Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) Specialist
Duration: 6 months
Location: Pemba, Mozambique
Language: English and Spanish/Portuguese
1.Training needs on children in armed conflict conducted amongst CP AoR members and key government counterparts
2.Technical advice on child protection in armed conflict provided for the development of CP sector strategy and workplan for 2021
3.Provide technical support towards the Monitoring of Grave violations against children
4.Assist in the establishment feedback mechanism for report of grave child rights violations.
One year on from Tropical Cyclone Kenneth's landfall in April 2019, the humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique has deteriorated due to consecutive climatic shocks and insecurity and violence, leading to significant displacement, disruption of livelihoods and lack of access to basic services. Over the past six months, attacks have increased in scale and scope, with Palma, Mocimboa da Praia, Nangade, Muidumbe, Macomia and Quissanga districts hardest hit. Displacement has risen rapidly as violence has escalated, with more or less 330,000 people (more or less 116.000 children) now estimated to be internally displaced in Cabo Delgado, according to the National Center for Emergency. The situation in Cabo Delgado is a protection crisis that requires coordinated multi-sectoral response. Since the violence began in October 2017, there have been reports of human rights abuses by armed groups against civilians, including killings, beheadings, abductions and kidnappings of civilians (including girls and women), possible forced recruitment of children into armed groups, and burning and looting of public and private properties and infrastructure.
The UNICEF Mozambique Country Office (MCO) is scaling up its Child Protection Emergency Response in Cabo Delgado, with a focus on the provision of life saving services to children affected by armed conflict. Provide technical capacity to ensure adherence to the CCCs in Humanitarian Action, the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, and the monitoring of child rights is a critical function during an emergency response. Under the management of the team lead in Pemba and the technical direction and guidance of the MCO Child Protection Emergency Specialist, the incumbent will support MCO, government counterparts and implementing partners by providing technical support on child protection in armed conflict. UNICEF has recently increased its focus on peacebuilding and the incumbent will ensure that this element is well captured in the support provided.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASK Activities:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
- Support in the development of a Child Protection in armed conflict Plan of Action for 2021 that is aligned with relevant government counterpart plans and strategies, and that can be used for coordination and fundraising purposes. The PoA should also identify inter-sectoral interventions that would improve the child protection situation in Cabo Delgado;
- Ensure that the child protection in armed conflict Plan of Action for 2021 reflects UNICEF efforts to contribute to peace building in the province;
- Monitor the implementation of the action plan for protection of children, particularly where adjustments are required to better respond to the impact of armed conflict on child protection interventions;
- Support in the establishment of a monitoring mechanism for child right violations;
- Carry out child protection assessments and monitoring missions to field locations in Cabo Delgado;
- Provide overall technical support to Child Protection Officers; and
- Overall monitoring of the implementation of UNICEF implementing partners
- Advanced degree (Master's or equivalent) in law, political sciences, international relations or other disciplines related to human rights. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
- Proven ability to conduct complex human rights monitoring, documenting and reporting on child rights violations during armed conflict;
- Minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in political affairs and human rights monitoring and documentation with a focus on children's human rights and/or child protection; and
- 2 years professional experience in the field of Child Protection humanitarian response (armed conflict)
- Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in Portuguese will be an asset.