Child Protection Sector Coordinator at UNICEF

Child Protection Sector Coordinator at UNICEF

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Recruitment
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United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) 

United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently hiring a Child Protection Sector Coordinator at their Borno office.

About United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations program headquartered in New York City that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee.

UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. Maurice Pate, an American humanitarian and businessman, co-founded the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) with Herbert Hoover in 1947. Pate served as its first executive director from 1947 until his death in 1965. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System and its name was shortened from the original United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund but it has continued to be known by the popular acronym based on this previous title.

With a strong presence in Nigeria, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is a leading advocate for children. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers and a variety of partners at the grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.
Nigeria was one of the very first African countries where the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) established a programme of cooperation. Today UNICEF is still working in partnership with many stakeholders, including children and families, to achieve national and international goals instrumental in the fulfillment of children’s rights.

Job Title: Child Protection Sector Coordinator

Job no: 535707
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Level: P-4
Categories: Child Protection, P-4

For every child, Safety

  • As part of UNICEF’s Core Commitment for Children in Humanitarian action, the Child Protection Sector Coordinator is expected to provide leadership and support to the child-protection coordination structure in north-east Nigeria.
  • To provide effective leadership in the Child Protection Sector, the Child Protection Sector Coordinator will ensure child protection coordination mechanisms in north-east Nigeria, provide guidance to all partners on common standards, strategies and approaches, ensure that all critical child protection gaps and vulnerabilities are identified; and that information is provided on roles, responsibilities and accountability to ensure that all gaps are addressed without duplication.

How can you make a difference?

The Child Protection coordinator will be reporting to the Emergency Manager, P4 and will be responsible for the following duties:

Establish and maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism:

  • Ensure all Child Protection (CP) relevant actors are engaged as Sector members and adhere to the Principles of Partnership;
  • Produce sectoral reports and analysis
  • Regular updating of Mapping of child protection actors in north-east Nigeria and related sectors of interventions/capacities (5Ws and local partners including Community Based Child Protection Networks and Community Based Organizations);
  • Strengthen pre-existing sectoral coordination through increased predictability and accountability;
  • Build complementarity of partner actions: avoiding duplication and gaps;
  • Ensure adequate resources are mobilized and are equitably allocated for the effective functioning of the Sector and its response;
  • Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, environment and HIV/AIDs;
  • Maintain flexibility within the Sector to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation; Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between Sector participants and other stakeholders.

Interact with other Sectors (including through inter-Sector coordination fora), humanitarian actors, government counterparts, and relevant authorities for operational planning, engagement and active contribution of operational partners:

  • Participate in Protection, gender-based violence (GBV) and other relevant Sectors meetings;
  • Design a mainstreaming Child Protection matrix and advocate with other clusters for Child Protection issues mainstreaming (in particular work with Education cluster on integrating child protection through Child Friendly Spaces and other community-based initiatives).
  • Ensure with Protection Sector that Child Protection issues are included in multi-sectoral assessments and initiatives.
  • Where there is both a national and a sub-national Sector, the post holder will ensure that there is effective communication, reporting, engagement and coordination between the two levels.

Supporting Service Delivery:

  • Provide a platform to ensure that service delivery is driven by the agreed strategic priorities;
  • Develop mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery. Monitor the performance of the core Sector functions.

Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the  humanitarian response:

  • Develop and regularly update a CP Sector strategy including objectives and indicators for CP response that are aligned with and support realization of the strategic priorities set out by the Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator for the overarching humanitarian response, the Child Protection Minimum Standards, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • Needs assessment and gap analysis (across other sectors and within the sector);
  • Analysis to identify and address (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication, and cross-cutting issues;
  • Prioritization, grounded in response analysis.

Planning and strategy development:

  • Develop sectoral plans, objectives and indicators directly support realization of the HC/HCT strategic priorities;
  • Application and adherence to existing standards and guidelines, clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and cluster contributions to HC’s overall humanitarian funding considerations (Flash Appeal, CAP, ERF/CHF, CERF) Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the Sector strategy and results; recommending corrective action where necessary.


  • Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to HC and HCT messaging and action;
  • Undertaking advocacy activities on behalf of Sector participants and the affected population;
  • Develop advocacy approaches/strategies for issues related to child protection that require sensitization of local authorities or donors and contribute to the development of key messages for broader humanitarian advocacy/messaging initiatives of the protection cluster or the office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.

Contingency planning/preparedness for recurrent disasters whenever feasible and relevant:

  • Promote interagency/inter-sectoral Child Protection (CP) needs assessments, lead and participate in inter agency child protection assessments to identify priority child protection issues and advocate for delivery of appropriate response;
  • Identify response gaps and promote members’ response (including activation of provider of last resort);
  • Support development and updating of Child Protection interagency Sector Contingency Plans.

Accountability to affected populations:

  • Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms.

To qualify as a Child Protection Coordinator and advocate for every child…

  • An Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields is required: International Development, Human Rights, Psychology, Sociology, International Law, or another relevant Social Science field.
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas, at the international level, is required.
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.
  • 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…

Core Values:

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability.

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
  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People.

Application Deadline

30th November 2020.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
  • Please note that Maiduguri is a non-family duty station.
  • Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

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