Job at Save the Children: Child Protection Assistant (Deadline: 10 April 2017)
TITLE: Child Protection Assistant
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Child Protection Team – Emergency Response
LOCATION: Nyanza or Bugesera Reception Centre
CONTRACT LENGTH: 12 months
Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
The Child Protection Assistant is a member of Save the Children’s child protection team, contributing to Save the Children’s protection activities in the Bugesera or Nyanza reception centre for Burundian refugees, under the supervision of the Child Protection Officer. S/he and is responsible for:
• Implementing child protection activities in Bugesera or Nyanza reception centre.
• Working with volunteers to ensure that the activities are in line with child protection minimum standards and programme objectives.
• Conducting Best Interests Assessments (BIAs) for new arrivals.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Child Protection Officer
Budget Responsibilities: N/A
Role Dimensions: Communication and close working relationships with intenal and external stakeholders
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Program Planning and Implementation
• Plan and implement monthly and weekly activity plans to achieve expected results.
• Ensure that all planned activities such as CFS operations, community awareness raising, and case management are implemented on time and to quality standards. Where challenges arise, ensure that these are flagged early, communicated to the Child Protection Officer and addressed in an appropriate way.
• Identify and document vulnerable children including separated and unaccompanied minors, including the completion of Best Interests Assessments.
• Document the separated and unaccompanied children according to the standard family tracing and reunification procedures and in line with Save the Children’s child safeguarding policy.
• Conduct community awareness on identification of vulnerable children and the process of registration of separated/unaccompanied children including family tracing.
• Conduct community consultation on temporary care arrangements of separated/unaccompanied children.
• Refer cases with specific needs to the competent service providers, follow up and document referred cases.
• Ensure that urgent and challenging cases are immediately discussed with direct supervisors.
• Conduct follow-up visits on temporary care arrangements of cases and children reunified with caregivers.
• Report any violation of the child safeguarding policy of Save the Children and ensure that all staff and volunteers and aware of the policy and procedure, and that they have signed all relevant documentation.
Staff supervision and mentorship
• Supervise and mentor volunteers and provide inductions for new volunteers.
Monitoring and Reporting
• Collect and document all programme data regularly and accurately.
• Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports.
• Inputs into weekly reports for the reception centre.
Collaboration and Representation
• Collaborate with relevant agencies working in the reception centre.
• Work closely with Save the Children colleagues and participate in team work.
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
• holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
• holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
• sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
• widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
• future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
• builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
• values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
• approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
• develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
• willing to take disciplined risks.
• Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
University or college qualification in social science or in a relevant area or equivalent work experience.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
• Minimum of 1 year relevant work experience in child protection or related field.
• Proven technical knowledge and skills in the field of Child Protection.
• Proven ability to work as part of a team.
• Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
• Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact, and diplomacy.
• Strong organizational skills.
• A good level of written and spoken English/ Kirundi and Kinyarwanda.
• Good computer skills (MS Office, including Outlook for email).
• Commitment to and understanding of Child Rights and Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
• Experience working in humanitarian response
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact. This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to [email protected]. The deadline for receiving applications is 10th April 2017.
*Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.