Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, Protection
Since the beginning of 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has struggled with an increasing influx of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees after previously popular migration routes to Western Europe through the Balkans shut down in 2017. Over 58,000 persons arrived in BiH from January 2018 through end of April 2020. As of end of May 2020, an estimated 7,000-8,000 persons remained in BiH in need of a range of types of humanitarian assistance at various locations, mostly in Una-Sana Canton which borders Croatia (and thus the European Union). Among the 5,650 refugees and migrants in formal accommodation as of beginning of May 2020, 16 per cent are families with children and 8 per cent unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).The national system to protect UASC in BiH - from identification and registration, to referral and protective services - has been overwhelmed in light of the current refugee and migrant influx, exposing UASC to heightened protection risks, including incidences of (gender-based) violence, abuse, and exploitation (smuggling and human trafficking).UNICEF's humanitarian response to children on the move transiting through/stranded in BiH takes a two-track approach:(1) Immediate humanitarian assistance and protection to refugee and migrant children, especially UASC, working in close collaboration with government authorities at all levels, UN agencies and NGOs; and(2) Strengthening child protection systems to provide better services to all vulnerable children in BiH, through capacity building, policy reform and technical assistance.UNICEF's key child protection interventions in the humanitarian child protection response – in close partnership with relevant ministries, centres for social welfare, and NGOs, extend to the following:(a) Support the identification of UASC, appointment of legal guardianship, child protection case management and referral to relevant support services, including through the deployment of extra professionals and operating of mobile outreach teams to enhance access to child protection services.(b) Provide 24/7 child protection presence at the Bira, Borici, Sedra, Usivak, and Miral TRCs. At the Bira and Miral reception facilities UNICEF established a designated zone for UASC. Child Protection Teams provide 24/7 onsite care and support services as well as referral to external support services.(c) Operating of Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS) at the Usivak and Salakovac reception facilities (as well as reopening of CFS at Sedra and Borici CFS if funds allow). CFS operate as multi-functional centres to prevent and respond to protection concerns and connect children and their families with a variety of humanitarian services. They provide children with opportunities to develop, play, learn, and strengthentheir resilience, as well as access psychosocial support. CFS also offer a space for the identification,referral, and follow-up, and/or direct support of at-risk children.(d) In partnership with Centres for Social Welfare and NGOs UNICEF aims to expand availability of qualitymental health and psychosocial support to children on the move and their caregivers.
How can you make a difference?
Under the direct supervision of the Child Protection Specialist in Sarajevo, the Individual Contractor - Child Protection in Emergency Monitoring Coordinator will support UNICEF in monitoring the protection situation of children on the move within and outside of reception facilities in Sarajevo Canton.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS The specific tasks are as follows:• Support the monitoring of the child protection humanitarian response of UNICEF and partners in Sarajevo Canton, and provide recommendations for improvements/adjustments;• Participate in child protection case management conferences and provide technical advice and support;• Support the writing of weekly and monthly inter-agency Situation Reports and quarterly UNICEF reports;• Assist in maintaining relevant databases;• Support the collection, consolidation and analysis of child protection relevant data and information;• Ensure child protection monitoring in all temporary reception centres in Sarajevo Canton and monitor in particular that care and support services ensure children’s wellbeing and best interests and meet standards for health, hygiene and safety;• Participate in relevant Camp Coordination Camp Management meetings in temporary reception centres in Sarajevo Canton as well as Sarajevo Canton Outreach Coordination meetings and other meetings as required;• Conduct outreach activities for child protection monitoring and to identify and refer UASC outside of reception facilities to accommodation and relevant support services;• Monitor and report child protection concerns/incidences within and outside of reception facilities;• Carry out other relevant tasks as required.
While carrying out above tasks, it is expected that the Individual Contractor - Child Protection in Emergency Monitoring Coordinator will apply the “do no harm” approach in order to ensure that child rights monitoring and protection activities do not put children at risk and ensure high standards in humanitarian practice, with special focus on cultural sensitivity and non-discrimination.While UNICEF has a 40h working week with regular working hours from 8h00-17h00, flexible working hours are required for this position, including occasionally shifts in the evenings and at weekends. The weekly working schedule will be agreed with the supervisor ahead of time.The position is primarily field based, however occasionally also requires presence in UNICEF’s office in Sarajevo.UNICEF will provide a laptop, mobile phone and support for fuel in case of self-driving. Alternatively transport for work purposes is provided via rental of car (to be shared in a team of three).
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have
This position requires motivated, knowledgeable and skilled contractors with the following essentialqualifications and competencies:• University degree in social sciences, preferably social work, psychology, social pedagogy, law or equivalent;• Two years of relevant work experience such as working with vulnerable groups of children, in child protection or in an emergency/humanitarian situation;• Overall interest and motivation for providing humanitarian assistance and protection of children’s rights;• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;• Good computer literacy;• 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;• Fluency in BHS language and good English language skills are a requirement, fluency/working knowledge in any of the languages commonly spoken by refugees and migrants (Arabic, Farsi, Pashtu and/or Urdu) an asset;• Valid driving license.
For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.