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    UNOPS – Child Protection Experts – contingency roster, various duty stations

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    The protection situation for unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children has worsened since the increase of arrivals to Europe back in 2015, with bureaucratic backlogs, large scale institutional care, limited family reunification opportunities, and rising concerns over psychosocial well-being and respect of their best interest. Many of these children have experienced terrible violence, sexual abuse, trafficking and emotional and psychological pressure not only during their journey but in Europe itself, but during their transit and stay in Europe.

    UNHCR, UNICEF, and IRC issued in July 2017 a Roadmap for action to improve the situation of refugee and migrant children arriving and staying in Europe without their parents or care givers. The Roadmap highlights the need to identify children, register them through child-friendly procedures, and build a relationship of trust with them as early as possible. Ensuring that a well-trained guardian takes immediate responsibility for the child, engaging cultural mediators, and mobilizing members of host communities are critical measures that can help build a trusting relationship and protect children from smugglers, traffickers or family pressure. The findings show that although a solid legal framework for child protection exists in many countries, complex, costly, and bureaucratic procedures have meant that all too often the best interests of unaccompanied and separated children are not taken into account, resulting in severe consequences for their well-being and their future. Italy, being the main entrance of refugee children to Europe, has a central role on the implementation of the Roadmap, which UNHCR intends to contribute.

    During 2016 in Italy, 25,846 UASC arrived in Italy by sea, an increase of around 109% compared to 2015. 14% of sea arrivals in 2016 were UASC, compared to 7% in 2015. Between January and April 2017, 5,190 UASC had arrived, composing 14% of arrivals. This large number of arrivals has strained the ability of the national child protection system to respond to the specific needs of UASC and to ensure that refugee children receive the same level of care, trust and protection as national children.

    Since 2015 the Ministry of Interior launched dedicated-projects within the AMIF scheme to consolidate a new child protection system to which UNHCR has contributed to in accordance to its mandate . The new system contributes to improve the domestic reception capacity for Unaccompanied and Separeted Children (UASC) and thus, more in general, the child protection enviroment. A number of activities are being carried out with UNHCR support including information and legal counselling with regard to identification, age determination, needs assessment, family tracing, guardianship, legal counselling also in view of asking for international protection.

    In this context, UNHCR is looking for qualified candidates to perform functions of Child Protection Expert, with possibility of immediate deployment.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities:

    The Child Protection Expert under the supervision of the Community-based Protection Officer, the Protection Associate or other senior protection staff , will carry out the following activities:

    1. 1. Contribute to the implementation of Child Protection activities in accordance with UNHCR’s role, mandate, principles, strategy and guidelines; 2 | 3
    2. produce Age, Gender and Diversity analysis on the protection risks, including Child Protection risks, affecting refugee and asylum seekers, boys and girls, in Italy;
    3. contribute to the design, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of protection programs undertaken by UNHCR and its partners, with particular focus on Child Protection related programs and activities;
    4. provide technical expertise on Child Protection including on Best Interest Determination, psycosocial well-being and protection, guardianship, case management, international standards, Child Protection information management, policy and protocols applicable in the Italian context or other relevant topics;
    5. contribute to and participate, as appropriate, in the activities aimed at the dissemination and use of child friendly information material; monitor use and assess effectiveness and quality in a participatory manner;
    6. contribute to assuring that those children, who intend to apply for asylum or anyway appear to be in need of international protection get access to the asylum procedure and make an informed and participated choice;
    7. contribute to the establishment and coordination of services aimed at providing information, counseling and support to file an asylum claim, undertaken in the reception facilities; monitor and contribute to the quality, fairness and efficiency of the information and support services provided; proactively intervene to address possible gaps and facilitate constant improvement;
    8. represent UNHCR on liaising with relevant stakeholders, including relevant institutions, partners, NGOs, professionals, refugees and asylum seekers and others as appropriate;
    9. promote engagement and participation of refugee boys and girls and Italian communities;
    10. advocate and promote mainstreaming of protection considerations related to Child Protection and child friedly procedures into the activities and approaches by all stakeholders;
    11. provide support to the Senior Protection Officer, the Protection Associate and other senior protection staff in the operation, in her functions as required and depending on needs;
    12. carry out other activities and perform other duties as required.

    Qualifications Required:

    • University degree in Law, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Pedagogy, Education, Psycology or related areas;
    • At least four years of experience in the field of asylum, children protection or other related matters;
    • Good knowledge of the Italian asylum system, Italian system of child protection and child protection stakeholders;
    • Good monitoring, communication and negotiations skills;
    • Great availability to move and travel within Italy, depending on needs and also at short notice;
    • Knowledge and skills on needs assessment methodologies, data management and communication tools are an asset;
    • Fluency in Italian and English are essential and knowledge of other languages spoken by refugees and asylum seekers are desirable. 3 | 3
    • Driving licence (category B)

    Starting Date: To be determined Envisaged
    Duration: initial period of three months (probationary) with possibility of extension
    Envisaged Duty Stations: To be determined (various duty stations, including Rome and Catania) Remuneration: UNOPS Local Individual Contractor Agreement (L-ICA) terms and conditions
    Closing date for applications: 13 September

    How to apply

    Please download the Personal History Form (P11) at: www.unhcr.org/recruit/P11_UNHCR.doc. Complete the P11 in English and send it, along with a motivation letter also in English, by email to: itarovacancies@unhcr.org. Please quote position title in the subject line. Incomplete or late applications will not be taken into account. Acknowledgements shall only be sent to candidates short-listed for an interview. Short-listed candidates will be required to sit a written test.

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