Location Maroua, CameroonSalary Grade Hardship LevelEFamily Location TypeNon-FamilyEligible ApplicantsThis position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.Procedures and EligibilityInterested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).
Senior Child Protection AssistantOrganizational Setting and Work RelationshipsUNHCR is committed to the effective protection to children of concern, with children representing more than half of the persons falling under its mandate. UNHCR adopts a rights and community-based approach to address the protection needs of children, with a strong emphasis on inclusion within national child protection, child friendly procedures and working with other sectors to protect children including education. Child protection is recognized as global organizational priority for UNHCR. Dedicated child protection positions are needed to provide technical support to improve UNHCR is operational capacity to deliver effective protection to children, adolescents and youth of concern.The Senior Child Protection Assistant normally reports to a higher-grade Protection or Child Protection colleague responsible for child protection. S/he monitors child protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff. The Senior Child Protection Assistant is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (children, women, marginalized groups) and is responsible for implementation of Best Interests Procedures for children at risk in their area of responsibility, under the guidance of the supervisor. S/he identifies opportunities to mainstream Child Protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. The Senior Child Protection Assistant also ensures that persons of concern under area of responsibility are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.DutiesNeeds identification, Strategy and Advocacy- Contribute to assessing child protection issues through multi-sectoral and protection specific assessments.- Facilitate consultation with children, youth and communities to inform child protection strategy and programme activities.- Contribute to the formulation of child protection strategy and planning.- Ensure compliance with UNHCR¿s child protection policy, priorities and commitments, as well as other aligned policies on age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP), SGBV, gender equality, disability and youth empowerment.- Undertake consultation with children, youth and communities and provide information on appropriate and meaningful approaches for their effective participation and programmatic responses on child protection issues.- Provide input to Protection Unit to inform advocacy to address key child protection concerns.Programme planning and implementation- Engage children, youth and communities in the implementation of child protection activities, provide information to children, youth and communities about child protection services and monitor and report on needs and issues to inform the Operations Response.- Conduct Best Interest Procedures for individual children at heightened risks and prepare Best Interests Determination report, when required.- Participate in the Best Interests Procedure Case Conferences and BID panels and draft associated documentation as required.- Implement child protection SOPS and ensure up to date and effective referral to key services.- Store and update child's case file in UNHCR data bases in accordance with UNHCR standards.- Engage with children, youth and community members in identifying community-based child protection activities.- Monitor and support appropriate care arrangements for unaccompanied and separated children and referral of children to ICRC or other relevant partners for establishment of family linkages.- Regularly report on emerging protection issues and concerns voiced by children, youth and communities and assist in drafting reports, compiling and preparing data for the protection unit/section.- Provide functional guidance to UNHCR and partner staff involved in child protection activities.Partnership, coordination and capacity building- Assist the Child Protection interagency coordination and information management activities as needed.- Provide technical support and monitoring to child protection partners.- Support in implementing learning activities for UNHCR and partners staff and communities.- Perform other related duties as required.
Education & Professional Work ExperienceYears of Experience / Degree LevelFor G5 - 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higherField(s) of EducationNot applicable.Certificates and/or LicensesHCR Protection Learning Prg;(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
2 years of previous work experience relevant to the function of child protection in a local context and having experience in the field of child protection prevention and response, broader protection or social work involving empowerment of women and girls, gender, child protection, mental health, counselling and working with survivors, humanitarian and development issues. Skills and experience in interviewing and working with children and families.DesirableExperience with child protection case management. Knowledge of UNHCR child protection policies and tools including the UNHCR Best Interests Procedures Guidelines, and interagency child protection Minimum Standards, Guiding Principles and SGBV case management standards. Knowledge of local child protection laws, policies and services. Knowledge and experience of participatory approaches to engage with and mobilize communities. Understanding of displacement and protection issues including SGBV, education and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy. Completed Protection Learning Programme. Experience working with marginalized groups. Knowledge of protection information management tools, including but not limited to proGres and/or CPIMS.
PR-Experience in Best Interest Procedures for children;PR-Interviewing and counselling refugees/asylum seekers and in individual case management;IT-Computer literacy;PR-Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS);(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, including in particular when supervising others, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties by demonstrating no tolerance for sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, abuse of power, harassment including sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation and abuse. As individual workforce members and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and take these issues seriously by speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources, as well as, when required/appropriate, report, for corrective action to be taken, whilst considering a victim-centered-approach.This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Language RequirementsLanguage RequirementsGood Knowledge of French and Working Knowledge of English.Knowledge of local language is an asset.
Additional InformationPlease note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).Only shortlisted Candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Duration of Appointment6-months of Temporary Appointment.Closing DateClosing date for submission of applications is 5 July 2021.
All applications must be submitted ONLINE at : https://www.unhcr.org/afr/careers.html
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