Jun 122019

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Mexico
Closing date: 18 Jun 2019

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life – in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions -her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens – addressing inequity – not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context

UNICEF has developed a multi-country plan to protect the rights of children and adolescents in migration contexts, called “Children on the Move”. UNICEF offices in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are participating in this initiative. The plan offers a comprehensive approach and specific actions to address the rights of children and adolescents, who are following the migration route in the countries of origin, transit, destination and return.

In Mexico, UNICEF is working with civil society organizations to develop field experiences on alternatives to detention, psychosocial support and articulated social and community services for migrant children and adolescents, asylum seekers and refugees. The initiative is aimed at the professionalization of the shelters that receive migrant children and their connection with the state institutions to guarantee their rights in Mexico. To date, the initiative has been implemented in nine shelters for migrant children and adolescents in five of the country’s states (Chiapas, Tabasco, Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Mexico City).

Additionally, in the last months, there has been a considerably increase in migration in the country, due to several migrant caravans, coming mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, that have crossed the Mexican territory and have begun to settle in Mexico, waiting for an opportunity to enter into the Unites States. This situation has caused a humanitarian crisis in the country that has forced UNICEF Mexico to respond and extend the strategies developed by the Children on the Move initiative to the state of Chiapas and other areas of the northern border, as part of its own strategies to respond to the emergency. Therefore, to address the latter UNICEF Mexico will open soon a Field Office in Tapachula, Chiapas.

Under the direct supervision of the Field Office Manager in Tapachula, the Child Protection Officer will provide professional technical assistance and support the section by carrying out the specific activities and responsibilities listed below, to help develop, implement and monitor the “Children on the Move” multi-country initiative’s Action Plan in Mexico, and the emergency response actions undertaken to face the migration crisis in the country, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF’s rules and regulations in Tapachula.

How can you make a difference?

  • Carry out advocacy activities to guarantee the rights of the children

  • Promote the coordination amongst the three levels of the government with different actors to find short and medium-term solutions to protect and support children and adolescents in extreme vulnerability in the state of Chiapas (to activate the comprehensive protection system);
  • Monitor and visit the sites -such as private and public shelters and other institutions- where children and adolescents are located to carry out the logistical organization to distribute the supplements required, and to provide follow-up of the psychosocial activities (transport, travel expenses, supporting staff, stationary, case management support, etc.);
  • In case shelters or spaces are enabled to receive large groups of migrants with children and adolescents, to coordinate and implement UNICEF’s strategy to enable child friendly spaces/corners for children and adolescents with the objective to promote their psychosocial recovery, and to detect specific protection needs. If this case is given, the following specific tasks will be developed:

  • Carry out the necessary operations to open the space.
  • Supervise that the partners and allies of UNICEF that are in charge of the playful, recreational and psychosocial recovery activities, they carry these out in the agreed time and manner, and that they do carry out the corresponding activities;
  • Coordinate in all that is necessary with the authorities and other actors that work within the shelters and spaces/corners where the UNICEF strategy is executed;
  • Provide recommendations towards the improved operation of the spaces;
  • Follow-up the situation and needs of the children and adolescents that go every day to the spaces, and if needed to refer or report the cases that require particular or specific attention from the protection authorities;
  • Follow-up any other situation that is necessary for the proper operation of the spaces;
  • Provide technical assistance to implement the alternative care model
  • Promote UNICEF alternative care model for children and adolescents in the context of migration in Tapachula from a child-rights approach;
  • Provide technical assistance to implement the alternative care model for children and adolescents;
  • 3. Carry out internal coordination activities and prepare monitoring reports

  • Follow-up the implementation of the all the above-mentioned activities as required by UNICEF Central Office;
  • Participate in the organization of all the field visits as required by UNICEF Central Office;
  • Communicate permanently with UNICEF Central Office, and with the other UNICEF field liaisons to share the challenges, progresses and good practices, and to coordinate the actions in the field;
  • Prepare monitoring reports regarding programme results and situation analysis.
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required; Law, Social Sciences or other related areas; desirable a master’s in human rights.
  • Experience: A minimum of one year of relevant experience in the field of child protection, and adolescent rights, international protection procedures and migration contexts.
  • Experience working in field location/areas.
  • Experience in advocacy efforts on migration and special protection system for children.
  • Background/familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset.
  • Experience in cultivating relations with public and private (NGOs, shelters, UN Agencies, among others) institutions at federal and local level.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in Spanish and proficiency in English required.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

    The competencies required for this post are… Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise,Learning and Researching; Planning and Organizing

    View our competency framework at

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

    UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • Candidates must be of Mexican Nationality
  • 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

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