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Internal/External Vacancy Announcement: Temporary Appointment, Child Protection AoR Coordinator P-3, Maputo, Mozambique #121678 - 9 months

Job no: 554519
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Maputo
Level: P-3
Location: Mozambique
Categories: Child Protection

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 home!

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

The Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Mozambique and UNICEF (CPD) for 2022-2026 aims to support Mozambique to accelerate efforts towards achieving the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and meeting its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of children, in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action. It derives from the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), 2022–2026 and aligns with the Government Five-Year Plan 2020–2024, the National Development Strategy 2015–2035 and relevant sector policies and programmes.

For more information about UNICEF Mozambique's work please follow this link

You can also access and explore all new UNICEF vacancies via the UNICEF Mozambique website link herein

How can you make a difference?

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1) Establish and maintain appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms:

  • Establish the CPAoR at national level, establish an updated mailing list, set meeting times, review ToR.
  • Engage with key Government agencies as a co-lead to quarterly workshops related to key areas of Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE); Children in Armed Conflict (CAAC) reintegration workshop, Unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) & Alternative care, learning from Cabo Delgado, Emergency Preparedness planning.
  • Attend Protection cluster national level meetings and Strategic Advisory Group (SAG).
  • Mapping of CP partners in Zambezia, Nampula, Sofala and Tete.
  • Put in place key documents for the sector; workplan, strategy, emergency preparedness plan, emergency stock.
  • Run monthly meetings and share key information and resources around mailing list.

2) Implementation of sector priorities

  • Support and lead the CPAoR Humanitarian Needs Overview & Humanitarian Response Plan (HNO/HRP) process with the Child Protection Information Management Officer.
  • Ensure a monthly national level snapshot to distribute to partners and donors.
  • Lead emergency preparedness workshops at provincial level with Government line ministries and CPAoR members in each province – linking with the Protection cluster.
  • Be accountable to the affected population through effective and inclusive consultative and feedback mechanisms.
  • Develop and implement the localization strategy and help desk.
  • Develop advocacy approaches/strategies for issues related to child protection that require sensitization of local authorities or donors and contribute to the development of key messages for broader humanitarian advocacy/messaging initiatives of the protection cluster or the office of the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.
  • Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and Humanitarian Coordination team (HCT) messaging and action.
  • Engage in joint thematic approach with Gender Based Violence (GBV AoR) on caring for child survivors.
  • Ensure the CPIE response is evidence-based through conducting secondary data reviews of CPiE relevant data, including on COVID19 related indicators, and, where necessary, assessments identifying the priority child protection needs and capacities.
  • Promote the implementation of the Minimum Standards of Child Protection in Humanitarian Action amongst child protection and non-child protection actors.
  • Work with child protection actors to develop an inter-agency CPiE capacity building strategy that meets the needs and priorities.
  • Monitor performance of the inter-agency CPIE response against agreed indicators and monitor the core cluster functions; recommending corrective action where necessary.

Kindly refer to the attached job description via this link Download File JD Child Protection AoR Coordinator P3.pdf for more information.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or another relevant social science field.  A Bachelor’s  degree with additional 2 years of relevant work experience is considered in lieu of a master's degree.

  • A minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in social development planning and management, in child protection related areas at the national and international level is required. Prior experience in a similar role is essential.

  • Experience of working in at least two or three developing countries in emergency/humanitarian settings is considered as an asset.

  • Advanced knowledge of child protection and GBV approaches, practices and applications i.e. on Adolescent Girl Programming, Child Protection Minimum Standards, GBViE Minimum Standards, GBVIMS, IASC GBV guidelines. 

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese or a Latin language (Italian, French or Spanish) is preferred.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

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 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.

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 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.

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 may also be 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.

Advertised: 30 Aug 2022 South Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 12 Sep 2022 South Africa Standard Time


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