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Greece: National Consultant – Social Policy Expert on Unaccompanied Minors (UAM) Protection – Unaccompanied And Separated Children (UASC) Strategy Policy – to be placed to 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 foreseen under the agreement between UNICEF and the MoLSS, UNICEF is seeking to recruit a social policy expert to be placed to the MoLSS Department for the Protection of Unaccompanied Minors to support the drafting of national policies and strategies to strengthen protection for UASC , for a period from November 2018 until March 2019, with possibility for extension.

 

How can you make a difference?

The Social Policy Expert will work in close cooperation with MoLSS staff to:

  • Provide technical advice to MoLSS Department for the Protection of UAC management on social policy issues related to UASC.
  • Support development of medium- to long-term National Strategy for UASC in Greece.
  • Support development of an Inter-Ministerial National Referral Protocol for UASC, inclusive of corresponding responsibilities for relevant professionals in state and non-state agencies working directly with UAC, in collaboration with Public Prosecutors, EKKA, IOs, NGOs and relevant child protection experts.
  • Facilitate stakeholder consultations to inform drafting of key policies as relevant.
  • Represent MoLSS at relevant coordination meetings as needed.

 

Key Deliverables

  • Detailed work plan for duration of assignment (Due: Month 1).
  • Draft National Strategy for UASC (Due: Month 5).
  • Draft UASC National Referral Protocol (Due: Month 5) (including SOPs for family tracing)
  • NFR of relevant meetings (Due: no later than 1 week following the meeting).
  • Written inputs to briefing notes, strategies, national policies, as requested by MoLSS (Due: as requested).
  • Monthly reports summarising 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 placed to the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity. S/he will be managed by and report directly to 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.

 

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

Education: Professional university or technical degree in Social Policy, or in some other related social/humanitarian sciences.

Experience: At least 7-10 years professional experience in social policy issues with a focus on child protection, preferably including work with UASC.

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

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience of working on polices and protocols related to unaccompanied children
  • Fluency in English and Greek is essential.
  • Good knowledge of the policy framework of the MoLSS Department, preferable experience working with national policy making bodies or government.
  • Fluency in English and Greek is essential.
  • 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:

Main place of work is MoLSS, with frequent meetings in UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Response office.

Monthly remuneration fee is in line with applicable rates for the respective professional level.

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

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=517219

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