Child Protection Specialist, (P3), Bujumbura, Burundi #109333

Bujumbura, Burundi

Job no: 565137
Position type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Burundi
Division/Equivalent: Nairobi Regn'l(ESARO)
School/Unit: Burundi
Department/Office: Bujumbura, Burundi
Categories: Child Protection

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 JD CP Specialist P3 justice and birth registration final .pdf

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

The Child Protection Specialist reports to the Chief of the Section for guidance and general supervision. The Specialist supports the development and preparation of the Child Protection programme(s) and is responsible for the management, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the child protection programmes/projects within the country programme, with a particular focus on justice for children and birth registration. The Specialist provides technical guidance and management support throughout the programming processes. H/She facilitates the administration and achievement of concrete and sustainable contributions to national and international efforts to create a protective environment for children against all harm, and to protect their rights to survival, development and well being as established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/frameworks and UN intergovernmental bodies.

The Specialist contributes to the achievement of results according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM), and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.

How can you make a difference?

  1. Support to programme/project development and planning : Support the preparation, design and updating of the situation analysis; Participate in strategic programme discussions; Establish specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plans; Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes. 
  2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results: Plan and collaborate with colleagues and external partners to establish monitoring benchmarks, performance indicators, other UNICEF/UN system indicators and measurements.
  3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation: Provide technical guidance and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners and donors; Draft policy papers, briefs and other strategic programme materials for management use, information and/or consideration.
  4. Networking and partnership building: Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government counterparts, national stakeholders, other UN agencies, global partners, allies, donors, and academia; Represent UNICEF Burundi in national and international fora, including with regional economic communities, to promote exchange of experiences and interagency collaboration.
  5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building: Apply and introduce innovative approaches and good practices to sustainably strengthen justice and civil registration systems and build the capacity of partners and stakeholders; Keep abreast, research, benchmark, and implement best practices notably in child-friendly justice and birth registration.

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

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: law, human rights, international development, psychology, sociology, social work, or another relevant social science field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection 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, notably related to justice and/ or birth registration 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 and French is required. Knowledge of the local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.

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

 JD CP Specialist P3 justice and birth registration final .pdf

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.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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 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 promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, 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’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government 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.

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