2 Fresher Child Protection Officer Job Opportunities – ALIGHT (formerly American Refugee Committee)

 

Job Title:    Child
Protection Officer (2 Fresher Jobs)

Organization: ALIGHT
(formerly American Refugee Committee)

Duty Station:
Uganda

 

About US:

ALIGHT, formerly the
American Refugee Committee (ARC), is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian
organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions
of beneficiaries over the last 40 years. In 2011, Alight helped nearly 2.5
million people get essential services to regain their health and take back
control of their lives. Alight works with its partners and constituencies to
provide opportunities and expertise to communities of refugees and internally
displaced persons in seven countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, including
Iraq, Kosovo, and in the Darfur region of Sudan and is currently providing for
emergency relief and recovery in Haiti. Alight provides shelter, clean water
and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection
to help survivors of war and natural disasters to rebuild their lives with
dignity, health care, security and self-sufficiency.

 

Job Summary:  Reporting to the Protection Manager, the Child
Protection Officer is responsible for assessing, investigating and managing
cases of child abuse and neglect to ensure the wellbeing of children and young
people. The role involves working directly with vulnerable children who are at
risk of harm or abuse, as well as working with their families and carers, to
introduce measures to improve family behavior and protect children to ensure
that durable solutions are sought.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Prioritize child protection issues and design prevention
response programs and initiatives.

·       
Offer technical guidance and direction for effective
planning, implementation and monitoring of agreed child protection plans
including the psychosocial recovery (care) and assistance (legal and social) to
vulnerable children and their families

·       
Develop training programs and assist in capacity building
for staff and partners, possibly in priority thematic areas such as GBV,
psychosocial support, child separation, and armed forces/groups

·       
Gather information, interview parents and children, assess
whether children are in need of protection and develop recommendations and case
management plans.

·       
Organize services for children at risk and their families,
such as medical and counselling services, and refer clients to or conduct
family support and parenting programs.

·       
Represent ALIGHT in any relevant field based thematic
meetings with stakeholders and otherwise as needed.

·       
Participate in assessment and identification of protection
gaps including Child protection, GBV issues and coordinate with protection
actors to address the gaps.

·       
In collaboration with Legal Counselor and Psychosocial
Counselors, carry out activities that contribute to reducing GBV and Child
protection issues in the refugee settlements.

·       
Enhance networking and collaboration with local partners
(government and humanitarian actors) through participation in inter-agency
protection /child protection working groups at camp level; establishing and
monitoring Codes of conduct; review and adopt and operationalize Standard
Operational Procedures (SOPs).

·       
In collaboration with local leaders, Schools teachers, and
other sectors, identify existing protection committees or form new child
protection committees; strengthen their capacity to respond to child protection
issues.

·       
Coordinate with Schools and local leaders in the formation
and training of child right clubs, youth clubs and liaise with local leaders
and School administration to create environment for child participation in
issues that affect them, including reduction of Child labor.

·       
Carry out day to day coordination with protection network
in the refugee settlements and host communities, including the Police,
supporting protection committee in documenting abuse cases, referrals and
management of cases.

·       
Carry out mobilization of key community stakeholders
including protection committee, youths, women, men and host communities to
participate in community awareness events/meetings.

·       
Supervise the work of the Child protection Assistant
conducting awareness campaigns and ensure that dissemination of clear and
reliable information on service provision is provided.

·       
Contribute in conducting needs assessments and Focus Group
Discussions with the displaced and host community, particularly the most
vulnerable women and children, to identify common protection needs, priorities
and existing capacities within the community.

·       
Undertake site/field visits to verify social needs of
children, evaluate their living conditions and prepare recommendations
accordingly.

·       
Ensure that all activities are accurately documented and
filed in the database.

·       
Provide regular feedback to the Protection Manager on
progress, lessons learned, achievements, gaps, issues and problems.

·       
Contribute to the preparation of weekly/monthly plans and
reports on activities.

·       
Perform any other duties assigned to you.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The applicant for the ALIGHT Child Protection Officer job
placement must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social work, Social Sciences,
Community Psychology, Adult and Community Education and Development studies.

·       
At least three years’ experience in working on Child
Protection issues with an INGO

·       
Strong experience working with vulnerable people including
survivors of GBV and victims of child abuse.

·       
Strong knowledge of Child Friendly interview techniques
and communicating with children

·       
Excellent command of verbal and written English.

·       
Computer literacy i.e. good knowledge Word and Excel.

 

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should apply online at the link below.

 

Click Here

 

Deadline:  18th January 2021

 

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