UNICEF | National Consultant – Child Protection Expert on Guardianship / Greece

Greece: National Consultant – Child Protection Expert on Guardianship – to be placed to National Centre for Social Solidarity (E.K.K.A.)

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

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 unaccompanied and separated children in Greece has been strained in light of the increased arrivals, with not enough facilities to accommodate and provide protective services for UAC (e.g. current accommodation capacity meets only 30% of the need leaving over 2560 UAC on a waiting list for placement), and no proper Guardianship system in place to ensure their representation and protection. The Government of Greece, which recognizes UASC as a priority issue, in July 2018 introduced critical new legislation on Guardianship which foresees increasing the number of guardians that will provide individualized support to UAC, facilitate their access to legal protection and basic social services and ensure the assessment and determination of UAC’s best interest. The new law establishes new competencies for the National Center for Social Solidarity (EKKA) including a new Department of Coordination, Support and Supervision of Professional Guardians of Unaccompanied Children (Department for Guardians).

UNICEF’s humanitarian response plan for 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 to identify, refer and provide protective care for UASC, including through enhancing the capacity of government actors to respond.


Purpose of the Position

Within the framework of UNICEF’s Refugee and Migration Response in Greece, and in line with actions foreseen under the MOU between UNICEF and EKKA, UNICEF is seeking to recruit an expert on Guardianship to EKKA to support the operationalization of the new Department on Guardianship as per the terms below.


How can you make a difference?

The Expert on Guardianship will work in close cooperation with EKKA, MoLSS and UNICEF to:

  • Provide technical support and guidance to EKKA management on the operationalization of the new Department on Guardianship.
  • Support the development an operational plan for the newly established Department for Guardians, in close consultation with EKKA management and MoLSS, and support related planning efforts.
  • Draft Best Interest Assessment (BIA) and Best Interest Determination (BID) Procedures in close consultation with relevant Ministries and national and international child protection stakeholders.
  • Contribute to drafting of key Ministerial Decisions related to the operationalization of the new Department on Guardianship in close coordination with the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity (e.g. including Ministerial Decisions for the Guardians Supervisory Board, the Terms of Reference for the Guardians, among others).
  • Contribute to the development of other relevant procedural frameworks, guidelines, and/or information management systems for the full functioning of the Department of Guardians, including for Guardian recruitment, vetting, training, monitoring, supervision, referrals and case management.
  • Represent EKKA at relevant coordination meetings on Guardianship as needed.


Key Deliverables

  • Operational Plan for the newly established Department for Guardians (Due: Month 1)
  • Written inputs to draft Ministerial Decision describing the role of the Supervisory Board (art 19.6 L.4554/2018) (Due: Ongoing)
  • Written inputs to the draft Ministerial Decision for Terms of Reference for Guardians (Law 4554/2018) (Due: Ongoing)
  • Draft and Final set of procedures on Best Interest Assessment and Best Interest Determination (Due: Month 5)
  • Agendas and Note for the Records of relevant meetings on Guardianship (Due: no later than 1 week after meeting)
  • 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 National Centre for Social Solidarity (E.K.K.A.). S/he will be managed by and report to Child Protection Specialist. The consultant will work in close coordination with the Ministry of Labour and will provide monthly reports on progress to UNICEF. No sensitive case data will be shared with UNICEF or any other actor without prior consent of E.K.K.A. Coordinator.



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



No travel is envisaged for this assignment.


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

Education: Advanced professional university or technical degree in Social Work, Law, or other field related social/humanitarian sciences.

Experience: At least 5-7 years of professional experience in child protection, including expertise working at national level on UASC and/or on Guardianship;

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


Additional Requirements:

  • Experience drafting child protection policies, standards and procedural frameworks preferred.
  • Ability to work through networking and partnership.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work with professionals from other disciplines to deliver collaborative assessment results strengthening the quality of care provided.
  • Ability to understand and appreciate professional roles and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.


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


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.



Main place of work is ЕККА, 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.


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


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