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Duration : 180 days
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
For Every Child
Despite substantial efforts to advance children's rights, children still face poverty, disadvantage, and the impact of the crisis.
How can you make a difference?
Under the guidance of the Child Protection Chief, the international staff will contribute to the advocacy for public budget allocation to sufficiently finance a functioning child protection system in UNICEF Nigeria focus states and key Federal agencies.
Children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect.The challenge is how to best support Governments to realise this right.
In recent years, the global community has increasingly recognised that (i) the number of children experiencing abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect is significant, and is rising in some areas (2008 Secretary-
General’s Study on Violence Against Children) (ii) efforts to address child protection issues have been poorly coordinated and resourced, with a focus on stand-
and (iii) children face multiple risks abuse can be combined with exploitation and / or abandonment, for example, yet many programs are designed to address a single risk.
Such single-issue programmes have been ineffective at producing sustained change.There is now a recognition that children’s issues must be addressed holistically with preventive and response programmes dealing with the array of poverty, protection and rights issues in tandem, rather than in isolated silos, and that in order to achieve sustained change a system building approach to reform is essential.
Overall Objective of the Temporary Position
The purpose of this temporary appointment is to manage the Public Financing for Child Protection programme component under Output 6.
1 of UNICEF Nigeria Child Protection Rolling Work Plan 2018-2019 with the Federal Government of Nigeria.The post holder is responsible for lading the advocacy efforts and provision of technical support to the Government and Houses of Assembly at federal and focus states to increase public budget allocation, release and expenditure on basic child protection services.
This will involve :
Financial Benchmark Report / s and Economic Burden of VAC report printed, disseminated and officially launchedRelated advocacy materials finalized, printed and disseminated.
Advocacy strategy developed and key high level advocacy meetings conducted.Team of international and national consultants recruited and managed.
Child protection budget lines included by key selected Federal and State agencies in their submissions for 2019 cycle.Budgetary guidelines developed by the consultancy firm / individual consultants to fund the child protection services validated by key agencies at Federal and State level.
DCTs and direct payments to partners timely submitted, processed and liquidated.Payments to the consultancy firm / individual expert consultants timely processed.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have :
An advanced university degree in Social Science, Economic sciences, public finances or related fields (Masters or equivalent level)A minimum of five years (5) of relevant professional experience in Child Protection and / or Social Policy programme managementUnderstanding of the international framework for child protectionExcellent organizational and planning skillsExcellent policy advocacy skillsStrong communication skills, verbal and writtenDeveloping country work experience and / or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is 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.
Job Number : 513961
Location : Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
How can you make a difference?
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria is seeking the interest of a qualified Child Protection in Officer in the area of reintegration of girls and boys who have been associated with armed groups.
Following the killing of the leader (Mohammad Yusuf) of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (JAS), more commonly known as Boko Haram’, in 2009, a more radical and violent splinter group emerged under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau.
From 2011, the group increased its activities in the North East (primarily Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, as well as Gombe) through hit and run attacks, bombings and suicide (or human bomb) attacks targeting both churches and mosques, schools, markets, and villages.
Following intensified attacks, Boko Haram shifted tactics from hit and run to hit and hold, resulting in the group controlling 19 out of the 65 local government areas (LGAs) in the three states of emergency in the North East by early 2015.
Between 2015 and 2016, the Nigerian Armed Forces strengthened its counter insurgency, regaining control of the majority of areas previously occupied by Boko Haram.
Today, Boko Haram are still active, and more recently they have unleashed a wave of suicide and human bomb attacks in Maiduguri.
An estimated 14.8 million people have been affected by the crisis, with at least 7 million people in need of critical humanitarian assistance, including those who are displaced, confined and hosting displaced persons.
More than 1,878,205 people are currently displaced because of the insurgency in the North East.The majority of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in Borno State -
1,446,829 - the epicentre of the crisis.A new wave of IDPs (approximately 750,000) have slowly become accessible during the last five months in the so-
called newly accessible areas’ areas previously held by Boko Haram. This population often have even more acute humanitarian needs due to limited access to water, food, sanitation and health care for many months prior to liberation by the Nigerian Armed Forces and because of continued challenges of sustained access for humanitarian agencies.
The humanitarian community estimates that there are at least a further 2 million people who remain inaccessible to humanitarian assistance in Borno State.
In a press release on 26 October 2016, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Nigeria called the humanitarian crisis the worst on the African continent.
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.
The overall objective of the post is to promote the reintegration of children associated with armed groups including facilitating release of children held in administrative custody of the military to civilian authorities and to ensure their safe, supported return and reintegration.
This will involve :
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 CAAFAGFacilitate the training of military and security personnel on child protectionEngage in advocacy on the handover of children from military authorities to civilian authoritiesSupport implementation of PCAs signed with partners such as Search for Common Ground, COOPI, Plan International, Neem Foundation and International Alert on reintegration of children associated with armed groups.
Establish the reintegration programme in a minimum of 18 Local Government Areas in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.Support the development of community based reintegration activities for CAAFAGEngage with religious and community leaders to promote reintegration of CAAFAGStrengthen the referral mechanism for CAAFAG to available services and programmes, including education and livelihoods programmingEstablish and manage peacebuilding initiatives in focus communities, including the establishment of peacebuilding clubsSupport the tracing and reunification of families for CAAFAGManage 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 programmeManage and develop new programme cooperation agreements with international and national NGOs for the reintegration of children associated with armed groups and peacebuildingEnsure 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 programmeEnsure effective linkages with other components of the child protection in emergencies programmeManage 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
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
An advanced University Degree (Master's or higher) in Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related fieldMinimum of 2 years’ demonstrable professional experience in implementing child protection in emergency programmesExperience of implementing reintegration programmes for children associated with armed groupsExcellent training and communication skillsProven ability to work independently under difficult conditionsExcellent advocacy skillsFluency in English is required.
Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
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