Job no: 521035
Work type: Temporary Appointment
Location: Bosnia and Herz
Categories: Child Protection, NO-3
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In 2018 and 2019 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) has been facing 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 24,000 persons arrived in BiH from January through December 2018, including an estimated 4,000 (17%) children. The majority arrived over land in an irregular manner, mostly from Serbia, while a smaller proportion came through Montenegro. An estimated 5,300 people – of which 860 children (32% unaccompanied and separated children) – were stranded in BiH by end of March 2019, the majority in Una-Sana Canton, which is linked to attempts to enter Croatia and the European Union.
The largest declared Country of Origin among new arrivals have been Pakistan, followed by Syria, and Iran. Arrival trends in 2019 remained initially unchanged and steady at 150-200, and as of end of March increased to more than 300 new refugees and migrants in BiH per week. The overall number of people in BiH has been steady and indicating continuation of onward movement similar or slightly lower to arrival figures. There is a significant chance of increased arrivals in the spring with milder weather and improved travel conditions.
Government systems in BiH struggle to cope, and most services are provided by humanitarian actors, including the UN and NGOs, and funded by the international community, including accommodation in temporary reception centres, food, health care and protection.
Families with children and unaccompanied and separated children are among the most vulnerable groups, but their needs and protection are not always being prioritized.
UNICEF’s humanitarian response takes a two-track approach:
- immediate humanitarian assistance and protection to migrant, asylum-seeking and refugee children, especially UASC, working in close collaboration with government authorities at all levels, UN agencies such as IOM, UNHCR, UNFPA, WHO and CSOs;
- strengthening child protection, health and education systems to provide better services to all vulnerable children in BiH, through capacity building, policy reform and technical assistance. The response cuts across the following key programming areas: child protection, education, health and nutrition, and delivery of essential non-food items.
In October 2018 UNICEF BiH established a field presence in Bihac, Una-Sana Canton.
How can you make a difference?
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. In close collaboration with colleagues in UNICEF’s Country Office in Sarajevo and two national officers based in Bihac, you will coordinate UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Una-Sana Canton. You will support local authorities in Una-Sana Canton in ensuring that families with children on the move and unaccompanied and separated children come first, that meeting their human rights and ensuring their access to protection and basic social services is being prioritized.
Under the direct supervision of the Child Protection Specialist in the Country Office in Sarajevo, the Child Protection Emergency Specialist in Bihac will provide professional technical assistance and support the office by carrying out the specific activities and responsibilities listed below, to help further develop, implement and monitor UNICEF’s humanitarian response to children on the move, and the emergency response actions undertaken to face the refugee/migration crisis in the country, ensuring effective and timely delivery that is consistent with UNICEF’s rules and regulations in Una-Sana Canton.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
Coordinate UNICEF’s humanitarian response in Una-Sana Canton, extending largely to child protection programming but also to education and health programming.
- Provide support to Government and NGO counterparts in ensuring that refugee and migrant children benefit from child protection support (mental health and psychosocial support, legal counseling, and case management) and child protection standards; that unaccompanied and separated children benefit from appropriate care arrangement and services; and that frontline workers have improved knowledge and skills on child protection.
- Supervise a team of two national officers in Bihac, one Education Officer and one Health Officer, and in close collaboration with Education and Health colleagues in UNICEF’s Sarajevo Country Office assist them in the education and health programming: ensuring that refugee and migrant children have access to non-formal education and/or access public schools; that teachers have improved knowledge and skills on the inclusion of refugee and migrant children into schools; that mothers with children (under 5) benefit from access to mother and baby corners and advice on breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding; and that refugee and migrant children have access to pediatric care, including immunization.
- Maintain and establish excellent partnerships with local authorities in Una-Sana Canton, including relevant ministries and their institutions (centres for social welfare, schools and health centres) and relevant international and national NGO partners.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field;
- A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection related areas;
- Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset;
- Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage;
- Fluency in local language and proficiency in English required.
For every Child, you demonstrate:
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The competencies required for this post are Leading and supervising, Formulating strategies and concepts, analyzing, Relating and networking, Deciding and initiating action, and Applying technical expertize.
View our competency framework at here.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
For further information please contact Human Resources at UNICEF Office in Sarajevo, Ms. Marina Kadic at 387 33 293 606, [email protected],
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Advertised: 03 Apr 2019 Singapore Standard Time
Applications close: 17 Apr 2019 11:55 PM Singapore Standard Time
More information here.