Fresher Best Interest Determination (BID) Assistant UNHCR Project Jobs – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Child
Protection Officer
About US:
Humanitarian Initiative Just
Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and development
organization that positively contributes towards improving the living standards
and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the
Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health, Education,
Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection programs in the
region for a period of more than 20 years.
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the
UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a multi-sectoral Program for refugees in
Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro
district) and Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district).
Job Summary: The Best Interest
Determination (BID) Assistant will play a focal role in streamlining and
harmonizing the Best Interest Determination (BID) process in HIJRA and to use
it as a broader child protection tool with full cooperation between the
Community Services Section and the Protection Section. Support from a dedicated
BID Assistant in the refugee settlements will greatly enhance the ability of
HIJRA to ensure that this casework is done in an expedited manner.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Carry out interviews with refugee children
    and other members of the family to determine the best interest of the
    child and complete Best Interest Determination (BID) and, when
    appropriate, Best Interest Assessment (BIA) reports.
  • Conduct home visits with refugee families
    as part of the BID process.
  • Provide counselling to refugees and
    refugee children, explaining the BID and BIA processes, prospects, and
    problems involved in the processes.
  • Support the child protection team in the
    execution of child protection roles.
  • Ensure proper monitoring and follow-up of
    cases including updating RIMS database and any internal monitoring and
    tracking systems are regularly updated with the necessary events.
  • Implement Child Protection policies, BID
    and BIA procedures, and existing SOPs (including fraud prevention SOPs)
    with guidance from respective Community Service, Protection and
    Resettlement colleagues.
  • Work closely with relevant child
    protection partners to include all the information available on the child
    in the BID report.
  • Ensure that BID reports are in compliance
    with UNHCR protection principles as well as best international practice.
  • Oversee the BIA and BID tools for
    assessing children
  • Follow up on BIA and BID recommendations.
  • Conduct and organize BID panels on a
    monthly basis and present BIDs.
  • Conduct additional assessment on BID cases
    as per recommendation by the BID panel.
  • Prepare and submit monthly progress

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the HIJRA
    Best Interest Determination (BID)
    Assistant job opportunity must
    hold a Bachelor’s degree in
    a relevant area (e.g. social work,
    child development, social science, education, public administration etc.)
  • At least two years’ work experience in
    relevant work area (e.g. as a social worker, child counsellor, community
    development worker, educator, conducting social assessments, individual
    case advocacy, assisting with family reunification, working with refugees
    in a resettlement context etc.)
  • Knowledge of the international legal
    framework governing refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons
    and statelessness;
  • Awareness of gender issues and how to
    apply a rightsand community-based approach to identify and respond to
    specific needs;
  • Excellent interviewing and counselling
    skills especially child interviewing skills-highly desirable.
  • Ability to conduct assessments and
    identify protection risks of individuals and groups;
  • Understanding of mental and physical
    development of children as well as International Convention on Child
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to
    work effectively in teams;
  • Ability to work in stressful situations
    and in hardship locations;
  • Previous experience giving advice on
    resettlement guidelines / policy – highly desirable;
  • Previous experience in the area of refugee
    resettlement – conducting refugee resettlement assessments and submissions
    – highly desirable.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send an application letter and Curriculum Vitae
including telephone and email contacts of three referees including your
current/most recent employer.
Application should be addressed
to the:
Country Program Manager,
Humanitarian Initiative Just
Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703, Kampala,
Email to:
The subject line should read: “
Best Interest Determination (BID)
Please note that interviews will be done on a rolling basis given the urgency
of the positions.
Deadline: 3rd March 2018
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