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Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofans, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.
How can you make a difference?
UNICEF has the ambition to improve birth registration of all children in Sudan so that they can have better access to rights and protection. For these children, but especially for vulnerable children including migrant and refugee children and children of IDPs (children on the move), it is highly important to be able to rely on a birth registration system, which through the deliverance of certificates and ID-documents, will protect them and by decreasing the risks of abuse of personal data, identity theft, etc.
Analysis, review, and studies (consultancy) will allow comprehensive review of the civil registration system , and produce recommendations and clarity in terms of implementation strategies. Refugee population and asylum seekers will be ensuring stronger access to a functioning civil registry (as part of mainstreaming services for refugees/asylum seekers into national services), Also, a system aligned to international systems will make it easier for registration information to be transferrable between systems (is particularly useful for refugee/asylum seeking populations who have the possibility of movement).
To build such a birth registration system in Sudan (universal in coverage, timely and accurate, and ensuringconfidentiality, avoids setting up parallel systems and supportive of the protection of all children, especially the vulnerable), UNICEF will conduct a comprehensive system review of the current system used at the Central Registry with focus on the birth registration national strategy, its implementation, challenges and successes. On these bases a road map for the implementation of key changes will be created, that will ensure that in the short, medium term, Sudan is significantly closer to a birth registration system in accordance with international standards, enabling more accurate registration and better protection of data.
Objective 1: Comprehensive review of the civil registration system, and produce recommendations and clarity in terms of implementation strategies
- Notification and registration of new born, within and outside of health facilities
- Review the federal and state level legislation and policies related to civil registration
- Map the procedure for registration of the national ID number and explore ways to link this to procedures for birth registration and late birth registration, including for vulnerable groups such as refugees, asylum seekers, IDPs, children on the move, etc.
Quality SOPs that considered international and regional similar documents.
Increase in the registration rates in areas populated by refugees, IDPs etc.
Improved BR system for new born
Development of SOPs to improve BR
- Vulnerable children have increased access to BR
Objective 2: Support and strengthening the coordination amongst different stakeholders and strategizing the discussion and setting priorities.
- Support regular coordination meetings of the task force
- Strengthen the integration of BR in Health
- Establish linkages between partners with aim to scale up and standardize birth registration
- Midwives training manual amended
Regular meetings and updated action points
- Support adding additional chapter on BR in the Midwives training manual
Objective 3: improve birth registration of all children in Sudan so that they can have better access to rights and protection.
- Procedures for late birth registration
- Procedures for registration of children without parental care
- Age assessment procedures.
- Procedures for registration of undocumented individuals.
Communities are demanding their rights
Improvement and increase in the registration rates for children without parental care and other vulnerable children
- Communities are aware of their rights to BR and are implementing it.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced University degree in Development Studies, Social science or another relevant technical field
- Relevant work experience in similar projects, Civil Registration or Child Protection
- Strong understanding of Civil Registration Laws, especially in relation to registration, is an asset
- Technical understanding of communication for development is an asset
- Strong analytical, oral & written communication skills
- Proven track record in building and influencing complex multi-stakeholder partnerships
- Self-starter with ability to plan and execute projects in a timely manner
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Demonstrated ability to strategic and conceptual thinking
- Demonstrated skills to understand the challenges related to planning and implementing processes
- Strong planning and organizational skills
- Language skills required: Fluency in English is required, and Arabic is an asset
- At least five years of extensive experience at national or international in similar field.
- Experience in planning, implementation and monitoring of similar projects
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.
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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.
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 http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=523979