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Gambia: Programme Manager (Protection and Inclusion of Children), P-3, Banjul, Gambia, #100494

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Gambia
Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. For every child, a future…

The Gambia is a small country with a population of 1,882,450, surrounded by Senegal to the North, East and South and the Atlantic Ocean to the West. UNICEF works in The Gambia on a number of children’s rights issues including addressing harmful traditional practices, the right to quality education, maternal and child health, immunization and WASH amongst other programming priorities.

Reporting to the Deputy Representative, the Protection and Inclusion of Children (PIC) section covers the three areas of child protection, education and social protection, where the programming model, as described in the 2017-2021 Country Programme Document, combines three programming areas where there is significant convergence where excluded children from formal education are often those most at risk from violence and traditional harmful practices. The PIC section, as such, is unique to UNICEF The Gambia and aims to ensure strong programming harmonization in a small office with multiple programming challenges.

For more information on The Gambia Country Office, visit:

How can you make a difference? The role of the PIC Programme Manager is to strengthen coordination and advocacy of components of the PIC Section as well as providing strong management to ensure quality programming for excluded and marginalized children in need of protection and inclusion. This additional capacity will position the organization for strong advocacy at upstream levels, pursuing high profile programming objectives including FGM/C and Child Marriage, as well as driving inclusive education, early learning, a nascent social protection system and other challenges regarding traditional harmful practices, access to justice and violence against children.

This will involve:

  • Support to programs/projects development and planning;
  • Program management, monitoring and delivery of results;
  • Technical and operational support to program implementation;
  • Networking and partnership building;
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An Advanced University degree (Master’s or higher) in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, education or other social science field is required. A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/other related areas at the international level some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required.
  • Relevant experience in child protection, education or social protection and related areas, program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.
  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage, and Child Protection background strongly preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

Attached to this advertisement are the full details of the job description.Protection and Inclusion of Children Programme Manager P3 NEW.doc

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

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

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link