Position Title: Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNICEF
P Level: P4
Duration: 3 months
Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Language: English required. Russian, Ukrainian, and/or Polish an asset
On 26 February, heavy fighting and explosions were reported inside and around Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. Hundreds of casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure – including residential buildings, schools, shelters, shops and medical facilities - were also reported by national authorities. Since 25 February, there has been an increase in the number of cases of shelling of medical and educational institutions.
On 24 February, the Russian Federation announced a military operation on Ukraine that is likely to have a significant impact on the lives of children and families in communities throughout the country. According to UNHCR, more than 160,000 people have reportedly been internally displaced and over 116,000 have so far fled into neighbouring Poland, Romania, Moldova and Hungary, and far more could be forced to seek safety across borders if the military operation persists. The government estimated that up to 5 million people might be fleeing Ukraine in the worst-case scenario. The security situation along the line of contact has been very volatile. On 21
February 2022, the Russian Federation officially recognized the independence of non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. On 23 February, Ukraine announced that it would declare a nationwide state of emergency starting 24 February.
UNICEF is mounting a response in neighboring countries in close collaboration with UNHCR and national and local governments and partners. Given that UNICEF does not have a country office in Poland, there is an urgent need to deploy multiple child protection specialists, with expertise in child protection responses in middle and high income countries.
Provide support to operationalization of UNICEF’s response in close coordination with UNHCR and national and local partners to establish a child protection response. Working primarily, but not solely, through the establishment of Blue Dots – child friendly spaces that can (among other functions) identify protection risks, including separated and unaccompanied children, and provide appropriate responses. Ensure all children in need of care and protection receive the support they need while durable solutions are found.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS
• In consultation with other CP partners, including UNHCR, and the government if appropriate, provide support to strengthen existing child protection coordination structures for the response to the refugee and migrant crisis.
• Provide technical guidance to the blue dot hub response along displacement corridors and in temporary shelters for emergency child protection response, including identification and registration of UASC, Psychological First Aid, case management, and monitoring.
• Provide coordination leadership or support for child protection coordination in support of government and with other UN entities and civil society.
• Provide training to partners on child protection in emergencies
• Support coordination in UNICEF with programmes and operations, including supply needs for blue dot operation.
• Ensure CP information flow within UNICEF coordination structures
• Provide technical support and assistance to UNICEF child protection and GBV staff and partners, including government and NGOs, to scale up the child protection components of emergency response programmes, including development or amendment of projects and partnerships.
• Monitor the trends and emerging evidence of child protection concerns and the response by the Government and partners, including conducting monitoring visits to project sites and border areas and analyse this information to advise on the child protection response.
• Contribute to raise awareness on child protection and gender-based violence concerns and UNICEF’s response thereto through preparation of relevant humanitarian, media and communication outlets, as appropriate and in coordination with the RO emergency and child protection teams.
• Provide inputs on child protection and gender-based violence concerns and UNICEF’s response thereto in all UNICEF, inter-agency and government planning and reporting processes.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
• Advanced university degree in social work, international relations, law, child psychology, or relevant field.
• A minimum of 5-8 years of experience with UNICEF and/or other relevant actors, including experience with child protection programming in natural disaster and/or armed conflict contexts – preference for child protection specialists with experience in middle and high income countries, and in Europe if at all possible.
• Knowledge of UNICEF’s core commitments to children in humanitarian action as well as the humanitarian cluster approach, particularly the child protection working group (sub-cluster), gender-based violence area of responsibility, and protection cluster
• Fluency in English. Additional languages of particular importance include, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian.
Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN
language an asset.