Child Protection Cluster Coordinator, (P-4) at UNICEF

Closing Date: 2 January, 2019

Experience: 8 years

Location: Borno

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.

Job Number: 518611 Context UNICEF Nigeria recently scaled up its integrated humanitarian response plan, and is leading humanitarian response in the education, WASH and nutrition sectors in the country, as well as the child protection sub-sector. We are tackling the resurgence of wild poliovirus, and are promoting health care access overall. We are also working on bringing 100 percent access to clean water and sanitation by 2030. We are working with partners on early childhood education initiatives and are supporting the national HIV program. In addition, UNICEF Nigeria is providing support for three critical child protection initiatives. How can you make a difference?

The Chief, Child Protection reports to the Representative or Deputy Representative for general guidance and direction.The Chief is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of child protection programmes/projects from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable contributions to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm and to protect their rights to survival, development and well-being, as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies.The Chief is responsible for establishing the plans of action and overseeing work progress to ensure the achievement of concrete and sustainable programme/project results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

Establish and maintain an appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanism:

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 cluster and its response;Effective and comprehensive integration of relevant cross-cutting issues, including age, gender, environment and HIV/AIDs; Maintain flexibility within the cluster to respond to changes in the operating environment, evolving requirements, capacities and participation;Effectively use and transfer information to, from and between cluster participants and other stakeholders.

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

Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms.Monitor performance of the core cluster functions. Where there is both a national and a sub-national cluster, 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;

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

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 guidelinesClarify funding requirements, prioritization, and cluster contributions to HC’s overall humanitarian funding considerations (Flash Appeal, CAP, ERF/CHF, CERF)


Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to HC and HCT messaging and action Undertaking advocacy activities on behalf of cluster participants and the affected population

Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the cluster strategy and results; recommending corrective action where necessary. Contingency planning/preparedness for recurrent disasters whenever feasible and relevant. Accountability to affected populations Job Requirements To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have:


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:

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

The competencies required for this post are:

Leading and supervising (I)Formulating strategies/concepts (II)Analyzing (III)Relating and networking (II)Deciding and initiating action (II)Applying Technical Expertise (III)

Method of Application

Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

Child Protection Cluster Coordinator, (P-4)


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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.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.

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