Child Protection Specialist (Child Welfare)

Child Protection Specialist (Child Welfare), NO-C, Ha Noi, Viet Nam (for Vietnamese Nationals only)

Job Number: 508510 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Viet Nam
Work Type : Fixed Term Staff

If you are qualified and looking for a chance to make a real difference in the lives of Vietnamese children while gaining opportunities for career growth, you are invited to apply for the following posts with The United Nations Children's Fund.

For every child, a champion!

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nation.

How can you make a difference?

Job organizational context:  Viet Nam is part of the global UN "Delivering As One" reform initiative, whereby Viet Nam has agreed to capitalize on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family and look at ways to increase the UN system's impact. In Viet Nam, the initiative brings together the expertise, experience and capacities of all UN agencies in the country to provide more coordinated and effective assistance. The six pillars of reform in Viet Nam include One Plan, One Budget, One Leader, One Set of Management Practices, One Voice and the Green One UN House. The UNICEF Viet Nam office is located within the Green One UN House, where UN Agencies are seated according to function rather than Agency.

Direct supervision by Chief of Child Protection - overall task allocation, guidance, supervision on programme result areas will be provided by the Chief of Child Protection section through meetings and exchanges with the incumbent and through section meetings.

Purpose for the job: Accountable for the planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of the child protection system strengthening component of the Child Protection Programme to ensure overall efficiency and effectiveness of the project management, delivery and accomplishment of project goals and objectives.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities: as per attached JD.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

The ideal candidate is someone with a strong background in child protection and children's rights, who has a superior understanding of social work. They must be a self-starter who has demonstrated their ability to operate in a professional manner at a high-level within an inter-governmental or multi-lateral organization (for e.g. UNICEF, UN, ASEAN), as well as with Government(s). The ideal candidate is someone with leadership skills and has demonstrated the ability to work positively and collaboratively within and across teams in a large organization(s). Finally, the candidate must be able to communicate fluently in English, both written and verbal.

Education: Advanced university degree, preferably in social work, social sciences, or other relevant field.


  • Five years of professional work experience at national or international levels in child protection.
  • Background/familiarity with Emergency.

Specific Technical Knowledge Required:

  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge on child protection systems strengthening and child development
  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in social work or strengthening social welfare systems, preferably as it relates to children.
  • Demonstrated advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods in the following areas: child protection, child development, strengthening child protection systems, strengthening partner capacity for protecting children against violence, including harmful traditional practices
  • Solid knowledge of use of data and indicators in child protection.

Common Technical Knowledge Required (applicable only to those who are or have been staff members of UNICEF or the UN common system):

  • Methodology of programme/project management
  • Programmatic goals, policies and strategies for sectoral programmes
  • Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women.
  • UNICEF policies and strategy in child protection, including: natural disasters, and recovery.
  • UNICEF financial, supply and administrative rules and regulations.
  • Rights-based and Results-based programming in UNICEF.
  • UNICEF programme policy, procedures and guidelines in the Manual.
  • UNICEF Strategic Plan
  • UN guideline on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN staff and partners.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Vietnamese.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication (II), Working with People (II) and Drive for Results (II).

Functional Competencies:

    Leading and Supervising [I]
    Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
    Analyzing  [III]
    Relating and Networking [ II ]
    Deciding and Initiating Action [ II ]
    Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]

To view our competency framework, please click here.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 13 November 2017 at 23:55 hours Ha Noi Time.

What we can offer you?

Competitive salary: Ranging from USD44,738 (net annually), depending on qualifications and experience.

Pension benefits: You will become a participant in the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund.

Health insurance scheme: You and your eligible dependents will be covered by the UN Medical Insurance Plan.

Professional Development: you will have different learning opportunities to strengthen your skills and competencies.

Become part of the United Nations: As an International organization that is part of the United Nations system, UNICEF offers opportunities to learn from other countries, and possible career options outside Viet Nam.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. 

Opening Date: Tue Oct 31 2017 09:00:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time) SE Asia Standard Time

Closing Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 23:55:00 GMT+0700 (SE Asia Standard Time)


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Mon, 2017-11-13