Child Protection and Youth Unit
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a home-based consultancy/individual contractor within the Child Protection and Youth Unit.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.
Growing up while fleeing war or persecution, displaced children and youth (aged 15-24) are often thrust into an uncertain world and may find themselves at increased risk of separation from parents and families, sexual and gender-based violence, forced recruitment, exploitation and detention. They may also become targets of xenophobia, harassment and discrimination. Responding to the protection needs of children is a core component of UNHCR's protection mandate.
The Child Protection and Youth Unit provides technical support and guidance to field operations across humanitarian and refugee operations through developing policy, guidelines and tools, facilitating learning and development events, coordinate and work with colleagues and partners to enhance the prevention, mitigation and response strategies to protect children of concerns as well as strengthening youth engagement. This consultancy serves to support the Child Protection and Youth Unit.
Title : Child Protection and Coordination Consultancy
Duty Station : Home based
Duration : 13 weeks
Contract Type : Individual Consultancy
Consultancy Level : Level C
Fees : Lump sum basis (Total for Consultancy US$ 28,600)
Closing date : 23 September 2019
Start date : 15 October 2019
UNHCR is accountable for ensuring the international protection of refugees and for seeking durable solutions. UNHCR’s obligations in refugee situations begins with preparedness and continues through the emergency stage, ending only when solutions are identified. UNHCR exercises leadership and coordination responsibilities in refugee situations, in line with its mandated accountabilities. In 2013, UNHCR released the Refugee Coordination Model which provides a framework for leading, coordinating and delivering refugee operations. It articulates and consolidates coordination practices to achieve the best possible protection of and assistance to refugees. It also addresses situations where large-scale responses require UNHCR’s support and that of international humanitarian actors.
In 2019, UNHCR published the Updated Refugee Coordination Guidance Note to reflect recent developments and identified challenges in the field, most notably the Global Compact on Refugees, reforms to the UN Development System including the role of Resident Coordinators, mixed movements involving refugee and migrants, and the learning from the implementation of RCM in the past years. The Coordination Guidance Note, sets out UNHCR accountabilities for refugee coordination and how this translates to its role in advocacy, delivery, resource mobilization, broadening the support base, monitoring, reporting and driving solutions. Importantly, it also recognizes the leadership accountabilities of Humanitarian Coordinators and Resident Coordinators (enhanced due to UN reform) and how UNHCR works together with these partners.
In the field, UNHCR establishes the Refugee Protection Working Group (RPWG) and leads with the host government, where feasible. A recent survey conducted by the CPYU shows that child protection efforts are coordinated under the umbrella of the Refugee Protection Working Groups RPWGs using various formats such as a sub-working on CP, jointly with Education or SGBV or as a standing agenda item in RPWGs.
In 2018, the CPYU in collaboration with the Global Learning and Development Center developed an online Child Protection and Youth course targeting UNHCR staff which covers key elements of child protection programming and youth engagement including coordination across sectors. In addition, we have been leading with the Child Protection Area of Responsibility the revision of the Coordination Standard of the Child Protection Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Actions reflecting, for the first time, refugee coordination. In addition, the Alliance on Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings has developed and implemented a face-to-face training on coordination. This training package needs to be updated to reflect the newly revised CP Minimum Standard on Coordination and the information obtained from mapping and lessons learnt on child protection coordination in refugee settings.
In the area of needs assessment and information management in refugee settings, UNHCR has been working in a range of tools and initiatives. This includes multi-sectoral approaches such as the participatory needs assessment, as well as sector specific initiatives such as protection monitoring tools and approaches. Child protection has been integrated into a number of these initiatives, as well has developed specific tools, such as the tool on participatory assessments with children and youth. ProGres is UNHCR’s primary information management tool for personal data, which includes a child protection module. At the same time, there are a number of interagency initiatives related to child protection assessment and information management that UNHCR contributes to, including the child protection Needs Identification and Assessment Framework (NIAF). It is important that child protection coordinators in refugee settings are aware of the existing available tools and methodologies to assess, monitor and report on child protection concerns. This includes identifying protection and other sectors tools which can provide information on child protection.
The consultant will support the CPYU in developing an expanded coordination and information management module and toolkit for UNHCR and partners in refugee settings, mixed movements (refugees and migrants) and mixed situations (refugees and cluster settings). This module will be based on the coordination and information management section of the online course and will emphasise the key competencies and skills required for well-coordinated and quality child protection within country comprehensive Protection and Solution Strategy
The assignment will be carried out in three phases. The first two phases will focus on the drafting of the module’s outline through desk review of coordination and information management key policies, guidelines and trainings, key informant interviews with relevant staff and partners in the operations and the global level. For coordination, this would include identification of key junctures for child protection, derive lessons learned in refugee coordination, and identify capacity gaps and collect of good examples of tools used in the field for refugee coordination. For information management, this will involve the mapping of existing assessment and information management tools for child protection, as well as protection and other sectors tools that can provide information on child protection. This will involve both a mapping of the currently available tools and initiatives, and identification of opportunities to strengthen the inclusion of child protection within protection and other sectors tools. The third phase is to draft and finalise the UNHCR Child Protection Coordination Module and its toolkit and to update the interagency face-to-face coordination training module to integrate the key information from the UNHCR refugee coordination module.
The consultancy will be managed by the Child Protection and Youth Unit in the Division of International Protection (DIP) UNHCR, Geneva.
· Inception report that includes the consultant’s plan of action with the timeline, list of key informants and key informants interviews’ questionnaire and description of the process of mapping and collating coordination and information management tools
· Desk review report that includes:
a) The analysis of key policies, guidelines and trainings and key Informants interviews,
b) The mapping of coordination tools in the refugee settings and recommendations for strengthening child protection within protection and other sectors tools/initiatives, and
c) The mapping of the information management tools and initiatives in refugee settings within protection and other sectors, and recommendations for strengthening the integration of child protection within protection and other sectors tools/initiatives
· Outline of the Child Protection Coordination and Information Management Module and its toolkit
· First draft of the UNHCR Child Protection Coordination and Information Management Module and toolkit
· Final UNHCR Child Protection Coordination and Information Management Module and toolkit
· Updated Inter-Agency Face-to-Face Child Protection Coordination training
Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required
· University degree in in International Law, Human Rights, International Development, International Relations, Political or Social Science;
· Minimum 11 years of work experience in protection/child protection in refugee /humanitarian settings.
· Previous experience in refugee/humanitarian coordination and Information Management for coordination is essential.
· Strong knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian law, particularly concerning protection of IDPs and refugees.
· Knowledge of and experience in using inter-agency standards and guidelines on Child protection.
· Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of French or Spanish or Arabic is an asset.
· Experience in developing user-friendly, accessible guidelines
The successful candidate will be home-based.