UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds 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, a champion
UNICEF is the agency of the United Nations mandated to advocate for the protection of childrens rights, to help meet their basic needs, ensure their protection and expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together with its partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded girls and boys, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Commitments and the Government of Ghana priorities outlined in the Child and Family Welfare Policy, Justice for Children Policy and Gender Policy, the GoG/UNICEF Ghana Child Protection Programme (2018-2022) aims to support the development of an integrated and effective system for the protection of children against all forms of neglect, violence, abuse and exploitation, with focus on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged girls and boys.
The Child Protection (CP) Section of UNICEF Ghana undertakes and commissions research on emerging or current issues of relevance for the protection of children to inform the strategic directions, policies and programmes of UNICEF, Governments and their partners. The CP section explores emerging issues and evidence, identifies research gaps, brings together existing researchers, and supports or undertakes research and data collection to address critical questions and to inform policy dialogue and implementation at country level in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders.
How can you make a difference?
The purpose of this call is to solicit applications from national researchers who are interested in conducting studies related to child protection in Ghana.
Following the close of this call, an initial screening and short list of candidates will be prepared. A brief discussion or assessment of candidates may be done. Selected candidates will be placed on a pre-approved roster which will remain valid for a period of 24 months, and to be contacted for assignments on their areas of expertise Candidates placed in the roster will be informed.
While placement in the roster does not guarantee a contract during this time, the CP Section of UNICEF Ghana will be able to review and consider your profile, as and when research and studies are commissioned.
Research activities are carried out in six main streams:
(1) Sexual and Gender-based Violence;
(2) Adolescent Pregnancy and Child Marriage;
(3) Child Labour, Worst Forms of Child Labour, Human Trafficking and Slavery;
(4) Children in Conflict and contact with the law;
(5) Violence, Abuse, Custody, Maintenance or Neglect (Online/Offline); and
(6) Children without parental care, Unaccompanied or Separated.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
Hold a Masters degree ( PhD is an asset) in a relevant field (e.g. education, international development, public policy, social sciences, law, human rights, gender, etc.);
At least 8 years of experience, including leading and coordinating qualitative and or quantitative research and studies related to child protection.
International research experience is an asset.
Must be Ghanaian national
Track record in publishing articles on child protection related issues in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Strong analytical, communication and writing capacity including proficiency in relevant data analysis software (SPSS, Stata, NVivo, Atlas.ti, etc.)
Experience and proficiency in working independently and in leading and training research teams;
Experience working with a large variety of cross-sectoral stakeholders including with government;
Fluency in English verbal and written