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Child Protection Specialist for JRS – Angola

Job Description for Child Protection Specialist

 

Background – Angola Refugees from the DRC started crossing the border into the Lunda Norte province in Angola in March 2017, initially in smaller numbers bus as of April numbers increased considerably. On average 3-500 refugees now arrive on a daily basis. Refugees are fleeing the Kasai conflict mainly fought out between the anti-government Kamuina Nsapu (KN) militia and the Congolese Army (FARDC). While the militia is targeting state actors (FARDC, police, MPs etc.), infrastructure, opposing religious and community leaders as well as revenging on villages refusing recruitment, the Government continues its strategy of deploying more troops in the region with further reports of civilians killed. The JRS Representation Office is composed of the Branch Office in Luanda and Field Offices in Dundo. There is one new settlement namely Lovua and one transit centre Cacanda in Lunda Norte which are managed by Dundo Field Office. As of Sept 2017, Angola hosted, in Lunda Norte, approximately 31,000 people of concern, of those 53% are children. 100% of the refugee caseload is composed of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the majority of the Congolese originating from Kasai province. The majority of refugees (70%) live in the urban areas in and around Dundo. High levels of violence have been recorded both in Cacanda and Lovua including physical aggression, domestic violence, rape, child abuse and neglect. While reporting has increased, the number of cases reported is not representative due to underreporting related to the ‘culture of silence’ and sense of impunity of perpetrators. The insufficient or limited services provided to refugees and the lack of understanding of child and women’s rights has increased the vulnerability of settlement populations. To respond to these issues, a number of interventions have been introduced by JRS and other protection UNHCR partners including the establishment of referral pathways and a case management system, as well as drafting SOPs to deal with the issue of unaccompanied and separated children. Meanwhile, JRS is working in getting qualified staff in place to be responsible for offering legal services and psycho-social support. JRS is the main protection partner of UNHCR, is also beginning to conduct BIAs (Best interests assessments) on a limited basis, while best interests determinations have not yet started. In its efforts to explore new community-based programming approaches to protection of children, in particular unaccompanied and separated children, in parternarship with UNHCR, JRS is launching a new initiative in Lovua refugee settlement. JRS will recruit a team of refugee volunteers who with support of JRS social worker will work on identification of foster families for unaccompanied children. The community volunteers will also conduct home visits in the house of the families that are taking care of unaccompanied children to monitor and give practical assistance to the children and family. Whereas the JRS protection desk is up running in both sites (Cacanda and Lovua), has also to set up shop as protection case manager and the gaps in protection services (legal and psycho-social support) addressed as a matter of priority. Role and Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the JRS Head of office in Dundo, incumbent will be based at the Field Office in Dundo and will be required to travel to Lovua settlement and Cacanda transit centre. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for strengthening the capacity of JRS staff working in the child protection field in Lovua refugee settlement, Cacanda transit centre and in the urban refugee caseload.

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer, the Child Protection specialist will: • Monitor and assist on implementation of child protection programme agreements with UNHCR

• Improve implementation of case management systems across the operation through provision of technical advice and introduction of necessary tools.

• Participate on drafting of child protection SOPs and make the necessary updates as required.

• Strengthen child protection data collection, analysis and reporting

• Support JRS staff to undertake individual casework including conducting Best Interests Assessments (BIA) and Best Interests Determinations (BID), and follow-up in close collaboration with the UNHCR Focal Point on family reunification requests from various governments.

• Support in providing training, mentoring, and other capacity building activities to JRS staff on Child Protection in general.

• Identify opportunities to mainstream child protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.

• Based on the need and upon requests from different sub-offices, conduct regular field missions.

• Prepare and contribute to relevant child protection reporting as requested • Recommend durable solutions for children victims of abuse on a case-by-case basis Job Requirements/Experience

• University degree in relevant area (e.g. international law / refugee law, political science, social sciences and related field

• Minimum of two years’ work experience in relevant work area • Knowledge of and/or preparedness to become familiar with and abide by UNHCR’s principles, code of conduct and humanitarian goals;

• Awareness of child/gender issues and how to apply rights and community-based approach to identify and respond to specific needs; • Excellent interviewing and counselling skills;

• Ability to conduct assessments and identify protection risks of individuals and groups; • Demonstrable leadership skills in negotiating and implementing large group activities within a multicultural / refugee and multi-sectoral setting;

• Strong interpersonal skills (e.g. conflict resolution) and ability to work effectively in teams; • Ability to work in stressful situations and in hardship locations;

• Computer Skill – MS-Office and Excel • Fluency in Portuguese and English

• Analytical thinking

• Able to work as part of a team and under pressure

• Political and social Awareness Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

• Knowledge of a local language • Competency in French language an asset.

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