Child Protection Officer, NOB, FT, # 128696, OP Farchana, Chad – Sudan, MENA

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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. 

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling. 
UNICEF is a place where careers are built, we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package. 

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF. 

For every child, Protect 

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organisation does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasising the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while supporting nations’ equitable development.  

After years of protracted crisis, Sudan plunged into a conflict of alarming scale in mid-April 2023 when fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) broke out in the capital, Khartoum, before quickly expanding to other areas across the country. Since the onset of the conflict, more than 3.8 million children have been displaced, and a staggering number of grave child rights violations have been reported, with verified incidents showing a four-fold increase in 2023 as compared to 2022 figures, with more than 60 per cent of grave violations reported from the Darfur region. UNHCR estimates more than 500,000 Sudanese are living as asylum seekers in Chad; this is in addition to half a million internally displaced people living in the country. An estimated 65% of the refugee population consists of children below 18yrs. Memories of war and conflict remain fresh for most Sudanese refugees. With children’s daily routine negatively impacted, mental health and psychosocial support needs have increased. The risk of child-family separation, GBV and engagement in the worst forms of labour is extremely high 

How can you make a difference?  

You report to the Chief-Field Office for supervision. You provide professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for child protection programmes/projects within the Country Programme from development planning to delivery of results. you prepare, execute, manage, and implement a variety of technical and administrative programme tasks to facilitate programme development, implementation, programme progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting.  

Key deliverables will include: 

  1. Scale up child rights monitoring a in Sudanese refugee camps in Chad  

  1. Lead prevention and response activities that reduce the risk and  impact of  of landmines and other indiscriminate or illicit weapons by state and non-state actors;  

  1. Set up mechanism to conduct case management for Unaccompanied and Separated children identify, document, trace and reunify unaccompanied and separated children in Sudanese refugee camps, and facilitate  

  1. Mitigate, prevent and respond to GBV cases in Sudanese refugee camps in Chad  

  1. Engage with communities for behaviour and social change 

  1. 6Using the IASC guidelines on MHPSS, identify and address the MHPSS needs of children, adolescents, and caregivers through coordinated multisectoral and community-based MHPSS services. 

  1. Strengthen cross-border coordination and exchange of information with the Sudan Country Programme. 

Summary of key functions/accountabilities: 

  1. Support to programme development and planning 

  1. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results 

  1. Technical and operational support to programme implementation 

  1. Networking and partnership building 

  1. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building 

for more details please check the JD :Download File TOR – Child Protection Officer (NO2), FT, 128696, OP Farchana, Chad – Sudan, MENA.pdf

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

The following minimum requirements: 

• Education:  

A university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field. 

• Work Experience:  

A minimum of two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas is required. 

Experience working in emergency in fragile countries is considered an asset. 

Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.  

Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage. 

• Language Requirements: Fluency in French, English and Arabic is required. 

The following desirables: 

• Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency. 
• Language: Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language. 

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values 

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are… 

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others. 

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels. 

[If applicable] This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with children, or is a safeguarding response role. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) apply. 

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. 

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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. 

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled. 


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. 

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable Female candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

The VA is open to all (internal and external candidates). 

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.  

UNICEF shall not facilitate the issuance of a visa and working authorization for candidates under consideration for positions at the national officer and general service category.] 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.  

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates. 

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here


Advertised: 03 Jul 2024 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 17 Jul 2024 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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