Job at Save the Children : Child protection officer (Deadline: 10 April 2017)

Job at Save the Children :  Child protection officer (Deadline: 10 April 2017)

Job at Save the Children :  Child protection officer (Deadline: 10 April 2017)

TITLE:  Child Protection Officer

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Child Protection – Emergency Response

LOCATION: Kirehe – Mahama

GRADE: 4            



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 supervising and monitoring the implementation of child protection programme activities in Mahama camp, including the supervision of volunteers. This includes Save the Children’s child friendly spaces and psychosocial support, awareness raising activities and child resilience programme, as well as monitoring and evaluation.

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.


Reports to: Child Protection Coordinator

Staff reporting to this post:

Direct: Community Volunteers

Budget Responsibilities: N/A

Role Dimensions: Relationships with external actors in Mahama, community based structures, and internal departments.


Program Planning and Implementation

•             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.

•             Ensure that all planned activities such as CFS, community awareness raising and child resilience are implemented on time, to quality measures and within budget as per the monthly plan. Where challenges arise, ensure that these are flagged early, communicated to the Child Protection Coordinator and addressed in an appropriate way.

•             Technically lead program activities especially training and ensure that they are being implemented within SC’s and international quality standards.

•             Work with children’s platforms and support monthly meetings to map protection risks in the community and feedback for program improvement.

Child Friendly Spaces

•             Ensure child friendly space staff are identifying and referring vulnerable and at-risk children for case management support.

•             Provide support to the case management team, as required.

•             Work with cultural sensitivity and respect the dignity of vulnerable children and families and members of the host communities at all times.

•             Ensure that child friendly space provide a safe, inclusive and fun environment for all children, including vulnerable children and children with disabilities.

•             Working together with parents to ensure a holistic approach to child protection, conducting regular parents meetings.

•             Conduct focus group discussions with beneficiaries (parents and children) on the delivery of activities. Registers information collected through appropriate reporting tools and report this information to Child Protection Coordinator.

Monitoring and Reporting

•             Ensure that all program data is properly and regularly collected by field staff, check data and ensure that it is logically presented to the Child Protection Coordinator.

•             Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports

•             Participate in team reviews of results and program progress.

Collaboration and Representation

•             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.

•             Actively participate in internal coordination, bringing key issues, proposing solutions and collaborating with other teams to build synergies and efficiencies.

•             Support in mainstreaming child protection into other programme sectors.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

•             Actively participate in the Country Office’s emergency preparedness and planning processes as requested.

•             In case of emergency, be prepared to contribute to the delivery of an appropriate and timely response.

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.



•             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 an 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.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.


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.


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