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Job Description:

Location:  Zone 3

Duration:  Contract 

Reporting to: Child Protection Specialist in Afar Field Office

No Required: 01


The overall humanitarian situation in Ethiopia has significantly deteriorated since the beginning of the year, leading to increased humanitarian needs across the country. The cumulative impact of ongoing conflict and violence, climatic shocks such as prolonged drought, and, more recently, floods constitute the main triggers of such a rise. More than 29 million people were estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance and protection at the beginning of 2022, compared to 23.5 million people at the beginning of 2021, and 8.4 million people in 2020

Affected people continue to face serious protection issues, including violence, insecurity, lack of access to basic services and livelihoods, and neglect of vulnerable groups. lOPs who began returning to their areas of origin in Tigray, Afar, and Amhara, for instance, face security risks and difficulties accessing essential services, including food. While violence has subsided in these regions, in many cases, the extensive damage and destruction of private property and civilian and public infrastructure does not provide a conducive environment for safe returns to the places of origin. In addition, shortage of food and drinking water is a major concern in both conflict-affected and drought-affected areas, leading to displacement, loss of livelihoods, and negative coping mechanisms.

The humanitarian situation in Afar continues to be dire, with food insecurity and malnutrition rates that remain particularly alarming due to the combined effects of drought and conflict, ensuing displacement, lack of market access, and high food prices The humanitarian situation in Afar continues to deteriorate due to ongoing conflicts (between North Ethiopia and the Somali region) plus the drought and flash flooding, displacement, and lack of market access with increasing numbers of people in need of assistance. The regional Government estimates that about a million people (80% of the population) need humanitarian assistance. The spillover of the Tigray conflict into Afar has affected 21 out of 34 woredas. At the peak of the conflict, the region had over 765,000 lops, including 10,410 lOPs of  Tigray origin. However, there has been a spontaneous Government-led/organized return of lOPs. : In 2022, all woredas (districts) in Afar have been classified as hotspot drought priority woredas (33 as priority-1 and one as priority-2), placing the whole region under a drought alert. 550,000+ people are likely to face a high level of acute food insecurity {IPC Phase 3 or above)


Reflecting the unique nature of the Ethiopian context, the Child Protection AoR and Gender-Based Violence AoR work together within the Protection cluster to coordinate the response of CP and GBV partners in addressing the needs of emergency-affected Ethiopians, especially the most vulnerable women, and children, in non-refugee contexts. The IASC Generic Terms of Reference for Cluster/Sector Leads at the Country Level include a requirement for ensuring appropriate Information Management (IM) for an effective and coordinated cluster response. Information management is also essential to support a number of cluster core functions, including:
• Core function 1: To support service delivery through (1.2) developing mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery;
• Core function 2: To inform strategic decision-making by (2.1) Preparing needs assessments and analysis of gaps (across and within sectors, using information management tools as needed) to inform the setting of priorities; and (2.3) Formulating priorities on the basis of analysis of needs and ongoing response; and
• Core function 4: Monitoring and reporting on activities and needs by (4.2) Measuring progress against the cluster strategy and agreed on results.
• UNICEF is scaling up its Child Protection and GBV programs in Afar Region in partnership with NGOs and government partners.

The CP/GBV AOR in Afar requires more dedicated support to ensure ongoing reporting on results for children, including through training/mentoring to existing and new CP and GBV partners on the 4Ws and 5Ws tools, the Child Protection Assessments, and information analysis. Such information and analysis form the foundation for evidence-based advocacy and strategic programming, as well as justification for renewed resource mobilization in the sector. The CP/GBV AOR in Afar and its partners need to be supported on IM management and the 4/5Ws by the IM consultant.


As part of its child protection response, UNICEF seeks to provide and strengthen child protection and GBV services to affected populations. The quality of implementation of services requires monitoring of the situation, technical assistance to implementing partners, and skilled coordination.
The deployment of Third-Party Child Protection in Emergencies Consultants linked to affected areas will provide technical support to the implementation, monitoring, and reporting of UNICEF's child protection program response. The consultants will also play a convening role with child protection program partners. The existing efforts to strengthen/establish zonal/woreda level coordination mechanisms require further support and this will ensure continued monitoring of the child protection situation and ongoing responses in highly dynamic emergency contexts. This technical support will be linked with strengthening the capacities of Government sectors and other UNICEF PCA partners to provide CPIE and GBVIE response services in line with UNICEF's Core Commitments for Children for Child Protection. This dedicated Child Protection in Emergencies Consultant is therefore required to provide the needed field support to ensure a coordinated, quality-assured response in dynamic and acute emergency settings.

Key function, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks
UNICEF Child Protection in Emergencies Response:

In line with the Core Commitments for Children for Child Protection, provide technical and programmatic support for the design, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of child protection in emergency response in partnership with BoWCYA and NGOs and ensure that interventions included in the child protection priority focus areas are implemented, monitored and managed in a timely and effective manner. Specifically;
  1.  Provide technical support and closely follow up on the establishment and strengthening of functional Child protection and GBV AOR coordination forum at regional, zone, and Emergency woredas
  2. Support and coordinate the implementation of the CPIE Response action plan through the leadership of the regional and Zonal office of women and Children Affairs (ZoWCYA) to strengthen prevention, coordination, and addressing of the  needs of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) based on agreed best interest determination standards in line with the National Case Management Framework
  3. Support the establishment of community-based safe environments for women and children, including child-friendly spaces,  learning spaces, and other safe spaces, with attention to girls, adolescents, and their caregivers, and support the provision of psychological first aid and psychosocial support services.
  4. strengthen referral pathways for children experienced and at risk of violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect by mapping different service provision outlets.
  5. Strengthen the capacity of IPs to complete registration and documentation of the caseload of all unaccompanied, separated, and missing children in the IDP sites and host communities.
  6. Ensure an appropriate and confidential filing system is maintained by social workers and case managers for all identified and registered cases of child protection in the woredas offices of BoWCA.
  7. Assist BOWCA, ZoWCA, and WOWCA to facilitate family tracing,  verification,  and reunification efforts for unaccompanied and separated children in coordination with ICRC/Ethiopian Red Cross (ERCS) and community structures, where appropriate.
  8. Assess alternative care options and ensure all the necessary safeguards are in place and ensure partners abide by the relevant standards and principles.
  9. Support social workers and ZoWCY A/WoWCYA staff to timely and accurately enter all case management/FTR forms into the central case management database for all IDP sites managed by BoWCA.
  10. 10. Identify stakeholders, services, and partners with the capacity to address violence, exploitation, or abuse, including GBV; and build the capacity of partners to provide multi­ sectoral response services (e.g., health, psychosocial support, security, and legal/justice) to victims and survivors.
  11. Provide ongoing capacity assistance and monitor the implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for UASC in coordination with the BOWCA, ZoWCA, their woreda offices, and other implementing partners of UNICEF

  • Follow up and support the implementation of the Regional response plan and Program documents with UNICEF-supported NGOs: Provide technical support to BOWCA, ZoWCA, and NGO partners to implement the overall CP/GBV regional response plans and PCAs and support rapid assessments as deemed timely.
  • child Protection in Emergencies situations and response monitoring and reporting including regular Sit Reps and 5W reporting: On a monthly basis (and ad hoc requests as needed) collect, analyze information and report against the Ethiopia Country Office (ECO HAC Results framework and CP/GBV monitoring framework). Reports will be shared with the ECO through the Child Protection Specialist and Emergency Officer/ Specialist for quality assurance.
  •  Reports: Ensure key reporting requirements are met including inputs for weekly/bi-weekly and monthly sitreps, donor reports, and systematic coordination of appropriate responses on child protection in emergency operational response plans, with other relevant sectors, especially health, education, and WASH.
  • Capacity Building: Based on needs assessment, support and facilitate capacity building of humanitarian actors and front-line workers on child protection, GBV, and PSEA areas and report on results of the capacity building effort
II. CP GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) Coordination

  •  Provide Technical support to regional BOWCA and ZoWCYA to lead the child protection and GBV Area of Responsibility (AoR) coordination, promoting and facilitating active participation from key actors,
  • Work with DPRM, OCHA, the Protection Cluster led by UNHCR, and child protection actors to coordinate inter-agency needs assessment to map out priority child protection issues, and gaps and identify key resources and assets to avoid duplication and build complementarity of partner child protection response. Ensure that Child protection concerns are well addressed.
  • Support the capacity development of the CP AOR members at the regional and zonal level and ensure that clear and effective communication occurs between federal, regional AOR, and zonal AOR and strengthen a more standardized child protection response across all affected areas.
  • Co-led the strategic planning against identified child protection needs and response priorities with AOR members.
  •  Promote  the  implementation  of the  Minimum  Standards  of Child  Protection  in Humanitarian
Action and GBV Humanitarian Standards.

  • Collaborate with the Protection Cluster lead and OCHA to ensure that key child protection concerns are well reflected in all documents and humanitarian initiatives.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other clusters such as the Health and Nutrition Cluster, Education, and WASH Clusters to ensure that CP is mainstreamed across sectors to meet the psychosocial needs of children affected by emergencies and promote multisectoral response to CPiE .
  • Monitor the performance of the inter-agency CP/GBV  response against agreed indicators and monitor the core cluster functions.
  • Represent the CP - GBV Area of Responsibility in humanitarian coordination meetings under the EOC; the Protection Cluster and other relevant meetings.

  •  Conduct monitoring and evaluation activities in accordance with the set PROSPECTS project indicators and maintain strong relationships with implementing partners (Government and non­ government) for this purpose
  • Develop an M&E work plan and tracking matrix in line with the project's thematic standards and practice
  • Develop and manage tools for collecting, tracking, and analyzing data
  • Ensure accurate and timely collection of program data from the field (all participating woredas)
  • Provide regular updates and contribute to monthly, interim and final project reports with sound analysis and documentation of data
  • Provide quality assurance, including data verification, on all reports and information produced by and for the project
  •  Visualize and depict progress on the project and against targets and key milestones
  •  Provide technical support and quality assurance to implementing partners on the collection, use, storage, and sharing of information related to project activities, results, and resources.
  • Initiate data analysis and action planning meetings with the program team to review data trends and overall project performance on a monthly basis.

Job Requirements:

Job Requirements

Expected background and Experience

  •  University degree at an advanced level in the field of Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Community Development, and related.
  •  Extensive work experience relevant to child protection in both development and emergencies may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications for an advanced level;
  • At least 4 years of progressively responsible humanitarian and development work experience in child protection and gender-based violence, including in emergencies with UN Agencies and/or INGOs.

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Health Care, Community Service
Zone 3, Afar
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