Child Protection Specialist – Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (P-4)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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Child Protection Specialist: Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (P-4)

Child Protection Specialist: Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (P-4)

Location: New York, United States
Job ID: 00106695
Contract Type: Fixed-Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Duty Station: New York HQ
Deadline: May 1, 2024

Job Description

UNICEF, operating in some of the world’s most challenging environments, is committed to reaching the most disadvantaged children worldwide, defending their rights, and helping them realize their potential. With operations spanning across 190 countries and territories, UNICEF strives to create a better world for every child, every day.

The Senior Adviser Child Protection (Prevention of Harmful Practices) will be integral to the Prevention of Harmful Practices Unit. Reporting to the Director of Child Protection and collaborating closely with the Principal Adviser Gender, the Senior Adviser will provide overall support to the Child Protection Section on the prevention of harmful practices, particularly focusing on child marriage and FGM/C. This role will also oversee UNICEF’s contributions to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/C, ensuring effective integration of prevention strategies into relevant work streams.

Purpose of the Post

The Child Protection Specialist (PSEA) will lead and support UNICEF’s efforts in Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). This role encompasses developing tools and technical guidance, advocating for victim and survivor protection, assisting in data analysis and knowledge management, and implementing programmatic interventions to prevent and address such violations.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Program Development, Planning, and Management:

    • Develop programme proposals and mobilize funds for PSEA initiatives.
    • Align global child protection programmes with UNICEF Strategic Plan and international standards.
    • Monitor and evaluate programme progress, identifying lessons learned and facilitating knowledge dissemination.
  2. Advisory Services and Technical Support:

    • Strengthen capacity at country and regional levels for planning and implementing PSEA systems.
    • Provide technical advice on PSEA to management, contributing to strategic visibility and advocacy.
    • Contribute to the formulation of global strategies and policies for PSEA initiatives.
  3. Advocacy, Networking, and Partnership Building:

    • Foster inter-agency relationships to enhance policy frameworks around PSEA.
    • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships with governments, UN agencies, donors, NGOs, and other stakeholders.
    • Represent UNICEF in global forums to advocate for organizational positions on PSEA.
  4. Innovation, Knowledge Management, and Capacity Building:

    • Advance evidence-building and identify gaps in PSEA policy and practice.
    • Facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices across UNICEF offices.
    • Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and lessons learned, particularly in humanitarian settings.
  5. Management Support:

    • Prepare briefing notes, policy papers, and technical inputs on PSEA for UNICEF senior management and stakeholders.
    • Manage resources allocated to PSEA, ensuring efficient usage and adherence to work plans.
    • Assist in developing the Child Protection Section’s Annual Work Plan in the area of PSEA.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced University degree in human rights, international law, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 8 years of professional experience in human rights, child protection, and gender-based violence, with at least 2 years of PSEA work.
  • Experience in programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization preferred.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal); knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.

How to Apply

If you are passionate about protecting children and have the required qualifications and experience, apply now to join UNICEF’s mission of making a difference for the world’s most disadvantaged children.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion, providing a wide range of benefits to its staff, including paid parental leave and flexible working arrangements. Join us in promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children worldwide.



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