Child Protection Specialist (PSS), P-4, Damascus Syria, UNICEF

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Child Protection Specialist (PSS), P-4, Damascus Syria
Vacancy No:  E-VN-2015-002278
Duty Station:  Damascus
Country:  Syrian Arab Republic
Region:  MENA
Job Level:  P-4
Position#:  00091906
Application Close:  15-Sep-15
Contract Type:  Long-term Staff (FT)
Purpose of the Position
The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief Child Protection for general guidance and direction. The Specialist supports the Chief in the managing the Section and contributing to knowledge development/innovation and for developing and preparing child protection (and/or integrated/complex/key) programmes/projects. The Specialist provides authoritative technical guidance/operational support, throughout all stages of programming - with a specific focus on PSS - to facilitate the management and delivery of concrete and sustainable UNICEF contribution to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm and to protect their rights to survival and development as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework and by UN intergovernmental bodies.

The Specialist contributes to achievement of concrete and sustainable programmes/projects and results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF's Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.
Key Expected Results
1. Management and advisory support to the Chief
- Provide advice to the Chief in establishing the annual work plan including developing strategies and determining priorities/targets and performance measurements. Coordinate work progress monitoring and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards and report to Chief critical issues for timely action.
- Provide technical assistance/advice to colleagues in the Section on all aspects of programming and implementation to enable colleagues to achieve programme/performance objectives
- Perform the full duties of the Chief in his/her absence.

2. Programme development and planning
- Plan and/or provide technical assistance and operational support to the preparation/design of programmatic interventions, with a specific focus on PSS, factoring in situation analysis to ensure current comprehensive and evidence-based data on child protection issues are available to guide UNICEF's strategic policy advocacy, intervention and development efforts on child rights and protection and to set programme priorities, strategies, design and implementation plans.
- Keep abreast of national/regional/international development priorities on child protection and rights to enhance programme management and delivery.
- Participate in strategic programme discussions on the planning of child protection programmes/projects. Formulate, design and prepare programmes/project proposals for the sector, ensuring alignment with UNICEF's Strategic Plans and Country Programme and coherence/integration with UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDF), regional strategies and national priorities, plans and competencies.
- Establish specific goals, objectives and strategies and implementation plans for the sector/s using on results-based planning terminology and methodology (RBM). Prepare required documentations for programme review and approval.
- Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to discuss strategies and methodologies and to determine national priorities/competencies to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
- Provide authoritative technical and operational support throughout all stages of the programming processes to ensure integration, coherence and harmonization of programmes/projects with other UNICEF sectors and achievement of results as planned and allocated.

3. Programme management, monitoring and quality control of results
- Plan and/or collaborate with monitoring and evaluation initiatives to establish benchmarks, performance indicators and other UNICEF/UN system indicators, to assess/strengthen performance accountability, coherence and delivery of concrete and sustainable results in child protection programmes.
- Participate in major monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual reviews with government and other counterparts to assess progress and to engage stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results.
- Prepare/assess monitoring and evaluation reports to identify gaps, strengths/weaknesses in programme and management, identify lessons learned and use knowledge gained for development planning and timely intervention to achieve goals.
- Monitor programmes/projects to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential problems and take timely decisions to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
- Plan, monitor and control the use of programme resources (financial, human, administrative and other assets) certifying/verifying compliance with organizational rules, regulations and procedures, donor commitments and standards of accountability and integrity. Ensure timely reporting and liquidation of resources.
- Submit/prepare programme/project reports to donors and other partners to keep them informed on programme progress and critical issues.

4. Advisory services and technical support
- Provide technical advice to key government officials, NGO, UN system and other country office partners on policies, strategies, best practices and approaches on child protection, with a focus on PSS, human rights and other related issues to support programme development planning, implementation and delivery of results.
- Coordinate/ensure the availability of technical experts (with Regional Office/HQ) to ensure timely support throughout all stages of programming/project processes.
- Participate in strategic discussions to influence policy and agenda setting for combating poverty and all forms of discrimination against women/children by advising on and advocating strategies and approaches to promote/catalyze social changes for a protective environment for child survival, development and well being in society.
- Prepare policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and consideration.
- Participate in country discussions on child protection emergency preparedness, programming and contingency planning to ensure proactive and appropriate response are in place to meet onset of emergencies nationally or other designated locations.

5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, internationally recognized institutions, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes and private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue opportunities to promote goals and achieve sustainable and broad results on child protection.
- Prepare communication strategies and implementation plans and activities for maximum communication impact and outreach to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances for sustainable results and support fund raising for UNICEF and Country Office child protection programmes and emergency interventions.
- Participate and/or represent UNICEF in inter-agency (UNCT) discussions and planning on child protection and related issues to ensure organizational position, interests and priorities are fully considered and integrated in the UNDAF process in development planning and agenda setting. Collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues UNDAF planning and preparation of programmes/projects including emergency preparedness.

6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Promote critical thinking and innovative approaches and good practices for sustainable child protection programmes/projects initiatives through advocacy and technical advisory services.
- Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting edge practices on child protection management and information systems. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learned.
- Contribute to the development of policies and procedures and introduce innovation and best practices to ensure optimum efficiency and efficacy of sustainable programmes and projects.
- Organize/plan/implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders to promote sustainable results on child protection and related programmes/projects.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
An Advanced University degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required.
*A first university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced university degree.

- A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/other related areas at the international level some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required.
- Relevant experience in child protection and related areas, programme/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is 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 a local language is an asset
Competencies of Successful Candidate
i) Core Values:
-  Commitment
-  Diversity and Inclusion
-  Integrity

ii) Core Competencies:
-  Communication
-  Working with People
-  Drive for Results

iii) Functional Competencies:
-  Leading and Supervising
-  Formulating Strategies and Concepts
-  Analyzing
-  Relating and Networking
-  Persuading and Influencing
-  Creating and Innovating
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
** Please note that Damascus is a non-family duty station.
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