Child Protection Specialist (GBV)

Job Overview

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 full potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.


For every child, care

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing 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. 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 also accelerating the equitable development of nations to attain SDG.


How can you make a difference?

You will support UNICEF effort to ensure that the rights of girls and women to live free from GBV are fulfilled. The focus of the program is to support Government, Civil Society Organizations and communities to prevent GBV by addressing its underlying conditions and drivers; to mitigate risk of GBV across humanitarian actors and to ensure that survivors have access to a comprehensive set of quality services. Our intervention is gradually transitioning from emergency to development hence there is a need to shift focus towards greater engagement with government on the institutional strengthening across mandated sectors both for prevention and response. Your expertise will support the process in addition to serving as primary focal point for all GBV related issues including support to multiple coordination forums e.g. GBV Sub-Cluster, RTAP, GBVIMS Taskforce, MARA (SCR 1960), and JTWG on CRSV; and liaison with the Government key ministries, other UN agencies on prioritizing and mainstreaming GBV prevention and response. You will also serve as UNICEF alternate PSEA national focal point role including UNICEF representation at the UN joint PSEA Taskforce coordination forum.


To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field. A first level university degree in combination with two (2) years additional qualifying experience (i.e. a minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience) may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in Gender Based Violence related areas is required. Experience working in a developing country is considered as 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 considered as an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset (knowledge in Arabic is an added advantage).


For every Child, you demonstrate…

The value and competencies required for this post are….

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Core Competencies

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (3)


View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.



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

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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Deadline: Arabic Standard Time