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Child Protection Officer UNHCR Project Jobs - Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Job Title:       Child Protection Officer
Organisation: Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Protection Manager

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 Child Protection Officer is responsible for assessing, investigating and managing cases of child abuse and neglect to ensure the wellbeing of children and young people. The role involves working directly with vulnerable children who are at risk of harm or abuse, as well working with their families and carers, to introduce measures to improve family behavior and protect children.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Prioritize child protection issues and design prevention response programs and initiatives.
  • Offer technical guidance and direction for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of agreed child protection plans including the psychosocial recovery (care) and assistance (legal and social) to vulnerable children and their families
  • Develop training programs and assist in capacity building for staff and partners, possibly in priority thematic areas such as GBV, psychosocial support, child separation, and armed forces/groups gathering information, interviewing parents and children, assessing whether children are in need of protection and developing recommendations and case management plans
  • Tasked with organizing services for children at risk and their families, such as medical and counselling services, referring clients to or conducting family support and parenting programs
  • Work closely with community organizations that provide support services to families

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the HIJRA Child Protection Officer job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or other related field.
  • Three years of work experience in the same field of development and humanitarian work and NGOs.
  • Previous experience working with vulnerable people including survivors of GBV and victims of child abuse.
  • Extensive knowledge of Child Friendly interview techniques and communicating with children
  • Familiarity with guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in emergency settings.
  • Strong organizational and supervisory skills with excellent reporting & writing skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skill and communication skills.
  • An excellent command of verbal and written English.
  • Good knowledge word and excel.

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, Uganda.

Email to: The subject line should read: “Child Protection Officer.”

NB: 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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