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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 nations.
Approximately one child in ten is born with or acquires a disability. Children with disabilities are likely to live in poverty, be excluded from school and from health and nutrition services. Exclusion is
often aggravated by lack of disability-related data to inform policy and services and by stigma and discrimination in the community. The work concerning inclusion and children with disabilities is vital for UNICEF to ensure that the most vulnerable children are given adequate care and support both from state institutions as well as from families and communities. In line with the Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities, children with disabilities are meaningfully contributing to the design, implementation and monitoring of all key policies affecting their lives.
Job organizational context
This position is to be based in Mozambique Country Office (with level 1 accessibility) with in-country and out of country trips as required. The position will include cross sectoral work on disability and inclusion and be supervised by the Child Protection Specialist P4, in close connection with the Deputy Representative, and peers from sectorial programs responsible for this area of UNICEF programs. UNICEF values candidates who have a lived experience of disability and will try its best to provide reasonable accommodation for candidates with disabilities interested in applying.
Purpose for the job
Based within the Deputy Representative’s Office and Child Protection Section, the Specialist will provide technical support on inclusion of children with disabilities in Mozambique. The main focus of his/her work will be programmes and initiatives related to children with disabilities. The specialist will support MCO to develop strategies and interventions to advance social inclusion work with a particular focus on disability. He/she will document and develop capacity among staff and partners on disability-inclusion and share key learning and relevant practice on mainstreamed and targeted approaches. The specialist will ensure integration of disability aspects into the SITAN, collaborate closely with other sections, and develop new partnerships concerned with children and disabilities issues. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as key reference frameworks, the children with disabilities’ right to social inclusion will be mainstreamed in UNICEF programming, and in national systems in Mozambique.
He/she will demonstrate commitment for enhancement of gender-sensitive teamwork as well as capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country programme goals and strategy.
Summary of key functions/ accountabilities:
- Lead the MCO in cross-sectoral work for and with children with disabilities;
- Provide technical assistance to fully integrating disability into the SITAN as well as the strategic planning process;
- Lead in promoting inclusion for children with disabilities, through meaningful participation of children and their caregivers;
- Strengthened partnerships and networks with major organizations, donors and media to move towards positive behaviors and outcomes enhance results for children with disabilities;
- Data and research on the situation of children with disabilities in UNICEF Mozambique supported programming: Improved data on and understanding of the situation of children with disabilities, including of integrating disability into national surveys;
- Project efficiency and effectiveness enhanced through effective planning, implementation follow-on, reporting, including with all implementing partners;
- Support UNICEF MCO Supply to assess the need and develop the strategy on provision of Assistive Technologies (lists, procurement) for children with disabilities;
- Help children with disabilities co-create content put out by UNICEF Mozambique (awareness raising campaigns, comms strategies, disability day, international day of the child, etc);
- Support making UNICEF MCO office gradually accessible;
- Support UNICEF Mozambique IT teams consider basic accessibility features in their work
Impact of Results
The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Officer to program preparation and planning and implementation of programs/projects, contribute to achievement of sustainable results to improve rights of children with disabilities. Success in inclusive programs and projects in turn contribute to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide program services that promotes greater social equality in the country.
- To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advance Degree in social science field is required;
- A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with two (2) additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- Lived experience of disability be it with the child or with self is an asset. Experience in social work is an asset;
- A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in related areas is required. Relevant experience of international and national level advocacy on disability issues is an asset;
- Clearly demonstrated ability to conceptualize development issues and write quality technical reports and analytical materials is essential;
- Program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
- English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset. Knowledge of Portuguese or Spanish is an asset
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….
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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.
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Opening Date Sun Nov 10 2019 23:00:00 GMT-0800 (Horário Padrão do Pacífico) South Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Dec 06 2019 13:55:00 GMT-0800 (Horário Padrão do Pacífico)