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Now entering its sixth year, the conflict in Syria continues to take a drastic toll on the lives of Syrians and to drive an unprecedented humanitarian and protection crisis affecting millions of civilians. When it comes to child population, widespread child labor continues to be one of the most prevalent and persistent forms of violence and exploitation facing Syrian refugee children. Many Syrian refugee children start working before the age of 12, and become increasingly involved in work that is hazardous and limits their right to education. The consequences of harmful work for children are widespread and long-lasting.
While significant efforts have been made in Jordan to improve access to education, high percentage of Syrian refugee children remain out of school. Limited access to education together with increasing levels of poverty for many refugee families heighten the risk that children will be involved in various forms of hazardous child labour and child marriage. Children continue to face physical, sexual and other forms of gender-based violence within their families, schools and communities. Especially for adolescents, the lack of educational and other opportunities contribute to a sense of hopelessness, lack of purpose and isolation.
To address the immediate risks and consequences of child labor on children and on the entire new generation, UNICEF along with concerned United Nations’ agencies and partners is intending to scale-up the child labor-related response in Jordan and to contribute to the substantial reduction of the incidence of child labor, especially hazardous work through the mitigation of the associated risks.
Key Expected Results
In line with the regional Child Labor strategy developed in 2016, UNICEF along with its key UN partners (International Labor Organisation (ILO), World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as local and international organisations will be developing and implementing programmes and activities that will contribute to decreasing the worst forms of child labor and provision of relevant services to children and their families through child cash grant programmes and other holistic services. To achieve the above objectives, a multi-sectoral approach is required, which includes the following results:
- Educational policies and programmes are designed and implemented to effectively address child labor. This includes increasing reducing barriers of refugee children to access formal education with focus on secondary school aged children, as well as providing flexible, appropriate educational options for working children.
- Policies and programmes address socio-economic vulnerability of refugees with a view to mitigate the risks of child labor. This includes advocacy with governments on policies related to refugee families’ access to livelihoods and ensuring that these policies benefit those households more likely to have child labor, such as female headed households.
- Child labor is effectively included in broader child protection programmes. Case management, child-friendly spaces, programmes to address unaccompanied and separated children, programmes to address justice for children, and other child protection interventions effectively address child labor concerns.
- Specific child labor interventions are implemented, to provide targeted and holistic support to the most vulnerable children and their families in the worst forms of child labor. Families and children are engaged on how to prevent and respond to child labor through community based protection interventions.
- Enhanced knowledge management and coordination on child labor, to ensure an efficient and sustainable response. It also includes more effectively tracking the impact of livelihoods and cash-based assistance programmes on child labor and revising the design and implementation modalities accordingly.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Advanced university degree in Social Work, Social Sciences, Law, or related technical field is required. First level University degree with combination of 2 additional years of experience could also be accepted.
A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in child protection and psycho-social interventions is required.
Fluent in English, knowledge of Arabic is an asset
* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receiving an offer.