JOB TITLE: Child Protection Case Worker
LOCATION: Lesvos island
FULLTIME/PARTIME: Full Time
DURATION: fixed term until December 15th 2020, starting date as soon as possible
Due to the emergency IRC will recruit qualified candidates filling the below criteria as they apply for the position.
Background: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. In response to the arrival of refugees in Greece in 2015, the IRC has been offering SMS, WASH, Livelihoods and Protection services to children, women and people in need of mental health support. IRC Hellas currently has offices in Athens and on Lesvos, Chios and Samos.
SCOPE OF WORK:
In response to the recent fire and destruction of the Μoria RIC on Lesvos island, the IRC will start the implementation of a child protection program, aiming to assess the needs on the ground, identify vulnerable children and families and offer child protection case management and/or other child protection activities that will be identified as needs, following the needs assessment. For this reason, multidisciplinary mobile units will be set up. The Case Worker (CW) will be responsible for timely and proper identification of vulnerable children, including UASC, and their families and the provision of quality case management services.
He/she will be responsible for ensuring that all child protection cases receive psychosocial support, are properly followed up and/or referred to the appropriate services.
Reporting lines: The CW reports to the Child Protection Senior Officer.
- To ensure vulnerable children are identified and receive individual case management support by conducting documentation, assessments, action plans, direct service provision, referrals and follow ups for an assigned case load of children;
- To provide support to families in the process of case management;
- To organize individual and/or group psychosocial support activities, in cooperation with the other team members;
- To directly work with other social workers and service providers on management of caseload and referrals.
- Provide individual case management for children in refugee camps or transit sites in Northern Greece in accordance with all case management steps and related tools and procedures;
- Provide ongoing support to families;
- Offer psychological first aid (PFA) to children and parents/caregivers;
- Communicate regularly other case management and protection staff for updates on achievements and challenges;
- Ensure that offered activities respond to the needs of children and continuously reassess the situation and the needed interventions;
- Ensure activities are safe for children and staff members and liaise with the relevant IRC colleagues in order to assess the safety and security of the interventions;
- Participate into case conferences, working groups, ad hoc workshops and thematic trainings when required;
- Keep all the case files updated and secured;
- Complete all reports in a timely manner;
Grant Monitoring & Reporting
- Provide input for weekly and staff activity reports and support any other reporting needs of the program.
Coordination & Representation
- Directly communicate effectively with other professionals and service providers as part of conducting individual case management;
- Regularly attend child protection meetings at field level.
- All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
- Technical diploma or degree in social work, psychology, including license to practice, or a related field;
- At least 2 years’ experience of implementing child protection programs, preferable social work or case management, in humanitarian settings;
- Demonstrated experience of working with children and particularly vulnerable, refugee children;
- Responsiveness to queries and referrals as and when needed and able to manage a varying workload;
- Candidates must be able to adapt to a changing context, feel comfortable working in unstable and often insecure environments;
- Ability to work well both within a team and independently, in a challenging, fast-paced, multicultural environment;
- Personal qualities: communicative, accurate, attentive to details, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well;
- Fluency in Greek and English mandatory, knowledge of Farsi/French/Arabic is considered as an asset;
- Computer skills: Knowledge of MS Office, Internet, Outlook and competency with new technologies required.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.
Travel and other requirements: The position requires constant local travel on Lesvos to/from various locations, including official and unofficial camps, sites and other areas of program operation.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
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