Child Protection Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Kenya



Child Protection Specialist

Child Protection Specialist (PSEA ERT), P-4, FT, Child Protection, Programme Group, Nairobi (#00124761)
Job no: 561866
Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Duty Station: Nairobi
Location: Kenya
Categories: Child Protection

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, a hope…

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

The Child Protection Specialist Emergency Response Team (ERT) PSEA deploys to L3 and L2 humanitarian crises, or other situations as agreed, to support UNICEF to implement its commitments to protect crisis-affected populations from sexual exploitation and abuse by humanitarian or development workers or other UN personnel.

Purpose for the job: As a lead agency in addressing Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), UNICEF has scaled up its programming on PSEA with a focus on integration of PSEA from the outset of all humanitarian response operations. UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children outline key priorities for the organization on PSEA, and the recently updated Emergency Procedures outline the steps needed to deliver on PSEA from the outset of UNICEF’s emergency response. PSEA is embedded as an organization-wide accountability and the UNICEF’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025 includes core commitments on PSEA with core indicators used to actively monitor organization’s progress towards its PSEA commitments and priority areas. At the inter-agency level, UNICEF is playing a key role in supporting the IASC in delivering field support to Humanitarian Coordinators and Humanitarian Country Teams on PSEA. IASC and UNICEF’s PSEA priority areas are outlined in the IASC Plan to Accelerate PSEA in Humanitarian Response at Country-Level, which was delivered as part of UNICEF Executive Director’s 2018 IASC PSEA Championship and endorsed by IASC Principals, and in the IASC’s 2022-2026 Strategy and Vision on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH) that prioritizes the acceleration of results against a core set of PSEA priorities. UNICEF continues to advance the PSEA work as a key contributor to the IASC Acceleration Plan and the IASC PSEAH Strategy and Vision. UNICEF has rolled out a PSEA Results Monitoring Framework to support PSEA programming, based on the approach Championed under the IASC.

The Child Protection Specialist ERT-PSEA will support the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of UNICEF’s PSEA-related emergency preparedness and response, ensuring overall efficiency, effectiveness and delivery of results in accordance with the UNICEF Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action and national and international humanitarian standards. The primary focus of work will be in Level 2 and 3 emergencies. When deployed for emergency response, the ERT-PSEA will support the country team by providing guidance and direction on emergency PSEA issues and ensuring implementation of high-impact PSEA interventions in acute and chronic emergencies as outlined in UNICEF’s Emergency Procedures on PSEA, the PSEA Results Monitoring Framework, and related technical guidelines. The ERT-PSEA will also contribute support to HCs/HCTs on PSEA through the establishment or strengthening of inter-agency PSEA networks and their deliver on IASC PSEA priority results, as part of the humanitarian response.

Key functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks

1.Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Advisory services and technical support
  • Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Advisory services and technical support
  • Provides overall technical support for the implementation of PSEA from the outset of UNICEF’s emergency response, including the establishment and strengthening of safe and accessible reporting channels for SEA; survivor-centered assistance; and accountability, including protection and assistance during investigations.
  • Provide technical guidance and advice to the country representative and the country team on the development of appropriate PSEA-related policies, strategies and implementation frameworks to deliver a comprehensive package of PSEA programming, in collaboration with the country and regional offices and HQ.
  • Provides support to HCs/HCTs for the establishment and strengthening of an inter-agency PSEA network or task force, with a focus on delivering IASC PSEA priority results and the implementation of UN protocols and procedures in a manner that is child and gender-sensitive.
  • Support the country office to carry out a PSEA risk and situation analysis, and to integrate PSEA across UNICEF’s response.
  • Provide training and capacity development for PSEA focal points and staff, including on how to report allegations of SEA and refer victims for assistance.
  • Advise on the appropriate staffing (level and skills) required to deliver on UNICEF’s PSEA responsibilities for both programme and management from onset through transition from emergency (where relevant).
  • Advise on immediate and ongoing supply needs and financial needs for the response, including liaison with Supply Division and contribution to resource mobilization documents (both internal and external).

3.Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, civil society, etc. to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals, in line with CCCs and Country Office plans.
  • Prepare communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances for sustainable results and support fund raising for UNICEF and Country Office child protection PSEA programmes and emergency interventions, in line with CCCs and Country Office plans.
  • Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on PSEA and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in interagency processes. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on HRP planning and preparation of programmes/projects including emergency preparedness.

3. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Enhance acquisition of programme knowledge through systematic collection of country programme experience (lessons learned, best practices, reviews, evaluations) in the area of emergency response.
  • Direct the documentation of lessons learned from UNICEF PSEA programmes and activities and identify priority areas for consideration, analysis and research in emergency contexts.
  • Design and conduct training for UNICEF staff/consultants and counterparts in emergency preparedness and response to improve the quality and consistency of emergency response activities, in collaboration with HQ and regional and country offices.
  • Between deployments, support capacity building efforts at global level, such as training Standby Partners.

Impact of Results
The strategic and effective advocacy, planning and formulation of PSEA systems and coordination structures at the outset of any humanitarian response contributes to the prevention SEA and appropriate response. The protection of crisis-affected communities, including girls and boys, from SEA by humanitarian workers and others delivering assistance and protection is core to UNICEF’s mandate and essential for the effective delivery of humanitarian aid.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master or higher) in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas, at the international level, is required.
  • Experience working in humanitarian crises is considered essential and required.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization or other international organization is required.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.
  • This role involves travel to Country Offices, sometimes at short notice. The post holder must be able to travel for up to 70% level of effort.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS)

Please click Here to view UNICEF’s core values and Here to view our competency framework.

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

i) Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

ii) Core competencies

  • 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

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to including everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

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.

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.

“UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

For more information on remuneration and benefits, please visit UNICEF’s Entitlements’ page. If you would like to find estimates for entitlements, you may use the online Salary Estimate Calculator

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

Advertised: 16 May 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 29 May 2023 E. Africa Standard Time

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