Job Vacancies at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)



  2021-04-09
  Maiduguri

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: International Consultant to Conduct Child Protection Needs and Service Gap Analysis in North East Nigeria

Job no: 539382
Location: Nigeria
Contract Type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Categories: Child Protection, P-3

Purpose of this Post

  • Under the guidance of the Child Protection Sub-Sector (CPSS), the Consultant is responsible for conducting a gap analysis on child protection needs and services, including the development of relevant tools, in selected priority Local Government Area (LGAs) of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States in Nigeria.

How Can You Make a Difference?

  • Identify and analyse existing child protection risks in the three prioritized states to inform prevention, risk mitigation, and response strategies and activities for children affected by the emergency situation in NE Nigeria.
  • Map and assess existing multi-sectoral services, resources, and activities for children to understand the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of child protection services, ensuring children’s voices and perceptions are reflected in the analysis and ensuring prominent gaps and barriers to services are identified.
  • Recommend priority actions and effective approaches to address the most concerning child protection needs and service gaps identified, promoting a child protection perspective highlighting links to other humanitarian and development efforts and sectors.

Key Assignments / Tasks

  • Conduct a Secondary Data Review, reviewing key documents and data, including the 5Ws (i.e., Who, What, Where, When, and for Whom tracking), Humanitarian Needs Overview and Response Plan, previous assessment reports, and other secondary data from Child Protection and other sectors that describe the situation of children.
  • In collaboration with the Nigeria CPSS, develop questionnaires and tools for consultations related to child protection needs and service gap analysis, including tools to assess the availability, accessibility, acceptability, and quality of services and to understand perceptions of risks for girls and boys across various age ranges.
  • Tools must be adapted for preferred methodology (e.g., Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions, observation, or other methods) and according to target audience.  Tools to be used with children must reflect safety and ethical principles for engaging with children.
  • Coordinate with the CPSS to translate tools in 9 languages and contextualize for each LGA, Hausa and Kanuri Languages to be prioritized first for immediate use.
  • Facilitate brief orientation/training on developed tools and interacting with children and ensure familiarity with existing referral pathways for sub-sector members who will be supporting on consultations, interviews, and focus group discussions
  • Conduct interviews with key stakeholders, including community leaders, children, youth, local authorities and relevant ministries, service providers, and Child Protection partners, including NGOs and UN agencies.  This will include travel to the three States to conduct Key Informant Interviews and Focus Group Discussions.
  • Draft report with findings, analysis, and recommendations, covering all specific objectives detailed above.  This analysis and recommendations will be reflected in the 2022 Humanitarian Needs Overview and Response Plan.
  • Consult with sub-sector members and other key actors to present initial findings, analysis, and recommendations and facilitate a workshop to review and receive feedback on the draft report.
  • Based on consultation, adjust, finalize, and present the final report.

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

  • University Degree in Social Sciences, Data Management and Statistical Analysis, or other related Degree
  • At least 6-7 years of demonstrated professional experience in Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) in humanitarian contexts. Additional 2 years for candidates holding only bachelor’s degree.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with the Child Protection Minimum Standards, their role within the child protection sector and humanitarian sectors.
  • Strong research, assessment, analytical skills.
  • Strong information management (IM) skills and familiarity with CP IM tools.
  • Demonstrated skills in communicating with children and designing focus group discussions with children
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and conducting humanitarian assessments, preferably child protection-related assessments.
  • Computer skills, including MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, online survey tools.
  • Familiarity with multi-sector approaches to assessment and programming preferred.
  • Exceptional English speaking/written skills.
  • Previous experience working with UNICEF is highly desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values Required:

  • Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability

Competencies Required:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Manges ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

Note

  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles.
  • All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks

  • Please submit your all inclusive financial and technical proposal along with the application. Application without these will not be entertained.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage).
  • Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors.
  • Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
  • Qualified and interested females are encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Operations Manager, (P4)

Job Number: 539185
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type: Fixed Term Appointment

How can you make a difference?

  • As the head of operations of the state office, Operations Manager will be accountable for management of cost effective, efficient and secure operations, in support of management, administration and implementation of the country programmes, consistent with operations of all other country offices in the Region in accordance with strategy, plans and decisions made by Regional Management Team and Country Programme Management Teams.
  • Provides guidance in operations to a gender-balanced, multidisciplinary team of professionals to identify and correct gender balances.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
Effective operations of financial, human resource and administrative management:

  • Manages and ensures the effective, equitable and efficient operations of the office’s finance, human resource and administrative systems to support and facilitate the attainment of programmatic goals and objectives by meeting changing operational requirements
  • Ensures effective operations that promote gender sensitivity and gender parity. Advises management and assists in establishing new offices.

Policy Interpretation and Application:

  • As technical professional and manager, accountable for the correct and consistent application of organizational policies and procedures in the management of finance and administrative functions through the provision of technical leadership and operational support to the country office.
  • Contributes to global and regional strategic planning and policy changes / formulation on operational matters as necessary; Provides technical input to contribute to the establishment of operational guidelines in close coordination with the head of office, the Regional Operations Officer and DFAM.
  • Implements the effective communication, training, roll-out, monitoring and evaluation of new operational initiatives, guidelines and procedures.

Fiduciary Integrity / Responsibility for Funds And Assets:

  • Safeguards the financial resources entrusted to the office by advising on and / or managing financial assets, financial planning and cash management activities and by recommending improvements to the financial and administrative management systems and procedures. Accountable for fiduciary integrity/responsibility for funds and assets taking decision on all operational and financial transactions, disbursement of funds, and administrative arrangements.
  • Ensures efficient, cost-effective and transparent utilization of resources through knowledge and technology transfer between offices and consistency of approaches.

Leadership in Strategic Planning and Policy Formulation in the Areas of Operations:

  • Plays a major role in strategic planning and decision-making within the UNICEF Operations and provides sound professional input and oversight to the development, reform and change of financial, human resource and administrative policies, systems and procedures, including those that strengthen gender policy in programming and staff gender parity.
  • Participates in effective management process by providing technical advices and supports to corporate committees (including PBR, RMTs, CMT, JCC, CRC, PSB, etc.).

Office Services:

  • Ensures the provision of basic offices services including space management, equipment, communications and security to enhance staff safety and productivity.
  • Under the auspices of the Inter-Agency Operations Management Team, supports approaches for enhancing UN common services to attain efficiencies and effectiveness.

CPMP:

  • Development of the finance, budget and administrative components of the CPMP is timely completed; participates in the review of office structures and operations, and compilation of required job descriptions, prior to budget preparation, in line with the country programme commitment; contributes to the preparation of budget and the accompanying justification and documentation
  • Participates in the country programme strategy, development, planning and preview/reviews meetings to identify staffing and administrative operational requirements
  • Within the framework of the CPMP, coordinates and contributes towards human resources planning.

Compliance and Internal Control:

  • Monitors and manages budget process. Ensures all other operational reporting requirements are fully met for the office.  Monitors compliance with all operational systems and procedures and ensures integrity in all financial and other administrative operations of the office.
  • Serve as the focal person for office management indicators; ensure all other operational reporting requirements are fully met for the office; in collaboration with the Deputy Representative, ensure the implementation of agreed audit recommendations; advise on corrective measures to be taken and establish relevant internal controls
  • Develop training activities to ensure effective operational performance and efficiency.

Staff Learning and Development:

  • Develops training activities to ensure effective operational performance and efficiency
  • Develops and implements effective staff learning and development programme activities for both programme and operations staff on operational matters for capacity building
  • Plans and conducts operations workshops for staff’s competency building, staff development, learning and career development. Provides coaching and counselling to the staff on performance enhancement/development.

Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration:

  • Maintains government counterpart relations; resolves issues pertaining to conditions of service, operational facilities and privileges within the context of the Basic Cooperation Agreement; Ensures adherence to financial regulations and rules pertaining to Cash Assistance to Government (CAG).
  • Cooperates and coordinates with other UN agency counterparts in the UN reform initiatives (including HACT capacity building of IPs, common services and premises agenda, etc.).
  • Advises Head of Office on finance, human resource and administrative matters providing guidance on all operational submissions for the approval of the Regional Director; briefs office staff on financial, human resource and administrative policies and procedures providing authoritative advice; provides technical guidance and oversight to junior Operations staff in country offices and swiftly resolves operational issues.
  • Coordinates / liaises with the HQ Divisions to support policy formulation in the area of operations; advises on the applicability of new policy directives to regional operations. Makes substantive recommendations on the improvement of systems and internal controls, planning and restructuring and resolution of sensitive issues and problems, taking into account the prevailing conditions in the locality.
  • Establishes and maintains all consultative and management committees (e.g. APC, JCP, JCC, CRC, PSB, TRT, PBR and Training); Organizes and trains committees in compliance with the guidelines.
  • Collaborates with senior Programme Officers and country office staff providing creative problem solving in support of programming activities while maintaining sound internal operational controls.
  • Represents the office in meetings with local banks and administrative suppliers; negotiates locally issued contracts as well as in meetings with other UN Agencies to coordinate operational matters and activities, including harmonization of the UN common system.
  • Represents UNICEF in the local salary survey committee and fully participates in all processes of the salary survey review and administration to ensure the methodology is applied correctly throughout.
  • Coordinates promptly with the Regional Office, the Head of Office, Programme Officers and other staff in the country office for security-related issues and emergency operations. Provides operational support to emergency preparedness and emergencies. Informs and updates all staff members in the country office on security related issues and emergency operations.

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

Education:

  • An Advanced University Degree in one of the following fields is required: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, or Financial Management

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: office management, finance, accounting, ICT, human resources, supply, administration or other related areas.
  • Experience in an emergency duty station is an asset.

Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of thee duty station is considered as an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Job Title: International Consultant to develop an Accountability to Affected Population Strategy for the Education Sector

Job no: 539418
Location: Nigeria
Contract Type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Categories: P-3

Purpose of this Post
The purpose of this consultancy is to support the Education stakeholders to have a common understanding and approach when it’s come to Accountability to affected population.  The Strategy to be developed will provide mechanisms and standards on Accountability to Affected Population in Education (AAPiE) for all Education in Emergency Working Group (EiEWG) members. This strategy will reinforce also the collaboration and integrated response between Child Protection and Education in emergency. With a special focus on inclusion and child participation, this strategy will be a key tool to guide all Education actors (Donors, Grantees, implementing partners) on child participation and inclusion of all minority groups during the response delivery.

Key Assignments / Tasks
Inception Phase:

  • Conduct a desk review of existing national strategies, programs or documents, mechanisms etc., identifying what is and what is not being put into practice. (HNO, HRP, 2018 Education Strategy, the annual school census report, other strategic documents).
  • Develop a SWOT Analysis.
  • Develop a list of key stakeholders, including children, to engage for inputs to identify gaps and discuss existing strategies.
  • Write a short inception report with a detailed activity plan, tools and timeframe.

Consultation with the stakeholders, including children:

  • Develop the necessary tools to carry out consultation with the different stakeholders: education authorities, implementing NGOs in the education sector, Child Protection Sector, beneficiaries, including learners/children in formal and non-formal education.
  • These tools should identify existing strategies and contribute to a more complete Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis.
  • Establish a plan and timeline for consultations, comprising all targeted Local Government Area (LGAs) in the EiE multi-year strategy.
  • Implement the consultation plan.

In consultation with all relevant partners, provide a draft strategy of Accountability to Affected Population in Education (AAPiE), with attention to Child Participation & Inclusion as per the agreed structure and modules.

This strategy should be aligned to the multi-year sector Strategy and response plan and should include at least the following sections/modules:

  • Background and Introduction.
  • National & International Commitments regarding AAP in Education, with attention on Child Participation and Inclusion.
  • AAPiE SWOT Analysis.
  • AAPiE: Goals, Objectives & Targets.
  • AAPiE minimum standards description.
  • AAPiE guidelines for the dissemination of minimum standards and capacity building on the standards.

Validation Workshop:

  • Conduct validation workshops to present and discuss the draft with representatives of stakeholder groups, including children and key partners.
  • Update the strategy based on the feedback and suggestions provided during the validation workshops.

Orientation session to partners in all Sectors – BAY:

  • With support of the EiEWG secretariat, to develop and conduct an orientation session to create a plan for dissemination and inclusion of the strategy, to ensure harmonization.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Masters) in Social Science or a similar field is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience in humanitarian affairs, human rights, child protection, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, rehabilitation, reintegration and development, or other related area.
  • Experience on AAP/inclusion, child participation in the field, preferably in Africa.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate

Core Values required:

  • Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability

Competencies Required:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Manges ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

Job Title: International Consultant to Develop Child Protection Sub-Sector 3-year Strategy for North-East Nigeria

Job no: 539401
Location: Nigeria
Contract Type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Categories: Child Protection, P-3

Purpose of this Post

  • The purpose of this consultancy is to develop a three-year strategy to better enable Child Protection Sub-Sector actors to respond to the evolving context in a responsive, effective and harmonized manner.

Key Assignments / Tasks

  • Review key documents for a context and sector overview.
  • Develop stakeholder engagement strategy and workplan, key informant list, questionnaires, and meeting guides and tools.
  • Facilitate meetings and workshops with key stakeholders and Child Protection Sub-Sector Members as outlined in the engagement strategy and workplan. This will involve field visits to locations in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
  • Draft and present the Child Protection Sub-Sector 3-year Strategy to key stakeholders, including child protection sub-sector members, to discuss feedback, which will inform the final strategy. The strategy should address:
  • Early recovery, protracted crisis, and emergency response strategies;
  • Capacity gaps and capacity building strategies to address identified gaps as contained the final report of the Gap and need analyse;
  • Gaps in adapted or contextualised technical guidelines;
  • Contextualized prevention, response, and risk mitigation approaches, ensuring strategies in line with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and the socio-ecological approach;
  • Linkages to the National Action Plan to End Violence against Children and other relevant national or local action plans;
  • Joint or integrated approaches across sectors, where relevant;
  • Measurable indicators to track progress against strategy; and
  • Costed strategic work plan with timeline.
  • Finalize and submit the approved Child Protection Sub-Sector 3-year Strategy for endorsement by CPSS members.

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

  • At least 6-7 years’ experience in strategy development, coordination or management for the humanitarian sector, specifically child protection programmes in emergency and/or early recovery/development contexts.
  • Additional 2 years for candidates holding only a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Previous experience working in UNICEF is highly desirable;
  • Ability to conduct data analyses using Excel or other statistical software (Stata, SPSS, etc.)
  • Proven problem-solving and analytical skills, including the ability to assess situations quickly, identify needs clearly, and respond with recommendations to address identified issues during the course of the assignment;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; and ability to analyze diverse information and develop recommendations for appropriate response
  • Technical knowledge and experience in assessing the quality of and developing strategies for child protection in humanitarian action programming
  • Proven abilities to work collaboratively and effectively facilitate consultations and interactive, participatory meetings
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Practical experience on the cluster approach at the country and/or global level.
  • Prior experience in Nigeria
  • Experience in similar Child Protection exercises.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • Core Values required:
  • Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability

Competencies Required:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness
  • Innovates and embraces change
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Manges ambiguity and complexity
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Works collaboratively with others

To view our competency framework, please visit here

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

Deadline: 17th April, 2021 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles.
  • All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  • Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history.
  • Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks

  • Please submit your all inclusive financial and technical proposal along with the application. Application without these will not be entertained.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage).
  • Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors.
  • Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
  • Qualified Female Candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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