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Child Protection officer at Save the Children January, 2020 Job Description
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JOB TITLE: Child Protection officer

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Humanitarian emergency response for Burundi refugee

LOCATION: Kigoma region – Tanzania
CONTRACT LENGTH: 1 year, renewable

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.

Due to political unrest in Burundi high numbers of refugees escaping into neighbouring countries of DRC, Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania. The current Burundian refugee population in Tanzania is over 172,000 of which over 50% are children. SCI is implementing a child protection and education programme in refugee camps and wishes to scale up the response in refugee camps.

Work closely with local implementing partners, SC Education staff, and members of the child protection sector working Group, UNHCR and other UN agencies, to ensure that the programme goals are achieved. Specific areas of concern are the provision of Child friendly space activities in refugee camps. He/She provides overall leadership at programme level for the sector, and ensures that SC vision and overall program goals related to the sector are met. He/She is responsible for providing managerial, technical, and administrative support to partner staff during the implementation of an integrated program. For purposes of ensuring healthy collaboration between SC’s response and other actors in refugee education/protection, the officer will actively participate in child protection-related activities and meetings in designated refugee camps.

Reports to: CP Coordinator

Dotted Line: CP Manager


Support the CP program to develop, implement and monitor quarterly, monthly and weekly activity plans to achieve expected results. This includes planning of activities, budgets and procurement.
Provide daily supervision and support to the CFS in the Camps and ensure the PSS activities are implemented in a quality and timely manner and ensure that the standards at the CFS are met.
Provide supervision and monitoring of the CFS Animators, guards and Cleaners and ensure proper performance Management.
Ensure proper documentation, registration and attendance of children and young people at the CFS is in place.
Plan, organize, coordinate and monitor child protection and PSS outreach activities at community level. Activities may include meetings and discussions with members of the community, parent meetings.
Plan, organize, coordinate and monitor community events to disseminate messages about child protection in the camps.
• Facilitate contacts with community groups and local associations.

Support and strengthen including training of community based child protection mechanisms and child-led groups / clubs, animators.
Develop educational tools for training and group facilitation in the field of community mobilization and in support of the team members, clubs and community networks.
Ensure the community based protection mechanism interventions and activities are implemented, supported and documented.
In collaboration with the project monitoring and evaluation to ensure the documentation of interventions Save the Children in community mobilization (reports, weekly reports, monthly reports, interim reports, annual reports).
Support mechanisms for increasing children participation in CFS decision-making process regarding the space and at the camp level.
Working together with parents to ensure a holistic approach to child protection, supporting regular parent’s meetings.
Represent Save the Children and the program with relevant government and coordinating agencies on programme, secure their support and follow up with them on progress.
Report any violation of the child safe guarding policy of Save the Children immediately.
Lead on and regularly update a map existing services to which children and families can be referred to. Link Social workers with service providers and support effective collaboration.
Supervise and coach Social workers on the identification, assessment, documentation, referral (to relevant services) and follow-up of at-risk children and families
Supervise and support the Social workers in family visits if necessary
Organize weekly case management conferences with all Social workers and other partners where necessary.
Ensure that Social workers respect confidentiality and follow ethical guidelines.
Ensure that files, registers and computer databases are used in an appropriate and correct manner and ensure case workers adhere to proper documentation and data protection protocols.
Support the implementation of the Inter-Agency Child Protection Information Management System
Review the follow up of cases, and ensure all cases are managed within acceptable timelines.
Work in close collaboration with the child protection team to strengthen role of child protection networks/committees, Animators, teachers, caregivers in case management.
Support the Child Protection Manager / Child Protection Adviser in capacity building of case workers.
Submit regular case management reports and ensure that information is kept up to date.
Coordinate with other agencies offering case management services to children on referral and transfer of cases.
Participate and support the set up and facilitation of regular inter- agency case conferences.
Ensure internal referral mechanisms (with other sectors) are in place and cases are appropriately managed and followed up when referred.
Ensure constant and transparent communication and collaboration with relevant stakeholders, including community members, community leaders and families
Document best practice, case studies and learning.
Share information on field-level successes and challenges with the Child Protection Manager and other agencies as appropriate. Ensure that major challenges are flagged early, and addressed in an appropriate way;
Facilitate, collect and report information regarding the overall situation of child protection risks in Save the Children operational areas
Lead the preparation of all procurement and administrative documents required for case management implementation.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children 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
Creates a managerial environment in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding
Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self and team, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same
Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale
Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners
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
Always acts in the best interests of children

University Degree in Social Sciences or related technical field.
Knowledge in Child Protection, Child´s rights, programming and mainstreaming
International/national experience of natural disasters or conflicts
At least four years work experience within your profession
Experience in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating child protection programs in emergency, transition and development contexts
Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
Commitment to and understanding of child rights, Save the Children’s aims, values and principles and humanitarian standards as Sphere Charter and Code of Conduct
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, Minimum Standards on Child Protection
Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to child protection through Child friendly spaces.
Self-awareness and proven ability to operate successfully in different cultural environments
Ability to achieve results and maintain consistent high standards of professional behavior and achievement, including when working alone.
Good team leader and team member skills, including the ability to be part of and organize, support, manage and develop a small team.
Ability to communicate and maintain appropriate and productive relations with a range of actors, including children, parents, local and national authorities in political and militarily sensitive environments.
Experience of working with partners and a participatory approach
Ability to manage stress, be flexible and accommodating in difficult and frustrating working circumstance.
Have undertaken approved Safety and Security Training in accordance with member and Save the Children required minimum standard.
Understanding of Kirundi language will be an asset
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.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.


Closing date: 30 Jan 2020 – 23:59 EAT

Location: Kigoma, Tanzania, United Republic of

Department: Business Transformation

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time


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