International Consultant – Social Service Workforce Strengthening at UNICEF

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

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International Consultant: Social Service Workforce Strengthening at UNICEF

International Consultant: Social Service Workforce Strengthening at UNICEF

Job Title: International Consultant: Social Service Workforce Strengthening

Job ID: 570494

Contract Type: Consultant

Duty Station: Abuja, Nigeria (Home-Based with travel to select states)

Level: Consultancy

Location: Nigeria

Categories: Child Protection


UNICEF operates in some of the world’s most challenging environments, striving to reach and support the most disadvantaged children. Our mission is to save lives, defend rights, and help children fulfill their potential. Working across 190 countries and territories, we tirelessly pursue our goal of building a better world for every child, everywhere.

Summary of Key Functions and Accountabilities: As an International Consultant in Social Service Workforce Strengthening, you will play a crucial role in supporting the government and key Child Protection partners in reviewing, strengthening, and sustaining community-based Child Protection mechanisms. Your responsibilities will include:

  1. Providing technical support to review, strengthen, and sustain community-based child protection mechanisms.
  2. Mapping state institutions and educational structures for the training and development of auxiliary social workers.
  3. Developing guidelines and capacity toolkits for supporting community-based child protection groups.
  4. Pre-testing the toolkit and facilitating a training of trainers workshop.
  5. Developing a monitoring and evaluation framework.
  6. Leading and supporting the selection, recruitment, and training of auxiliary social workers.
  7. Preparing and presenting a final report on the assignment.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Advanced University degree (Master/PG) in a relevant field of study (Degree in Social Service Workforce, Child Protection) with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection-related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience in social service workforce strengthening, planning, and management in child protection-related areas is required.
  • Experience in the building of child protection systems in West Africa and/or other developing countries will be considered an advantage.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered an added advantage.
  • Excellent knowledge of international and regional standards on social service workforce strengthening for child protection and international instruments on children’s rights.
  • Ability to work through networking and partnerships.
  • Excellent knowledge of statistics, social service systems, and development agendas.
  • Previous experience with UNICEF is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of a human rights-based approach to programming.
  • Experience in facilitating consultations with government representatives, NGOs, academia, children, adolescents, and other stakeholders.
  • Fluency in English and excellent writing skills.


  • Builds and maintains partnerships.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness.
  • Drive to achieve results for impact.
  • Innovates and embraces change.
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity.
  • Thinks and acts strategically.
  • Works collaboratively with others.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply through the UNICEF Careers portal no later than March 28, 2024.

Note: UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion. We offer reasonable accommodations for consultants and individual contractors with disabilities and adhere to strict child safeguarding principles.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks. The selected candidate is solely responsible for ensuring that the visa and health insurance required for the assignment are valid for the entire period of the contract. All selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a WHO-endorsed vaccine.

Advertised: March 18, 2024, W. Central Africa Standard Time

Deadline: March 28, 2024, W. Central Africa Standard Time



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