Feb 23, 2018

Child Protection Officer at UNICEF Ethiopia

  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - Ethiopia
  • Jijiga, Ethiopia
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Job Description

UNICEF Ethiopia

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Purpose of the post

The purpose of the the Child Protection Officer position is to provide technical, operational, administrative, monitoring and reporting and quality assurance support throughout the programming process for the ending child marriage and FGM/C programmes in accord with global and national guidance and results frameworks. This will –indirectly –also support related interventions for justice for children and violence against children (VAC).

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


  • A university degree, preferably in law, Development studies, Social studies or other relevant field in the areas relevant to changing social norms on HTPs, development of comprehensive services to survivors of violence and justice for children. Post-graduate education of relevant field is an asset.
  • Three years of professional work experience child protection and or/ community mobilization, including experience in supporting regional sectors of social development and/or justice organs.
  • Good technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods of child protection systems, social norms change and harmful traditional practices, provision of comprehensive service to the survivors of violence including GBV survivors and justice for children;
  • Solid program/project management skills;
  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills;
  • Experience and knowledge of UN system or NGO’s
  • Excellent interpersonal communication
  • Proven ability to work in team and team leadership skills
  • Fluency in English and Somali
  • Knowledge of computer skills
  • Good ability to work in multicultural environment




  • 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 technical competencies required for this post are



    Core Competencies

    To be successful, the candidate should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:


  • Communication (level II)
  • Working with People (level II)
  • Drive for results (level I)
  • Relating and networking (level I)
  • Applying technical expertise (level II)
  • Creating and innovating (level I)




Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) is a manifestation of gender inequalities persisting in the Ethiopian society and of the lower status of women and girls compared to men and boys. FGM/C widespread in Ethiopia, with a national prevalence of 65 percent (EDHS 2016), but the highest prevalence is in Somali region (99 per cent) as per 2016 EDHS). Also, the median age of first marriage in Somali region is 18.1 years amongst women aged 20-49 years. Similarly, the practice of child marriage is high in the region with a rate of 49.4% for the age group 20-24 which shows that 1 out of 2 girls are married as child. Physical and sexual violence against girls and women takes place across the country, with strong regional variation, and it is another manifestation of the gender disparities.

In line with the global and national results frameworks (including theory of change, situation assessment, results frameworks and indicator definitions), UNICEF, in collaboration with the Regional Bureau of Women and Children Affairs (BoWCA), Bureau of Justice (BoJ) and Bureau of Education (BoE) and the federal Ministry of Women, Children Affairs (MoWCA) is working to address Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs) such as FGM/C and child marriage. This is achieved through a mix of strategies aligned to the theory of change such as capacity building, service delivery, social mobilisation, social norms and Behaviour Change Communication (BCC). This is also done through strengthened partnerships with Civil Society Organisations and Faith Based Organisations, such as the Islamic Affairs Supreme Council. Emphasis will also be on strengthening routine administrative data collection systems of government that include reporting on FGM/C, Child Marriage, justice and violence at large, building on the work that UNICEF has been doing on strengthening data collection systems and investments in the One Stop Centres, in several regions including in Somali.



Over the past three years substantial results were achieved in Somali region through the generous support of several donors including the UNICEF Luxembourg National Committee on accelerating action to end FGM/C; and DFID for a child justice project that included support for ending harmful traditional practices (notably child marriage and FGM/C) and violence against children (thorough establishment of referral pathways and a One Stop Centre for quality and accessible response services for violence against children and women).

To realize the commitment that the government of Ethiopia made at the Girl’s summit in 2014 to eliminate e FGM/C and child marriage by 2025 (the government target) and the SDG target of 2030, it is recognized that accelerated efforts are necessary and additional technical support is required to further strengthen the quality and reporting of results and accelerate efforts. Accelerated effort is also necessitated given the increased expectations of resource partners of UNICEF Ethiopia to deliver results against the two UN Joint Programmes on FGM/C and child marriage. Given the large number of girls and women at risk in Ethiopia (noting the large size of the population and increasing population), it is evident that dedicated support is required. Therefore, this proposal is to recruit child protection officer (TA) at NOB level for a period of 12 months, starting from April 1st 2018.


Specific Tasks

The child protection officer will provide technical, operational, administrative, monitoring and reporting support throughout the programing in sectoral work-plans related to the child marriage and FGM/C work plans specifically, and will facilitate the linkages and with other child protection programme (i.e. violence against children and justice for children). Particularly, the incumbent will provide support in the following areas:






  • Provide technical support to respective bureaus and other Child Protection partners at regional, woreda and community levels in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of ECM and FGM/C interventions and help advance and ensure quality and adherence to UNICEF’s standards and procedures;
  • Support partners to request quarterly budget from Bureau of Finance and Economy Development (BOFED) and ensure physical and financial reports are prepared and sent to BOFED and UNICEF for timely liquidation of funds;
  • Conduct regular field monitoring/ supportive supervision and quality assurance to follow up and ensure timely and quality implementation of ECM and FGM/C interventions;
  • Assist child protection Implementing Partners (IPs) to organize quarterly programme review meetings and to address identified bottlenecks to achievement of results;
  • Facilitate and support the conducting of regular meetings by Joint program IPs as well as the broader coordination mechanism at regional and woreda levels;
  • Support section and donor mission visits to the region for child protection related program interventions and especially ECM and FGM/C.






  • Develop capacity of relevant bureau staff in the region and woredas to strengthen and ensure smooth and effective implementation of the programmes;
  • Provide support to partners to implement effective advocacy and social mobilization approaches, responsive service delivery, appropriate referral linkages and sustainable evidence generation mechanisms and means to monitor results systematically,
  • Support the strengthening of a routine administrative data collection system for FGM/C, Child marriage and violence, building on achievements and recommendations from 2017.






  • Contribute to build and sustain effective working partnerships with government counterparts and other regional stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results in areas of ECM and FGM/C;
  • Support strengthened collaboration and linkages among different sectors ( i.e. education and health) including on reporting and achieving results at scale;
  • Participate in appropriate inter-agency meetings/events as required;
  • Support information gathering to showcase results for children and prepare Human Interest Stories (HIS) and briefs for donors and other visitors.
  • Support sectors and IPs to document good practices/human interest stories as the outcome of the JP in the areas of ECM and FGM/C, based on field monitoring and observation.






  • Assist in reviewing existing monitoring tools and/or develop new ones to track implementation of activities that strengthen partners’ own monitoring and reporting systems as well as helping to ensure alignment with UNICEF’s indicator guidance and reporting requirements
  • Provide up-to-date and timely information on the status of joint programs in terms of implementation, financial utilisation, lessons learned, challenges/constraints, future recommendations and best practices at different levels;
  • Review and compile activities and financial progress reports from partners;
  • Conduct field monitoring visits, assessments and spot checks periodically to ensure timely and quality execution of projects against approved plans, baselines and financial utilisation rates with the involvement of the relevant local and regional authorities;
  • Maintain close communication with local IPs on program efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Ensure that partners understand reporting requirements including supporting documentation;
  • Draft and submit required reports (mid and annual AWP reports, donor reports etc.



The incumbent is expected to apply UNICEF’s key commitments and mandates which emanates from the CRC and CEDAW as well as other frameworks which are the basis for the design and implementation of the ending child marriage and FGM/C programmes supported by UNICEF. He/ She is expected to work closely with the CP Officers based in Addis Ababa.

The officer will work under the direct guidance and support from Child Protection officer based in Somali field office as well as reports to both child protection officer and the chief of field office. The post holder will be accountable towards meetings the results under agreed deliverable as indicated in the TOR.

Child Protection officer will work with an agreed work-plan with the implementing partners, the field office and the Child protection section which works towards the deliverable of ending child marriage and FGM/C programmes.

In order to respond effectively to overall porgramme management needs of the ending child marriage and FGM/C programme, the incumbent will coordinate and collaborate with other programmes including Education and Health sections, country office as well as implementing partners at regional level.

Expected results

In line with the results of the Ending Child Marriage and FGM/C programmes, as well as with the child protection annual workplan at large, the Child Protection Officer is expected to contribute to the following:


  • Decrease in the prevalence of child marriage and FGM/C in Somali region;
  • Change in the social norms relating to the practice of FGM/C and child marriage in the program targeted areas;
  • Increased access to multisectoral and quality services for survivors of FGM/C and child marriage and violence at large;
  • Enhanced capacity of community groups, religious institutions and local government authorities to prevent and timely report of FGM/C and child marriage.
  • Improved capacity of IPs to collect, manage and report results and data on FGM/C, Child Marriage and violence;
  • IPs and other relevant stakeholders are coordinated and effective communication and partnership maintained.
  • Developed programme planning and implementation guidance and timely sharing with partners
  • Timely development and submission of the ECM and FGM/C AWP for 2018/2011EC and beyond
  • Ensured the undertaking of joint field monitoring and programme review and sharing of reports
  • Undertaking tracking and timely sharing of progress in relation to the capacity building effort in relation to the implementing partners such as the improvement in the system for collection, analysis and reporting of regular admin data
  • Timely and quality program reports delivered as per the requirements (ie monthly, biannually, annually) and donor reports on FGM/child marriage and –as relevant - violence and justice for children.
  • Quality and timely spot checks and programming monitoring reports in line with UNICEF’s Risk Assurance Activities and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Timely disbursement and liquidation of funds to IPs, in line with UNICEF’s procedures and standards.


Reporting and work modalities


  • The program officer (PO) will be recruited by Child Protection Section of UNICEF and directly reports to the Child Protection Officer in UNICEF Jijiga field office and technically supported by Chief Child protection (UNICEF ECO), and the concerned Programme Specialists on Adolescent Girls and Harmful Practices and Chief of Field Office.
  • The PO will be embedded in UNICEF Jijiga field office and undertake the day to day implementation of the project components under the mandate of the bureau with monthly frequency of field work visits to the zones, woreda and intervention kebeles based on approved monthly work and travel plans.
  • The PO shall work in collaboration with other Implementing bureau staffs at both regional and woreda levels plus also collaborating and networking with the other stakeholders like CSO engaged in the programs.






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