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For 60 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Child Protection Manager (Governance & Social Systems), P-4, Kinshasa, DRC
Vacancy No:  E-VN-2013-000303
Duty Station:  Kinshasa
Country:  Congo, Dem. Rep.
Region:  WCARO
Job Level:  P-4
Position#:  00084123
Application Close:  01-Mar-13
Contract Type:  Long-term Staff (FT)
Purpose of the Position
Accountable for formulation, design, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of Child Protection programme(s) to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the programme management, delivery and accomplishment of programme goals and objectives.

Promotes intersectoral  partnerships leading to responsive child protection systems  build on the strengths of issue-specific programming; and which addresses specific forms of vulnerability.

Contributes to synergize the work of United Nations agencies to achieve child protection results.
Key Expected Results

1. Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective programme planning, development and management. Partnership with knowledge and academic institutions expanded for collection and analysis of relevant data to further understanding of social norms and harmful practices to children, particularly girls.

2. UNICEF's global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue with the sectors responsible for Child Protection, partnering in particular Social Welfare/Protection and Justice to facilitate understanding of the importance of child protection by all stakeholders, and its inclusion in national governance and reforms mechanisms, development planning and investment frameworks.

3. Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key Child Protection sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange with all partners, harnessing knowledge institutions resources and partnerships.

4. Quality of rights-based Child Protection programmes effectively promoted. Coherence and synergy gained by collaborating with key partners, addressing the multiple aspects of the protective environment, and value added to programme management process through results-based management.  Gender and Sex aggregated data and inputs relevant to Child Protection programme provided.

5. Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches, partnering with community-based child protection networks that monitor child rights and child exploitation.

6. Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.

7. Proper and timely UNICEF, Government and all implementing partners accountability ensured regarding supply and non-supply assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the Child Protection sector.

8.  Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration; coordination amongst child protection system actors strengthened. Engagement of media and civil society to supporting positive practices and involvement of children,  families and communities; ensured dialogue with private sector expanded, to emphasize good practices and corporate social responsibility.

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

1. Programme Planning, Development and Management.
Enhance effective sectoral or inter-sectoral collaborative partnerships in planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate; and complete monitoring and analysis; and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input, leading to responsive child protection systems  build on the strengths of issue-specific programming which addresses specific forms of vulnerability, including those related to gender, disability, HIV, and indigenous populations and facilitate measure of outcomes for different groups. Provide substantive advice, recommendations and input in the formulation of country programme documents and plans of actions relating to Child Protection programme.
Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches.

2. Promotion of UNICEF's Global Goals
Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes; and forge broad-based partnerships to raise awareness and stimulate open dialogue on the rights of the child and practices that create social exclusion or harm children.

3. Knowledge Management.
Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country; using the know-how of academic and knowledge institutions to collect, analyze and use relevant data to further understanding of social norms and harmful practices to children, particularly girls.

4. Rights-Based and Results-Based Approach.
Promote the quality of rights-based Child Protection [programmes through participation in the formulation of programme goals, strategies and approaches, collaborating with key partners to address the multiple aspects of the protective environment; and to bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or inter-sectoral management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

5. Sectoral Work Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring.
Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches, with adequate consultation with relevant stakeholders.  Support maintenance of information system for monitoring gender and sex aggregated data.

6. Programme Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting.
Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts, with involvement of all stakeholders. Ensure the preparation of annual Child Protection sector status reports, with contribution of all media partners.

7. UNICEF and Government Accountability.
Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability; and to orientate and train Government and all UNICEF implementing partners in UNICEF supply and non-supply policies and procedures.  Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.

8.  Communication, Collaboration, Networking and Partnership.
- Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Child Protection programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
- Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts in order to: enhance collaboration with media, civil society and involvement of children and their families to support positive practices; engage dialogue with private sector on good practices and corporate social responsibility; and strengthen partnerships with bilateral and multilateral organizations, including International Financial Institutions (IFIs) and regional development Banks, to generate greater investment in sectors with child protection responsibility.
- Overall coordination with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Programme/Project Officers to ensure the integration of the sectoral programme with other sectors.
- Collaborate with the Operations and Supply Sections and Government authorities to establish and maintain sound internal controls supportive of Child Protection programme planning and implementation, to coordinate financial and supply management requirements as well as to ensure accountability.
- Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Child Protection programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Child Protection programme goals with all key partners.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
1. Education
Advanced university degree, preferably in the social sciences, law or other relevant field.

*A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree

2. Work Experience
Eight years of professional work experience at national and international levels in child protection, including international work experience.
Background/familiarity with Emergency.

3. Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and French is required.
Knowledge of local working language of the duty station is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate
i) Core Values
Diversity and Inclusion

ii) Core Competencies
Communication  [ II ]
Working with People   [ II ]
Drive for Results   [ II ]

iii) Functional Competencies
Leading and Supervising    [ I ]
Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
Analyzing   [ III]
Relating and Networking [ II ]
Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]

iv)  Technical Knowledge
a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required
Advanced knowledge of one or more of the technical areas of UNICEF programmes.
Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the following: Strengthening child protection systems and partner capacity for protecting children against violence; in emergencies; in respect of harmful traditional practices; in improving justice for children and in strengthening social welfare systems. Use of data and indicators in child protection.
Knowledge of the global commitment on aid effectiveness, including the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the Accra Agenda for Action as well as knowledge of the Global Programme Partnerships (GPPs).

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required
Methodology of programme/project management
Programmatic goals, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.
UNICEF policies and strategy in child protection, including: natural disasters, and recovery.
Core commitments for children in emergencies (for all Emergency positions)
UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
Rights-based and Results-based programming in UNICEF.
UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
Mid-Term Strategic Plan
UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.
Gender equality and Diversity awareness.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced
Government development plans and policies
Knowledge of local conditions and country legislation relevant to UNICEF programmes
UN policies and strategy to address international humanitarian issues and the responses.
UN common approaches to programmatic issues and UNICEF positions
UN security operations and guidelines.
UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.
UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.
UNICEF policies and strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity.
Please note that Kinshasa, DRC is a non-family duty station.

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