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Child Protection Caseworker

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location:
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date:

Duty station: Vinnytsia

Key working relationships:
Position Reports to: 
CP Officer, Vinnytsia
Position directly supervises: N/A
Internal collaborations within IRC: Women’s Protection and Empowerment team; Protection team; Economic Recovery and Development team; Health team.
External collaborations to IRC: CP actors, organizations and agencies

The Child Protection (CP) case worker will provide direct support and case management to at-risk children and their families. Specifically the CP case worker will be responsible for:

- Reinforce adherence to the CP guiding principles throughout all activities with children and their families. This includes ensuring informed consent/assent and the best interest of the child.
- Participate and support the identification of children harmed or at-risk of harm and provide individual case management in accordance with all case management steps and principles, such as:
- Conduct initial assessments of CP cases and prioritize based on risk level
- Conduct comprehensive assessments of CP cases
- Develop case management plans that address the needs identified in the initial and comprehensive assessments of CP cases, and seek support from the supervisor as needed
- Provide basic counselling and psychosocial support
- Refer and accompany children in need to more specialized services
- Follow up regularly to ensure that all services and action items listed in the case plan are implemented within the agreed upon time frame. Ensure that progress is regularly reviewed.
- Regularly monitor and support children and their families through visits, emotional support, counseling, referrals, etc.
- Work in close, daily collaboration with the IRC sectors to ensure children and their families have discrete and confidential access to services via the internal referral procedures
- Work with the CP team to ensure the response to the evolving needs of children and their families
- Identify concerns related to and support adherence to CP referral protocols and CP guiding principles, and bring these concerns to the CP Sn Officer
- Maintain effective working relationships with relevant partners, including community leaders and other implementing partners
- Complete monthly activity reports, according to the mentorship provided by the CP Officer

As required and depending on the needs, the CP Case worker may sporadically also need to support the Implementation of IRC’s  PSS programs and help, amongst others, to:

- Facilitate social-emotional, recreational, creative and life-skills activities for children/adolescents
- Facilitate guided sessions for parents / caregivers to help improve their stress management skills, positive parenting practices, and strategies to support children and adolescents with psychosocial needs
- Create a safe environment for children to play, socialize and learn
- Observe children/adolescents with special needs and ensure they are well integrated into activities
- Answer questions from community members and parents / caregivers about what activities are taking place
- Take attendance, report material needs and support other administrative tasks, as required

Other responsibilities include to:

- Keep up to date of the child protection situation and developments in the intervention areas and surrounding areas
- Report to the supervisor any child protection concerns, trends, and updates in the community and surrounding areas
- Promote and adhere to the principles, goals and code of conduct of the IRC
- Act both professionally and personally in a manner that brings credit to IRC and does not compromise its humanitarian mission
- If necessary, provide translation and interpretation at meetings, trainings and/or documents for the better understanding of all staff
- Perform any other duties as requested by his/her supervisor to ensure the smooth progress of the program.

Requirements:

- Language: Fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, advanced / intermediary skills in English
- Technical diploma or degree in social work, human rights, psychology or related degree preferred
- Minimum of 1 year experience of implementing child protection programs, preferable social work or case management, in humanitarian or development settings
- Experience with provide direct support (basic counselling, case management, PSS) with children and their families
- Previous experience and demonstrated understanding of working with children, particularly vulnerable children
- Support distributions of risk reduction items (inc. PSS kits) and follow-on monitoring
- Excellent communication skills
- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients/beneficiaries
- Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting
- Computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel

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