Child Protection Specialist Job at Church World Service
The Resettlement Support Center (CWS RSC Africa) operates a US refugee resettlement program in sub-Saharan Africa through a Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State/Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. CWS RSC Africa is responsible for the preparation of refugee case files for adjudication by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers, as well as the out-processing and cultural orientation of all approved cases. CWS RSC Africa is administered by the Church World Service Immigration Refugee Program (CWS/IRP) and is based in Nairobi, Kenya, with a sub-office in Pretoria, South Africa.
Duties for the Child Protection Specialist Job
- Provides training on interviewing, completion of the minor questionnaire, and analysis of the BID.
- Drafts SOPs on minor processing and monitor implementation of SOPs.
- Monitors weekly minor reports to identify urgent cases and to move cases more quickly through the pipeline.
- Liaises with UNHCR, PRM, CIS, RPC and RAs on issues related to minors.
- Determines, in conjunction with other partners, the best resettlement options for all minors other than M1 and M5. When necessary, counsels minors (and their non-parent guardians) about the various resettlement options available, the realities of life in the US, and benefits of the refugee foster care program, etc.
- Serves as focal point and provides technical expertise for field team staff during circuit rides.
- When the child is at immediate risk, coordinates with other partners to ensure appropriate action is taken.
- Drafts regular reports and analysis and submits quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources.
Child Protection Specialist Job Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree or four (4) years of paid work experience in lieu of a Bachelor’s Degree is required.
- Master’s degree preferred.
- Five (5) years of paid work experience is required.
- Two (2) years of related experience in child protection in refugee contexts is required.
- Overseas experience in a developing country is preferred.
- Second language an advantage; Somali, French, Amharic, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili or Arabic preferred.
- Experience with overseas processing or US Refugee Resettlement preferred.
- Through knowledge of the US Refugee Admissions Program and WRAPS database.
- Strong verbal and written English language skills.
- Demonstrated computer skills, especially Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.
- Strong organizational and time management skills.
- High level of professionalism especially with partners.
- Meticulous attention to detail.
The Child Protection Specialist must have the ability to:
- work as part of team in a multi-cultural environment;
- take initiative in formulating procedures and training plans to improve operations;
- ensure policies and procedures are implemented and executed in accordance with guidelines and standard operating procedures;
- deal effectively and courteously with a large number of associates, outside agencies, refugees and members of the general public;
- travel extensively throughout the regions, sometimes on short notice and under difficult conditions;
- travel in sub-Sahara Africa on short notice and under difficult conditions to meet demands of a dynamic operational program;
- maintain a high performance standard with attention to detail;
- communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
- follow instructions from the Supervisor with a positive and receptive attitude;
- exercise good judgement and seek guidance as appropriate when confronted with unanticipated problems;
- conduct oneself in a professional and courteous manner to represent the best interests of RSC Africa and CWS/IRP;
- carry out all of the duties of the position efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision;
- work independently and contribute to overall operations of RSC Africa;
- take initiative in the development and completion of projects;
- lead others and address issues as they arise;
- maintain strict confidentiality with RSC Africa administrative and operational information;
- manage a large and diverse workload under pressure with competing priorities;
- analyze and solve complex problems and make sound decisions;
- work well as a team in a multi-cultural environment while maintaining a high level of motivation;
- effectively manage RSC Africa’s resources;
- actively participate in the implementation of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP)
How to Apply:
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