UNICEF is the lead United Nations agency promoting the rights of children worldwide. To ensure that no child is left behind, UNICEF advocates and supports the realization of children rights to health, water, sanitation, education, nutrition and access to safe and protective environment. In Kenya, UNICEF works with the Government of Kenya and stakeholders to improve the lives of children and their families, reaching out to the hard to reach communities and children facing multiple deprivations. UNICEF equally advocates and partners with leaders and policymakers to promote and realize children rights. UNICEF Kenya is finalizing preparation of the 2018-2022 Country Programme, the core framework for partnership with the Government of Kenya in advancing the rights of children and women. The country programme aims to ensure that children, particularly those facing disparity and inequity, have their rights realized through cross-sectoral interventions that address multiple overlapping deprivations, ensuring reduction in stunting, improved learning, participation and protection and promoting social inclusion. UNICEF has prioritized refugee programming in the upcoming country programme, with a focus on ensuring, among others, that refugee children and population on the move are protected from harm and violation of their rights. UNICEF promotes child protection systems strengthening and the mainstreaming of strategies to protect refugee and children on the move in the national child protection system. Programming for refugee population falls under UNICEF humanitarian response as outlined in the Core Commitment for Children in Humanitarian Crisis and other emergency response policies and procedures.
Consultancy: Child Protection Officer – Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya (9 Months), Open to Kenyan National Only
Presence in Kakuma
UNICEF Child Protection work in Kakuma Refugee Camp entails partnership with UNHCR and relevant agencies in providing a safe, protective environment for unaccompanied and separated minors and vulnerable children exposed to risk of harm. Since the South Sudan influx of 2013, UNICEF has contributed to strengthening case and information management for effective child protection service provision through systems strengthening; capacity building of case workers and communities, innovative up-scaling of case and information management system and provision of supplies. In 2015, UNICEF in partnership with UNHCR facilitated a comprehensive review of the child protection case management system using a case management diagnostic assessment tool that was designed by UNICEF. The review process resulted in substantive review of the case management tools, protection and vulnerability assessment criteria and information management system. As part of this reform, Kakuma was among the first refugee camps in the world where the newly designed, web-based Primero/Child Protection Information Management System (Primero/CPIMS+) has been adopted. There currently is in place an integrated case and information management system that enables case workers to holistically manage a child’s case. With technical support from UNICEF, an objective, need based system on identifying children with protection risks, assessment of vulnerabilities and provision of support services has been enhanced.
Continued unrest in South Sudan, the Great Lakes region and Somalia has led to the displacement of thousands of people from their countries. In 2017 alone, about 23,288 people were registered as new arrivals in Kakuma refugee camp and the integrated Kalobeyei settlement villages. Children constitute 60% of all new arrivals. Overall, there are about 185,899 (98,856 male, 86,943 female) refugees in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, with children aged 0-17 years comprising 58% of the refugee population. Majority of the asylum seekers (57.3%) are from South Sudan, followed by Somalia at 18.5% while the rest are from other countries in the region, including D.R Congo, Burundi and Ethiopia.
The child protection case management system in Kakuma refugee camp is designed to facilitate rapid screening of children as they arrive at the border point or in the camp, identification and unaccompanied, separated and at-risk children, facilitation of comprehensive Best Interest Assessment (BIA) and the implementation of appropriate care and support plan to ameliorate identified risks and vulnerabilities. Displacement from their homes and often traumatic fright from home is an experience that results in psychosocial distress that requires individual and group based therapy, care and support. Among the common vulnerability and protection risks for children arriving and/or living in Kakuma/Kalobeyei include trauma/stress, exposure to violence, abuse and exploitation, family separation, threat of abduction, sexual exploitation and abuse, child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation among others. The assessment checklist in Kakuma contains over thirty protection and vulnerability risks that have varying protection implications on children and their families.
The current child protection caseload in Kakuma/Kalobeyei comprises of over 15,000 (38% girls) children, out of who 2,307 (31% girls) are Unaccompanied Minors (UAM) and 12,831 (37% girls) are separated from their families. Over 1,045 UAM are placed in foster families within the camp. Between December 2015 and January 2018, over 7,000 BIAs were conducted and a further 1,209 Best Interest Determination (BID) reports submitted to the Inter-Agency BID Panel to inform decision making on long-term protection interventions for children, including recommendations on durable solutions. All these processes and service provision tasks are facilitated by UNHCR implementing partners, with the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) being the primary implementing partner on case management. LWF has a pool of social workers, counsellors and refugee staff working in the child protection programme and who are hardly enough to manage the huge caseload. Consequently, there has been significant focus on strengthening community based child protection systems to ensure that at risk and vulnerable children are identified and appropriate and timely protection services provided. The priority for Kakuma, therefore, is to expand the gains so far made by ensuring caseworkers social work skills are strengthened to enable them to deliver quality services to target children. Additionally, the huge caseload requires a well functioning community-based child protection system to ensure that no at risk and vulnerable child is left unprotected. The purpose of this consultancy therefore is to provide technical support, coach and mentor partners on improving skills that lead to effective case management services in Kakuma, coordinate implementation of UNICEF child protection programme and further enhancing coordination with UNHCR and other partners in realizing results for children.
Scope of Work
Goal and Objective
Under the supervision of the Chief, Lodwar Zonal Office, with technical support of the Child Protection Specialist, the Child Protection Officer (Consultancy) based in Kakuma will provide professional support to child protection partners in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, with specific focus on strengthening caseworkers social work skills through case management coaching and mentoring. Working closely with the UNHCR Protection office, the Officer will provide technical support in the implementation of the child protection programme, ensure monitoring and reporting of results, designing and facilitating capacity building based on identified needs, ensuring efficient programme delivery and evidence generation for accountability and reporting to UNICEF and the donors. The Child Protection Officer will be required to support the effective use Primero/CPIMS+ in case management and generate evidence to show the value derived from use of integrating technology in case management.
Activities and Tasks
Specifically, the Child Protection Officer will be responsible for:
Operation and management of this consultancy will be by the Chief, UNICEF Lodwar Zonal Office based in Lodwar Town. Technical supervision will be the responsibility of the Chief, Child Protection Section. On the ground, the consultant will closely work with the head of Protection at UNHCR in Kakuma who is responsible for overall protection services in Kakuma/Kalobeyei. UNICEF work in the refugee camp is based on a Memorandum of Understanding between UNICEF and UNHCR in Kenya. Partnership Cooperation Agreement (PCA) signed between UNICEF and implementing partners are the basis for funding and collaboration with implementing partners (currently with Lutheran World Federation). The consultant will work on a day-to-day basis with UNICEF partners in delivering outlined tasks. UNICEF work in Kenya is prioritized through the Country Development Programme whose aim is to support the Government in achieving results for children. Consequently, UNICEF signs implementation work plans with the government, outlining our collaborative effort in attaining set targets. In line with this approach, the consultant will work with the Department of Children Services, the County Government of Turkana and other relevant line ministries and departments in the implementation of the outlined tasks.
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