Jobs at United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Job Title: Child Protection and Education in Emergency Project Officer

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized.  Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.

Job Summary:
In order to respond to the protection and education concerns of refugee children from South Sudan, UNICEF seeks to hire a Project Officer at NOB level for UNICEF Gulu Zone Office. The Project Officer will be based in Adjumani to provide day to day support to the implementation of child protection and education interventions in Adjumani and Arua reporting to the Head of Gulu Zone Office.
Key Performance Areas: 
  • Support UNICEF to scale up its child protection and education interventions for refugee children from South Sudan
  • Make certain that UNICEF supported interventions are well coordinated with the response from other agencies and government in order to avoid duplication
  • Ensure that UNICEF supported interventions respond also to the needs of host communities and that the district authorities are well informed about the emergency supported provided by UNICEF in the area of child protection and education.
  • Prepare written reports on the situation of children and UNICEF child protection and education response and submit the reports to GZO and KLA UNICEF Offices
  • Regularly monitor/oversee/support effective implementation of protection and education interventions by partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • The Child Protection and Education in Emergency Project Officer will provide regular updates on UNICEF supported child protection and education activities in the refugee settlements and transit centers.
  • The Child Protection activities are RapidFTR for unaccompanied and separated minors, Child-Friendly Spaces, monitor on the situation of unaccompanied and separated minors, including after they are reunified with their families or are placed in foster and any future activity that UNICEF might support such as conflict prevention activities. The Project Officer will work 65% of his/her time for Child Protection activities
  • The Education activities are: Early Childhood and learning spaces. The Project Officer will work 35 % of his time for Education activities
  • Actively participate in the coordination meetings organized by UNHCR on (Sexual and) Gender-Based Violence and Education and keep UNHCR and OPM informed on the child protection and learning activities that are implemented with UNICEF support.
  • Visit regularly the transit centers and refugee settlements both in Adjumani and Arua and inform the Chief of Zone Office Gulu as well as the Kampala Office on any issue that might impede the efficient provision of child protection and education services which cannot be solved at local level.
  • Report on any new child protection or education needs that need urgent attention including child recruitment and use by armed forces or armed groups, trafficking, the mental health and well-being of children and their families, and other protection concerns for children etc.
  • Provide special attention to the good functionality of the Rapid FTR that it is implemented through Save the Children and solve problems that might arise or inform urgently the UNICEF staff from Gulu Zone Office and Kampala if the issues cannot be solved locally
  • Monitor and report on the use of child protection related supplies provided by UNICEF to implementing partners.
  • Report regularly on Education related programmes
  • Help in the identification of  opportunities to work with other sectors to strengthen overall protection for children and women by integrating protection activities within their emergency response programmes.
  • Technically support the monitoring of programmes and projects of UNICEF partners related to the refugee crisis.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The prospective UNICEF Child Protection and Education in Emergency Project Officer must possess a University degree in the social sciences, law or related technical field.
  • At least two years of progressively relevant professional work experience at the national level in programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Child Protection Programmes or related field.
  • Good working knowledge of the latest developments and technology in related fields
  • Negotiating, advocacy, and communication skills.
  • Good leadership and teamwork abilities.
  • Computer literacy skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Proven ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
  • Fluency in English is required and strong written and verbal communications skill therein strongly desirable.
Core Values (Required): Commitment; Diversity and Inclusion; Integrity
Core Competencies (Required): Communication; Working with People; Drive for Results
Functional Competencies (Required): Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Relating and Networking, Deciding and initiating action
How to Apply:
  • ONLY Ugandan Nationals will be considered.
  • UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications will be considered only if accompanied by an updated CV and P11 form, as well as the most recent performance evaluation report.
  • If applications are sent by email, please clearly indicate the position applied for and use this order to name your file attachments: Firstname_Lastname followed by document e.g. Gold_MukasaP11 or Gold_MukasaCV or Gold_ MukasaApplication.
  • UNICEF is a smoke free environment.
  • Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Applicants interested in the above position should send their resume to:
Human Resource Specialist,
UNICEF Kampala, Uganda,
Plot 9, George Street,
P.O. Box 7047, Kampala-Uganda.
Via email to: ugderecruit@unicef.org
Deadline: 8th April, 2014
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