Friday, May 2, 2014

Child Protection Adviser - Save the Children (Apply by: 13 May 2014)

TITLE: Child Protection Adviser

KRG with travel to the south of Iraq
6 Months
Level 3:  the role 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 in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

The overall responsibility of the Child Protection Adviser is to assess, design and guide staff to initiate interventions to address violations of children’s rights to protection from abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect.  They are responsible for ensuring that quality programmes are initiated and capacities developed to provide these kinds of protection to children in a range of Save the Children’s emergency responses world-wide.  S/he will be expected to lead on sectoral assessment, programme design and master budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement.

Reports to:Program Development and Quality Director

Staff directly reporting to this post:Child Protection Staff

·         Lead on child protection situation analysis, assessments using Save the Children assessment processes and tools and the Inter-agency Child Protection Assessment Resource Toolkit. Adapt the Assessment Tool as necessary. Coordinate with other Save the Children thematic areas and/or the Child Protection Working Group or other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a disaggregated analysis of children’s needs.
·         Working with the Program Development and Quality Director to develop child protection plan, and master budgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall strategy in development and humanitarian situations.  From the strategy initiate programming in the following areas as appropriate:
·         Support to the psychosocial (physical, social, emotional) wellbeing of children and their families.
·         Emergency family tracing interventions and alternative are options for unaccompanied and separated children, utilising tools within the  Inter-Agency Child Protection Information Management System
·         Prevention and response to child recruitment including advocacy and disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration initiatives
·         Prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and gender-based violence (GBV)
·         Prevention and response to the main risks for children’s exposure to physical harm
·         Prevention and response to all forms of exploitation including harmful child labour and child trafficking
·         Integration of child protection in to other core sectors
·         Working closely with senior staff, support fundraising for child protection, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors’ technical advisers.
·         Prepare and oversee programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
·         Prepare timely programme and donor reports on child protection project activities in compliance with internal Save the Children requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
·         Working closely with the HR team, identify child protection staffing needs (both national and international) Child Protection programmes, and ensure rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
·         Identify child protection programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
·         Working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team put in place a child protection Monitoring &Evaluation plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build child protection and Monitoring & Evaluation field staff in carrying out the work.
·         Working closely with the Accountability lead put in place accountability activities for child protection, ensuring that feedback from all partners / relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
·         Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings, the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Capacity Building:
·         Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
·         Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking the lead in the Child Protection Working Group and/or sub-groups.
·         Document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
·         In collaboration with senior programme staff, develop child protection advocacy plans and support advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
·         In collaboration with Save the Children Child Protection colleagues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global child protection advocacy objectives.
·         Identify opportunities and material to contribute to communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.

·         Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

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
·         At least 3 years of work experience in  child protection in both humanitarian and development contexts or fragile states
·         Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential
·         Education to MSc/MA level in Social Work, Human rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar, or equivalent field experience.
·         Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
·         Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, such as the Inter-agency Guidelines on Separated and Unaccompanied Children, the Paris Principles, MRM, Save the ChildrenChild Friendly Spaces Handbook, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
·         Previous experience of managing a team and of project management
·         Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
·         Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
·         Ability to work both in an Advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
·         Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to child protection.
·         Experience of representation and ability to represent Save the Childreneffectively in external forums.
·         Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
·         Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
·         Excellent communication skills
·         Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
·         Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
·         A high level of written and spoken English
·         The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
·         Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles ofSave the Children, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Childrenmandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

  • Language skills Arabic
  • Good working knowledge of the Inter-Agency Child Protection Information Management System
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in the Middle East Region
  • Specific experience of designing and managing DFID, ECHO, OFDA and other major donor projects
  • Specific experience of working in interagency projects.

Date of issue: 26-Mar-14           Author: Aram Shakaram

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Apply by: 13 May 2014

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