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- Programme Officer, Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee Children, UK

 
Lumos
 
Salary c £34,000 p.a.

Location Newham, London, Greater London
 
 
Job Description
 
Lumos is an international non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded by J.K. Rowling to end the institutionalisation of children by 2050. Our vision is a world in which all children have the opportunity to grow up and thrive in a safe and caring family or, where there is no alternative, in specialist placements that meet all their needs, respect their rights and ensure they can fulfil their potential.
 
Programme Officer, Unaccompanied Migrant and Refugee Children
 
 
Reporting to the Programme Manager and working with teams based in Ethiopia and Bulgaria, the Programme Officer is responsible for undertaking research, programme development, and other tasks relating to the delivery of Lumos’ unaccompanied migrant and refugee children strategy.
 
Principal Accountabilities:
•Undertake regular analysis of political and situational developments and themes regarding migrant children in Europe, Ethiopia, and other significant regions
•Support the process of planning, development and implementation of demonstration projects
•Ensure systems are in place to implement activities on time, within budget and achieve stated objectives
•Contribute to the development and management of key strategic relationships with Lumos’ partners and strengthen cooperation with civil society and partner organisations
•Provide analysis on regional trends for unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in different regions of the world
•Support the development of strategies in new Lumos country programmes to ensure unaccompanied migrant children are not held in detention and are cared for in families
•Contribute to developing advocacy strategies with partners
•Represent Lumos at meetings, seminars and other events
•Develop concept papers, proposals and regular reports (including draft budgets, budget narratives, and monitoring and evaluation plans) in collaboration with field-based staff
•Work with the fundraising team to ensure timely submission of high quality reports to donors and provide relevant information for grants applications as identified
•Negotiate with translators and other contractors, including in an international setting for their services as required
•Other duties as reasonably required by the Programme Manager
 
Scope:
 
The unaccompanied refugee and migrant children demonstration programme is a new initiative that will be established by Lumos in 2017. Its main objectives include:
•To identify and highlight the harmful institutional response (such as detention) to unaccompanied children in Europe and other regions, linking to Lumos’ existing evidence base on the harm of institutionalisation
•To establish response teams which will provide assistance to unaccompanied children in line with Lumos’ aims of preventing institutionalisation of children and enabling family reunification
•To support the provision of training to migration authorities on child protection and alternative care frameworks for children with complex needs
•To support family reunification processes and provide family-based care that meets the needs of children during the process, or where reunification is not an option
•To engage in advocacy and campaigning with national and regional authorities to establish frameworks supporting family reunification and alternative family care for migrant children
 
Domestic travel, and some international travel, may be required. This includes participation in project activities, when appropriate.
 
Knowledge/Skills:
•Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the fields of deinstitutionalisation, child rights and migration/refugee issues
•A Master’s degree in International Development or Human Rights, with a specialisation in humanitarian and refugee issues
•Excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise a heavy workload, to work on multiple tasks at the same time and to plan effectively to meet deadlines
•Interpersonal skills and ability to work with a remote team across different cultures
•Able to work independently and on own initiative, making informed and sensible judgements as well as working as part of a wider team
•Budget management knowledge
•Excellent analytical/problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
•Fluent written and verbal English.
 
Experience:
•Experience of undertaking detailed research, preparing briefings and presentations on complex issues
•Experience managing logistical arrangements
•Experience of operating in a pressurised environment with high levels of demand and potentially conflicting priorities.
 
Desirable 
•Commitment to children’s rights;
•Fluency in a language other than English.
 
Closing date for applications: 2nd November 2017
 
On applying, you will need to submit the following documents:
•A supporting statement highlighting how your skills and experience meet the person specification (two pages maximum)
•Your CV, stating your current salary details.
•Details of two referees, including a recent employer (to be consulted at the later stage of recruitment)
 
Please click on the Application Information button to find out how to apply.
•Lumos is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the DBS.
•Lumos is an equal opportunities employer.
•Lumos requests no agencies please.
 
All applicants must have an existing right to work in the UK.
 

Job posted on 10 October 2017.
 
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