International consultant (P2) Justice for Children and peace building efforts

UN Children's Fund, Banjul, Gambia The
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Job Description

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.

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The Gambia, was ranked 172 out of 187 countries in the 2014 UN Human Development Index. With an annual growth rate of 3.3 per cent, the projected population stands at 1.9 million (National Census, 2013). The Gambia is among the few countries in sub-Saharan Africa that have registered substantial progress towards the attainment of the MDGs especially in education, health and gender, some of which have already been achieved. Trends in Infant and Under-Five Mortality Rates (IMR, U5MR) have been on the decrease as reported by the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) 2013 compared to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2010. The data showed that between 2010 and 2013, infant mortality declined from 81 to 34 deaths per 1,000 live births. During the same period, under-five mortality declined from 109 to 54 deaths per 1,000 live births (MICS 2010 and DHS 2013).

How can you make a difference?

Given the importance of strengthening the child protection system and offer efficient protection of children on the move and given the important of establishing a good access to Justice for children, and the current lack of legal expertise in the PIC section, UNICEF is looking for a consultant expert to support its work in both areas of child protection system with focus on children on the move, and Justice for children.

The objectives of the Consultancy are is to assist UNICEF to support strengthening of the child protection system to address all child rights issues. Focus will be on Children on the Move and Justice for children, including supporting UNICEF in developing a transitional justice programme that address children issues in all steps, including truth telling, prosecution, reparation and institutional reform.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced University degree in international development, human rights, international law or other social science field is required
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in designing, implementation and management of humanitarian programme
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proven ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are

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.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.