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Afghanistan: International Consultant (Sub cluster Coordinator)

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 21 Nov 2017


As part of UNICEF's Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action, the Child Protection Sub Cluster Coordinator is expected to provide leadership and support to the national and regional child protection coordination structures. To fulfill this function, UNICEF seeking support of a Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator is to ensure the overall Sub-Cluster coordination. The Sub-Cluster coordinator will be supervised by the Child Protection Specialist on CPiE and MRM.

Scope of work

  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of Sub-Cluster members, CPWG at national and regional level in planning and responding to child protection in emergencies as well as on how to monitor and report on child protection interventions using the CP-Sub-Cluster Information Management System.
  • Provide strong leadership to child protection coordination at national and sub-national level
  • Supported integrated response for child protection among CP actors and across the sub-clusters and clusters
  • Collaborate with the Protection Cluster lead and OCHA to ensure that key child protection concerns are well reflected in all documents and humanitarian initiatives, including advocacy efforts by the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and other fora.

Tasks and Responsibilities

The child protection Sub-Cluster coordinator will be responsible for the following;

Capacity Building

  • Support the capacity development of the CP Sub-Cluster members, and regional Sub-Cluster teams and ensure standardization of child protection response across the regions. The Sub-Cluster coordinator will develop a capacity development plan for the child protection Sub-Cluster. In collaboration with the regional Sub-Cluster coordinators, ensure the implementation of the plan. The Sub-Cluster coordinator will support the harmonization of the different training materials used by partners in CPiE programming.

Deliverables: Capacity Development Plan and Road map for implementation:


  • Work with OCHA, the Protection Cluster lead by UNHCR and child protection actors to coordinate inter-agency needs assessments to map out priority child protection issues, gaps and identify key resources and assets, including existing child protection systems (both formal and informal) for prevention and response to child protection needs.
  • Ensure rapid child protection assessment are conducted in areas on new displacement in collaboration with other actors.
  • Ensure assessments by other actors have a reflection of child protection components.
  • Develop strategic plans against identified child protection needs and response priorities with Sub-Cluster members.

Deliverables: Child Protection Needs Assessment & strategic plan for response developed.

Technical capacity to key planning and fundraising frame works

  • Undertake technical reviews of projects submitted to the Sub-Cluster for funding under the Consolidated Appeal/Humanitarian Response Plan, Humanitarian Pooling Fund, Common Humanitarian Fund, and Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and contribute to the analysis of reports provided on the implementation of these projects.

Deliverables; HRP with CPiE input, Report of partners supported to access funding, funds leveraged through the above mechanisms.

Coordination and leadership of the child Protection response with other clusters and sub-clusters

  • Represent the CP Sub-Cluster in humanitarian coordination meetings such as the OCHA led Inter-Cluster Coordination Meeting (ICCM), the Protection Cluster and other meetings called by the Humanitarian Coordinator and team.
  • Support establishment of regional child protection Sub-Cluster, where they do not exist, and ensure regular coordination meetings are held at national and regional/zonal level.
  • Promoting and facilitating active participation from key actors, including governments at national and sub-national levels, international and national NGOs, civil society and other relevant actors.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other Clusters such as the Gender-based Violence Sub-Cluster to ensure that CP and GBV actors work together to meet the comprehensive GBV-related needs of children and the Education Cluster to ensure that CP and emergency education actors work together to meet the psychosocial needs of children affected by emergencies

Deliverables: Minutes of the meetings, regional coordination established, joint initiatives with education & GBV.


  • Advocate with donors to fund child protection response during the emergency while also supporting Sub-Cluster members to mobilize resources for their own activities.
  • Ensure that CP regional Sub-Cluster and National Sub-clusters members are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards on Child Protection and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law and the national legislative framework.

Deliverables/Outputs: Developed comprehensive capacity building plan.

Timeframe: Month 1, 2

Payment schedule: 16.66%

Deliverables/Outputs: Training report for key CP actors in CPiE standards including case management.

Timeframe: Month 3, 4

Payment schedule: 16.66%

Deliverables/Outputs: Child Protection Needs Assessment conducted & strategic plan for response in new emergencies developed.

Timeframe: Month 3, 4

Payment schedule: 16.66%

Deliverables/Outputs: Planning frame works like HRP and CHF have quality CPiE inputs.

Timeframe: Month 3,4,5

Payment schedule: 16.66%

Deliverables/Outputs: Minutes of the zonal and national Child Protection Sub-Cluster’ meetings is shared with key actors.

Timeframe: Month 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Payment schedule: 16.66%

Deliverables/Outputs: Advocacy strategy developed to respond to key child protection concerns.

Timeframe: Month 4, 5

Payment schedule: 16.66%

Requirements (Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required)

  • Master degree in Development Studies, Sociology or related Social Science field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in social research and evaluations in the development and humanitarian fields
  • Experience in either the UN and/or NGO, especially in emergency settings and with a strong child protection background.
  • Background and familiarity with international human rights and humanitarian law and emergency response is an asset
  • Substantial experience working on protection, human rights monitoring and armed conflict related issues is highly desirable.
  • Experience in humanitarian negotiation and coordination is highly desirable

  • How to apply:

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