Duties and Qualifications
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
UNHCR is committed to the effective protection to children of concern, with children representing more than half of the persons falling under its mandate.
UNHCR adopts a rights and community-based approach to address the protection needs of children, with a strong emphasis on inclusion within national child protection, child friendly procedures and working with other sectors to protect children including education.
Child protection is recognized as global organizational priority for UNHCR. Dedicated child protection positions are needed to provide technical support to improve UNHCR's operational capacity to deliver effective protection to children, adolescents and youth of concern.
and support mainstreaming of child protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.
S / he contributes to identifying key child protection issues, implementation of child protection programmes and supports child protection partnerships and coordination as guided by the supervisor.
The Assistant Child Protection Officer also works to involve children, adolescent youth and their families to participate with UNHCR in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems.
To achieve this, the incumbent builds and maintains effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks.
In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
Needs Identification, Strategy and Advocacy
Programme planning and implementation
Partnership and coordination
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P1 / NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
International Law Human Rights International Development
International Relations Anthropology Social Work
Gender Studies Political Science Social Science
or other relevant field.
Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
PR-Child Protection Prevention and Response
PR-Child Protection Information Management System
PR-Experience in Best Interest Procedures for children
PR-Interviewing and counselling refugees / asylum seekers and in individual case management
PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
TR-Training / Coaching / Facilitation
CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For National Professional jobs : Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and / or cross-functional competencies.
The six core competencies are listed below.
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation
Empowering and Building Trust
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Planning and Organizing
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties.
This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
See below for this postion's Operational Context
Nature of the Position
The Associate Child Protection Officer will support the Pakistan operation as it develops and operationalizes a country-tailored RST strategy, as part of its effort to secure solutions for the refugees, in line with the Multi-Year Strategy.
Based in Islamabad, and as a member of the protection team, the Associate Child Protection Officer will report to the Protection Officer.
S / he will support implementation of the resettlement strategy for the operation by ensuring that child at risk cases are identified and receive adequate support through comprehensive case management, including solutions.
S / he will supervise national Child Protection staff.
The incumbent is expected to have a solid knowledge and experience implementing the UNHCR Child Protection Policy including the Best Interest Procedure Guidelines.
The Associate Child Protection Officer through closely working with both Protection and Programme teams on the ground and the country office in Islamabad, to ensure harmonization in the development and refinement of SOPs / case management tools, coordination with key stakeholders, devising prioritized interventions for preventions of child abuse and neglect, risk mitigation, response to their specific needs as well as capacity building of UNHCR staff and partners.
Strong communication and drafting skills will be essential for the position. Child protection prevention and response mechanism is also established through empowering both female and male community members both in urban and refugee villages.
The Associate Child Protection Officer will need to work in coordinated manner taking a multi-functional approach to ensure adequate mainstreaming across UNHCR and partners' sectorial interventions.
Experience in working in an emergency context will be an asset, as well as experience working with diverse teams in sensitive contexts.
Living and Working Conditions Help Living and Working Conditions
Islamabad is a category "C" family duty station. The working environment is still traditional but has improved a lot and it's changing, in terms of social and cultural norms and customs, including prohibitions imposed by religion.
Islamabad became a family duty station recently but yet you should be alert on all aspects of security-related issues and be sensitive to social, cultural and religious norms in a context where social interaction is often happening.
Islamabad security situation is quite stable, as it is well looked after by the security forces. International staff can accommodate themselves at their choice : in the Hotel, in the GH, in the rented house / apartment.
There are no curfews and restrictions of movement. Other areas in Islamabad are not recommended for living and walking around.
All incoming / new international / national staff members should be provided with a detailed security briefing on the arrival, covering most of the operational / residential / security / common social issues.
International staff are not allowed to leave the administrative bounders of Islamabad without the prior consent of the HG.
Non-Objection Certificate (NOC) issued by MOFA applies, whether for business or personal / private purposes. Please follow this link for latest updates on travel restrictions :
https : / / covid.gov.pk / intl travellers / current policies