Job at Save the Children : Child Protection Officer – community Mobilisation (Deadline: 10 April 2017)
TITLE: Child Protection Officer – Community Mobilisation
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Child Protection – emergency response
LOCATION: Kirehe – Mahama
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 Officer is a member of Save the Children’s (SC) child protection team in the Kirehe Office. Under the supervision of Child Protection Coordinator, the Child Protection Officer Officer is responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating child protection community mobilization activities to promote effective and sustainable child and community participation in child protection. This includes support to children’s clubs, associations, platforms and committees, as well as awareness raising.
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 Coordinator
Staff reporting to this post:
Direct: Community Volunteers
Budget Responsibilities: N/A
Role Dimensions: This role will involve working to set up and support community based structures, as well as close working relationships with external stakeholders, camp management and internal departments.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
• Support the Child Protection Coordinator to develop, implement and monitor quarterly, monthly and weekly activity plans to achieve expected results. This includes planning of activities, budgets and procurement.
• Plan, organize, coordinate and monitor child protection outreach activities at community level. Activities may include meetings and discussions with members of the community.
• Plan, organize, coordinate and monitor community events to disseminate messages about child protection.
• Facilitate contacts with community groups and local associations.
• Support and strengthen community based child protection mechanisms and child-led groups / clubs.
• Develop educational tools for training and group facilitation in the field of community mobilization and in support of the team members, clubs and community networks.
• Build and maintain a close link with the traditional communicators (if exists) to help get the message of protection.
• Ensure the community based protection mechanism database is kept up-to-date.
• In collaboration with the project monitoring and evaluation to ensure the documentation of interventions Save the Children in community mobilization (reports, weekly reports , monthly reports, interim reports , annual reports).
• Support mechanisms for increasing children participation in CFS and YFS decision-making process regarding the space and at the camp level.
• Working together with parents to ensure a holistic approach to child protection, supporting regular parents meetings.
• Represent Save the Children and the program with relevant government and non government agencies to explain the programme, secure their support and follow up with them on progress.
• Report any violation of the child safe guarding policy of Save the Children immediately.
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
QUALIFICATIONS : University or college qualification in social science or in a relevant area or equivalent work experience.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
• Minimum of 2 years 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.
• Experience in community mobilization and awareness raising activities
• Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact, and diplomacy.
• Experience in training and capacity building and willingness to dedicate time and patience to developing others.
• Experience in working through consultative and participatory processes and ability to balance multiple competing interests to work towards a common goal.
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to supervise and mentor staff to achieve results.
• 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 emergency response and/or a refugee context.
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.