Child Protection Associate, Gore, Chad At Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Closing date: Sunday, 28 May 2023

Hardship Level: E (most hardship)

Family Type: Non Family with Residential Location

Family Type: Non Family with Residential Location

Residential location (if applicable): Addis Ababa,Eth Fed Dem Rep

Grade: GS6

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: General Service

Reason: Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted: No

Target Start Date: 2023-06-01

Job Posting End Date: May 29, 2023

Standard Job Description: Child Protection Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

UNHCR is committed to the effective protection to children of concern, with children representing more than half of the persons falling under its mandate. UNHCR adopts a rights and community-based approach to address the protection needs of children, with a strong emphasis on inclusion within national child protection, child friendly procedures and working with other sectors to protect children including education. Child protection is recognized as global organizational priority for UNHCR. Dedicated child protection positions are needed to provide technical support to improve UNHCR’s operational capacity to deliver effective protection to children, adolescents and youth of concern.

The Child Protection Associate is a member of the protection team in an Office. S/he may report to a (Child) Protection Officer, or the Head of Field-Office/Unit and/or Head of Sub-Office. The incumbent monitors child protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff. The Child Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (children, women, marginalized groups) and is responsible for implementation of Best Interests Procedures for children at risk in their area of responsibility, under the guidance of the supervisor. S/he may also supervise staff undertaking Best Interests Procedures. S/he identifies opportunities to mainstream Child Protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. The incumbent works directly with communities and children of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


Needs identification, Strategy and Advocacy

  •  Contribute to assessing child protection issues through multi-sectoral and protection specific assessments.
  •  Facilitate consultation with children, youth and communities to inform child protection strategy and programme activities.
  •  Contribute to the formulation of child protection strategy and planning.
  •  Ensure compliance with UNHCR’s child protection policy, priorities and commitments, as well as other aligned policies on age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP), GBV, gender equality, disability and youth empowerment.
  •  Support the analysis of the national systems and ensure that child protection programmes complement national child protection systems and work towards the inclusion of children of concern into national child protection laws, policies and services.
  •  Undertake consultation with children, youth and communities and provide information on appropriate and meaningful approaches for their effective participation and programmatic responses on child protection issues.
  •  Provide input to Protection Unit to inform advocacy to address key child protection concerns.

Programme planning and implementation

  •  Engage children, youth and communities in the implementation of child protection activities, provide information to children, youth and communities about child protection services and monitor and report on needs and issues to inform the Operations Response.
  •  Conduct Best Interest Procedures for individual children at heightened risks and prepare Best Interests Determination report, when required.
  •  Participate in the Best Interests Procedure Case Conferences and BID panels and draft associated documentation as required.
  •  Implement child protection SOPs and ensure up to date and effective referral to key services.
  •  Store and update child’s case file in UNHCR data bases in accordance with UNHCR standards.
  •  Engage with children, youth and community members in identifying community-based child protection activities.
  •  Monitor and support appropriate care arrangements for unaccompanied and separated children and referral of children to ICRC or other relevant partners for establishment of family linkages.
  •  Regularly report on emerging protection issues and concerns voiced by children, youth and communities and assist in drafting reports, compiling and preparing data for the protection unit/section.
  •  Provide functional guidance to UNHCR and partner staff involved in child protection activities.

Partnership, coordination and capacity building

  •  Assist the Child Protection interagency coordination and information management activities as needed.
  •  Provide technical support and monitoring to child protection partners.
  •  Assist in carrying out learning needs assessment and analysis of findings.
  •  Support in implementing learning activities for UNHCR and partners staff and communities.

– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

Not applicable.

Certificates and/or Licenses


Social Sciences;

Community Dvpt/Social Work;

Human Rights;

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


3 years of previous work experience relevant to the function of child protection in a local context and having experience in the field of child protection prevention and response, broader protection or social work involving empowerment of women and girls, gender, child protection, mental health, counselling and working with survivors, humanitarian and development issues. Skills and experience in interviewing and working with children and families including supervision of child protection case management.


Knowledge of UNHCR child protection policies and tools including the UNHCR Best Interests Procedures Guidelines, and interagency child protection Minimum Standards, Guiding Principles and GBV case management standards. Knowledge of local child protection laws, policies and services. Knowledge and experience of participatory approaches to engage with and mobilize communities. Understanding of displacement and protection issues including GBV, education and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy. Completed Protection Learning Programme. Experience working with marginalized groups. Knowledge of protection information management tools, including but not limited to proGres and/or CPIMS.

Functional Skills

IT-Computer Literacy

PR-Child Protection Case Management and Best Interests Procedures

PR-Child Protection Information Management System

PR-Child Protection Prevention and Response Programming

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile: Le staff travaillera dans une zone o\u00f9 il y a fr\u00e9quemment des conflits. Sa capacit\u00e9 de fournir des informations sur le d\u00e9veloppements politiques, sociaux, \u00e9conomiques et culturels pourra aider \u00e0 trouver des solutions de protection aux demandeurs d’asiles et aux refugies et surtout l’int\u00e9r\u00eat sup\u00e9rieur des enfants a risque. Dans cet environnement o\u00f9 cohabite les anciens et de nouveau refugies, le travail exigera de lui une forte capacite \u00e0 innover, \u00e0 travailler sous pressions et en m\u00eame temps de trouver de piste de solution pouvant repondre efficacement et sp\u00e9cifiquement au besoin de protection des enfants avec d’autres acteurs et partenaires privilegies.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):: French ,

Desired languages: English ,

Operational contextOccupational Safety and Health Considerations:Nature of Position:Living and Working Conditions:Additional Qualifications: Skills

IT-Computer Literacy, PR-Child Protection Case Management and Best Interests Procedures, PR-Child Protection Information Management System, PR-Child Protection Prevention and Response ProgrammingEducation

High School: Child Protection, High School: Law, High School: Social ScienceCertifications

Community Development/Social Work – Other, Human Rights – Other, Law – Other, Social Sciences – OtherWork Experience

Competencies: Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration

UNHCR Salary Calculator:

CompendiumAdditional Information: le candidat doit etre disponioble le plutot que possible et avoir une bonne capacite redactionnelle en matiere de BID/BIA pour la protection de l’enfant. The English version is considered original and authoritative, translation to other language(s) serve the purpose of advertisement of local positions where applicable but are not considered as official translations non

Functional clearance: This position doesn’t require a functional clearance


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