Senior Child Protection Assistant at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

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  • Company: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Zambia
  • State: Kawambwa
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Zambia
Job Description
Eligible Applicants

This position is advertised open to Group 1, Group 2 and external applicants.

Procedures and Eligibility

Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).

Duties and Qualifications

Duties

Needs identification, Strategy and Advocacy

  • Contribute to assessing child protection issues through multi-sectoral and protection specific assessments.
  • Facilitate consultation with children, youth and communities to inform child protection strategy and programme activities.
  • Contribute to the formulation of child protection strategy and planning.
  • Ensure compliance with UNHCR’s child protection policy, priorities and commitments, as well as other aligned policies on age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP), GBV, gender equality, disability and youth empowerment.
  • Undertake consultation with children, youth and communities and provide information on appropriate and meaningful approaches for their effective participation and programmatic responses on child protection issues.
  • Provide input to Protection Unit to inform advocacy to address key child protection concerns.

Programme planning and implementation

  • Engage children, youth and communities in the implementation of child protection activities, provide information to children, youth and communities about child protection services and monitor and report on needs and issues to inform the Operations Response.
  • Conduct Best Interest Procedures for individual children at heightened risks and prepare Best Interests Determination report, when required.
  • Participate in the Best Interests Procedure Case Conferences and BID panels and draft associated documentation as required.
  • Implement child protection SOPS and ensure up to date and effective referral to key services.
  • Store and update child’s case file in UNHCR data bases in accordance with UNHCR standards.
  • Engage with children, youth and community members in identifying community-based child protection activities.
  • Monitor and support appropriate care arrangements for unaccompanied and separated children and referral of children to ICRC or other relevant partners for establishment of family linkages.
  • Regularly report on emerging protection issues and concerns voiced by children, youth and communities and assist in drafting reports, compiling and preparing data for the protection unit/section.
  • Provide functional guidance to UNHCR and partner staff involved in child protection activities.

Partnership, coordination and capacity building

  • Assist the Child Protection interagency coordination and information management activities as needed.
  • Provide technical support and monitoring to child protection partners.
  • Support in implementing learning activities for UNHCR and partners staff and communities.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G5 – 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Certificates and/or Licenses

HCR Protection Learning Prg; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

2 years of previous work experience relevant to the function of child protection in a local context and having experience in the field of child protection prevention and response, broader protection or social work involving empowerment of women and girls, gender, child protection, mental health, counselling and working with survivors, humanitarian and development issues. Skills and experience in interviewing and working with children and families.

Desirable

Experience with child protection case management. Knowledge of UNHCR child protection policies and tools including the UNHCR Best Interests Procedures Guidelines, and interagency child protection Minimum Standards, Guiding Principles and GBV case management standards. Knowledge of local child protection laws, policies and services. Knowledge and experience of participatory approaches to engage with and mobilize communities. Understanding of displacement and protection issues including GBV, education and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy. Completed Protection Learning Programme. Experience working with marginalized groups. Knowledge of protection information management tools, including but not limited to proGres and/or CPIMS.

Functional Skills

IT-Computer Literacy PR-Child Protection Information Management System PR-Child Protection Case Management and Best Interests Procedures (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Position Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client & Result Orientation

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Political Awareness
  • Stakeholder Management

Language Requirements

Please also note that English mandatory for this Job Opening.

Additional  Information

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org

Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS, UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.2). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview

Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email

See below for this postion’s Operational Context

Operational Context

UNHCR is committed to the effective protection of children of concern, with children representing more than half of the persons falling under its mandate. UNHCR adopts a rights and community-based approach to address the protection needs of children, with a strong emphasis on inclusion within national child protection, child friendly procedures and working with other sectors to protect children including education.  Child protection is recognized as global organizational priority for UNHCR. Dedicated child protection positions are needed to provide technical support to improve UNHCR¿s operational capacity to deliver effective protection to children, adolescents and youth of concern.

The Senior Child Protection Assistant normally reports to a higher-grade Protection or Child Protection colleague responsible for child protection. S/he monitors child protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff. The Senior Child Protection Assistant is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (children, women, marginalized groups) and is responsible for implementation of Best Interests Procedures for children at risk in their area of responsibility, under the guidance of the supervisor. S/he identifies opportunities to mainstream Child Protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. The Senior Child Protection Assistant will also have an important role in broader community based protection priorities such as youth empowerment and leadership as well as building community networks to support persons with specific needs. The Senior Child Protection Assistant ensures that persons of concern under area of responsibility are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners. The incumbent will be expected to be a committed team player and will provide support to other Protection functions as directed by the Protection Officer.

Closing Date

The closing date for submission of applications is 24 December 2021 midnight Geneva Time.

Method of Application
Submit your CV and Application on Company Website : Click Here Closing Date : 23rd  January , 2022.
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