Child Protection Officer at Save the Children

The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries

Role Purpose

The role holder well be expected to initiate, oversee and support the implementation of BIA/BID process, child protection strategies and activities at the camp level. The BID/CP Officer will be responsible for supervising and managing the work of and providing guidance to the Community based workers. 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.

Contract Duration: 6 months renewable subject to funding availability and performance.

No of Vacancies: one (1) Position

Reporting to: CP Coordinator

Location: Dadaab

Nationality: Kenya National only

Key Areas Of Accountability

  • Manage and support the individual case management through Child Protection BIA & BID development processes in the field offices,
  • Provide mentorship and support to the community supervisors and workers through on the job training and guidance to enhance their case management skills and competencies.
  • Design a capacity building strategy for CP/BID community workers and other stakeholders involved in the of BIA & BID process.
  • Actively participate in interagency coordination meetings such as BID panels, CPWG and Case conferences both at DMO and in the field office.
  • Analyse training schedules for the BID community workers and provide technical support and guidance for effective implementation of BID/BIA process.
  • Ensure timely management of data and documentation of cases at camp level; and through coordination with MEAL assistants ensure children records, data are accurately recorded in the CPIMS database.
  • Contribute to the design of an overall programme contingency plan when needed.
  • Provide BID Supervisors with technical support regarding complex cases or specific technical difficulties.
  • Produce timely progress reports, including both quantitative and qualitative information, on Child Protection activities and input into regular situation reports, monthly and quarterly reports.
  • Ensure correct management of BID/BIA documentation at camp level.
  • Manage and coordinate the planning of the Camp Child Protection activities to ensure minimal disruption to programme Activities-Including staffing issues and office administration; to ensure effective management of programme resources.
  • Facilitate regular interviews and home visits with relevant persons who can give information on the child (the child, his/her family, leader, teacher, neighbour)
  • Participate in camp level interagency meetings and engage in the identification and building of linkages with other partners/agencies, the Government and the community to ensure that issues related to child protection are raised and addressed.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies
  • Manage BID community workers staff annual leave and time off ensuring minimal disruption to programme activities.
  • Collect required data and coordinate with the MEAL team on a monthly basis and ensure data is correctly captured.
  • Identify and build links with other partners, ensuring that issues for child protection are raised and addressed.
  • Coordinate the identification; follow up of children in alternative care and, monitoring of foster parents/Guardianship.
  • Ensure the placement of children in alternative care adhere to SCI procedure and with the Kenya alternative care guidelines (Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children in Kenya 2011).

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • Graduate degree in social work / social sciences or equivalent with preferably 5 years work experience in social work or with development-related organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle to a large BID/Case management caseload.
  • Good communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili.
  • Good IT skills including the use of Word and database software.
  • Demonstrable ability to adapt to changing programme priorities and emergency priorities that may arise.
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Positive attitude towards community work with emphasis on the ability to learn from communities and support innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with experience working in multicultural, multi -location, values driven teams.
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.

Desirable

  • Experience in management of staff.
  • Strong understanding and experience of Case management process.
  • Experience in designing and facilitating training sessions.
  • Experience in working in an insecure environment.
  • Experience in documenting and presenting BID cases in an interagency panel.

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

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