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Chief Child Protection

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Government, community development, public services
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

UNICEF and partners in support to the Government of Kenya are committed to address key challenges faced by children and women and help them fully realize their full rights:

Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Chief, Child Protection is responsible for the management of the GOK/UNICEF Child Protection programme. This includes direct responsibility for delivering the results expected from supporting the Government of Kenya to develop a Child Protection System, including support to: legal and policy reform, monitoring and evaluation, service provision, implementation and reporting of the violence against children (VAC) response plan, addressing social norms including FGM/C.

Provision of expert advice, analysis and technical support to the country programme on policies, programmes and legislation. Proposing and supporting new initiatives contributing to the achievement of Child Protection goals.


  1. Manage the Child Protection Section delivering on the results for the Child Protection Programme, particularly related to the development of a Child Protection System including in emergencies as referenced in the 2014-2018 Country Programme Document and detailed in the existing Rolling Work plans.  This includes developing and signing off on behalf of UNICEF the Rolling Work plans in the course of the year with counterparts, holding regular section meetings, personnel management for the Child Protection staff, strengthen staff capacity for risk identification, assessment and mitigation including setting up the adequate risks tools for risk assessment, integrating Child Protection activities with the activities of other programmes through interaction with programme group colleagues.  It also includes management of supplies, travel of sections staff, cash assistance to partners, resource mobilization and leveraging, systematic management of programme funds including reporting of gaps funds analysis, as well as donor and annual reporting.
  2. Oversee management of Programme Officers working closely with the Government of Kenya to develop the various components contributing to a Child Protection System in Kenya both at national and county level within the new devolved governance structure.  This include legal and policy reforms; strengthening monitoring and evaluation, coordination, planning and budgeting; strengthening access and quality of protective and care services including positive social norms, and supporting the VAC initiative.
  3. Liaise with bilateral agencies, governmental and non governmental organizations and other UN agencies in Kenya in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of programmes aimed at furthering children’s protection from violence, exploitation and abuse.  This includes primarily inputs to the UNDAF and DaO reporting mechanisms and results framework with regard to child protection, collaborating closely with those agencies to strengthen exchange programme information, strategies and experience, cooperating on programmes, projects and activities and improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness through coordinated actions.  Represent UNICEF at child protection meetings, seminars and advocacy events.
  4. Oversee the implementation of the Global VAC initiative at country level. This includes the implementation of the VAC response plan for Kenya, mobilizing resources and commitments for on-going programme response and strengthening the reporting system on VAC.
  5. Support the development of a coherent, rights based approach to alternative family-based care within Kenya.  This includes supporting the development of a responsive institutional framework, including appropriate support to the judiciary and Children’s’ Department within the system approach.

General Information

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Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Government, community development, public services
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 7 years
Required skills: Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Reporting; Programme management; Personnel management; Project implementation; Human rights
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future

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