Jobs at UNICEF Nigeria

UNICEF Nigeria is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system
, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.

The emergency in the northeast of Nigeria has led to large scale displacement of civilians with the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) estimating 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the six states of the Northeast. The increasing number of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC), including children orphaned in the ongoing hostilities, is a growing issue of concern. There is a pressing need for the Child Protection Programme to scale up its interventions in North East to meet the needs of UASC, and in particular to support alternative care for UASC and the establishment and implementation of family tracing and reunification mechanisms.

If you are a passionate and committed professional and want to make a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
International Child Justice Consultant
Location: Abuja
Experience: 10 year(s)
Course of Study: Law
Required Grade: Not Specified
Job ID: #908706
Location: Abuja

UNICEF is partnering with UNODC to support the Government to implement a major European Union (EU) funded programme of reform of the justice sector. There is a highly detailed international framework for child justice which seeks to ensure an effective response for children in contact and conflict with the law. Key elements of this framework were domesticated through the adoption of the Child Rights Act in 2003. However, the Act is yet to be taken from paper to practice throughout Nigeria.

The Child Justice Reform Programme, under the wider Programme of Support to the Justice Sector in Nigeria, aims to support the Government at Federal level and in ten States to strengthen the institutional framework and develop the specialism required to operationalize the Child Rights Act, and corresponding State level Child Rights Laws.

In particular, the justice system will be supported to more effectively respond to cases of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children and hold perpetrators accountable, to ensure children in conflict with the law are protected from violence and abuse while detained, to ensure children have their due processes guarantees upheld and to promote the use of diversion and alternatives to custody pre- and post-trial.

Purpose of the Consultancy

    Provide expert support to the Government to reform the child justice system
    Ensure timely implementation of the child justice reform programme
    Ensure that child justice is integrated into the wider justice reform programme

Major Tasks to be accomplished:

    Work with UNODC and the Federal and State Government of Nigeria to ensure child justice is taken into consideration in the wider reform of the justice sector
    Support the Ministry of Justice to convene and facilitate meetings of the Sub Committee on Child Rights to discuss key policy issues and oversee the implementation of the child justice reform programme
    Strengthen the capacity of the Nigeria Police Force to respond effectively to children’s cases (children in contact and conflict with the law) and in particular, support the Police to:
    Undertake an inventory of specialized Police Desks;
    Develop a common operating framework for specialized Police Desks;
    Strengthen data collection practices for children's cases;
    Develop a common training package for Desk personnel, following a review of training and learning needs;
    Develop operational manuals for Police responsible for investigating and prosecuting cases; and
    Develop a TOT to deliver the new training curriculum on children for the Police Academies.
    Strengthen the capacity of Family Courts and in particular support the Judiciary to:
    Review the capacity and operation of the Family Court; and
    Develop and implement training for Family Court personnel (including magistrates, assessors, court clerks, prosecutors and social welfare officers), with a focus on child protection cases and the promotion of non-custodial measures
    Conduct a bottleneck analysis for child justice in two focus States
    Support the Government at Federal and State level to develop and pilot a model for pretrial diversion and non-custodial sentencing
    Support the Police, Prosecutors, Ministry of Women's Affairs and Social Development, Prisons and National Human Rights Commission to:
    Finalise a baseline assessment of children in detention;
    Develop a tool for regular collection and collation of disaggregated data on juvenile detainees;
    Develop a tool to monitor the care and treatment of children in detention; and
    Develop a complaints mechanism for detained children
    Support the Nigerian Prison Service to finalise the training module on children, integrate the module into their training curriculum and facilitate a TOT for prison academy instructors
    Support the national consultant to establish a multi-tiered programme for legal aid for under-18s
    Provide biannual implementation reports and quarterly financial reports
    Monitor the implementation of the Child Justice Reform Programme

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required

    Advanced University degree in social sciences or law (qualification as a lawyer, advocate, barrister or solicitor and 10 years' experience will be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree)
    8 years professional experience in justice sector reform
    Experience of working with government and NGO partners to implement justice sector programmes
    Understanding of the international framework for child justice
    Excellent organizational and planning skills
    Strong advocacy skills
    Strong written skills
    Fluency in English
    Experience in implementing child justice reform programmes is desirable
    Experience in devising and implementing diversion and alternative sentencing programmes for under-18s is desirable
    Experience in designing and implementing legal aid programmes is desirable

Application Closing Date
8th April, 2015.

How To Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their application, accompanied by an updated CV in English and a completed United National Personal History Form, which can be download below and sent to:

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