Child Protection Monitoring

United Nations Children's Fund

Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Experience: 0 to 3 Years

Skill Required: Monitoring and Evaluation

Under the direct supervision of the Emergency Coordinator in Bihac, the consultant will support UNICEF in monitoring the protection situation of children on the move within and outside of reception facilities in Una-Sana Canton. The consultant requires the ability to problem solve, work effectively with diverse stakeholders and advocate for children as new issues and needs arise. This includes working with key counterparts to quickly identify solutions as new protection issues arise, and practically applying the best interest of the child principle to a range of situations. Additional support to other locations may be required, depending on the refugee, migrant mixed migration flows and needs of children.

The Consultant will focus on monitoring the child protection environment within and outside of temporary reception centres (TRC) in Una-Sana Canton (USC) and will collect data related to Child protection (CP) from different actors focused on the number of children arriving to the area, number of children staying outside of official TRC, quantity and quality of services ensured to children.

Coordination between different governmental, UN and NGO partners in order to ensure efficient service delivery to children is crucial for the protection of children and is also an important component of the work.

Child Protection Monitoring in Una-Sana Canton will include:

  • Support the monitoring of the child protection response of UNICEF and partners in Una-Sana Canton and provide recommendations for improvements/adjustments.
  • Support the collection and consolidation of child protection relevant data and information and contribute to reporting and regularly update weekly and monthly reports as we interagency dashboard every week.
  • Ensure child protection, education and health monitoring in temporary reception centres in Una-Sana Canton and monitor care and support services to ensure children’s wellbeing, best interests and standards for health, hygiene and safety are met.
  • Advocate for children and support coordination in relevant Camp Coordination Camp Management meetings in temporary reception centres in Una-Sana Canton, and other coordination meetings as requested: coordination meetings, complaint councils, protection meetings, and coordination outreach meeting organized as well as other ad-hoc meetings like Boys parliaments, Case conferences, etc.
  • Conduct outreach activities for child protection monitoring and to identify and refer UASC outside of reception facilities to accommodation and relevant support services, including at IEBLs/USC entry points (Ključ/Velečevo and Bosanska Krupa/Bosanska Otoka).
  • Keeps records of NFIs procured by UNICEF and kept in the IOM warehouse and regularly updates the list of available items and upon the request of IOM and implementing partner coordinator in TRC Borici brings adequate quantities of needed NFIs.
  • Provide: handover minutes in accordance with procedures, collect documentation, and transfer of properties and other tasks as requested.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • Bachelor’s degree in human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field. Master’s degree is an asset.
  • Two years of relevant work experience such as working with vulnerable groups of children, in child protection or in an emergency/humanitarian situation; additional experience an asset.
  • Knowledge of English and BHS language required, fluency/working knowledge in any of the languages commonly spoken by refugees and migrants (Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu, French, Spanish and/or Urdu) an asset.
  • Ability to work independently, with minimum supervision and as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships;
  • Strong writing and communication skills required.
  • Knowledge of child protection, social welfare, and/or previous experience with UNICEF
  • Ability to analyze documents, gather information from key stakeholders and synthesize into succinct format.
  • Knowledge of international principles and legal instruments related to child protection, refugee, migrants.