Child Protection Specialist (CPiE) at the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

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.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Child Protection Specialist (CPiE), Temporary Appointment, P-4Job Number: 521003Location: Maiduguri, BornoWork Type: Temporary AppointmentBackgroundChildren have been acutely impacted by the conflict: they have been recruited and used by both sides to the conflict. The government estimates that over 8,000 children have been used by NSAG in combat and non-combatant roles and since 2012, girls and boys are being used by NSAG for suicide attacks. Children who are perceived by the community to have been active combatants of NSAG may be stigmatized or rejected by their families upon return. Some may even be at risk of being attacked by members of the community.Sexual violence has also been a characteristic of the conflict: it is estimated that 7,000 women and girls have suffered conflict related sexual violence, including following abduction by NSAG and forced into marriages and giving birth to children of members of the NSAG fighters. These women and girls, as well as their children born of rape, often face additional levels of stigma and in some cases violence as they return to their communities following an escape or rescue by the Nigerian Security Forces (NSF).UNICEF provides technical and financial support to state government partners to coordinate and manage the interim rehabilitation transit centre based in Maiduguri. Support includes training initiatives to enhance capacities to develop, implement and monitor comprehensive social and economic reintegration programme, and promote a protective environment at community level for sustained and safe returns as well as to prevent the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups. UNICEF continues to advocate for the signing of a handover protocol for children encountered or detained by the military to civilian authorities and communities and for the endorsement of the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles on the protection of children recruited into armed forces or groups.Job DescriptionHow can you make a difference?Under the direct supervision of the Child Protection in Emergency Manager based in Maiduguri, and with oversight guidance from the Chief of Child Protection based in Abuja, the overall objective of the post is to support overall implementation of children associated with armed forces and groups (CAAFAG) reintegration programme as well as designing and implementing expanded and quality prevention and response initiatives.The incumbent will also support advocacy efforts for the signing of the handover protocol to ensure their prompt release and safe and supported safe return, reintegration and recovery from their experiences.Lead the implementation of social and economic reintegration for CAAFAG and monitoring, planning, implementation and management of the reintegration grants including EU grants, prepare donor reports, develop works plan for the reintegration grants;Work with partners, notably IOM and UNDP among others, to ensure better reintegration of children who were associated with NSAG and including girls and women who have suffered conflict related sexual violence, through the provision of individual psychosocial support, empowerment/livelihoods, peer group support, family tracing, reunification and reconciliation, and community dialogue to promote return and reintegration;Support in the establishment and monitoring of the reintegration programme for girls and boys in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States;Work with state ministries and other actors to implement community based social and economic reintegration strategy for children associated with armed groups including survivors of conflict related sexual violence. Provide technical guidance for implementation of the strategy and programme on the reintegration of children associated with armed groups (CAAFAG);Support the tracing and reunification of families for children with coordination and support of UASC specialist;Support the development of community-based reintegration activities for affected children including girls and women with the support of GBV specialist;Engage with religious and community leaders to promote reintegration of children including girls and women;Manage and quality assure the work of the team of consultants and third party local consultants responsible for overseeing and monitoring the reintegration programme;Ensure effective linkages with other components of the child protection in emergencies programme;Contribute to the development of new programme cooperation agreements with international and national NGOs for the reintegration of children and women;In close collaboration with the Information Management specialist and officers, ensure robust data collection to capture the number of beneficiaries reached by the programme and the impact of the programme, including management of the evaluation of the programme;Facilitate the training of and ongoing support for state and non-state actors, including community volunteers, on the reintegration of CAAFAG;Facilitate the training of military and security personnel on child protection and engage in advocacy on the handover of children from military authorities to civilian authorities;Strengthen the referral mechanism for CAAFAG to available services and programmes, including education and livelihoods programming;Establish and manage peacebuilding initiatives in focus communities, including the establishment of peacebuilding clubs;Manage the children associated with armed groups programme, including ensuring timely implementation of activities, timely reporting to the donors, compliance with visibility requirements and compliance with internal UNICEF procedures and processes;Support and assist to implement the CJTF Action Plan including documentation, verification, separation and reintegration.  

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