Fresher Best Interest Determination (BID) Assistant NGO Jobs – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Community
Services Manager
About US:
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international
African humanitarian and development organization that positively contributes
towards improving the living standards and conditions of those adversely
affected by disasters and conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by
implementing WASH, Health, Education, Livelihoods, Community service &
development and Protection programs in the region for a period of more than 20
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a
multi-sectoral Program for refugees in Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro
district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro district) and Nyakabande Transit
Center (Kisoro district).
Job Summary:  The Best Interest Determination (BID)
Assistant will play a focal role in streamlining and harmonizing the Best
Interest Determination (BID) process in HIJRA and to use it as a broader child
protection tool with full cooperation between the Community Services Section
and the Protection Section. Support from a dedicated BID Assistant in the
refugee settlements will greatly enhance the ability of HIJRA to ensure that
this casework is done in an expedited manner.
Key Duties and
Conduct BID casework including:
Carry out interviews with refugee children and
other members of the family to determine the best interest of the child and
complete Best Interest Determination (BID) and, when appropriate, Best Interest
Assessment (BIA) reports.
Conduct home visits with refugee families as
part of the BID process.
Provide counselling to refugees and refugee
children, explaining the BID and BIA processes, prospects, and problems involved
in the processes.
Support the child protection team in the
execution of child protection roles.
Ensure proper monitoring and follow-up of cases
including updating RIMS database and any internal monitoring and tracking
systems are regularly updated with the necessary events.
Implement Child Protection policies, BID and BIA
procedures, and existing SOPs (including fraud prevention SOPs) with guidance
from respective Community Service, Protection and Resettlement colleagues.
Work closely with relevant child protection
partners to include all the information available on the child in the BID
Ensure that BID reports are in compliance with
UNHCR protection principles as well as best international practice.
Oversee the BIA and BID tools for assessing children
Follow up on BIA and BID recommendations.
Conduct and organize BID panels on a monthly
basis and present BIDs.
Conduct additional assessment on BID cases as
per recommendation by the BID panel.
Prepare and submit monthly progress reports.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the HIJRA Best Interest
Determination (BID) Assistant employment opportunity should hold an academic
degree in relevant area (e.g. social work, child development, social science,
education, public administration etc.)
At least two years’ experience in relevant work
area (e.g. as a social worker, child counsellor, community development worker,
educator, conducting social assessments, individual case advocacy, assisting
with family reunification, working with refugees in a resettlement context
Broad knowledge of the international legal
framework governing refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and
Awareness of gender issues and how to apply a
rights- and community-based approach to identify and respond to specific needs;
Excellent interviewing and counselling skills
especially child interviewing skills-highly desirable.
Ability to conduct assessments and identify
protection risks of individuals and groups;
Broad knowledge and understanding of mental and
physical development of children as well as International Convention on Child
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work
effectively in teams;
Ability to work in stressful situations and in
hardship locations;
Previous experience giving advice on
resettlement guidelines / policy – highly desirable;
Experience in the area of refugee resettlement –
conducting refugee resettlement assessments and submissions – highly desirable.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send an
application letter and Curriculum Vitae including telephone and email contacts
of three referees including your current/most recent employer.
Application should be addressed to the:
Country Program Manager,
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703, Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: The subject line should read: “Best Interest
Determination (BID) Assistant.”
Deadline: 20th December 2016

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