The Child Protection Advisor is responsible for the overall leadership and technical oversight in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Save the Children’s program and advocacy work on Child Protection and relevant sub-themes.
The post is responsible for ensuring child protection principles are mainstreamed in the organization’s and partners’ work. In addition, the post is expected to provide strategic direction and focus on Child Protection, developing innovative and evidence-based programs that will enable the country office to become a center of excellence in identified CP areas, and conceptualizing projects that can achieve results at scale in prioritized areas. This includes both emergency and development programming.
To ensure cross-sectoral integration and program coherence, the Child Protection Advisor will work closely with the technical advisors on building systems to respond to issues of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Humanitarian, Child Poverty, Health and Nutrition and the Program and Senior Managers in the field. This position will also work closely with the other members of the Program Development and Quality Unit in relation to proposal development and resource mobilization; program learning, monitoring and impact; and policy advocacy.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
In line with Save the Children’s dual mandate, these key areas of accountability apply to work in emergencies and in development settings.
Thematic Area Leadership & Strategic Planning
* Regularly and pro-actively analyses the children’s rights and child protection situation in the country and feeds this into the country office’s assessment and planning process upon which to design and improve programmes
* Leads on inputting and defining the country office’s strategic focus on Child Protection, Child Rights and related advocacy, based on the evidence gathered ensuring integration of Save the Children’s theory of change, technical approaches and best practises in the strategy and programme delivery
* Identifies opportunities for innovations based on evidence and utilise these evidence-based results when designing Child Protection programming and supporting and monitoring projects
* Actively participates in global and regional Save the Children discussions on Child Protection programming, ensuring that country office priorities are aligned with the global initiatives and best practises or areas requiring further support are pro-actively shared
* Lead the design of quality Child Protection proposals and the monitoring of programming, ensuring all meet SCI and sector standards and are in line with strategic goal and SCI approaches
* Serve as the Child Protection thematic lead in development of proposals and budgets coordinating with other technical and implementation staff.
* Actively communicate and coordinate with other technical advisors and project managers to ensure integrated approaches across themes especially regarding MHPSS, gender, disabilities and inclusion
* Build on technical knowledge, evidence, research and current/previous programming to lead the development of innovative proposals and programmes in close coordination with other teams.
Fundraising and donor engagement
* Pro-active strategic fundraising engagement to support the implementation of the Child Protection results framework and strategic plan as well as evidence gathering to support programme work and development
* Contribute to the development and regular updating of an SCI Afghanistan donor engagement and fundraising plan
* Develop and maintain contacts with current and potential donors, partners and key technical agencies, in coordination with the PDQA Director including supporting donor meetings and visits.
* Work with Business Development Manager and PDQA director to secure sufficient funding to maintain or expand the country office’s Child Protection programs as per the country strategic plan and the needs with a level of foresight and consideration of sustainability.
Programme Quality and Effectiveness
* Serves as the lead technical resource in innovative, creative and sustainable programming on Child Protection.
* Builds the capacity, knowledge, understanding and confidence of field teams and partners to achieve the required quality standards in SCI/partner Child Protection work by developing, adapting, and sharing relevant tools, designing training modules and supporting the implementation and understanding of quality benchmarks including on the job technical coaching.
* Provides technical support to field staff and partners to enable them to meet agreed quality results and effectively deliver strategies in relation to Child Protection through coaching, joint monitoring with field teams and regular interaction with the implementing staff, including developing a capacity building plan to inform the strategic plan delivery.
* Support evidence-based learning for programme development, innovation, improvement and advocacy, ensuring that lessons learned are properly documented, effectively disseminated and, incorporated into wider design and implementation of SCI’s work and used to inform advocacy initiatives.
* Provide support, coaching, guidance and oversight to ensure a thorough understanding of cross-cutting issues among staff in Child Protection projects and how the integrated components of projects link to the CP outcomes including support for implementation of integrated activities
* Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team to ensure quality MEL systems and frameworks for CP programme that monitors the impact of projects and progress towards strategic programme and advocacy objectives including delivering on a learning agenda strategy and utilising evidence (research, evaluations, etc) to inform programming
* Ensure accountability is considered throughout the design and implementation of the programmes especially in terms of child safeguarding as well as ensuring child participation in the design, implementation and monitoring of the programmes where possible.
* Pro-actively discussing opportunities for innovation and integration within programme design opportunities including engaging with gender, disabilities and inclusion links.
Policy Analysis, Advocacy for Policy Change
* Support and inform the Save the Children’s Child Protection advocacy strategy in line with the strategic plan and national and global advocacy initiatives.
* Support research being conducted to inform programming, strategic direction, policy and advocacy with a technical lens and technical consistency.
* Support the design and implementation of the child rights governance activities where necessary in terms of technical clarification and advising on strategies for the implementation and accountability of child protection systems at national and provincial level.
* Keep abreast of national and global debates in policy and advocacy around Child Protection and child rights in order to apply to programming or advocacy.
* Represent Save the Children in a technical capacity for advocacy, communications or media purposes.
* Supports the increase in child participation through advocacy activities where relevant and safe.
Cluster representation and networking
* Represent SCI at the Child Protection Work Group and wider protection cluster, as well as other working groups where appropriate; sharing ideas, updates and advocating for action where necessary
* Develop and maintain appropriate coordination mechanisms with the UNICEF, OCHA, UNHCR, I/NGOs, Donors and other members of CPiE sub cluster as well as linking with the CTFMR to ensure adequate reporting from SCI field staff to the MRM.
* Participate in relevant working groups, task forces, seminars and related fora in the thematic area; and among donors, UN agencies, International NGOs, and national and sub-national government counterparts in coordination
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 realise 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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
At least 7 years of experience in CP technical advisory and/or managing Child Protection programs
Master’s degree in Community Development, Social Work, Human Rights or Social Protection Law, or Social Sciences or equivalent experience
Familiarity and experience with globally-accepted standards and practices on Child Protection
Proven ability to develop high quality concept papers and project proposals.
Technical capacity in CPiE programming.
Communication abilities with various levels of Child Protection stakeholders – from decision-makers to field level practitioners.
Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts. Conflict setting experience would be an advantage
Has proven skills in program development and design, training design and delivery, and community facilitation processes, and networking and influencing
Excellent oral and written communication skills; Able to articulate ideas and concepts clearly verbally and in writing
Computer literate and adept in the use of MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Highly organized, with good attention to detail and developed ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet tight deadlines and organize work
Can work well in highly stressful situations; able to manage multiple competing tasks, prioritize deliverables and meet reasonable deadlines
A team player, willing to work long hours toward the attainment of program objectives and deliverables
Understands and believes in Save the Children’s mission and vision; commits to its objectives and willing to adopt Save the Children’s methodology and framework.
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers
Closing Date for Application: 10 May 2021
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.
All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.
How to apply
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