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If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: TA Child Protection Emergencies Specialist – Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC)
Job Number: 503464
Location: Borno, Nigeria
Work Type: Temporary Appointment
Purpose of the Position

  • The overall objective of the post is strengthen the case management of child protection cases for conflict affected children, with a focus on unaccompanied and separated children, to ensure more effective identification, assessment, safe supported and alternative care places and tracing and family reunification.

Key Expected Results:

  • Output 36: By 2017, the capacity of key institutions and civil society is strengthened to monitor and report violence against children especially in humanitarian context and implement gender and age-appropriate prevention and response measures in at least three states.

Major Tasks to be Accomplished

  • Review the status of UASC case management and data to identify the strengths and gaps in the existing UASC programming and develop recommendations to address the gaps.
  • Review the status of UASC case management and data to identify the strengths and gaps in the existing UASC programming and develop recommendations to address the gaps.
  • Based on the review recommendations, lead the capacity building of relevant stakeholders, including training of partners to carry out UASC case management, including identification, documentation, reunification and follow-up of unaccompanied and separated children with a focus on newly accessible areas in Borno State.
  • In consultation with the State Ministries, child protection agencies, communities and children, develop and implement a minimum package of services for UASC in Borno and Yobe states.
  • Supervise and provide technical support for national consultants on UASC.
  • Ensure UASC response, including data and service provision is included in the child protection inputs for UNICEF internal reports, External reports, donor reports, advocacy and communication messages.
  • Identify current risks for UASC (e.g. trafficking, child labour, exploitation and abuse) and suggest potential responses to mitigate these risks.
  • Contextualize inter-agency guidelines and forms into practical program guidance for child protection actors in Borno and Yobe states.
  • Expand the network of alternative care placements, with particular attention on provision of care for high risk children (e.g children associated with armed groups and children born out of sexual violence) and train partners on the alternative care in emergencies arrangement.
  • Strengthen the implementation of Child Protection Information Management Systems for UASC.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


  • Master’s Degree in Social Science, Social Work, Social Development, Child Development or related field is required .

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in child protection programming, with at least two years focused on child protection in emergencies.
  • Experience in developing and implementing systems of identification, documentation, tracing and reunification of unaccompanied and separated children in armed conflict context, knowledge of BID guidelines and alternative care in emergencies
  • Experience in developing and delivering training, including on unaccompanied and separated children and alternative care for children


  • Fluency in English is required – both oral and written.

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Competencies:

  • Communication [II]:
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Working with People [II]:
    • Experience in team management
  • Drive for Results [II]:
    • Proven ability to work independently in the field.

Functional Competencies (Required):

  • Leading and Supervising [ I ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing [ III]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]


  • The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.
  • Please note that is a non-family duty station.
  • Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish.
  • Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Deadline: 30th March, 2017.


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