Entry Level UN Child Protection Associate Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: 
Position Number: UNOPS/36/18/03
Internal/External Vacancy Notice Number: UNOPS – 36/2018
Reports to:
Protection Officer
Post Grade: LICA-5
About UNHCR:
The Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14,
1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute
of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead
and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent
solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and
well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness,
as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the
Reduction of Statelessness.
Job Summary:   The Child Protection Associate in Rwamwanja will reinforce UNHCR’s
capacity for child protection individual case management including best
interests processes, and building the capacity of partners in the same. BID
Management and BID Panels Overall BID co-ordination and management in Rwamwanja
is under the overall supervision of the Protection Officer in Rwamwanja. The
BID panel includes UNHCR, Office of the Prime Minister (Department for
Refugees), World Vision, District Local Government and Save the Children. The
main responsibilities of the Child Protection Associate will include conducting
BID interviews and produce quality BID reports in a timely manner, taking due
account of the sensitivity and urgency of the cases in relation to children.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The Child Protection Associate will also manage individual cases of
    children at risk, including conducting Best Interests Assessments (BIA)
    through a comprehensive and holistic assessment of their situation, and
    ensuring timely case follow-up
  • Keenly monitor individual case management undertaken by child
    protection partners, and provide continuous coaching and technical
    guidance as appropriate
  • Carry out Best Interests Determination (BID) interviews, draft BID
    reports, and present them to the BID panel in accordance with applicable
    BID procedures.
  • Conduct home visits as necessary to assess the protection situation
    of the children at risk
  • Analyze the situation of children at risk and make referrals to
    relevant actors as necessary.
  • Ensure timely case follow-up and implementation of recommendations
    of BIAs/BIDs
  • Ensure that the physical / electronic files and electronic database
    (proGres v4 once operational) are up-to-date and that all reports related
    to the case are saved on the file in accordance with the SOPs
  • Follow-up on child protection cases, including family reunification
    requests, alternative care arrangements, and referrals in accordance with
    applicable SOPs
  • Work closely with partners and communities on strengthening
    community-based child protection mechanisms, including training and
    engaging members of the community in prevention and response
  • Conduct participatory assessments, ensuring children’s voluntary and
    meaningful participation.
  • Support and facilitate the coordination of child protection
    programmes as required
  • Conduct coaching and on-the-job training for partner staff on child
    protection prevention and response
  • Prepare reports as requested by supervisor.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor
Key Performance Indicators: The Child Protection Associate will be required to prepare monthly
qualitative and quantitative reports during the assignment. The report shall
contain a description of activities and indicators including: number of
children at risk for whom individual case management was conducted, number of BIDs
and BIA conducted, number of follow-up visits on children at risk, number of
children for whom family reunification was facilitated, number of partner staff
for whom coaching / training was undertaken, and trainings conducted for
members of the community in child protection prevention and response, etc. Such
reports will feed into the protection reports of the office

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Child Protection
    Associate job opportunity should hold an academic degree in relevant area
    (e.g. social work, child development, social science, education, public
    administration etc.);
  • At least two years of 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 etc.)
  • Prior work experience in child protection in a refugee context would
    be an asset.
How to Apply:
All interested
candidates who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link
below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 3rd June 2018
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