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Multiple: Child Protection Experts - Fluency in Spanish and English mandatory / Immediate Openings

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Multiple: Child Protection Experts - Fluency in Spanish and English mandatory / Immediate Openings

Deadline for application: 
31 Jan 2020
International Catholic Migration Commission
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The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) is an international non-governmental organisation serving and protecting uprooted people: refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants, regardless of faith, race, ethnicity or nationality. ICMC operates around the world in partnership with government, local actors, faith-based organizations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other partners.

The Deployment Scheme is a specific program that was set up in 1998 as a partnership between UNHCR and ICMC, establishing a pool of experts who play a key role in supporting refugee protection activities worldwide. The roster includes more than 500 qualified professionals from diverse backgrounds who are ready to be deployed on short notice to UNHCR’s field operations whenever crucial support is needed. In this context, ICMC deploys child protection experts to UNHCR field operations to conduct Best Interests Determinations (BID) and/or Best Interest Assessments (BIA) for unaccompanied or separated refugee; to provide training and capacity building to internal and external partners; to develop standard operating procedures and to establish BID panels in the field.


The UNHCR-ICMC Deployment Scheme is currently seeking candidates fluent in English and Spanish to expand and diversify its pool of child protection experts. Successful applicants will be part of a dynamic and highly motivated group of professionals who will be deployed to UNHCR operations in Latin America.

ICMC Child Protection experts will be embedded within a UNHCR field office, where they will bring technical expertise to UNHCR operations to strengthen child protection systems.


  • Undertake assessment of child protection risks, identify gaps and develop appropriate responses in cooperation with partners.
  • Conduct BID assessment interviews and prepare BID assessments following the UNHCR Guidelines on Assessing and Determining the Best Interests of the Child;
  • Assist in the establishment/ improvement of mechanisms for identification of children at heightened risk and systems for referral and follow-up (case management) including but not limited to unaccompanied and separated children.
  • Attend, organize, and chair BID Panels with UNHCR, Implementing Partners and government actors;
  • Ensure that mechanisms are put in place for the implementation of BID decisions and for continued monitoring and follow-up of children at risk;
  • Identify the training needs and provide capacity building to UNHCR and implementing partner staff in the area of child protection
  • Draft and/or review Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
  • Write updates and reports on BID activities, including statistical reports and monitor the implementation of BID decisions;
  • Provide counselling to refugees;
  • Systematically apply an Age, Gender and Diversity perspective in all child protection activities;
  • Ensure that up-to-date and accurate statistics and reports detailing child protection activities are submitted to UNHCR and ICMC;
  • Implement UNHCR’s child protection policies, strategies, and operating procedures (including mechanisms for preventing fraud);
  • Manage electronic and physical documentation ensuring the confidentiality of individual case information;
  • Perform other Child Protection related duties as may be assigned.


  • University degree in relevant area (e.g. Law, International relations, Social Sciences, Social Work, etc.);
  • Two or more years’ work experience, preferably including field experience abroad, in relevant work area (in particular, child protection case management, identification of children-at-risk and BIA/BID interviews, report writing and BID analysis),
  • Experience interviewing children, in particular refugee children, and conducting Best Interests Determinations (BID);
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills;
  • Fluency in Spanish required;
  • Excellent drafting and analytical skills;
  • Experience providing policy advice / guidance on Child Protection and Best Interests Determination in the context of resettlement and Complementary Pathways, highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of the international legal framework governing refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and statelessness;
  • Knowledge of the CRC and the UNHCR Guidelines on Assessing and Determining the Best Interests of the Child (BIP), as well as UNHCR guidelines on Refugee Status Determination and resettlement;
  • Awareness of the importance of preventing fraud and ways to mitigate risks;
  • Ability to work under time constraints and pressure; in stressful situations and at times, in hardship and remote field locations where UNHCR offices are located;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to train and mentor staff involved in BID work;
  • Age, gender and cultural sensitivity and demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Strong commitment to humanitarian and refugee protection principles.

Applicants must ensure their availability for a minimum deployment of 6 months.

How to apply:

Interested candidates are requested to create an online account and submit an application through our recruitment portal only (https://icmc.heroportal.net/Positions/0). No applications will be accepted via email.

The recruitment process involves different stages that include: 1) Checking candidates’ references; 2) Testing written and analytical skills as well as assessing knowledge of refugee protection; and 3) Conducting a Competency Based Interview (CBI). Only those candidates who successfully pass all stages of the recruitment process will be included onto the Deployment Scheme roster for a deployment to a UNHCR field office.

Only candidates who are fluent in English AND Spanish considered. Language proficiency will be tested as part of the recruitment process.

In order to ensure a child-safe recruitment process, ICMC may request applicants to submit a criminal record check and/or other appropriate information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 31st January 2020. The online application system will close at this time and no more applications will be accepted.

For further information or if you have any questions please contact us at deployments@icmc.net. Please send any communication by email only.


Candidates are deployed under an ICMC employment contract and are not considered as a UNHCR official or a staff member. However, for the purpose of their assignment, deployees will be issued a UNC (United Nations Certificate).

ICMC compensation includes a competitive NGO salary and benefits package, with a housing allowance; per diem; health and accident insurance; 2.5 leave days per month; and travel to and from the field location. Depending on duty stations, additional benefits may be applicable in accordance with UN/UNHCR regulations (e.g. Rest & Recovery leave).

ICMC is committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants. ICMC does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national origin, religion, physical or mental ability, marital status and age.

ICMC is committed to a Zero-Tolerance Policy toward sexual exploitation, abuses and all forms of unlawful harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment. Screening of applications to the Deployment Scheme includes the vetting for records of prior misconduct and reference checking. ICMC can take other necessary measures to ensure that people involved in substantiated cases of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment are not recruited.


By submitting an application, you agree that ICMC collects and manages the information that you provide. You also agree that your data may be shared with UNHCR. Your personal information will be used for recruitment purposes only.

Once you submit your application, you will not be able to modify it. If you want to rectify any inaccurate or incomplete information, please send an email to deployments@icmc.net.

Your application will be treated with strict confidentiality.

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