Kenya: Child Protection Officer (Children on the Move), P-2, Temporary Appointment, Nairobi, Kenya, ESARO, #105929

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 11 Mar 2018

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, growth.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the Regional Adviser Child Protection, the incumbent will develop partnerships and technical guidance to support work on migration and refugees, including a key focus on legal identity, care and justice, in collaboration with all clusters/division/sections at ESA Regional and Country Offices, External Partners and UN agencies, in particular UNHCR and IOM, in enhancing child protection systems.

The Child Protection Officer (Migration) will work closely with violence against children and children protection systems focal points in Child Protection section as well as with key partners (Humanitarian Action Resilience and Peace Building (HARP) Section as well as with sectoral focal points within the Regional Office (RO), inter-agency partners and Country Office staff) to ensure that migration issues are effectively considered and coherently integrated into appropriate work streams.

Key Expected Results

  • Programme Development, planning and management

    Develop programme proposals and take other actions to leverage funds for the areas of responsibilities, reflecting priorities for the area of migration, including a key focus on the efficient and effective development of protection-focused migration and refugee policy and programming.

  • Advisory services and technical support

    Strengthen capacity at country and regional levels by developing inter-agency standard-setting guidance and tools to support work on protection focused migration and refugee issues. This will take place though strategizing with country and regional offices and partners to raise awareness of the guidelines, informed by a collected body of knowledge that can be shared and replicated across countries.

  • Advocacy, networking and partners building

    Develop and maintain inter-agency relationships supporting the development of enhanced policy frameworks to advance the protection of children in the context of migration.

  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

    Advance research, and identify research gaps, with key partners (e.g. UNHCR, IOM) and together with regional offices and country offices, on migration and refugee issues, specifically the formulation of policy and good practices, including around protection of migrant and refugee children.

  • Management support

    Provide support to the team (unit) lead in managing funds allocated to protection of migrant and refugee children by prioritizing activities to be funded, in line with the annual work plan, ensuring efficient and timely use of funds vis-à-vis grant expiration dates.

    Impact of Results

  • The strategic and effective advocacy, planning and formulation of child protection programme/projects and the achievements of sustainable results contributes to the achievement of goals and objective to create a protective environment for children against harm and all forms of violent and ensures their survival, development and well-being in society. Achievement in child protection programme and projects in turn contribute to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mother and children that promote greater social equality in the country.

  • The decision of the incumbent directly affect UNICEF’s leadership role in the role in the area of migration and protection; effectiveness of country programmes and regional interventions; and timely recruitment of technical consultant for effective programme response.

  • The recommendation of the incumbent will affect the direction of programming approaches; strategic planning and the development of future policies; and programmes and projects related to migration and protection.

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

  • Advanced University degree in International Relations, Public Administration/Public Policy, Humanitarian Affairs, Development, Social Sciences, or a related technical field*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • Two years professional work experience at national and international levels in humanitarian response. Preferred experience in preparedness, complex emergencies, including experience in early recovery in the East and southern Africa region.
  • Excellent written reporting skills
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English, and another UN language as a strong asset.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    View our competency framework at

    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.


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

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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