Ongoing Recruitments at UNICEF


Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified graduates for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Recruitments. The Application deadline is 11th April 2019.

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. The Polish physician Ludwik Rajchman is widely regarded as the founder of UNICEF and served as its first chairman from 1946. On Rajchman’s suggestion, the American Maurice Pate was appointed its first executive director, serving from 1947 until his death in 1965. In 1950, UNICEF’s mandate was extended to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words “international” and “emergency” were dropped from the organization’s name, making it simply the United Nations Children’s Fund, retaining the original acronym, “UNICEF”.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: International Consultant – P3, Child Protection Specialist – Public Finance

Job Number: 520998
Location: Nigeria
Work Type: Consultancy
Purpose of Assignment

  • Under the guidance of the Child Protection System Strengthening Manager, the international consultant will contribute to the advocacy for increased public budget allocations to sufficiently finance a functioning child protection system in identified Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at Federal level and in identified focus states in Nigeria.

A precondition for a successful strengthening of a child protection system is dependent upon the extent to which the government sufficiently allocates and releases funds to coordinate and provide a minimum package of both preventive and responsive child protection services. In order to ascertain adequate budget allocations and to advocate for increased investments for child protection, UNICEF has conducted a series of budgetary assessments in 2017 including:

  • The Child Protection Financial Benchmark, which provided a comparative indication of expenditure on child protection services by Federal and State MDAs for the latest audited financial years (2014-2015);
  • The Economic Burden of Violence against Children study, which analyses the cost of inaction of not investing in child protection services in terms of annual GDP loss for Nigeria, and
  • A costing analysis of child protection services at Federal level and in focus states to inform the next budget submissions. Having strong evidence is key for successful advocacy to increase budget allocations. It is also a basis for the development of budgetary guidelines to support State governments to make informed financial planning in the future.

In order to continue UNICEFs technical support and ongoing advocacy initiatives with key MDAs at federal and state level and to ensure that required budget lines with specific allocation on child protection services are sustainably included into future budget submissions, UNICEF is seeking to hire an international consultant.
Programme ID & Specific Project Involved: Outcome 6: Children who are victims or at significant risk of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, including those in humanitarian settings, receive quality preventive and responsive services from a functioning child protection system.
Specific Project Objective to which the consultant is related:

  • Output 6.1: The legislative and institutional framework is strengthened to better protect children vulnerable and exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation.

Purpose of the Consultancy:

  • The purpose of this consultancy is to lead the programme planning for the Public Financing for Children (PF4C) component under Output 6.1.2 of UNICEF Nigeria Child Protection Rolling Work Plan 2019-2020 with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
  • Leading the PF4C programme planning includes the monitoring and implementation of activities, the completion and implementation of advocacy strategies with key governmental stakeholders, the provision of technical assistance for submission of child protection inclusive budgets by key MDAs at federal and state level, the development and dissemination of related budgetary guidelines to inform the future budgetary cycles, the replication of the PF4C strategy in additional Nigerian states, the initiation of a study on the impact of PF4C in Nigeria, and the recruitment and coordination of expert consultancy firms and  individual consultants.

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required

  • Advanced University Degree in Social Science, Finance and Economic Sciences, or related field (Masters or equivalent level)
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in Child Protection and/or Social Policy programme management
  • Experience in policy/advocacy, specifically and specifically in the field of for budgeting and financing is a strong asset
  • Abreast with latest development in the field of public finances and budgeting an asset
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills – both oral and written
  • Experience with UNICEF is desirable
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience working with government is an asset
  • Experience working in Nigeria and/or the region is desirable

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.

View our competency framework at

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply




Job Title: Child Protection Specialist (CPiE), Temporary Appointment, P-4
Job Number: 521003
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Work Type: Temporary Appointment
Children have been acutely impacted by the conflict: they have been recruited and used by both sides to the conflict. The government estimates that over 8,000 children have been used by NSAG in combat and non-combatant roles and since 2012, girls and boys are being used by NSAG for suicide attacks. Children who are perceived by the community to have been active combatants of NSAG may be stigmatized or rejected by their families upon return. Some may even be at risk of being attacked by members of the community.
Sexual violence has also been a characteristic of the conflict: it is estimated that 7,000 women and girls have suffered conflict related sexual violence, including following abduction by NSAG and forced into marriages and giving birth to children of members of the NSAG fighters. These women and girls, as well as their children born of rape, often face additional levels of stigma and in some cases violence as they return to their communities following an escape or rescue by the Nigerian Security Forces (NSF).
UNICEF provides technical and financial support to state government partners to coordinate and manage the interim rehabilitation transit centre based in Maiduguri. Support includes training initiatives to enhance capacities to develop, implement and monitor comprehensive social and economic reintegration programme, and promote a protective environment at community level for sustained and safe returns as well as to prevent the recruitment and use of children by armed forces and groups. UNICEF continues to advocate for the signing of a handover protocol for children encountered or detained by the military to civilian authorities and communities and for the endorsement of the Paris Commitments and Paris Principles on the protection of children recruited into armed forces or groups.
Job Description
How can you make a difference?

  • Under the direct supervision of the Child Protection in Emergency Manager based in Maiduguri, and with oversight guidance from the Chief of Child Protection based in Abuja, the overall objective of the post is to support overall implementation of children associated with armed forces and groups (CAAFAG) reintegration programme as well as designing and implementing expanded and quality prevention and response initiatives.
  • The incumbent will also support advocacy efforts for the signing of the handover protocol to ensure their prompt release and safe and supported safe return, reintegration and recovery from their experiences.
  • Lead the implementation of social and economic reintegration for CAAFAG and monitoring, planning, implementation and management of the reintegration grants including EU grants, prepare donor reports, develop works plan for the reintegration grants;
  • Work with partners, notably IOM and UNDP among others, to ensure better reintegration of children who were associated with NSAG and including girls and women who have suffered conflict related sexual violence, through the provision of individual psychosocial support, empowerment/livelihoods, peer group support, family tracing, reunification and reconciliation, and community dialogue to promote return and reintegration;
  • Support in the establishment and monitoring of the reintegration programme for girls and boys in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States;
  • Work with state ministries and other actors to implement community based social and economic reintegration strategy for children associated with armed groups including survivors of conflict related sexual violence. Provide technical guidance for implementation of the strategy and programme on the reintegration of children associated with armed groups (CAAFAG);
  • Support the tracing and reunification of families for children with coordination and support of UASC specialist;
  • Support the development of community-based reintegration activities for affected children including girls and women with the support of GBV specialist;
  • Engage with religious and community leaders to promote reintegration of children including girls and women;
  • Manage and quality assure the work of the team of consultants and third party local consultants responsible for overseeing and monitoring the reintegration programme;
  • Ensure effective linkages with other components of the child protection in emergencies programme;
  • Contribute to the development of new programme cooperation agreements with international and national NGOs for the reintegration of children and women;
  • In close collaboration with the Information Management specialist and officers, ensure robust data collection to capture the number of beneficiaries reached by the programme and the impact of the programme, including management of the evaluation of the programme;
  • Facilitate the training of and ongoing support for state and non-state actors, including community volunteers, on the reintegration of CAAFAG;
  • Facilitate the training of military and security personnel on child protection and engage in advocacy on the handover of children from military authorities to civilian authorities;
  • Strengthen the referral mechanism for CAAFAG to available services and programmes, including education and livelihoods programming;
  • Establish and manage peacebuilding initiatives in focus communities, including the establishment of peacebuilding clubs;
  • Manage the children associated with armed groups programme, including ensuring timely implementation of activities, timely reporting to the donors, compliance with visibility requirements and compliance with internal UNICEF procedures and processes;
  • Support and assist to implement the CJTF Action Plan including documentation, verification, separation and reintegration.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced University Degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Work, Social Science, Development Studies or its equivalent is required.
  • A minimum of [8]  eight years of relevant professional experience in implementing child protection and social and economic reintegration in emergencies including child protection case management is required.
  • Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions required.
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English required.
  • Experience in management of multiple grants required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
  • Experience in advocating with military/security forces for the handover of children and Experience in implementing peacebuilding programmes is an asset.
  • Experience in implementation of CJTF Action Plans is an asset.
  • Experience in team management is an asset.
  • Experience of implementing support/reintegration programmes for girls and women associated with armed groups/victims of conflict related sexual violence is an asset.
  • Experience of working with community structures and/or religious groups and leaders on child recruitment and child protection is is an asset.
  • Experience in case management and tracing and reunification programmes for unaccompanied and separated children is an asset.
  • Experience in team management asset
  • The position is based in Maiduguri (non-family duty station), Borno State in Eastern Nigeria with regular travel to Adamawa and Yobe States and identified Local Government Areas (LGAs).*

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:
Core Values (Required):

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core Competencies (Required):

  • Communication (Level II)
  • Working with People (II)
  • Drive for Results (II)

Functional Competencies (Required):

  • Leading & Supervising (Level II)
  • Formulating Strategies & Concepts (Level II)
  • Analyzing (Level III)
  • Relating & Networking (Level II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (Level III)

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.

View our competency framework at

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply



  • 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.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


Application Deadline: 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (W. Central Africa Standard Time); 11th April 2019.

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