Child Protection Officer

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Position Title : Child Protection Officer

Duty Station : IOM Libya in Tunis, Tunisia

Classification : Professional Staff, Grade P2

Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension

Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible

Closing Date : 08 April 2020

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Read more about diversity and inclusion at IOM at

Applications are welcome from first- and second-tier candidates, particularly qualified female candidates as well as applications from the non-represented member countries of IOM. For all IOM vacancies, applications from qualified and eligible first-tier candidates are considered before those of qualified and eligible second-tier candidates in the selection process.

For the purpose of this vacancy, the following are considered first-tier candidates:

  1. Internal candidates

  2. Candidates from the following non-represented member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Cabo Verde; Comoros; Cook Islands; Cuba; Djibouti; Fiji; Gabon; Grenada; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Holy See; Iceland; Kingdom of Eswatini; Kiribati; Lao People's Democratic Republic (the); Latvia; Libya; Marshall Islands; Micronesia (Federated States of); Montenegro; Namibia; Nauru; Palau; Papua New Guinea; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Solomon Islands; Suriname; The Bahamas; Timor-Leste; Tonga; Tuvalu; Vanuatu

Second tier candidates include:

All external candidates, except candidates from non-represented member states.


Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Chief of Mission in Libya and the direct supervision of the Protection Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for tracking case management and support in the protection of all migrant children IOM is assisting in the framework of its voluntary humanitarian return and protection and assistance activities.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Integrate specific child-rights procedures within the voluntary humanitarian returns operated out of Libya to ensure that unaccompanied and separated migrant children are timely identified and appropriately assisted as per their best interests in line with IOM policy and institutional guidance notes.
  2. Set-up specific best interest assessments and/or determination procedures which could be swiftly processed within the return process, if return is identified and confirmed to be in the best interests of those migrant children.

  3. Follow-up with the return team in Libya as well as with the countries of origin to facilitate quality assistance and continuum of care.

  4. In coordination with Protection Coordinator and members of the unit and other external protection actors, identify and follow-up appropriate options in alternative to the return if not in the best interests.

  5. Liaise with protection cluster on child protection and support the Country office to develop child safeguarding and protection strategy and relevant standard operating procedures (SoPs).

  6. Flag specific cases of concern and follow-up with protection units for their timely support and protection.

  7. Support coordination with United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and other actors to facilitate complementarity in the area of child protection interventions.

  8. Supervise the work of the IOM contracted case worker(s) on child protection and address all punctual and relevant issues that might emerge during the exercise of his/her/their functions.

  9. Liaise with the Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) and the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team to check that specific evidence gathering needs are reflected in the data collection and propose any specific reporting needs on child protection to be produced.

  10. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience:


• Master’s degree in Law, International Relations, Social Sciences or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or

• University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.


• Experience in emergency operations and liaison with other United Nations (UN) and non-UN humanitarian actors;

• Experience and knowledge of protection standards applicable to migrants and refugees.


• Knowledge of key standards in child protection applicable to migrant children.


IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.

For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written). Working knowledge of Arabic, French, and/or Spanish is an advantage.


The position is based in Tunis, Tunisia with possible relocation to Libya if and when the situation is conducive.

1 Accredited Universities are the ones listed in the UNESCO World Higher Education Database


Required Competencies:

Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.

Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.

Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.

Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.

Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.

Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.

Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.

Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.

Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

IOM’s competency framework can be found at this link.

Competencies will be assessed during a competency-based interview.


Internationally recruited professional staff are required to be mobile.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.

This selection process may be used to staff similar positions in various duty stations. Recommended candidates endorsed by the Appointments and Postings Board will remain eligible to be appointed in a similar position for a period of 24 months.

The list of NMS countries above includes all IOM Member States which are non-represented in the Professional Category of staff members. For this staff category, candidates who are nationals of the duty station’s country cannot be considered eligible.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Vacancies close at 23:59 local time Geneva, Switzerland on the respective closing date. No late applications will be accepted.

This vacancy is archived.