Senior Child Protection Assistant job at UNHCR

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Vacancy title:
Senior Child Protection Assistant

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Protective Services ]

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Deadline of this Job:
24 December 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Zambia , Kawambwa , South - Central Africa

Date Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Senior Child Protection Assistant

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

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.

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
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:
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

Education Requirement: No Requirements

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 24

Job application procedure
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