Best Interest Procedures (BIP) AssociateUNOPS
Working under the direct supervision of the UNHCR Protection Officer (Child) in UNHCR Sub Office Shire, the primary responsibilities of the staff member is to conduct Best Interest Determination (BID) Reports for unaccompanied and separated children in line with agreed upon objectives with his/her supervisor. S/he will receive regular supervision in the form of review of his or her BID reports and structured, supervision sessions.
The incumbent works in a team of UNHCR and partner protection case workers in the field and office. He/she will be required to take on additional responsibilities such as mentoring of new caseworkers, preparing and facilitating BID Panel/ trainings and case management meetings with partners.
Description of Responsibilities
- Best Interest Procedures These may include: BID interviews of children and their caregivers (extended family and community members), home visits and assessments
- Ensure BID reports are well drafted, paying attention to detail and analysis of options and recommendations. Ensure that UNHCR BID Guidelines are followed and that recommendations are demonstrably consistent with the best interests of the child.
- Check report against information already on file and ensure consistency of information, names, spelling. Liaise with relevant units as necessary to address issues in order to avoid finalized cases having to be returned to the Panel for amendment.
- Send the BID to the BID Reviewer to ensure that the review can be completed on time for the BID panel session;
- Submit reviewed and finalized BIDs as relevant for scheduling for the BID panel on a weekly basis;
- Maintain good records, update physical files and the UNHCR proGres database, submit output reports to UNHCR Supervisor on a regular basis, and follow up on BID recommendations;
- For completed BID reports, file them both electronically – in the common drive and in hard copies and originals in the physical file for the individual case.
- Support the tracing and reunification mechanisms for UASC with child protection partners, including ICRC , ARRA and local authorities as appropriate
- Ensure the Case management and Database systems are functioning adequately and allow for the effective identification and assessment of children at risk, including case conferences (which bring together key sectors to coordinate efforts to protect and promote the rights of the child),
- Promote BID panel meetings and other coordination meeting; as well as referral and follow-up in accordance with CP SoPs and referral mechanisms, including linkages with services available out-of-camp (eg Violence against Children, Child Justice), and promoting durable solutions and other support.
- BIDs are produced each month directly in English using the BID report generated in proGres based on the number of BIDs required by the office.
- Complete regular narrative and statistical reports of activities is done in accordance with the demands of the supervisor.
- Make recommendations in the best interest of the children in question and complete BID reports and other child protection assessments.
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience
- Education: completion of secondary education with training/certificate in law, social sciences, public administration or a related field.
- 3 years or more of relevant experience in a NGO, UN agency or relevant organization, with child protection experience desired
- Direct experience of conducting best interest assessments and determinations desirable.
- Knowledge of work in PC, applications, spreadsheets, word processing
- Excellent drafting skills are essential to the success of this position
- Ability to conduct interviews, to analyze and report on the situation of the beneficiaries.
- Ability to acquire knowledge of the organization’s protection policies.
- Ability to work in the field.
- Fluency in English (written and spoken)
Cross Functional Competencies:
- Planning and Organizing
- Tigrinya speaker
- Exposure to UN rules, regulations and guidelines on security management
Submission of Applications
This vacancy is open for qualified Ethiopians only.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
UNHCR 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.
Applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send a motivation letter and factsheet/P11 Form to: Human Resources Unit through the online application system using the link below:-
Candidates will be required to sit for interview.
Due to the volume of applications only short listed candidates will be invited for further interview.
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