Child Protection is central to the operation response in terms of proteciton of PoCs. Children make up 65% of the general population in both Adjumani and Lamwo. Refugee children are exposed to varous protection risks which include violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect. Addressing CP is therefore UNHCR Uganda’s priority. Establishing risk mitigation, prevention and response services for children in UNHCR's programmes is paramount to safeguard this demographic.
UNHCR’s Sub Office Adjumani covers two refugee hosting districts in Northern Uganda; Adjumani with 19 Settlements and Lamwo with 1 settlement. Child Protection continues to be an integral part of our protection interventions in these settlements including youth centered programs. During the Covid-19 pandemic, children were separated from their legal guardiands and parents as the preventative measures put in place found most of the adult members of their families caught up across the border and other districts in Uganda during the lockdown. UNHCR and partners have continued to work to esnure refugee children in need of child protection services are supported in a timely manner through the implementation of Best Interest Procedures (BIPs). The incumbant will therefore continue to strenthen these programs and ensure timely resposne to CP related issues including conducting of BIPs for durable solutions.
The Child Protection Associate normally reports to the Protection Officer. He/she monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff.