Child Protection Officer
English required. Fluency in Russian, Ukrainian, and/or Polish is desirable.
UNHCR has been in Poland for 30 years, working with national authorities on refugee-related matters. With the arrival of nearly 1.4 million refugees from Ukraine recorded in Poland, majority being women and children, as well as older people and people with disabilities, UNHCR has substantially scaled up its presence and operations supporting government-led efforts through a multisectoral response focusing on ensuring access to asylum and protection, assisting the most vulnerable refugees, and facilitating inclusion. UNHCR currently has a Country Office and Frontex Liaison Office in Warsaw and has opened two field offices in Warsaw and Lublin, in addition to sub-offices in Rzeszow and Krakow.
In implementing its programme, UNHCR works with eight international and national implementing partners to respond to the most pressing needs of refugees. These include ACTED/REACH, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), the Halina Niec Legal Aid Centre, the Lutheran World Federation, International Medical Corps (IMC), Première Urgence International (PUI), the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) and the Stowarzysznenie interwencji Prawnej (Association for Legal Intervention, SIP). UNHCR leads the overarching refugee coordination structure in Poland, in support of the Government-led response. The thematic sector working groups include Protection (with sub-sector working groups on Child Protection, Gender-based Violence, Counter-trafficking, Third-country nationals, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support); Health; Education; Shelter and Information Management (IM). In addition, there are transversal working groups on Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and a Network on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).
Community-based protection and empowerment programmes, including two-way communication, information provision, referral pathways to established national social services and government and civil society actors form up a strategic component of UNHCR’s country programme in Poland.
The Child Protection Officer is a member of the Community-based Protection (CBP) team, part of the Protection Unit, at UNHCR Poland. Based in Warsaw, s/he will report to the Snr. Community-based Protection Officer and work collaboratively with other colleagues in the CBP team and wider Protection Unit.
S/he will be part of the Protection team’s efforts to enhance the operation’s child protection programme targetting refugee children, adolescents and youth from Ukraine. S/he will oversee and provide technical support to members of Protection teams in Country Office and Filed offices. To effectively carry out his/her duties, the Child Protection will engage with fellow UNHCR colleagues, protection and assistance partners, and communities of concern, in a regular manner. The Child Protection Officer is expected to co-lead, together with UNICEF, the Child Protection sub sector, gathering active child protection actors in Poland.
Aim of the Mission
The aim of the mission will be to provide technical support to child protection actors by enhancing their capacities and re-enforcing the link between the Best Interest procedures to referral mechanisms for assistance and support across programmes for the Ukraine refugee response in Poland. At the end of the deployment, the capacity of the UNHCR staff and national partners should be at a level whereby child protection programmes and interventions engage actively with community; involve adolescents and young people in the design and delivery of child protection services and the best interest procedures link up more systematically to referral mechanisms for assistance and support.
Support in developing the existing child protection capacities and ensuring that child protection interventions in the outreach and assistance programmes for the Ukraine refugee response, are in line with the Best Interest principle and participatory and Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approaches.
Under the supervision of the Senior Community-based Protection Officer, the Child Protection Officer will carry out the following duties:
- Coordination: Lead the coordination of the Child Protection sub sector with UNICEF and a national NGO partner ensuring the different child protection programs are harmonized and that intersectoral workplans are aligned to global child protection standards;
- Capacity development and training: In collaboration with partners, assess learning and capacity needs on child protection for UNHCR teams, partners and government counterparts, including on assessing and determining the best interests of the child. Develop and implement child protection capacity development plan and activities for UNHCR staff and partners, supports relevant interagency capacity building and integrates child protection within broader UNHCR capacity building plans and initiatives;
- Analysis and strategic interventions: work with national partner staff, UNHCR Protection and IM teams to produce regular narrative analysis of protection data related to Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC), as well as children in institutional care, for both internal and external audiences. Formulate advocacy narratives with the key national child protection actors and intervene, when feasible, to promote the case management approaches compliant with Best Interest Procedure (BIP);
- Technical guidance and support: Provide child protection technical guidance and capacity building intervention to UNHCR and partner staff working in protection, basic needs, shelter, education and other relevant sectors;
- Support of innovation and evidence: Introduce innovative approaches, document and disseminate lessons learnt and good practices in child protection and apply relevant knowledge on effective child protection programming to the operation/region;
- Promotion of participatory and Age, Gender, Diversity (AGD) approaches: Ensure the participation of children and adolescents as well as families and caregivers in the response following an age and gender sensitive approach
- Substantive experience and technical expertise in the field of child protection and coordination of the sub- sector.
- Experience in capacity building national NGOs / structures in a refugee response;
- Case management experience is an asset.
- Required: Language skills - English
- Desirable: language skills – Polish, Ukrainian, Russian.
CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy towards Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). For this reason, we adhere to all policies, procedures and training of the United Nations on The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). CANADEM mandates all deployees successfully complete the PSEA online course. This e-learning course is composed of a set of lessons designed to raise awareness about SEA, become familiar with a range of measures to combat SEA, understand the impact on victims and the consequences for UN Personnel who commit Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.
- Strong communication skills
- Cultural sensitivity and awareness
- Able to work under pressure
- Problem solving oriented
- Proactive and organized