UNICEF recruits 01 International Consultant- P3, Child Protection Specialist
International Consultant- P3, Child Protection Specialist- Public Finance (Remote based with travel to Nigeria)
Job Number: 520998 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Nigeria
Work Type : Consultancy
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.
And we never give up.
For every child, protection
How can you make a difference?
Purpose of Assignment:
Under the guidance of the Child Protection System Strengthening Manager, the international consultant will contribute to the advocacy for increased public budget allocations to sufficiently finance a functioning child protection system in identified Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at Federal level and in identified focus states in Nigeria.
A precondition for a successful strengthening of a child protection system is dependent upon the extent to which the government sufficiently allocates and releases funds to coordinate and provide a minimum package of both preventive and responsive child protection services. In order to ascertain adequate budget allocations and to advocate for increased investments for child protection, UNICEF has conducted a series of budgetary assessments in 2017 including : i) the Child Protection Financial Benchmark, which provided a comparative indication of expenditure on child protection services by Federal and State MDAs for the latest audited financial years (2014-2015); ii) the Economic Burden of Violence against Children study, which analyses the cost of inaction of not investing in child protection services in terms of annual GDP loss for Nigeria, and iii) a costing analysis of child protection services at Federal level and in focus states to inform the next budget submissions. Having strong evidence is key for successful advocacy to increase budget allocations. It is also a basis for the development of budgetary guidelines to support State governments to make informed financial planning in the future.
In order to continue UNICEFs technical support and ongoing advocacy initiatives with key MDAs at federal and state level and to ensure that required budget lines with specific allocation on child protection services are sustainably included into future budget submissions, UNICEF is seeking to hire an international consultant.
Programme ID & Specific Project Involved: Outcome 6: Children who are victims or at significant risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, including those in humanitarian settings, receive quality preventive and responsive services from a functioning child protection system.
Specific Project Objective to which the consultant is related:
Output 6.1: The legislative and institutional framework is strengthened to better protect children vulnerable and exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation.
The purpose of this consultancy is to lead the programme planning for the Public Financing for Children (PF4C) component under Output 6.1.2 of UNICEF Nigeria Child Protection Rolling Work Plan 2019-2020 with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Leading the PF4C programme planning includes the monitoring and implementation of activities, the completion and implementation of advocacy strategies with key governmental stakeholders, the provision of technical assistance for submission of child protection inclusive budgets by key MDAs at federal and state level, the development and dissemination of related budgetary guidelines to inform the future budgetary cycles, the replication of the PF4C strategy in additional Nigerian states, the initiation of a study on the impact of PF4C in Nigeria, and the recruitment and coordination of expert consultancy firms and individual consultants.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
Advanced university degree in social science, finance and economic sciences, or related field (Masters or equivalent level)
A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in Child Protection and/or Social Policy programme management
Experience in policy/advocacy, specifically and specifically in the field of for budgeting and financing is a strong asset
Abreast with latest development in the field of public finances and budgeting an asset
Excellent planning and organizational skills
Strong communication skills – both oral and written
Experience with UNICEF is desirable
Fluency in written and spoken English
Experience working with government is an asset
Experience working in Nigeria and/or the region is desirable
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.
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.
Closing Date Thu Apr 11 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)
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