Jobs at UNICEF Nigeria

Child Protection Specialist (Psychosocial Support)
Location: Abuja
Experience: 5 year(s)
Course of Study: Psychology

Required Grade: Not Specified
Vacancy number: VN-NGR-40-2014

Level: International Professional (L3)

Contract Type: Temporary Appointment (TA)

Duration: 6 months

Location: Abuja/ Borno

Deadline for receipt of application: 19 November 2014

The successful candidate will be responsible for strengthening the protective environment for children, reinforcing the resilience of children and adolescents and families living and ensuring severely affected children are appropriately referred to specialist support services in the three States of Emergency in the North East of Nigeria.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

    Manage the implementation and scale up of the PSS programme in the States of Emergency (Borno, Yobe and Adamawa)
    Manage the scale up training for key stakeholders and step down trainings on PSS, including the identification of training needs and skills gaps
    Deliver training for the trainers and support step down training for community volunteers
    Provide continued technical support to the training and supervision teams and the community volunteers, including establishing and managing a support system for community level volunteers
    Support the development of community based activities and delivery of psychosocial support services by the community volunteers
    Manage and quality ensure the work of the team of third party local consultants responsible for overseeing and monitoring the PSS programme
    Establish and strengthen relations with stakeholders in the affected State working on similar issues and promote and support coordination around similar initiatives.
    Support coordination of the mental health and psychosocial support reference working group at Federal level and establishment and support of a coordination mechanism for psychosocial support at State and Local Government Authority Level.
    Support the integration of psychosocial support programme in other key sectors such as education, health & nutrition and C4D
    Support development of an effective referral mechanism for mental health and psychosocial support at Local Government Authority Level and for inter-state referrals
    Undertake a psychosocial needs assessment to establish the psychosocial resources (formal and informal) and needs of the displaced population as a result of the conflict
    Develop and implement a monitoring framework to ensure implementation progress is as planned and to track whether the institutional capacity, community and religious leader’s engagement, and training components are meeting the needs and producing the expected results.

Overall programme management and coordination of the PPS programme, including developing workplans, budgeting, donor reports, etc

Qualifications and Competencies required:

    Advanced university degree in Social Work, psychology, social science or related field
    Minimum of 5 years demonstrable professional experience in implementing community based psychosocial support programmes. At least 3 years of experience in designing and delivering training in PSS, preferably in humanitarian crises/emergency settings
    Fluency in English
    Excellent training and communication skills
    Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions
    Proven track records of taking initiative

How to apply:

Candidates interested in the above position should submit his/her application, accompanied by updated CV in English and a completed United Nations Personal History Form, (which can be downloaded from our website at to the email address below on or before Wednesday, 19 November 2014.


Please put the position title you are applying for on the subject line of your email.

UNICEF, a smoke-free environment, is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly women are strongly encouraged to apply.