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UNICEF JOB : Child Protection Officer, NOB , FT, Abuja , Nigeria #00123436

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Job Vacancy Announcement: Child Protection Officer, NOB, Full-Time Location: Abuja, Nigeria (Reference #00123436) Position Level: NO-B (National Professional Officer) Application Deadline: November 6, 2023

UNICEF operates in some of the world’s most challenging environments to reach and support the most vulnerable children, safeguard their rights, and enable them to achieve their full potential. With a presence in 190 countries and territories, we are dedicated to working for every child, everywhere, every day, to create a better world for all.

Our commitment is unwavering.

For every child, protection is paramount.

In Nigeria, UNICEF works within a complex humanitarian and development context to uphold and defend children’s rights in partnership with the government, civil society, children, and families. UNICEF Nigeria is among the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally. To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Nigeria, please visit: UNICEF in Nigeria.

Organizational Context and Job Purpose:

UNICEF’s core mission is to advocate for the rights of every child, everywhere, in every aspect of our work, including programs, advocacy, and operations. Our commitment to equity underscores a focus on the most marginalized and excluded children and families. This commitment ensures that every child has an equal opportunity to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential, free from discrimination or favoritism. UNICEF’s efforts to address inequality and promote the health, education, and protection of marginalized populations not only allow all children to reach their potential but also contribute to the long-term stability and development of nations. This emphasis on equity is crucial for advancing the universal mandate of UNICEF, as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while supporting the equitable development of nations.

How Can You Make a Difference?

The Child Protection Officer, reporting to the Chief of Child Protection or Child Protection Specialist, provides professional technical, operational, and administrative support throughout the child protection program’s lifecycle within the Country Programme. This role involves tasks related to program development, planning, implementation, progress monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.

Key Responsibilities:

Summary of Key Functions/Accountabilities:

  1. Support program development and planning.
  2. Program management, monitoring, and delivery of results.
  3. Technical and operational support for program implementation.
  4. Networking and partnership building.
  5. Innovation, knowledge management, and capacity building.

To Qualify as an Advocate for Every Child, You Will Have:


  • A university degree in fields such as international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or other relevant social sciences.


  • At least two years of professional experience in social development planning and management, particularly in child protection-related areas.
  • Experience working in a developing country is a plus.
  • Relevant experience in program development related to child protection in a UN system agency or organization is also beneficial.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Proficiency in English is mandatory. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For Every Child, You Demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post include:

  • Builds and maintains partnerships.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness.
  • Drives to achieve results.
  • Innovates and embraces change.
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity.
  • Thinks and acts strategically.
  • Works collaboratively with others.
  • Nurtures, leads, and manages people.


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UNICEF is dedicated to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, encouraging all candidates, regardless of gender, nationality, religion, ethnicity, including persons with disabilities, to apply and join our organization. We offer various benefits, such as paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks, and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. UNICEF strongly supports flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF maintains a zero-tolerance policy towards conduct that contradicts the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF. This includes sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will undergo thorough reference and background checks, including verification of academic credentials and employment history.


UNICEF is fully committed to promoting diversity and inclusion to achieve the best outcomes for children. Female candidates who meet the eligibility criteria are strongly encouraged to apply.

International professional employment with UNICEF requires mobility as an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

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