Job Board

As part of its overarching goal of information sharing, the Better Care Network posts relevant jobs and consultancies on the BCN newsletter. These jobs, unless noted, are not being administered by the BCN. Please apply directly with the relevant organization and contact the respective organization for additional information. To advertise a job posting on BCN, email BCN Secretariat at   


Child Protection in Emergency Short Term Contract (P3): Alternative Care Specialist

Duration: 3 months Renewable (15th September 2014 – 15th December 2015)

The second outbreak of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) has left many in need of humanitarian assistance, and have significantly exacerbated the acute vulnerabilities facing women and children, especially orphans. Indeed, the provision of social services to orphans has been severely affected by the EVD. UNICEF alternative care programmes have also been affected, facing several challenges: outbreak of epidemic in orphanages; increased number of children infected with Ebola; increased recruitment of children for orphanages in Ebola stricken communities; cessation of family visits; breaking of family ties; negative psychological effect on children. Under the Supervision of the Child Protection Chief of Section, the CP Specialist on alternative care will assess, design and initiate interventions to address the interim, medium and long term care needs of children. The care advisor will be responsible for ensuring that quality programmes and capacities are initiated to provide care and protection to children in a range of in-country locations.

For the full TOR, please click here

Application deadline: Sept 1st by close of business

Send CV and P11 to Ruth O'Connell, indicating position applied for in subject line.


Child Protection in Emergency Short term Contract  (P3): Psychosocial Specialist

Duration:  3 months Renewable (15th September 2014 – 15th March 2015)

The psychosocial specialist will provide technical support to the UNICEF Liberia Country Office in the implementation of the response strategy to the Ebola emergency, specifically in the psychosocial support field.

For full TOR please click here

Application deadline: Sept 1st by close of business

Send CV and P11 to Ruth O'Connell, indicating position applied for in subject line.

UNICEF – Guinée

Child Protection in Emergency Officer (L3)

Duration: 3 months renewable

Since mid-February, the Republic of Guinea has been facing a deadly Ebola epidemic. Children affected by Ebola are exposed to a situation of acute stress given the devastating nature of the disease. Most infected people die in the early stages of the crisis within about 3 days. Thus, children, if they survive, saw suddenly their living environment destabilized in an unexpected way and their family situation completely changed without any preparation for their family reintegration when they become orphans.

Main duties and responsibilities

Support the design and coordinated operationalization of a psychosocial response specifically targeting children and the most affected families in the most concerned communities.

Intervention will be in the broader context of UNICEF Guinea response to Ebola epidemic and will be implemented as part of the national coordination in place for this purpose. 

For full TOR please click here

Application deadline: Sept 1st by close of business

Send CV and P11 to Ruth O'Connell, indicating position applied for in subject line. 

Firelight Foundation: "Safe Communities, Resilient Children"

Call for Letters of Intent 

Submission Deadline: 29 August 2014

Firelight provides grants and funding to grassroots organizations working to keep children safe in their communities, including within their homes and in schools. The foundation is seeking to fund a cohort of partners in Shinyanga Region, Tanzania and in Zimbabwe in the following districts: Kadoma, Kwekwe, Gokwe North, Gokwe South, Nkayi, Lupane, Binga, and Hwange that are working on child rights, child protection, or activities that help build children’s emotional health. 

Firelight is calling for organizations to send letters of inquiry in order to be considered for funding. Letters should include the organization’s contact information, background and history of the organization, the focus of the organization’s potential proposal, and financial information. The deadline for receiving letters of inquiry is 29 August 2014. Organizations will be notified by October 2014 if Firelight is interested in receiving a full proposal. 

To learn more, and to submit a letter of inquiry, please click here

Women’s Refugee Commission
Program Officer, Livelihoods in Emergencies

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people. The WRC will undertake the second year of a two-year research project focused on ensuring livelihood programs implemented during emergencies are effective and safe for participants, and that they do not heighten risks of gender-based violence but, in fact, help to mitigate those risks. The Program Officer will field test the recommendations, guidance and tool(s) emerging from the first year of the research project. The PO will also conduct trainings in the field and through webinars from lessons learned over the second year. 

Responsibilities Include:

  • Program Implementation
  • Research and Writing
  • Advocacy and Public Education
  • Financial Responsibilities
Requirement Include:
  • Master’s Degree in international affairs, economics, political science, non-profit management or related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of field experience in humanitarian assistance including in emergency contexts – ideally implementing economic programs serving displaced populations.
  • Minimum 2 - 3 years project management experience in refugee protection and humanitarian assistance and emergency response programs.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; working knowledge of French, Arabic or Spanish desirable. 
This is a regular, full-time position based on New York. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Application deadline: September 5, 2014.

For more information, please click here.

 UNICEF Moldova - Consultant on Human Resources and Training Needs Assessment

United Nations Children’s Fund in Moldova is seeking International Individual Consultant on Human Resources and Training Needs Assessment in social work in the Republic of Moldova.

The objectives of this consultancy are:

Interested persons should submit their CV, together with a short description of the methodology or approach proposed for the assignment (including estimated availability and work plan) as well as the requested fee, with the mark "International Consultant on social work" by 7 September 2014 by email at the following For any questions or clarifications on the content of the TOR or the selection procedure, please write directly to

To read the full description, please click here. 

Acumen East Africa Fellows Program

The Acumen East Africa Fellows Program is a one-year, fully-funded leadership development program that gives 20 individuals from across East Africa the training they need to accelerate their social impact and leadership potential. 

Fellows come from diverse cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and share a commitment to ending poverty in their communities. Fellows remain in their jobs over the year and meet for five week-long seminars where they receive world-class financial and operational skills training. Through the program, Fellows build strong networks of social change leaders within their cohort and Acumen’s global community. 

Acumen is currently welcoming applicants for the 2015 Fellows Program. The application deadline is September 8, 2014.

For more information, and to apply, please click here.    


UNICEF Somalia Office Request for Proposals 

UNICEF Somalia Office invites proposals from external universities to support the development of a programme and curriculum for Under-Graduate Diploma, a Bachelor of Social Work and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Work, in addition to capacity building of Faculty Staff, both academic and administrative.  

The work will focus on two geographical areas, Mogadishu (Somali National University and Mogadishu University) and Hargeisa (University of Hargeisa). The UNICEF Somalia Office is looking for proposals that plan to develop, implement, and/or review programmes and curriculums for study in Social Work, and that plan to strengthen capacity of faculties of Social Work 

How to apply: 

Sealed Proposals should be hand-delivered or sent by courier to reach UNICEF at the below address on or before 16 September, 2014 by 10.00 a.m. Nairobi Time. 

For complete Terms of Reference, and to apply, please click here. 

GHR Foundation - Sr. Program Officer, Children in Families Initiative 

GHR Foundation ( based in Minneapolis, MN seeks to recruit a full time Sr. Program Officer, Children in Families Initiative. 

The Senior Program Officer for the Children in Families Initiative is responsible for program development, implementation, and oversight. Specific areas of focus include systems change in the areas of deinstitutionalization and alternative care, prevention of child/family separation, building pro-family alliances, and driving evidence and innovation in the field, all within local, national, and global contexts.  

The position sits within the Global Development Program of GHR Foundation and is part of a work team that draws on the skills of other philanthropy and financial services team members. The Senior Program Officer reports to the Global Development Program Lead and may have direct supervisory responsibility over administrative/program staff. The position works collaboratively with other foundation program teams, grants management, knowledge management, communications, and the accounting team. 

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Lars Leafblad. via by September 22, 2014. 

For more information, please click here 

Educating Children Who Are Raised in Alternative Family and Care Systems: Global Practices 

Childhood Education: A Call for Manuscripts

Educators need to ensure that they are addressing children's education needs in individually sensitive ways, particularly when working with children who are coming to school from diverse living and care situations. Families, carers, social services, and schools should work together to enrich the educational opportunities for children in alternative care so as to contribute to positive educational outcomes. Many of these children have experienced trauma or have had inconsistent caregiving and education experiences.

The goal of this special issue of Childhood Education is to explore alternative family and care environments for children and how education services can offer holistic support that enhances learning and life outcomes for this vulnerable population. Childhood Education is seeking manuscripts from a holistic perspective in the following topical areas:

This themed edition will document the rich and varied strategies that successfully enhance childhood development services and home school involvement across disciplines and thus promote intercultural connections among the readers of Childhood Education. Submit manuscripts ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 words to Fiona S. Baker at by December 31, 2014.

For a full description and application instructions, please click here