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: 
Reports to: Protection
About US:
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), Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district) and Kyangwali Settlement
(Hoima 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 as
working with their families and carers, to introduce measures to improve family
behavior and protect children.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  Under
the direct supervision of the Protection Manager, the Child Protection Officer
will be responsible for the following duties:
  • 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
  • Liaising with community organizations that provide support services
    to families

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant 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.
  • Strong experience working with vulnerable people including survivors
    of GBV and victims of child abuse.
  • Strong 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
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703,
Kampala, Uganda.
Email to:
The subject line should read: “Position Title”
NB:  Please note that interviews will be done
on a rolling basis given the urgency of the positions. Those who previously
applied need not to re-apply.
Deadline: 29th March 2019
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