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Based on a request from UNICEF, our Client, ABH would like to recruit a competent Child protection specialist in Emergencies for (6 MONTHS)
Job ID: ABH-006-CPS-19
Job category: Consultancy and Training, Research and Development, Social Sciences and Community
Title: Child Protection in Emergencies Consultant
Purpose: Provide child Protection in emergencies technical support and facilitate the process to ensure a well -coordinated, strategic, adequate , coherent and effective preparedness and response by the zonal and woreda level Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR)
Location: Beneshangul Gunuz- Assosa -(70% for kemash and 30% Merekel zone)
UNICEF’S Core Commitments for Children (CCCs) calls for the rapid provision ad deployment of qualified personnel to act in humanitarian response and provide guidance for action across all sectors including child protection.
According to the Multi-agency assessment conducted in the region, there are 83,471 IDPS and returnees in Kemash and Metekel Zones of the region. People are displaced from their homes primarily because of conflict. Among the total displaced people in the region, 74,895 internally displaced people (IDP).and returnees are found in Kemash zone. The continued movements including the return and relocation of IDPs exacerbated existing vulnerabilities of conflict affected People. Children and women constitute considerable number of the conflict affected population and are at risk of further Vulnerabilities. An estimated 57.8 Per cent of the displaced are children and most of children are not currently living with their families.
Since June 2018, the conflict induced internal displacement in kemash and Metekel zones of the region led to increasing child protection risks. The multi-agency Rapid Assessment that was conducted in June 2019 revealed considerable number of children are left behind during the return to the zones. Family separation, Cases of child labor, Sexual violence and child marriage, physical violence and increasing psycho-social distress, among other could be major protection concerns.
The severity of the situation of displaced people today is demanding. The increasing demand and unavailability of basic services is expected to eventually force more people to be redisplayed and return to other Places.
In response to this, the Benshangul Gumuz region CP/GBV AoR has been re-activated recently and develops a detail response plan. UNICEF supported the re-activation of the regional AoR in collaboration with the regional Bureau of women, children and Youths Affairs (BoWCYA). But the AoR and the Zonal and woreda level BOWCY’s requires cloth technical support at all level.
Given the increasing demand and nee for dedicated child protection emergencies technical Support and field level CP AoR coordination, UNICEF Asssosa Field Office (FO) has been training its best to provide the required supports. But the available human resources (one CP Specialist) at the regional level have not been enough to reach out and provide the required continues technical support at field level. The extent of child Protection need s impacted by existing capacity gaps especially at zone and woreda level require future monitoring, technical support and guidance.
In addition to the regional level CP GBV AoR coordination, similar coordination mechanisms are to be established at zonal and woreda level. The establishments of these coordination mechanisms require the support of technical expertise in the area of child protection in emergencies and this will ensure contibued monitoring of child protection situation and on-going response. A dedicated Child Protection in Emergencies Consultant is therefore required to provide the required field support. This will help to provide technical support to the implementation, monitoring and reporting of UNICEF’s child protection programme response while strengthening the strategic link to ongoing development programming. The consultant will always pay a convening role to child protection programme partners.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Child Protection Specialist in UNICEF Assosa FO, technical guidance from CPIE Specialist in the CO and in close consultation and cooperation with Child Protection Coordinator for the CP AoR at the regional and national level, the incumbent is responsible for the following key areas in the assigned zones and woredas:
UNICEF Child Protection in Emergencies Response Programme:
- Develop and submit a work plan for the consultancy period.
- Provide technical and management support for the implementation, monitoring and reporting of child protection in emergency programs, child protection component of the UNICEF regional emergency response plan and ensuring that the following interventions included in the child protection priority focus areas are implemented, monitored and managed in a timely and effective manner.
- UNICEF emergency response plan: Provide technical support to zones and woredas to implement the emergency child protection response plan, This includes ensuring that the efforts are aligned with existing government mechanisms ( notably BoWCYA) and services to strengthen the sustainability of efforts.
- Capacity Building: Based on needs assessment, support and facilitate capacity building of BoWCYA and front-line workers/social workers on violence, referral pathways, case management, community-based child protection systems, community mobilization, integration of child protection into other programs (multi-sectoral programming); and psychosocial support as per capacity building plans. Monitor and report on results of capacity-building efforts.
- Provide technical support for the adherence of government and non-government implementing partners to relevant CPiE standards, including the Minimum Standards for CP in Humanitarian Action (2013), the IASC Guidelines for integrating GBV into Humanitarian Interventions (2015), and the SoPs on Child Protection Case Management Services in Emergency Response in Ethiopia including the recently endorsed Information Management and Data Protection Protocol.
- Support ZoWCA/WOWCA to complete registration and documentation of the caseload of all unaccompanied, separated and missing children in the IDP/returnee sites and host communities and facilitate individual case management throughout the FTR process using the best interest of the child as the guiding approach.
- Ensure an appropriate and confidential filling system is maintained for all identified and registered cases of child protection in Woredas offices of BoWCY.
- Assist ZoWCA/WOWCA to facilitate family tracing, verification and reunification efforts for unaccompanied and separated children in coordination with other partners and community structures.
- Assess alternative care options and ensure all the necessary safeguards are in place and relevant standards and principles are abided by.
- Support social workers and ZoWCA/WoWCA staff to timely and accurately enter all case management/ FTR forms into the case management database and manage the central database for all IDP sites at BoWCY
- Delivery of child protection response services, with a focus on delivery through multi-sectoral platforms (including education, health and nutrition, and WASH).
- Support the provision of psychological first aid and psychosocial support services with a focus on a package of services extending from safe spaces into the community coping mechanisms, also with a focus on psychological first aid.
- Child Protection in Emergencies situation and response monitoring and reporting including regular situation reports: Regularly collect, analyses and report against the zonal and woreda level child protection including gender-based violence situation and response and submit weekly support the strengthening of community-based care and support mechanisms.
- Reports: Ensure accurate and timely reporting requirements from zones and woredas are met (as per the established format) and systematic coordination of appropriate responses on child protection in the emergency operational response plan, with other relevant sectors, especially health, nutrition, education, and WASH.
Child Protection AoR coordination at zonal and woreda levels:
- Provide support for the regional, zonal and woreda level child protection coordination mechanisms for effective implementation of emergency child protection interventions at zone, woreda and site level.
- Participate in the regional, zonal and woreda level child protection and IDP/returnee emergency response related meetings and share minutes of such meetings with UNICEF Oromia FO.
- Support the regional, zonal and woreda level information management including collecting, analyzing and reporting of child protection in emergencies situation and response interventions.
- Monitor the coverage and complementarity of zonal and woreda level child protection activities and recommendations corrective actions to be taken in a timely manner.
- Contribute to and facilitate the mainstreaming of child protection in other coordination mechanisms and sectors.
- Support to strengthen the birth registration program coverage to make sure that children born in IDP/ returnee sites are registered and certified and reporting on results.
- Undertake other relevant tasks as directed by her/his supervisor and assist with other duties in support of the UNICEF Child Protection Programmes in Oromia FO.
Background and Experience
- University degree at an advanced level in the field of Sociology, Social work, Psychology, Social Anthropology, Community Development and Related.
- Extensive work experience relevant to child protection in both development and emergencies may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications for an advanced level;
- At least 2 years progressively responsible humanitarian and development and emergencies may be considered as a replacement in child protection and gender-based violence including in emergencies with UN Agencies and/or INGOs.
- Previous experience in child protection programme coordination.
- Familiarity and experience working with government counterparts in Beneshangul at zone and woreda levels.
- Fluency in written and verbal English required.
To be successful, the candidate should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:
- Communication ( Level II)
- Working with People ( Level II)
- Drive for results (Level I)
- Relating and networking (Level I)
- Applying technical expertise ( Level II)
- Creating and innovating ( Level I)
How to Apply
Qualified and interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements can submit their CV along with application letter through the ethiojobs portal or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by stating the position you are applying on the subject email. Those who prefer to apply in person may submit CV along with supporting documents to our head office located on Bole road, Behind DH Geda Tower.
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Deadline for submission of application October 31, 2019