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Chief Child Protection at UN Children's Fund in Senegal

Under the general guidance of the Deputy Representative the incumbent will be responsible for the development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Child protection programme within the country programme.
Key expected results
1.Timely sectoral analysis, input, support and collaboration to the Situation Analysis and its periodic update made for effective programme planning, development and management.
Enhance effective sectoral or inter-sectoral planning, development and management by leading, guiding, coordinating and supporting the timely completion of the Situational Analysis and its periodic update through accurate and complete monitoring and analysis, and the timely preparation or finalization of sectoral input. Provide substantive advice, recommendations and input in the formulation of country programme documents and plans of actions relating to Child Protection programme.
2.UNICEF’s global goals effectively promoted through advocacy and policy dialogue with the sectors responsible for Child Protection, in particular Social Welfare/Protection and Justice.
Promote the organization goals of UNICEF through advocacy and policy dialogue through active engagement in communication, networking and participation at every opportunity inside and outside UNICEF, leveraging the strength of UNICEF mission, goals and programmes.
3.Knowledge management effectively promoted through drafting/finalizing key Child Protection sectoral programme documents and reports, sharing good practice, lessons learned, and knowledge/information exchange.
Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.
Promote knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, situation analysis, experience or lessons learned; promote knowledge sharing and technical input or recommendations on major programme directions and on introduction of new initiatives in the country.
4.Quality of rights-based Child Protection programmes effectively promoted. Coherence, synergy and value added to programme management process through results-based management.
Promote the quality of rights-based Child Protection [programmes through participation in the formulation of programme goals, strategies and approaches. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to sectoral or inter-sectoral management processes using a results-based management approach to planning and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
5.Sectoral work plan and activities formulated, implemented and monitored, ensuring alignment with the defined programme strategies and approaches.
Takes primary responsibility for the development of the sectoral work plan and technical decisions as well as for programme management, implementation and monitoring of assigned project/sectoral activity, in compliance with the defined programme strategies and approaches.
6.Programme delivery, evaluation and reporting carried out efficiently, rigorously and transparently in compliance with the established guidelines and procedures.
Ensure programme, sectoral or inter-sectoral, efficiency and delivery through a rigorous and transparent approach to evaluation. Participation in major evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sector review meetings with government counterparts. Ensure the preparation of annual Child Protection sector status reports.
7.Proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability ensured regarding supply and non-supply assistance as well as disbursement of programme funds for the Child Protection sector.
Coordinates with Operations and Supply staff on supply and non-supply assistance activities ensuring proper and timely UNICEF and Government accountability. Certifies disbursements of funds, monitors and submits financial status reports to management in compliance with the regulations and guidelines.
8.Effective communication and networking achieved through partnership and collaboration.
Ensure exchange of information, experience, identify new strategies and courses of action to accelerate/improve delivery of services and achieve Child Protection programme requirements and objectives. Conduct field visits to monitor programmes and collect information. Conduct periodic programme reviews with Government counterparts and other partners.
Collaborate with Communication and Programme Communication groups to ensure development of effective communication materials and strategies to support advocacy and social mobilization efforts.
Overall coordination with Regional Advisers and HQ Officers. Collaborate with other Programme/Project Officers to ensure the integration of the sectoral programme with other sectors.
Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of Health programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations. Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical, financial and institutional capacity building measures to achieve Child Protection programme goals.
Advanced university degree, preferably in the social sciences, law or other relevant field*.
Eight years (P4/NOD) of professional work experience at national and international levels in child protection, including international work experience for IP or field work experience for NO. Background/familiarity with Emergency operations/programmes highly desirable.
Fluency in English and another UN language required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.
*A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
Creates and encourages a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment.
Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget.
Has high-level leadership and supervisory skills; provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching.
Sets, develops and revises organizational strategy and develops clear visions of the organization’s future potential.
Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
Quickly builds rapport with individuals and groups. Actively nurtures good relationships with people across all organizational levels and boundaries, and with government leaders and stakeholders.
Identifies urgent and potentially risky decisions and acts on them promptly; initiates and generates organization-wide activities.
Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
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 organisation. If you want a challenging career while improving the lives of children around the world UNICEF, the leading children’s rights organization, would like to hear from you.
Visit us at to register in our new e-Recruitment system and apply to this and other vacancies, quoting E-VN-2011-001848. Applications must be received by 1 November 2011.
Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.
In the selection of its staff, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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