Consultant - Social Work for Children, Beijing China

from UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. 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 fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

How can you make a difference?

We are seeking a professionally qualified and experienced child protection consultant, with social work for children and research skills and ideally experience or familiarity in IT and website maintenance. Duration is 15 Mar 2018 – 28 Feb 2019.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Child Protection Officer responsible for the social work portfolio of the section, the consultant will provide technical support in conducting research on and documenting national and international best practices in social work for children, in formulating, implementing, and monitoring UNICEF China's child protection programme with a focus on social work for children and in communicating UNICEF's work and research in this area. The consultant works in close collaboration with the other team members of the Child Protection Section as well as with other programme sections and the Communication section in UNICEF China.

Main areas of responsibilities include:

Policy research and development:

  • Conduct analysis of the latest developments in social work for children (national and international), summarise and document these for sharing within UNICEF China and with our partners;
  • Assist in the implementation of research, including the EAPRO mappingand assessment of the social service workforce to prevent and respond to violence against children in China;
  • Assist in organizing a national or sub-national conference on social work for children.
  • Pilot of social work services in rural and poverty stricken areas:

  • Support the implementation and technical assurance of the pilot project on social work service for children in rural and poverty stricken areas, including developing indicators, capacity building for implementing partners, and conducting field monitoring trips;
  • Support the discussion and development of social work services for families, including family based interventions, case management, and the linkage with other social services.
  • Capacity building for professionals and para-professionals:

  • Support the communication with counterpart, implementing partners and UNICEF colleagues for the development of the online learning platform for (para-) social workers, with a focus on course development related to child rights, child protection, social work for children and community based services;
  • Support the development of standard training and training of trainers (TOT) materials to build a sustainable model for capacity development on social work for children.
  • Others:

  • Support programme communication, advocacy and reporting, including preparing statements, advocacy materials, presentations, and strategy papers in the area of social work for children and related areas;
  • Assist in providing input to donor report and other reporting as required.
  • To qualify, you will have…

  • At least five years’ relevant work experience, preferably at the national or international level in the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of development projects or as a professional social worker;
  • Proven analytical and research skills in the area of social work for children and knowledge of child protection issues in China;
  • Previous experience in/with the UN, including knowledge of UN/UNICEF programme and operations, policies and procedures an asset;
  • Previous experience or familiarity in IT and website maintenance an asset;
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Strong relationship building skills with internal and external counterparts;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Creative thinking and ability to take initiatives;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Promotes a learning environment within and outside the team;
  • Computer skills: Command of standard office software packages.
  • Full professional proficiency in English and Chinese, written and oral.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • Respect for and adherence to UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, and Integrity
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work in a multicultural environment
  • Strong drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work
  • Interest in learning and researching, gathering comprehensive information to support decision making
  • If you recognise yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, please review the full Terms of Reference through this link and send a Cover Letter and CV as well as a financial proposal indicating your daily consultancy rate to, or apply online through (requisition 510871). The deadline for receipt of applications is 28 Feb. 2018.

    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