extremely vulnerable situation children are in. The conflict in Ukraine poses an immediate and growing threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s 7.5 million children.

UNICEF is rapidly scaling up its multi-sectoral response to the increasing humanitarian needs in Ukraine and among refugees in neighboring countries. Ensuring the protection and well-being of women and children is central to UNICEF's response efforts. Multi-purpose cash transfers will be undertaken to support vulnerable households with children. UNICEF will also provide safe water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as the resumption of primary health care and nutrition services and will work to enroll displaced children in local education programmes.

The protracted armed conflict, widespread displacement, and over-stretched national systems and services will leave thousands of children in need of humanitarian assistance. To support the humanitarian response, Operations and Human Resources scale-up is required to provide dedicated technical support and oversight to the affected countries, in addition to providing quality assurance, and support to the Programmatic scale-up to respond to the rapidly multiplying Humanitarian needs.

In this context, UNICEF ECARO Child Protection team is looking for a candidate who can provide professional technical assistance and support for programme design, planning and implementation, management and evaluation of programme/project activities, data analysis and progress reporting, in support of programme goals and objectives.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision and guidance of the Regional Adviser Child Protection (P5), the Programme Officer (P-1) supports the respective section by carrying out a range of programme support functions to help develop, implement and monitor their country programme, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations. The Programme Officer works in close collaboration with a range of staff in the RO, external partners and agency counterparts in support of programme design and delivery. S/He provides regular feedback on the status of projects through monitoring milestones and advises on improvements to keep activities on track. The key deliverables include:

  • Technical contribution to and participation in effective knowledge management of regional office support / information to strengthen country programme management and activities, including important information sharing/exchanges of best practice, and strategic dissemination of key guidance.
  • Effective support to implementing changes in regional programme work plans sensitive to social, political and economic changes as well as programming and partnership priorities.
  • Ensure programme funds are effectively monitored for optimum use.
  • Programme monitoring across the Regional Office Child Protection section conducted to improve programme performance, synergies, partnerships and effective use of resources both human and financial.
  • Contribution and support provided to build and reinforce commitment and institutional capacities of regional office partners and CO partners as relevant.
  • Support as required programme implementation and oversight to multi-country and country specific regional office engagement.
  • Technical support and assistance provided to enhance effective communication and networking through partnership and collaboration.
  • Provision of comprehensive administrative support to the Section.
  • Carrying out transactions in VISION ensuring programme results, activities and programme coding are as per annual work plans (AWPs), and making amendments and alterations as per section revisions when necessary.
  • Carrying out transactions in VISION pertaining to grants and programme-related items for his/her section including but not limited to registering grant allotments and tracking expiring programme grants.
  • Preparing monitoring and reporting information for supervisor and team on agreed performance indicators to drive more efficient management and accountability for results.
  • Regularly monitoring budgets and financial expenditures of section by employing applicable tools, ensuring compliance with UNICEF rules and regulations, keeping supervisor informed and advised on actions for decision and/or follow up.
  • Helping prepare periodic or ad-hoc financial reports relating to country office and donors to support the office in optimizing use of programme funds.
  • Supports capacity development activities related to programme development by preparing training materials and participating in exercises.

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

  • A First-Level University Degree (Bachelor’s) in the following areas is a minimum requirement: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of one (1) year of relevant work experience in executive, administrative and/or programme support.
  • Prior experience in programme support functions is desirable.
  • Hands on experience with an ERM System (i.e. VISION/SAP) is highly desirable.
  • Experience with Budget and Data Analytics, Key Performance Indicators and Data Visualization is an asset.
  • Knowledge of technological platforms, particularly SharePoint and Enterprise-Content Management (ECM) systems as is an asset.
  • Experience of raising and administering consultant contracts and applicable UN/UNICEF policies and procedures is an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of the UNICEF programme operations, including monitoring and evaluation, budget and travel processes is a significant asset.
  • High attention to detail with strong organizational, planning and prioritizing skills and abilities is required.
  • High sense of confidentiality, initiative and good judgment with strong office management skills is required.
  • Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to effectively manage the section’s financial resources and monitor its budget with solid analytical skills is desirable.
  • Proficiency in English, written and verbal, is required. Working knowledge of another official UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) and/or regional language as needed to perform the role is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are:

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) Drive to achieve impactful results (1) Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: here.

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.


Please note that this role is aimed at supporting UNICEF response to the Ukraine emergency in neighboring and surrounding countries with the refugees from Ukraine. The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within four weeks of receiving an offer.

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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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