2.1 ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT.
The Assistant Protection Officer (Child Protection) will report directly to the Protection Officer (Child Protection) and will be an integral part of the protection team, working closely with Education, SGBV, programme and other team members to create and strengthen a holistic programme for the protection of girls and boys. This will require setting up and/or leading coordination with interagency partners, government authorities, and persons of concern, including development of strategies, action plans, SOPs. Capacity development will be required, including leading child protection trainings and workshops for a range of audiences. The incumbent will also be tasked with reviewing the existing child protection framework and approaches on the ground to identify critical gaps to be filled. Furthermore, the incumbent also contributes to designing of a child protection strategy that fits within the broader strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with persons of concern, including children, adolescents and youth. The incumbent undertakes quality, timely and effective child protection responses in line with UNHCR’s Framework for Child Protection, in an age, gender and diversity inclusive manner.
2.2 FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT.
- Protection interventions for individual children are supported by an effective case management system with well-functioning best interests procedures in line with UNHCR Guidelines and supported through Standard Operating Procedures.
- The operation’s capacity building plan includes a child protection component, and national child protection capacities are improved through direct engagement, research and advocacy with all relevant external interlocutors.
- The participation of children, adolescents and youth of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches, which inform protection and assistance programming and ensure that UNHCR meets its commitments to accountability to children, adolescents and youth of concern.
- Child protection interventions are effectively mainstreamed in other sectors.
- Establish and/or strengthen partnerships for Child Protection with community-based, local, national, and international organizations, with a focus on ensuring continuity and sustainability.
- Monitor Child Protection programs implemented by UNHCR and partners and adjust programming as required.
- Ensure through direct action and advocacy with senior management that the necessary resources are allocated to protect children of concern.
- Establish and/or strengthen a case management system that includes the best interests procedure, core referral mechanism for child protection response services through consultative development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Provide guidance to UNHCR and partner staff involved in child protection activities, and develop and implement child protection capacity development of partners.
- Support Child Protection coordination mechanisms, and represent UNHCR’s position on child protection in inter-agency fora.
- Support the participation of children, adolescents and youth in the development and implementation of strategies that address key child protection priorities, including through participatory assessments.
- Undertake protection monitoring and ensure adequate focus on capturing protection risks facing children, adolescents and youth, and that these are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan.
- Maintain child protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with children of concern, their families and communities, as well as local authorities and partners.
- Support the integration of child protection interventions into other sectors and programmes.
- In consultation with senior management, intervene with authorities on child protection issues.
- Pursue compliance of partners with UNHCR's protection policies and standards related to child protection, the best interests procedure and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Represent UNHCR in inter-agency fora related to Child Protection.
- Support planning, programming and monitoring of budget and other resources dedicated to child protection programmes under the supervision of the Senior Protection Officer or Head of Office.
2.4 ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.
- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/ BS) in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, Law or other clearly related disciplines.
- Minimum 1 year relevant professional experience.
- Thorough understanding of child protection principles, standardises, and programming.
- Knowledge of local institutions.
- Excellent knowledge of English language.
***For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.
2.5 DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES.
- Inter-agency experience.
- Knowledge of the Inter-Agency standards and guidelines on child protection.
- Excellent knowledge of Chittagonian and Rohingya language.
Submission of application:
Interested candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit their applications with complete Personal History Form (P11) and motivation letter via online UNHCR Bangladesh Job Portal www.unhcr.io/jobs.
Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for an interview and written test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.
UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).
Deadline for submission of application: 19 November 2017.