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  • Posted on: 28 January, 2016 Deadline: 11 February, 2016
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  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - In September 2014 UNICEF began implementing a joint programme with UN Women on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) funded by the European Union (EU). The programme will support the Nigerian Government (Federal level), three Northern Nigerian States namely Adamawa, Gombe and Plateau and selected Local Government Areas (LGAs) to strengthen women’s leadership, advance gender equality and improve protection for women and children in conflict settings.

    UNICEF is responsible for implementation of Component 2 of the programme, namely ‘to increase access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, in 3 states of northern Nigeria”. This will entail enhancing avenues for reporting of child rights violation and Gender Based Violence in Plateau and Gombe States, strengthening access to and quality of services for children and women who have experienced violence (including gender based violence (GBV), abuse, neglect and exploitation and strengthening the information management system for collecting data on violations.

    We are recruiting to fill the position of:

    National Consultants - UASC

     

    VN No.: VN-NGR-07-2016
    Level: NO-B
    Type of Appointment: Special Service Agreement (SSA) for Four Months

    Background/Purpose of the Consultancy

    • The nature of the conflict and the resultant displacements have caused a large and growing number of children separated from their primary caregivers.
    • It is estimated that there are over 20,000 unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in the three States of Emergency. As the conflict subsides, it is envisaged that there will be mass returns of internally displaced persons.
    • Identification of all UASC, assessment of their care arrangements and reunification are urgent priorities.
    • The purpose of the consultancy (one for Borno and one for Yobe)is to support the UNICEF Nigeria Country Office to scale up its emergency response programme related to unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).

    Major Tasks to be accomplished:

    • Provide inputs into the action plan for sensitization, training (especially on Identification, Documentation, Tracing and Reunification and follow up) and coaching for state and non-state partners on case management of UASC based on capacity gaps and gaps and challenges in programme implementation
    • Coach and train officials of State and Federal Ministries of Women Affairs and Social Welfare and National and State Emergency Management Agencies on effective approaches to UASC in accordance with the action plan
    • Monitor programme implementation and provide support for UASC identification, registration, tracing, provision of alternative cars, reunification and follow up
    • Monitor and support placing of UASC under appropriate alternative care systems, with particular attention to the provision of care for high risk children i.e., children associated with armed groups, children born out of sexual violence etc.
    • Provide support to state and non-state partners for the operationalization of the Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) and Case Managements System
    • Monitor implementation of UASC project by UNICEF's partners

    Minimum Qualifications

    • University degree in Social Science, Social Work, Social Development, Child Development or related field
    • Minimum two years' experience in child protection, preferably with UN or NGOs
    • Experience in implementing systems of identification, documentation, tracing and reunification of UASC is desirable
    • Experience in delivering training to government and NGO partners
    • Experience of working in an emergency context is desirable
    • Ability to work independently in the field
    • Excellent planning and organizational skils
    • Fluency in English. Knowledge of Hausa and Kanuri would be an advantage

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidate should submit their applications, accompanied by updated CV's in English and a completed United Nations Personal History Form.

    Applications should be sent to: nrecruit@unicef.org Please put the position title you are applying for on the subject line of your email.

    Click here to download United Nations Personal History Form

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