National Consultant – Legal Expert on Child Protection

Greece: National Consultant – Legal Expert on Child Protection – to be placed in Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity

JOB from UN Children’s Fund

Closing date: 14 Nov 2018

 

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a vision!

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Greece, as one of the major entry points into Europe for refugees and migrants, has received over a million asylum seekers since January 2015, 37% of them children. In the first quarter of 2018, over 3,000 refugee and migrant children arrived in Greece highlighting a 97% increase of child sea arrivals compared to the same period during 2017. As of August 2018, there were an estimated over 60,000 refugee and migrants in Greece including an estimated 23,500 children including 3,280 unaccompanied children (UAC).

The national system to protect UASC in Greece has been strained in light of the increased arrivals, with not enough facilities to accommodate the high number of unaccompanied children in the country or sufficient protection services to support them (e.g. current accommodation capacity meets only 30% of the need leaving over 2560 UAC on a waiting list for placement).

The Government of Greece has recognised UASC as a priority issue. The Minister of Labour and Social Solidarity (“MoLSS”) has undertaken renewed accountability for UAC protection, following the disposition of the EU Directive on Reception of applicants for international protection (May 2018) and the new law on Guardianship (July 2018). The newly established Department for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors under the MoLSS is tasked with establishing the regulatory framework following the introduction of this new legislation. This will require drafting of Ministerial Decisions and related legal clarifications to assure the opalization of the law and the clarification of roles, competencies of newly established structures and services.

The UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Response in Greece aims to ensure that protection, care and support is assured for refugee and migrant children on the move and stranded in the country, including for unaccompanied and separated children. As part of its overall goal, UNICEF has committed to strengthening the system of UAC protection including the newly regulated guardianship institution and alternative care modalities such as Supported Independent Living (SIL), including through enhancing the capacity of government actors to respond.

 

Purpose of the Position

Within the framework of UNICEF mandate, and in line with actions agreed between UNICEF and the MoLSS, UNICEF is seeking to recruit a legal expert to be placed in the MoLSS Department for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors to support the drafting of the required Ministerial Decisions as per Law 4554/2018 (Regulatory framework of Guardianship of unaccompanied children), for a period from November 2018 until March 2019, with possibility for extension.

 

Major duties and responsibilities

The Legal Expert will work in close cooperation with MoLSS social policy expert and EKKA and be tasked with:

  • Providing technical support and advice on legal matters related to UASC to the Ministry of Labor’s Department for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors; contributing to strategic discussions and planning.
  • Drafting Ministerial Decisions within the framework of Law 4554/2018, including the establishment of the three new Registries (UASC, Guardians, Accommodation Facilities), in close consultation with MoLSS, EKKA, MOJ and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Providing legal advice on data protection issues; ensuring data protection considerations are reflected in decisions; preparing relevant data protection guidelines for the Ministry.
  • Supporting MoLSS’s Department of UAM on legal matters in relevant coordination and other meetings, with other government authorities, NGOs, and international organisations.
  • Supporting the development of national framework for SIL and facilitate the process of its design and implementation.

 

Key Deliverables

  • Final draft of Ministerial Decision concerning the selection procedure, requirements and duties of the Guardian (Law 4554/2018) (Due: Month 2)
  • Final draft of Ministerial Decision concerning the establishment of the UASC Registry (Law 4554/2018) (Due: Month 3)
  • Final draft of Ministerial Decision concerning the establishment of Guardian’s Registry (Law 4554/2018) (Due: Month 3)
  • Final Draft of Ministerial Decision concerning the establishment of UAC Accommodation Facilities Registry (Law 4554/2018) (Due: Month 3)
  • Final draft of Ministerial Decision approving the Rules of Operation for the Guardian Supervisory Board (Law 4554/2018) (Due: Month 3)
  • Draft guideline on data protection issues as relevant to the Department of Protection of Unaccompanied Minors (Due: Month 3)
  • Final draft of Ministerial Decision concerning implementation framework for Supported Independent Living (Law: 4540/2018) (Due: Month 5)
  • Note for the records of relevant meetings attended (Due: 1 week after meeting date)
  • Monthly reports summarizing activities and progress against main duties listed above (Due: last day of each month)

 

The deadlines of the deliverables are subject to revision depending on the date of recruitment.

 

Management and Reporting

The consultant will be contracted by UNICEF and swill support the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity. S/he will be managed by and report directly to the Head of the Department for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors, and work as part of that team. The consultant will provide monthly progress reports to UNICEF (reporting to the Child Protection Specialist). No sensitive case data will be shared with UNICEF or any other actor without prior consent of MoLSS Head of Department.

Equipment

IT Equipment will be provided to the consultant as required to carry out the deliverables.

 

Travel

No travel is envisaged for this assignment.

 

How can you make a difference?

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education: Advanced University degree in Law or Social Sciences

Experience: At least 7-10 years professional experience in legal counseling/legal aid, preferably including work with refugee, migrant and asylum seeker populations.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Greek is required for this position.

 

Additional Requirements:

  • Very good knowledge of the national and EU legal framework regarding the reception of asylum seekers and the guardianship of unaccompanied minors.
  • Good knowledge of the legal responsibilities of the MoLSS Department.
  • Good knowledge of the legal requirements regarding protection of personal data.
  • Demonstrate ability to draft legal documents including Ministerial Decisions.
  • Ability to work through networking and partnership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.

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 functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Analyzing (II)
  • Deciding and Initiating Action (II)
  • Relating and Networking (II)
  • Persuading and Influencing (II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (II)

 

View the competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

 

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.

 

Remarks:

UNICEF rules and regulations for Consultants and Individual Contractors apply for this contract, including General Terms and Conditions.

A financial offer, with a monthly rate in EUR to be submitted with the application. Applications submitted without the financial will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

To apply, click on the following link 

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=517217

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