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Child Protection Assistant


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Brazil
  • Grade: Administrative support - Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-27


Mission and objectives

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has been present in Brazil since 1950, supporting the most important changes in the area of ​​childhood and adolescence in the country. UNICEF participated in major immunization and breastfeeding campaigns; the mobilization that resulted in the approval of article 227 of the Federal Constitution and the drafting of the Child and Adolescent Statute; the movement for universal access to education; programs to combat child labor; among other great advances in guaranteeing the rights of Brazilian girls and boys.In recent decades, Brazil has promoted a strong process of inclusion of children and adolescents in public policies. However, a significant portion of the population remains excluded. Therefore, in its cooperation program with the Brazilian government for the period 2017-2021, UNICEF focuses its efforts on the most vulnerable and excluded girls and boys, with a special focus on children and adolescents who are victims of extreme forms of violence .These children and adolescents in situations of greater vulnerability are spread throughout Brazil, but they are more concentrated in the Amazon, in the semiarid and in large urban centers. Through the UNICEF Seal, UNICEF promotes commitments to guarantee the rights of children and adolescents in the Semiarid and in the Brazilian Legal Amazon. In large cities, UNICEF works with a focus on reducing intra-municipal inequalities, through the Platform of Urban Centers (PCU).


Since 2018, UNICEF initiated its interventions in Roraima and established an Office in Boa Vista and in 2019 an outpost in Pacaraima, border with Venezuela. Building on its development programme to support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in Brazil, UNICEF’s response to the needs of children and families in the context of the migration crisis focuses on ensuring access to essential services and programmes. UNICEF aims at strengthening the capacity of actors responsible for providing quality child protection, education, health/nutrition, water and sanitation services, so that they are fully equipped to assist children on the move and their families. UNICEF advocates for the rights and voices of children and women as an integral component of the response. The Brazilian Federal Government response, known as Operação Acolhida, was launched in 2018 and is managed by Casa Civil at Federal level, with the Army providing the overall coordination of the response at field level. The operation is organized around three pillars: (i) Reception and documentation, (ii) Emergency Assistance, and (iii) Federal Voluntary Relocation programme. Through the child protection programme, psychosocial support activities reached thousands of children and specialized interventions allowed the identification and referral of hundreds of cases of violence, abuse and neglect to the Child protection statutory services. UNICEF also has a dedicated response for unaccompanied and separated children, aiming at ensuring timely case management of UASC. Moreover, the Protection is also working, together with other areas, to ensure the nexus between the humanitarian response to the migration crisis in Venezuela and the development work planned at the national level, in particular (but not limited to) by the UNICEF Seal. In the state of Roraima, there are traditionally 11 indigenous ethnics groups and approximately 58,000 indigenous people, distributed in 12 ethno-regions. Furthermore, within the migration context, Brazil continues to receive numerous migrant indigenous people from Venezuela. UNICEF defined as one of its priorities, the support to civil society organizations that were already working with indigenous peoples, understanding the need for a more specific and differentiated approach in Roraima state. With most of its territory in Roraima, the Terra Indigena Yanomami also endures a critical humanitarian crisis. The aggravated situation led the Government of Brazil to declare a Public Health Emergency on National Importance. The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) appointed UNICEF as co-leader with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to support the Brazilian Government and coordinate the United Nations humanitarian response in the territory. Therefore, UNICEF joined the national Emergency Operation Center of the Ministry of Health and has representatives in the local coordination groups to strengthen coordination efforts at national and local levels, linking humanitarian agencies, funding agencies and technical experts, to ensure that humanitarian responses are synchronized, timely and meet agreed standards and benchmarks. In order to ensure effective coordination and oversight of Child Protection activities related to the migration response, HD nexus and the work with indigenous communities in Roraima, UNICEF will recruit an UN Volunteer, based within the Child Protection team, in Boa Vista.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Boa Vista Child Protection Officer and overall guidance of Chief of Field Office in Roraima, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: Support activities related to the Super Panas and Protection of Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) strategies in Boa Vista: • Ensure that all proceedings and decisions within the Unaccompanied and Separated Children Case Management Project and the Alternative Care Project are guided by the best interests of the child and conducted in close collaboration with authorities (as DPU, DPE, Polícia Federal, Conselho Tutelar, Justiça Estadual, Ministério do Desenvolvimento e Assistência Social, Família e Combate à Fome e Ministério dos Direitos Humanos e da Cidadania) and other stakeholders. • Assist the daily monitoring of partners in the field, identifying constraints and solutions for the improvement of services. • Support the linkage between implementing partners, contributing to strengthen shared child protection case management. • Review and follow up on Implementing Partners’ reports. Support the programmatic implementation of the Child Protection interventions in Boa Vista, considering the migration response, the Humanitarian-Development nexus and the work with indigenous communities: • Assist Boa Vista Child Protection Officer to liaise and engage with key stakeholders and partners in Roraima, especially in Boa Vista, on child protection issues and concerns. • Extend technical support in particular to the Implementing Partners and to the Child Protection local Network, and actively contribute to UNICEF initiatives and to the existing coordination mechanisms of Operação Acolhida in Boa Vista. • Support evidence generation and needs assessments related to Child Protection. • Assist in capacity building activities related to child protection and to the Humanitarian-Development nexus. • Support to the coordination activities of the Child Protection local Working Group. • Assist in the regular situation reporting of activities and in the daily monitoring of partners in the field, identifying constraints and solutions for the improvement of services. • Other support, as needed, with planning workshops and other activities. • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs: • Improved information management and relationship between child protection field partners (municipal government, non-government organization, UN agencies, and others) and UNICEF in Boa Vista. • Quality material and knowledge products for internal and external audiences produced in a timely fashion, including for trainings. • Adequate support provided to Child Protection team. • Capacity development and technical assistance provided, when working with governmental or non-governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs), considering also the Humanitarian-Development nexus • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment. • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

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