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    TA Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist (SGBV), P-3

     

    Background and Rationale
    The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria is seeking the interest of a qualified Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist in the area of reintegration of girls and boys who have been associated with armed groups.

    In the course of 2014 and early 2015, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (JAS), more commonly as Boko Haram intensified its attacks on the civilian population in Nigeria, with tactics developing from hit-and-run attacks targeting Government officials, security forces, police stations, detention centers, religious figures and schools, to take-and-hold attacks in which JAS managed to establish and maintain control over large swaths of territory. While in late 2015 and 2016 the Nigerian Armed Forces took back most JAS controlled areas, the fighting caused additional mass displacement, especially in Borno State.
    Children have been acutely impacted by the conflict. In particular, children have been recruited and used by both sides to the conflict.

    The government estimates that over 8,000 children have been used by JAS in combat and non combat roles. 21 under-18 year old girls were used by JAS for suicide attacks in 2015 alone. Children perceived to have fought for JAS are being rejected by their communities and are at risk of being attacked if they try to return. Sexual violence has also been a characteristic of the conflict. It is estimated that 7,000 women and girls have suffered conflict related sexual violence, including following abduction by JAS and forced marriage to their fighters. Many girls and women have become pregnant and given birth as a result of the conflict. The girls and women, and their children are facing stigma and in some case violence as they return to their communities following escape or rescue by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

    UNICEF is supporting state and non state partners to develop and implement a reintegration programme, to ensure safe supported return for these highly vulnerable children and women.

    Overall Objective of the Temporary Position

    • The overall objective of the post is to promote the handover of children associated with armed groups to civilian authorities and to ensure their safe, supported return and reintegration.

    Specific Project Objectives to which the Position is Related

    • Output 36: By 2017, the capacity of key institutions and civil society is strengthened to monitor and report violence against children especially in humanitarian context and implement gender and age-appropriate prevention and response measures in at least three states.

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished

    • Provide technical guidance for the development and implementation of the strategy and programme on the reintegration of children associated with armed groups (CAAFAG)
    • Facilitate the training of and ongoing support for state and non state actors, including community volunteers, on the reintegration of CAAFAG
    • Facilitate the training of military and security personnel on child protection
    • Engage in advocacy on the handover of children from military authorities to civilian authorities
    • Establish the reintegration programme in a minimum of six local government areas, as well as Maiduguri, in Borno State
    • Support the development of community based reintegration activities for CAAFAG
    • Engage with religious and community leaders to promote reintegration of CAAFAG
    • Strengthen the referral mechanism for CAAFAG to available services and programmes, including education and livelihoods programming
    • Establish and manage peacebuilding initiatives in focus communities, including the establishment of peacebuilding clubs
    • Support the tracing and reunification of families for CAAFAG
    • Manage and quality assure the work of the team of consultants and third party local consultants responsible for overseeing and monitoring the children associated with armed groups programme
    • Manage and develop new programme cooperation agreements with international and national NGOs for the reintegration of children associated with armed groups and peacebuilding
    • Ensure robust data collection to capture the number of beneficiaries reached by the programme and the impact of the programme, including management of the evaluation of the programme
    • Ensure effective linkages with other components of the child protection in emergencies programme
    • Manage the children associated with armed groups programme, including ensuring timely implementation of activities, timely reporting to the donors, compliance with visibility requirements and compliance with internal UNICEF procedures and processes

    Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required
    Essential:

    • Advanced university Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related field.
    • Minimum of 5 years demonstrable professional experience in implementing child protection in emergency programmes
    • Experience of implementing reintegration programmes for children associated with armed groups
    • Excellent training and communication skills
    • Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions
    • Excellent advocacy skills
    • First university Degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.

    Desirable:

    • Experience in advocating with military/security forces for the handover of children
    • Experience in implementing peacebuilding programmes
    • Experience in Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (Security Council 1612)
    • Experience in team management
    • Fluency in English

    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Core Values:

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core Competencies:

    • Communication
    • Working with people
    • Drive for results

    Functional Competencies:

    • Leading and supervising
    • Formulating strategies and concepts
    • Analyzing
    • Relating and networking
    • Deciding and Initiating action
    • Applying technical expertise

    Remarks:

    • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
    • Please note that Maiduguri, Borno is a non-family duty station.
    • The position is based in Maiduguri, Borno State, with regular travel to Yobe State

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    TA Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist (Children Associated with Armed Groups), P-3

     

    Location: Maiduguri, Borno Stat, Nigeria (364 days)

    Purpose of the Position
    The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria is seeking the interest of a qualified Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist in the area of Psychosocial Support and Community Based Child Protection Mechanisms.

    In the course of 2014 and early 2015, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (JAS), more commonly as Boko Haram intensified its attacks on the civilian population in Nigeria, with tactics developing from hit-and-run attacks targeting Government officials, security forces, police stations, detention centers, religious figures and schools, to take-and-hold attacks in which JAS managed to establish and maintain control over large swaths of territory. While in late 2015 and 2016 the Nigerian Armed Forces took back most JAS controlled areas, the fighting caused additional mass displacement, especially in Borno State.

    Children have been acutely impacted by the conflict. Over 1.2 million children have been displaced and over a million additional children lived under the control of Boko Haram in 19 out of 65 local government areas, many of which have been inaccessible to the humanitarian community for many months. It is estimated that 2.7 million children require psychosocial support to recover from the impact of the conflict. 20,000 are unaccompanied or separated. Children have been recruited and used by both sides to the conflict. The government estimates that over 8,000 children have been used by JAS in combat and non combat roles. 21 under-18 year old girls were used by JAS as suicide bombers in 2015. Children perceived to have fought for JAS are being rejected by their communities and attacked if they try to return. Over 7,000 women and girls have suffered conflict related sexual violence, including following abduction and forced marriage. Many have become pregnant and given birth as a result of the conflict. The girls and women, and their children are facing stigma and in some case violence as they return to their communities following escape or rescue by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

    The conflict has taken an acute psychological toll on children who have experienced and witnessed violence and been displaced by the conflict. With funding from the European Union, the Government of Japan and the Central Emergency Relief Fund, UNICEF has reached over 100,000 children with psychosocial support through a network of community volunteers and after school clubs.

    UNICEF has received funding from the ECHO Children in Peace programme to reach 40,000 children with psychosocial support over the coming year, maintaining and expanding this critical intervention in Borno and Yobe States

    Overall Objective of the temporary position

    • The overall objective of the post is to strengthen the protective environment for children, reinforcing the resilience of children and adolescents and families in Borno and Yobe and ensuring severely affected children are appropriately referred to specialist support services.

    Specific project objectives to which the position is related:

    • Output 36: By 2017, the capacity of key institutions and civil society is strengthened to monitor and report violence against children especially in humanitarian context and implement gender and age-appropriate prevention and response measures in at least three states.

    Major Tasks to be Accomplished

    • Provide technical guidance for the implementation of the ECHO funded Psychosocial Support Programme in Borno and Yobe
    • Facilitate the training of community volunteers and after school club patrons and matrons for the delivery of the psychosocial support programme
    • Support the development of community based activities, community protection mechanisms and delivery of psychosocial support services
    • Provide continued technical support to the training and supervision teams and the community volunteers and after school club patrons and matrons, including establishing and managing a support system for community level volunteers/patrons and matrons
    • Manage and quality assure the work of the team of third party local consultants responsible for overseeing and monitoring the psychosocial support programme
    • Manage the development and dissemination of the life skills training manual for distribution in child friendly spaces and after school clubs
    • Manage the integration of the life skills training/DEALS programme into the psychosocial support service
    • Strengthen the referral mechanism for mental health and psychosocial support at local government area levels and for inter-state referrals
    • Ensure robust data collection to capture the number of beneficiaries reached by the programme and the impact of the programme, including management of the well being survey to evaluate the impact of the programme on participating children
    • Manage the ECHO funded Children in Peace Programme, ensuring timely implementation of activities, timely reporting to the donor, compliance with visibility requirements and compliance with internal UNICEF procedures and processes

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate
    Essential:

    • Advanced university degree in Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related field
    • Minimum of 5 years demonstrable professional experience in implementing community based psychosocial support programmes.
    • Excellent training and communication skills
    • Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions
    • Excellent advocacy skills Fluency in English
    • First university degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree.

    Desirable:

    • Experience in programme for child protection in emergencies
    • Experience in designing and delivering training in psychosocial support, preferably in humanitarian crises/emergency settings
    • Experience in team management

    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Core Values:

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core Competencies:

    • Communication (II)
    • Working with people (II)
    • Drive for results (II)

    Functional Competencies:

    • Leading and supervising (I)
    • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
    • Analyzing (III)
    • Relating and networking (II)
    • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
    • Applying technical expertise (III)

    Remarks

    • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
    • Please note that Maiduguri/Borno is a non-family duty station.
    • The position is based in Maiduguri, Borno State, with regular travel to Yobe State

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    TA Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist (Psychosocial Support and Community Based Protection)

     

    Location: P-3 Maiduguri/Borno Nigeria (10 months)

    Background and Rationale
    The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria is seeking the interest of a qualified Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist in the area of SGBV, with a focus on reintegration of girls and women who have been affected by conflict related sexual violence.

    In the course of 2014 and early 2015, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad (JAS), more commonly as Boko Haram intensified its attacks on the civilian population in Nigeria, with tactics developing from hit-and-run attacks targeting Government officials, security forces, police stations, detention centers, religious figures and schools, to take-and-hold attacks in which JAS managed to establish and maintain control over large swaths of territory. While in late 2015 and 2016 the Nigerian Armed Forces took back most JAS controlled areas, the fighting caused additional mass displacement, especially in Borno State.

    Children have been acutely impacted by the conflict. In particular, sexual violence has been a characteristic of the conflict. It is estimated that 7,000 women and girls have suffered conflict related sexual violence, including following abduction by JAS and forced marriage to their fighters. Many girls and women have become pregnant and given birth as a result of the sexual violence. The girls and women, and their children are facing stigma and, in some cases violence, as they return to their communities following escape or rescue by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

    UNICEF is supporting state and non state partners to develop and implement a reintegration programme, to ensure safe supported return for these highly vulnerable girls and women, as well as promote a protective environment in their communities to mitigate against further sexual violence.

    Overall Objective of the Temporary Position

    • The overall objective of the post is to promote the handover of girls and women associated with armed groups to civilian authorities and to ensure their safe, supported return and reintegration and recovery from their experiences.

    Specific Project Objectives to Which the Position is Related:

    • Output 36: By 2017, the capacity of key institutions and civil society is strengthened to monitor and report violence against children especially in humanitarian context and implement gender and age-appropriate prevention and response measures in at least three states.

    Major Tasks To Be Accomplished

    • Provide technical guidance for the development and implementation of the strategy and programme on the reintegration of girls and women who have been associated with armed groups and victims of conflict related sexual violence
    • Facilitate the training of and ongoing support for state and non state actors, including community volunteers and religious and community leaders, on support for the girls and women and protection from SGBV
    • Establish the reintegration programme for girls and women in a minimum of six local government areas, as well as Maiduguri, in Borno State
    • Support the development of community based reintegration activities for affected girls and women
    • Engage with religious and community leaders to promote reintegration of girls and women impacted by conflict related sexual violence
    • Support the tracing and reunification of families for girls and women
    • Develop and implement programmes which enhance the protective environment for girls and women, in order to protect them from SGBV
    • Establish/strengthen robust reporting and referral mechanisms for girls and women at risk of or suffering sexual violence
    • Strengthen the referral mechanism for the girls and women, and their children, to available services and programmes, including health, mental health, education and livelihoods programming
    • Ensure the availability of alternative care for children born out of conflict related sexual violence who cannot remain with their mothers
    • Explore the impact of conflict related sexual violence on boys and devise and implement strategies and programmes to support their recovery and reintegration
    • Manage and quality assure the work of the team of consultants and third party local consultants responsible for overseeing and monitoring the SGBV programme
    • Manage and develop new programme cooperation agreements with international and national NGOs for the reintegration of girls and women affected by conflict related sexual violence
    • Ensure robust data collection to capture the number of beneficiaries reached by the programme and the impact of the programme, including management of the evaluation of the programme
    • Ensure effective linkages with other components of the child protection in emergencies programme
    • Represent UNICEF on the SGBV sub working groups at State and Federal level
    • Manage the SGBV programme, including ensuring timely implementation of activities, timely reporting to the donors, compliance with visibility requirements and compliance with internal UNICEF procedures and processes

    Qualifications of Successful Candidate
    Essential:

    • Advanced university degree in Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related field
    • Minimum of 5 years demonstrable professional experience in implementing child protection or SGBV in emergency programmes
    • Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions
    • Excellent advocacy skills
    • Excellent communication skills
    • First university degree with additional two-years of relevant work experience is acceptable in lieu of an advanced university degree

    Desirable:

    • Experience of implementing support/reintegration programmes for girls and women associated with armed groups/victims of conflict related sexual violence
    • Experience of working with community structures and/or religious groups and leaders on SGBV
    • Experience of implementing tracing and reunification programmes for unaccompanied and separated children
    • Experience in team management
    • Fluency in English

    Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Core Values:

    • Commitment
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Integrity

    Core Competencies:

    • Communication (II)
    • Working with people (II)
    • Drive for results (II)

    Functional Competencies:

    • Leading and supervising (I)
    • Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
    • Analyzing (III)
    • Relating and networking (II)
    • Deciding and Initiating action (II)
    • Applying technical expertise (III)

    Remarks

    • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
    • Please note that Maiduguri, Borno is a non-family duty station.
    • The position is based in Maiduguri, Borno State, with regular travel to Yobe State

    Method of Application

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    Interested and qualified? Go to UNICEF career website on www.unicef.org to apply

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