Context and Core Functions / Responsibilities
Across Iraq, IOM provides a comprehensive response to the humanitarian needs of migrants, internally displaced persons, returnees, and host communities including children. It is an organizational commitment to make its programming and staff conduct are safe and respectful for children that IOM serves or comes into contact within its daily operation. In this regard, IOM Iraq is planning to have child safeguarding measures reinforced. For protection programming, Protection Division (PxD) operates in camps, informal settlements and areas of return and relocation to provide specialized protection assistance. IOM also work to support migrants in vulnerable situations in Iraq or abroad providing specialized assistance as well as return and reintegration support. Protection activities aim to prevent and respond to human rights violations including gender-based violence and exploitation. IOM’s overarching goal on protection is to place the rights and well-being of migrants, including IDPs, regardless of their status at the center of its operations. This means ensuring the protection of migrants across the full spectrum of migration management and governance. Due consideration shall be made that the programming address and respond child protection concerns. Under the overall supervision of Head of Protection Division and the direct supervision of the Protection Coordinator (Mainstreaming), the successful candidate will create and operationalize toolkits to implement Child Safeguarding Policy for the Mission as well as develop opportunities for child protection integration to specialized protection programming.
Core Functions / Responsibilities
1. Act as an advisor to senior management in designing a child protection strategy that fits within the broader Protection Division strategy.
2. Conduct Mission-wide assessment on child safeguarding risk and present a framework for follow-up assessment on a regular basis. This entails site visits for programmes that operate child minding spaces.
3. Operationalize IOM Iraq Child Safeguarding Policy. This includes developing one year action plan with specific goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation plan.
4. Develop and roll out relevant training modules including child safeguarding, specialized child protection and integrated child protection programming.
5. Identify opportunities to integrate child protection into core protection and migration protection programming through review/revision of SOPs, project tools, data collection templates.
6. Strengthen child safeguarding and consideration within movement operations to and from Iraq including Best Interest Procedures
7. Provide technical support through all stages of programme cycle including project development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation to ensure that child safeguarding and child protection considerations are duly made.
8. Map out child protection system and key child protection actors in the country. Present prioritized actions to enhance partnership; the potential partners include governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
9. Present a harmonized terms of references for child minding assistants or personnel with similar functions.
10. Support the preparation, design and development of protection analysis and protection situational update from child protection perspective.
11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Number of Mapping on child protection: 1 (week 2)
Number of relevant ToR developed: 2 (week2)
Number of Assessment Report submitted: 1 (week 6)
Number of Child Safeguarding policy finalized: 1 (Week 8)
Number of training modules developed: 3
- child protection, integrated child protection programming (week 6)
- child safeguarding (week 8)
- revised packages of all training modules upon input (week 12)
Number of project development and reporting supported: 3 (week 12)
Number of tools related to child protection and safeguarding revised/developed: 4 (week 12)
Number of situational analysis/monitoring report developed/assisted: 3 (week 12)
Performance indicators for the evaluation of results/Outputs (with realistic delivery dates)
By the end of the consultancy period,
- Number of programme tools and SOPs reviewed: 3.
- Number of training modules developed: 2.
- Number of child safeguarding assessments conducted: 1.
- Number of training courses delivered: 3.
- Number of project development/reporting supported: 1.
Reporting and Coordination
- The consultant must adhere to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Data Protection Principles (IN/138) and maintain confidentiality.
- The consultant will be responsible for following IOM writing guidelines and latest glossaries in all given assignments for accurate translation.
- The consultant is not an official representative of IOM during the assignment.
- Master’s degree in Humanitarian Affairs, Political Science, Law, Human Rights, Development Studies Psychology and Social Science or a related field from an accredited academic institution with five years of relevant professional experience; or
- University degree in the above fields with seven years of relevant professional experience.
- Experience in child protection in humanitarian crisis and post-crisis setting.
- Experience in protection mainstreaming and safeguarding initiatives.
- Experience in providing direct assistance to vulnerable individuals.
- Experience in liaising with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions, and NGOs, as well as in Iraq is an asset; and,
- Working experience with an operational UN agency or a major international NGO in the field of child protection.
- In depth knowledge of the broad range of migration related subject areas dealt with by the Organization; and,
- Knowledge of UN and bilateral donor programming.
- Fluency in English (written and oral) is required.
- Fluency in Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong advantage.
- Travel required Yes, within Iraq
- Inclusion and respect for diversity respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
- Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and act in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent, and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioral indicators
- Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
- Delivering results produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action-oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
- Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
- Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
- Submission of application
Please submit your application package including the following documents:
- CV of the applicant.
- Technical and budget proposal documents, based on the current ToR, outlining the proposed methodology.
- Examples of similar work
IOM IN/234 - Policy and Procedures for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
IOM has a policy of zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by IOM staff members and the employees or any other persons engaged and controlled by IOM Contractors. The staff members and all contract type holders shall protect against and prevent sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA).
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