Interagency Senior Child Protection Coordinator

To our International Department, the section for Humanitarian Support, we are now looking for a


Interagency Senior Child Protection Coordinator

UNICEF partnership for the Child Protection Working Group/Save the Children Sweden Humanitarian Surge Team. National or International. Fixed term contract until 31 December 2017 with possibility to extension. The position is contingent approved funding.


Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland, or Stockholm, Sweden. Other location could be negotiated. Regular deployments of up to 3 months, totaling approximately seven months per year.


Scope of Role

The Child Protection Sr Coordinator will be seconded on 85% of the time to the inter-agency Child Protection Working Group Rapid Response Team (RRT). This is part of Save the Children Sweden’s support to UNICEF, in their designated role as Focal Point Agency for Child Protection under the Global Protection Cluster. As part of this team, the CP Sr Coordinator is available for deployment to support inter-agency Child Protection coordination mechanisms worldwide, based on country requests and decision by the RRT Steering Committee.


Key responsibilities

·         Provide strategic direction and guidance to the coordination group ensuring all relevant child protection needs are addressed;

·         Lead Child Protection assessments using the Inter-agency Child Protection Rapid Assessment Toolkit, or guide child protection components of the MIRA. Coordinate and collaborate with other sectors, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of children’s needs.

·         Work with the Protection Cluster/GBV/Working Group leads to ensure key child protection concerns are reflected in OCHA and UNHCR led multi-sectoral assessments, as well as other non-child protection specific sectoral assessments;

·         In collaboration with child protection actors and the Protection Cluster support the development of realistic, evidence based child protection strategies, including those related to the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and the Refugees Response & Resilience Plans (3RP);

·         Work closely with the Child Protection Information Management Officer to ensure information systems and products effectively support coordination.

·         Together with CP partners identify gaps in child protection capacities and, based on findings, develop and roll out inter-agency CPiE capacity building activities to address them;

·         With Child Protection actors, identify benchmarks for the inter-agency child protection response plans, including those related to the HRP and the 3RP and facilitate the development of a monitoring system for the child protection;

·         Represent the Child Protection Sub-Cluster and the Child Protection Working Group within the Protection Cluster, the Protection Working group, the OCHA led inter-cluster coordination mechanisms, the UNHCR Inter-Sectors working group and, when possible, within the IASC/UN Country team. 

·         Work with partners to develop child protection inter-agency emergency preparedness plans;

·         Collaborate with Government Authorities and other key stakeholders to strengthen child protection systems;

·         Facilitate regular child protection meetings, including drafting agendas and ensuring action items are documented and addressed


·         Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.




·         Prior experience of working within as an inter-agency coordinator in an emergency response or fragile state OR participated with good results in the CP AoR CP coordination training. For secondment as UNICEF cluster coordinator through the Rapid Response Team structure previous cluster coordination experience is a requirement;

·         Education to Masters level in Social Work, Human Rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar, or equivalent field experience.

·         Thorough knowledge of and experience in using the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action together with other established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection;

·         Good knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law, particularly concerning protection of IDPs and refugees;

·         Extensive experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to child protection;

·         Experience of working with and supporting government authorities and national NGOs;

·         Excellent communication skills;

·         Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy;

·         A high level of written and spoken English;

·         The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances;

·         Commitment to and understanding of child rights and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct.


·         Language skills in French or Arabic;

·         Previous experience in conducting inter-agency assessments and situation analyses;


For further information please contact Head of Surge Capacity Unit, Helene Cassemar Jeansson,


Union representatives are, for Unionen Matti Pohjola, and for Akademikerföreningen Anna Barkered,


Please apply no later than 15th of January 2017.


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Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.


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