JOB TITLE: Child Protection Senior Officer
LOCATION: Lesvos island
FULLTIME/PARTIME: Full Time
DURATION: fixed term until December 15th 2020, starting date as soon as possible
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 Child Protection Senior Officer (CPSO), with support from the Child Protection (CP) Manager, will set up the project and support the implementation of case management responses.
He/she will be responsible for ensuring that all staff working for the project, have a clear schedule of activities and responsibilities and are provided with guidance and support.
Reporting lines: The CPSO will supervise a multidisciplinary team of social workers, child psychologists and interpreters/cultural mediators. S/he will report to the CP Manager. The CPSO will cooperate closely with other IRC teams on Lesvos and especially with the Country Safety & Security focal point.
- To ensure children harmed or at risk are identified and receive individual case management support by ensuring standard tools and procedures are in place and adhered to;
- To plan and ensure implementation of daily field activities in various areas of operation;
- To provide supervision and support to the case management team on case assessment, identification, planning, referral and follow up;
- To ensure that all standard operating procedures are followed;
- To coordinate with other child protection agencies on case management and referrals, including attending key coordination meetings.
- Provide technical and management leadership in accordance with best practices and IRC policies;
- Ensure that solid case management, referral and information management systems are in place for appropriate identification, responses and follow-up for children harmed or at risk of being harmed, and that these processes are happening in a timely manner;
- Ensure regular communication with the Child Protection manager to integrate appropriate technical priorities in program design, in order to provide updates on achievements and challenges;
- Lead and coordinate with the Child Protection Manager Attica in order to conduct case conferences for complex and high vulnerable cases;
- 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;
- Keep up to date referral pathways for children at risk of abuse, UASC and other vulnerable children and their families;
- Provide technical support to other actors in order to promote coordinated and appropriate responses for vulnerable children.
Staff Supervision & Development
- Directly supervises social workers, child psychologists and interpreters;
- Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions;
- Offer trainings to the child protection team and/or staff from other actors on site, as needed;
- Assist with the recruitment of child protection staff, in coordination with the Child Protection Manager;
- Ensure regular performance monitoring of direct reports to achieve the set objectives.
Grant Monitoring & Reporting
- Ensure regular field monitoring and reporting, as required;
- Monitor and consolidate information collected from weekly case management databases and reports based on child protection standards and donors’ requirements.
Coordination & Representation
- Regularly attend CP meetings at appropriate levels to contribute to coordination of case management responses across areas of operation;
- Coordinate with the relevant authorities, agencies and other child protection actors on sites and share updates on a timely manner;
- Coordinate effectively and efficiently with other IRC programs and departments;
- 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 or psychology;
- At least 3 years’ experience of implementing child protection programs, preferable social work or case management, in humanitarian or development settings;
- Demonstrated understanding of working with children and particularly vulnerable children;
- Demonstrated experience in team management, supervision and coordination of teams;
- 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: diplomatic, 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;
- Drivers’ license.
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.
Candidates should be able to work flexible hours.
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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