Child Protection Officer

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2021
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 02 November 2021

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a an IICA full time position Gadaref FO Office Sudan.

The incumbent will report to the Senior Protection Officer and has direct supervisory responsibility for child protection staff. S/he provides functional child protection oversight to information management and programme staff. The incumbent works directly with communities and children of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent also acts as an advisor to senior management in designing a child protection strategy that fits within the broader Protection and Solutions Strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with persons of concern, including children, adolescents, and youth. The incumbent plans and undertakes quality, timely and effective child protection responses in line with UNHCRโ€™s Framework for Child Protection, in an age, gender and diversity inclusive manner. To undertake this role effectively, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with other relevant teams within the operation or the Bureau (including Programme; PI and external relations; IM) and with DIP, communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions.

UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. We are in over 125 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

Title: Child Protection Officer

Duty Station: Gadaref, Sudan

Duration: one year contract (till December 2021 then extended for one year)

Contract Type: UNOPS International Individual Contractor โ€“IICA 2

Closing date: 2 November 2021

Posting Date: 17 October 2021

Start date: as soon as possible

Organizational context

The incumbent will report to the Senior Protection Officer and has direct supervisory responsibility for child protection staff. S/he provides functional child protection oversight to information management and Programme staff. The incumbent works directly with communities and children of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent also acts as an advisor to senior management in designing a child protection strategy that fits within the broader Protection and Solutions Strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with persons of concern, including children, adolescents, and youth. The incumbent plans and undertakes quality, timely and effective child protection responses in line with UNHCRโ€™s Framework for Child Protection, in an age, gender and diversity inclusive manner. To undertake this role effectively, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with other relevant teams within the operation or the Bureau (including Programme; PI and external relations; IM) and with DIP, communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions.

Duties and responsibilities

Needs Identification, Strategy and Advocacy

  • Support timely assessment, monitoring, reporting of child protection issues including through multi-sectoral and protection specific assessments and monitoring including the meaningful participation of children, adolescents and youth and lead the analysis of child protection related findings.

  • Monitor the implementation of UNHCRโ€™s Child Protection strategy within the overall Protection and Solutions strategy.

  • Ensure compliance with UNHCRโ€™s child protection policy, priorities and commitments, as well as other aligned policies on age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP), GBV, gender equality, disability and youth empowerment.

  • In collaboration with partners, assess the capacity of national child protection system and services, work towards the inclusion of children of concern into national child protection laws, policies and services and build the capacity of the national child protection system to provide quality support to children of concern.

  • Oversee child protection data and evidence collection, analysis and dissemination within UNHCR and partners.

  • Support the participation of children, adolescents and youth of concern to inform protection and assistance programming, support their engagement in protection solutions and ensure that UNHCR meets its commitments to accountability to children, adolescents and youth of concern.

  • Ensure that existing protection monitoring mechanisms adequately capture protection risks facing children, adolescents and youth.

  • Support evidence-based advocacy with UNHCR senior management, authorities and other actors on child protection.

Programme planning and implementation

  • Design and monitor the implementation of UNHCRโ€™s child protection programme, including multi-sectoral activities to address the protection needs of children of concern.

  • Establish/enhance and oversee Best Interests Procedures for children at risk including referral systems, follow-up and monitoring in line with UNHCR Best Interests Procedures Guidelines.

  • Establish/update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for child protection services in collaboration with partners.

  • Ensure UNHCR and partnersโ€™ child protection information management systems are functioning in accordance with UNHCR's Policy and procedure as well as interagency data sharing protocols and standards.

  • Strengthen community-based child protection programmes and approaches in collaboration with communities and community-based protection colleagues.

  • In collaboration with UNHCR colleagues, ensure that UNHCR procedures, including registration, refugee status determination, solutions and accountability mechanisms are child-friendly and are in line with AGD approach.

  • Provide technical support to UNHCR colleagues to effectively mainstream child protection in UNHCRโ€™s overall response.

  • Monitor and refine child protection programs implemented by UNHCR and partners.

  • Support the integration of child protection in the operationโ€™s planning, reporting, communication and fund raising.

  • Provide functional guidance to UNHCR and partner staff involved in child protection activities.

  • Advise UNHCR programme and senior management to ensure that the necessary human and financial resources are allocated to protect children of concern.

Partnership and coordination

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • In collaboration with partners, assess learning needs on child protection for UNHCR teams, partners and government counterparts.

  • Develop and implement child protection capacity development plan and activities for UNHCR staff and partners, supports relevant interagency capacity building and integrates child protection within broader UNHCR capacity building plans and initiatives.

  • Provide child protection technical guidance to UNHCR and partner staff in protection, education, health and other relevant sectors.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

Education

6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Work Experience

Essential

At least 4 years of progressively responsible experience in the field of protection of children, broader protection or social work involving children and youth, with knowledge of issues relating to child protection, education, gender, humanitarian, and development issues, and GBV prevention and response. Applied experience in child protection prevention and response. Demonstrated knowledge of and implementation of multi-sectorial child protection prevention and response programming. Knowledge of protection in forced displacement settings, knowledge and demonstrated use of UNHCR and Interagency child protection tools and guidance. Strong experience in interacting with and building partnerships and synergies with UN agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations. Skills and experience in interviewing and working with children and families and supervising staff on case management of at-risk children.

Desirable

Knowledge of the international legal and policy framework governing refugees, asylum seekers and returnees and IDPs. Demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches including community-based child protection. Extensive experience in working with children, adolescents and youth and participatory child friendly approaches, experience working in an emergency is an advantage. Demonstrated coordination and consensus building skills to manage multiple stakeholder consultation processes. Experience managing child protection case management programmes, including implementation of best interests procedures. Demonstrated understanding of critical issues around child protection data and knowledge of safe and ethical data collection analysis and conducting assessments. Experience using proGres, CPIMS+ or other protection data management systems. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position and/or interagency child protection learning programme. Demonstrated knowledge of engagement with child protection Interagency humanitarian architecture, experience in interagency coordination and strong skills

Language Requirements

Knowledge of English essential.

Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Competency Requirements

Core Competencies:

Accountability

Communication

Organizational Awareness

Teamwork & Collaboration

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:

Managing Performance

Managing Resources

Empowering and Building Trust

Judgement and Decision Making

Cross-Functional Competencies:

Planning and Organizing

Analytical Thinking

Stakeholder Management

Location

The IICA will be based in Gadaref, Sudan with Travel to other states within Sudan.

Remuneration

Monthly fees range between USD $ 9,000 to $10,100, depending on the level of expertise of the candidate. Daily subsistence allowance for travel with Sudan will be payable as

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