Save the Children is a leading international organization helping children in need around the world. First established in the UK in 1919, separate national organizations have been set up in more than twenty-eight countries, sharing the aim of improving the lives of children through education, health care and economic opportunities, as well as emergency aid in cases of natural disasters, war and conflict. In Nigeria, Save the Children has been working since 2001. The early focus was on getting children actively involved in shaping the decisions that affect their lives. Today, Save the Children is working in seven federal states - Zamfara, Yobe, Jigawa, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi and Kaduna - focusing on providing basic healthcare and protecting children.
- The CPiE Officer will generally be deployed to the field as the lead technical Adviser in a small or medium-sized emergency The overall aim of the Child Protection Adviser will be to assess, design and guide staff to initiate interventions to address violations of children’s rights to protection from abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect.
- The post holder is 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.
- The post holder will be expected to lead on sectoral assessment, programme design , implementation, capacity building of Officers, stakeholders and local partners setting up child protection department, and master budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement.
Key Areas of Accountability
- Lead on child protection assessments using SC assessment processes and tools and the Inter-agency Child Protection Assessment Resource Toolkit. Adapt the Assessment Tool as necessary. Coordinate with other SC 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 Child Protection Manager to develop child protection response plans and budgets. Initiate programming in the following areas as appropriate:
- Support in the establishment of community child protection systems
- Support to the psychosocial (physical, social, emotional) wellbeing of children and their families. By anchoring the establishment of safe spaces for children affected communities
- Build capacity of community in Emergency family tracing interventions and alternative options for unaccompanied and separated children.
- Support communities in the 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.
- Support the child protection manager in the Prepare and ovepreparing and overseeing 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 SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
- Working closely with the HR team, identify child protection staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency 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.
- Ensure comprehensive community case management systems are in place to support UASC and at risk children
- Provide supervision and monitor quality of child protection activities implemented on field
- Ensure coordination of case management and CPIMS database activities for quality reporting
- Ensure confidentiality and do no harm is integrated into programming
- Working closely with the Accountability lead put in place accountability activities for child protection, ensuring that feedback from all 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.
- Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
- Building capacity of CP assistants.
- Build capacities of Government and Ministries
- Build capacity of local partners
- Build capacity of other core sectors for fluid integration.
- Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
- Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government.
- Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
- In collaboration with senior programme staff, assist in child protection advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
- In collaboration with SC 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.
- Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in Social Work, Human rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar, or equivalent field experience.
Experience and Skills
- Experience working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states
- Previous experience in Child Protection at community level
- 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, SC Child Friendly Spaces Handbook, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
- 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
- Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
- 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 of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.
- Good working knowledge of Cross River state.
- Experience or knowledge of working and living in remote communities.
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