RE-OPENED VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
N.08/2018 -
CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER

Closing Date for submission of interest: 26 October 2018

The DANISH REFUGEE COUNCIL (DRC) Mission in Serbia has opened the recruitment process for the national posts of "Child Protection Officer" within the framework of the UNICEF funded project "Child friendly spaces / Mother and Baby Corners – support to refugee children". The main objective of the project is: Psycho-social support, emergency supplies and access to protection and information rights to refugee children and their families provided through child friendly space and Mother and Baby Corners.

Position Title: Child Protection Officer.

Duration: 2 months

Duty Station: Asylum Center Sjenica.

Tasks:

• Establish contacts with mothers of children at the Child Friendly Space/Mother and baby corner in order to provide support if needed;

• Gathers, selects and analyses information on child protection contained in communications with parents and children;

• Be the first point of contact for parents and children on any issues concerning the well-being of children;

• Identify Child Protection needs and act accordingly, by providing service or by referring children and their families to appropriate services and following-up the referral;

• Manage basic/social counselling, awareness, guidance and emotional support if needed;

• Ensure that any beneficiary feedback, concerns or issues are addressed through the appropriate mechanisms;

• Maintain accurate records regarding program implementation and provide regular updates to the Senior Child Protection Officer, Child Protection Coordinator and/or Program Manager;

• To be approachable in a friendly manner to parents and children, to be good listener and to be able to communicate clearly and effectively;

• Prepare regular reports on the activities implemented and future plans;

• Work together with Child Facilitator on non-formal education activities, including but not limited to - development of weekly education plans, adapting education plans to the needs and constraints of the target group and facilitation of the non-formal education program itself;

• Together with Child Facilitator contributes, in close cooperation with Serbian Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations, to activities related to formal education of children, including but not limited to - providing assistance to school teachers in inclusion of beneficiaries into formal education, keep abreast with children school programme and providing key inputs for creating synergy with non-formal education program (catch-up classes, homework groups, one-to one coaching, educational workshops etc.), serve as information focal point regarding status of children enrolled into formal education

Additional Tasks:

• Work closely with SCRM

• Follow-up on all referrals and provide if necessary case management.

Qualification and skills:

• Bachelor degree in Social Science or similar subject;

• Written and spoken proficiency in Serbian, English is a strong asset;

• Commitment to work flexible hours;

• Monitoring and reporting skills;

• Familiarity with child rights, as part of human rights protection, displacement situations;

• Culture, gender, age sensitivity;

• Computer skills.

Professional experience:

• At least 2 years professional experience in working with children;

• Proven experience in working with children on the position Child Protection Officer, Social Worker etc. - performing tasks listed above will be considered as an asset;

• Proven experience in non-formal/formal education will be considered as an asset.

Method of application: All applicants are strongly encouraged to send their electronic format applications to hr@drc.org.rs with the vacancy number clearly indicated in the subject heading and well before the deadline stated below. Interested applicants are required to provide both a CV and one page motivation letter in English, including at least two contacts for references. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

"DRC recognizes the personal dignity and rights of children, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect. This role falls under DRC’s Child Safeguarding Policy, which can be found at DRC.DK. As this role includes regular contact with children, the successful candidate will be asked to provide a criminal record check issued by an official law enforcement body."