Child Protection Cluster Coordinator (Field Support - Rapid Response Team), Geneva

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Switzerland

City: Geneva, Switzerland

Office: UNICEF Geneva

Closing date: Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Re-Advertisement: Child Protection Cluster Coordinator (Field Support - Rapid Response Team), P4, Geneva, #103057

Job no: 539221

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Switzerland Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Office of Emergency Operations

Department/Office: Off of Emergency Prog, Geneva

Categories: Emergency Programme

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 from violence

In order to meet its Cluster Lead Agency responsibilities, UNICEF invests human and financial resources to strengthen and improve the coordination function at global level for each of the Clusters / AoR it leads, as well as in each humanitarian context. In line with UNICEF’s commitments to the World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain outcomes, this includes a strong focus on adopting ‚people-centered approaches‘ in cluster coordination and performance management processes.

The UNICEF Field Support Coordinator (RRT) is situated in the Office of Emergency Programmes (EMOPS) Division, Global Cluster Coordination Unit (GCCU), in Geneva, Switzerland. The direct supervisor is the Global Cluster/AoR Coordinator, who in turn, reports to the Chief, GCCU. The GCCU forms a key part in UNICEF’s implementation of its Cluster Lead Agency accountabilities.

The UNICEF Field Support Coordinator (RRT) serves as a conduit between UNICEF and standby partners, forming part of the CP AoR Field Support team. As with other UNICEF-led clusters, the position will manage in-country and deployable field support based on requests from country offices and will also provide direct support.

How can you make a difference?

We are looking for an experienced Field Support Coordinator with strong child protection co-ordination experience at the field level with flexibility to deploy to the field 50% of the time to support the Global Child Protection AoR in effectively managing and strengthening frameworks and capacity for country-level Cluster Coordination. The main goal is to enable Field Cluster coordination mechanisms to:

maximise quality and coverage of responses;
minimise duplication, gaps and risks; and

continuously support stronger national leadership of coordination.

Key Tasks and Accountabilities

Technical support through high quality, rapidly deployable Cluster capacity in humanitarian situations to support timely, appropriate and relevant operational and strategic decision-making through:

Deployments (remotely or in-country) for both system wide high-level emergency and other prioritized emergencies (Large-scale, rapid onset or complex emergencies)

Taking on strategic Cluster/Coordination missions to priority countries, and with a focus on assessment missions, and capacity building of staff in-country.

Participating in global missions related to the implementation of the IASC Humanitarian Programme Cycle and the Reference Module for Cluster Coordination at the Country Level, e.g. alongside OCHA or in support of the UNICEF led Clusters.

2. Leadership, capacity building and advisory services to support global cluster efforts to expand and strengthen the pool of available, high quality staff.

Under the supervision of the Global CP AoR Coordinator, lead the field support team and prioritize country deployments and coordinating and tracking field support deployments and remote support

Providing induction for staff who are taking on their first coordination deployment/position.

Providing on-the-job support, including support when needed,

To new staff in the field to help fulfill core coordination functions in line with CP AoR Coordination

To staff leading key processes such as Strategic Humanitarian Response Plan & Cluster Coordination Performance Monitoring,

Acting as regional focal point to support Country level coordinators for Humanitarian Needs Overview/Humanitarian Response Plan

To identify Child Protection in Emergencies capacity gaps and ensure a cohesive response,

To ensure opportunities for knowledge/skills development through mentoring of identified RRTs and

To liaise with Global Protection Cluster Field Support team to ensure coherence and inclusion child protection specificity in collective efforts

3. Cluster development, planning, monitoring, and partnership building:

Keeping core documents up to date including menu of options, regional focal points overview (what we offer), coordinators list, etc.

Acting as a conduit of field realities, identifying key issues and gaps and suggest improvements or measures of escalation.

Supporting the CP AoR through active participation in UNICEF Global Cluster Coordination Unit meetings; the preparation and facilitation of global Cluster meetings with partners; and representation on behalf of the Global Cluster in other relevant fora.

Contribute to specific technical projects related to 1) the Cluster and inter-Cluster coordination in Emergencies; 2) Inter-Agency coordination in general; and 3) Implementation of World Humanitarian Summit and Grand Bargain commitments in Emergencies.

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

Advanced degree in social sciences or other related field.

A minimum of 8 years of relevant experience.

Demonstrated field child protection coordination experience within humanitarian reform and Cluster approach environments.

Strong analytical skills and a keen interest and motivation for inter-agency coordination.

Demonstrated understanding of cluster/sector programming, needs assessment and monitoring.

Flexibility, diplomacy, leadership, cultural sensitivity and team-spirit are considered essential personal features.

Fluency in English and in French is required; knowledge of Arabic or Spanish is an asset.

For every child you demonstrate

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in

Builds and maintains partnerships Level 2)

Self-awareness and ethical awareness (Level 2)

Innovates and embraces change (Level 2)

Drive to achieve results for impact (Level 2)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (Level 2)

Thinks and acts strategically (Level 2)

Works collaboratively with others (Level 2)

Nurtures, leads and manages people (Level 2)

View our competency framework at

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.

This position is re-advertised for and additional 10 days and those who applied previously need not re-apply as their existing applications will be taken into consideration.

Advertised: Apr 26 2021 W. Europe Daylight Time Application close: May 05 2021 W. Europe Daylight Time

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