Child Protection Officer at Nrc (Norwegian Refugee Council)
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- Company: NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council)
- Location: Ethiopia
- State: Tigray Jobs
- Job type: Full-Time
- Job category: Administrative/Secretarial Jobs in Ethiopia - NGO Jobs in Ethiopia
Being an employee of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Ethiopia the Child Protection Officer is expected to represent NRC in a responsible manner and always act in accordance with NRC’s Code of Conduct.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is present in five regions in Ethiopia, providing refugees and internally displaced people with emergency relief and help them to rebuild their lives. NRC works within the sectors of Education, Shelter, WASH, Livelihood and Food Security, ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance), and Child Protection.
Roles & Responsibilities:
The purpose of Child Protection Officer is to implement foster care arrangement and Family, Tracing and Reunification (FTR) activities in the camps.
· Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
· Implement Family-based care arrangement according to plan of action
· Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
· Ensure proper filing of documents
· Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
· Promote and share ideas for technical improvement in the areas of family-based care arrangement
· Responsible for tracing families within the camps and foster care arrangement process to ensure a quick reunification process when an unaccompanied child presents at Endabaguna reception centre
· Assisting children with logistical arrangements and facilitating family reunification procedures within Ethiopia.
· Ensure that the protection of children and the promotion of their welfare are given absolute priority in all activities and that any safeguarding matters are recorded, investigated and acted upon appropriately and in keeping with NRC and LUMOS child protection policies and procedures
· Work with partners in Endabaguna and other camps to communicate up to date information about children and their families, taking a proactive approach to family tracing
· Work directly with children to prepare them for the move to their families in and between camps, ensuring that their needs are met and that they have an understanding of their rights
· Assist with logistical arrangements to reunify children with their families in and between camps (providing access to public transport, etc.)
· Prepare and present written and verbal reports on children and family reunification processes
· Monitor and collate management information to support continuous improvement in the family reunification process
· Responsible for recruitment, assessment and approval of foster cares and matching of children with families
· Take responsibility for ensuring children are in safe, caring placements that offer protection
· Responsible for the active and timely risk assessment of prospective foster cares using the range of information gathered and make such decisions in accordance with best practice guidance and NRC and LUMOS policies and procedures.
· Provide relevant information on prospective foster parents for government authorities to make an informed assessment.
· Ensure that the protection of children and the promotion of their welfare are given absolute priority in all activities and that any safeguarding matters are recorded, investigated and acted upon appropriately and in keeping with global child protection procedures and standards.
· To facilitate the transfer of a child into a foster family, including ensuring appropriate preparation of both child and family
· Work directly with children to prepare them for the move to foster care, ensuring that their needs are met and that they have an understanding of their rights
· To provide regular support via supervisory visits to foster family, including unannounced visits which are all recorded.
· Identify, in conjunction with foster family, training and developmental needs
· Attend strategy meetings, planning meetings etc. on children
· Prepare and present written and verbal reports on children and foster family
· Monitor and collate management information to support continuous improvement in the recruitment and management of foster family.
· To undertake ‘out of hours’ on-call duty as required, and support foster family dealing with crises and needing advice.
· Any other activity as may be required by the NRC CP Project Coordinator.
Qualifications and Competences:
Generic professional competencies:
· University degree in relevant areas-psychology, social work, Sociology & etc. and minimum two years of working experience from working in a humanitarian, refugee /recovery context
· Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
· Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:
· Knowledge of the Shire Operation Area.
· Qualified social worker with experience in a children and family setting
· Commitment to child rights
· Previous experience working with refugees and children
· Computer literacy
· Fluency in English (both speaking and writing)
· Knowledge of the Tigrigna local language is mandatory
· Planning and delivering results
· Empowering and building trust
· Communicating with impact and respect
· Handling insecure environment
How to Apply
All employees of the Norwegian Refugee Council should be able to adhere to our Codes of Conduct and the four organizational values: Dedicated, innovative, inclusive and accountable.
Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to send in their application letters including updated curriculum vitae with day-time telephone number and contact details of three work-related referees only through www.webcruiter.no. Applications should reach NRC latest by April 16, 2019.
“Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as NRC offers attractive salary and benefit with on-the-job training opportunities”!