Senior Child Protection Specialist- GBViE

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United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

  • Career category:Programme/ Project design & management
  • Job type:Job
  • Humanitarian or Development:Humanitarian
  • Experience level:10+ years
  • Organisation type:Inter-governmental
  • Remote option:No
  • Right to work requirements:International contract
  • Salary: Not Disclosed
  • Work schedule:Full-time
  • Length of contract:Temporary/ Fixed-term
  • Deadline:11/07/2024
  • Location:Kenya
Child protection/ Children’s rights Gender-based violence (GBV)
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.


How can you make a difference?
Strategic Leadership
  • Establish clear vision and strategy for UNICEF’s GBV in Emergencies programmes globally including perspectives for scale, building frameworks for the work in emerging areas of innovative programme delivery, and positioning for future growth.
  • Integrate GBViE into UNICEF’s corporate documents and systems including its Strategic Plan, ensure programmes align with international standards and mechanisms as well as UN wide interventions and initiatives.
  • Advance the sustainability of GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response by strategically anchoring key elements of the work in UNICEF’s institutional systems, structures and processes, as well as at interagency level. 


Technical leadership including support to the field
  • Provide technical assistance and coordination in GBViE programming and strategy development in all humanitarian situations, including L3/L2/L1 in line with CEAP.
  • Coordinate and develop the availability of technical experts (with Regional and Country Offices) to ensure timely support
  • Lead the development of global policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.

Managerial leadership
  • Establish and deliver the CHPA’s annual work plan results related to GBViE; set priorities/targets and performance measurements. Monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
  • Provide guidance, supervision, and support to the GBViE sub-unit, and contribute to a workplace in line with UNICEF CRITAS values. Clearly communicate and seek feedback on the team’s direction, goals, and timelines, enabling a high performing team and professional growth and satisfaction. 


Advocacy, Networking and partnership building
  • Proactively build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with governments, the OSRSG-Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organizations, research institutes and the private sector to leverage these partnerships to achieve greater results for children.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Strengthen capacity at country and regional levels by rolling out inter-agency standard-setting guidance and tools to support work to prevent and respond to GBV in Emergencies.
  • Advance research and identify research gaps with key partners, which would lead to the formulation of policy and good practice around the GBViE agenda. 


The following minimum requirements:
  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or another relevant technical field.    
  • A minimum of ten years of professional experience in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies with a specific requirement for frontline crisis experience in GBV interventions is required.
  • Experience managing interagency processes and discussions at the highest level required
  • Experience designing and implementing large scale mixed methods studies required.
  • Background and/or familiarity with GBV emergency preparedness and anticipatory action is considered a strong asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. 

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