Child Protection Officer, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Organization: Unicef

Country: Argentina

City: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Office: UNICEF Buenos Aires, Argentina

Grade: NO-A

Closing date: Saturday, 29 August 2020

TA - Child Protection Officer NOA #109964 Buenos Aires, Argentina (Open to UNICEF internal candidates)

Job no: 533876

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: Argentina Division/Equivalent: Latin America and Caribbean Regional Off

School/Unit: Argentina

Department/Office: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Categories: Child Protection, NO-1

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, a safe childhood

How can you make a difference?

The Child Protection Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the child protection programmes/projects through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing, and presenting technical programme information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development and formulation of the Child Protection Programme within the Country Programme.

The Child Protection Officer also provides technical assistance to strengthen national and provincial institutional capacities for granting access to justice for children and adolescents and in the implementation of the Comprehensive System of Child Protection in Argentina, with a focus on the rights of children and adolescents

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1. Support to programme development and planning

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

4. Networking and partnership building

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

1. Support to programme development and planning

Research and analyze regional and national political, protection, social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify, and synthesize information to facilitate programme development, design and preparation.

Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.

Facilitate the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of child protection programmes and other related information for development planning and priority and goal setting.

Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programmeming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, preparing materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluation of results.Prepare required documentations and materials to facilitate the programme review and approval process

2. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results.

Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on implementation issues, suggest solutions on routine programme implementation and to submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.

Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with the government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.

Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verifying compliance with approved allocation, goals, organizational rules, regulations, procedures, donor commitments, and standards of accountability and integrity.

Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management and stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.

Prepare inputs for programme and donor reporting.

3. Technical and operational support to programme implementation

Undertake field visits and surveys,and collect and share reports with partners and stakeholders.

Assess progress and provide technical support and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution.

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Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.

Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in child protection, to support programme implementation.

4. Networking and partnership building

Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on child protection.

Participate in inter-agency meetings/events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of child protection programmes/projects, and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF’s position and strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.

Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.

Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for child protection programmes.

5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.

Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.

Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.

Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders.

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

Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field. Specialization in Children´s Rights, prevention of violence and sexual abuse of children and a gender-focused public policies is required.

Experience: A minimum of one year of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas is required.

Experience in the following areas of expertise is required:

research on the situation of children and adolescents victims of domestic violence and abuse.

research on issues related to children’s alternative care and early childhood development

analysis of public policies linked to the system of protection of the rights of children and adolescents.

elaboration of documents and reports

drafting, monitoring and follow up of projects

Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

Language Requirements:Fluency in English and Spanish is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and Core competencies: Builds and maintains partnerships; Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness; Drive to achieve results for impact; Innovates and embraces change; Manages ambiguity and complexity; Thinks and acts strategically; Works collaboratively with others .

View our competency framework at

Competency Framework Brochure.pdf

In line with the DHR announcement on prioritization of internal candidates and freezing on external recruitment, UNICEF staff holding TA contracts, individual contractors, full-time consultants, and United Nations Volunteers (UNVs) are also considered ‚internal candidates‘ for this recruitment.

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


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

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

Advertised: Aug 21 2020 Argentina Standard Time Application close: Aug 28 2020 Argentina Standard Time