Save the Children Child Protection Coordinator Job in Dadaab, Kenya

Save the Children
Child Protection Coordinator
Team / Programme: Child Protection Programme
Location: Dadaab
Grade:  3
Post Type: National
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 
Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 
In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 
In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 
Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. 
We employ nearly 300 staff and will have an operating annual budget in 2015 of approximately US$20-25 million.

Scope of Role: To coordinate effective implementation of child protection activities in Ifo Main, Ifo 2, Dagahaley and Host Community, inter-camp coordination, and monitoring of activities. 
The individual will be responsible for providing leadership,guidance and technical expertise to Child Protection Implementing staff and support to the community workers where necessary.

Reports to: Child Protection Manager

Key Areas of Accountability:

Programme Delivery

  • Deputize the CP Programme Manager for the overall management responsibility for all CP staff and implementation processes.
  1. Lead and motivate the CP team to ensure effective project implementation strategies including case management, BID processes, counselling, together with engagement and monitoring of the established community structures within and in the host community  through the identified partner granted during the period of implementation.
  2. Ensure key problems are brought to the attention of the CP Program Manager and other relevant senior staff for discussion and review.
  3. Ensure that all implementing staff receives appropriate induction training and guidance to implement the project activities.
  4. Make regular support visits to the camps and provision of technical support to the implementing staff.
  • Develop and implement an integrated reintegration strategy for vulnerable children returning to their communities with a particular emphasis on education and livelihoods strategies.
  • Continue to develop understanding on children’s meaningful participation throughout the programme, and work with child protection staff on strategies to enable children to identify and address the issues of concern to them and promote their voices in local, regional and national. 
Monitoring , Evaluation and Reporting
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programme activities:
  • Engage in ongoing report and identification of training needs and other implementation gaps in the CP programme
  • Assist CP teams to identify the technical support required in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project activities. 
  • Work with project staff to assist in the development of new project proposals and the evaluation and documentation of programme activities.
  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team for monitoring and evaluation of programme activities including overseeing the management of the Unaccompanied and Separated Children’s Database (CPIMS) as a tool for information storage and analysis, and case management.
  • Ensure an up todate database of caseload is maintained and regularly update and taking corrective action where necessary.
  • Preparation of reports, documentation of programme learning and ensuring it contributes to organizational advocacy.
  • Ensure timely implementation of budgeted activities in addition to budget tracking and control.
  • Conduct/ensure regular follow-up visits to monitor the rehabilitation and reintegration of clients, and document changes identified.
  • Support in the ongoing implementation and budget management of the CP programmes (Including development of the detailed implementation plans, reviews of the BVA among other tasks).
  • Ensure in the timely receipt of monthly, quarterly reports both to the donors and the internal reporting mechanisms.
Partnerships and coordination
  • Develop partnerships to enhance community participation, ownership and sustainability of programmes.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other child protection agencies, governmental institutions, host community partners and community level structures in order to promote community ownership and sustainability of CP initiatives.
  • Represent Save the Children and the CP program in interagency working groups and camp coordination meetings.
  • Represent the CP programme and advocate with community, partners as well as other external visitors. 
  • Liaise closely with other actors in the child protection sector on issues related to vulnerable children.  Ensure that consideration is given to their particular needs within general child protection strategies. 
  • Work with appropriate partners within the child protection sector to ensure the mainstreaming of child protection and that  children’s rights are considered in the process of legislation formation and institution building.
  • Where necessary, represent the Child protection Manager in meetings, both internal and external and engage with the identified Host Community partner being funded to implement activities during the specific grant period.
Grants Management and Accountability
  • Coordinate with finance and awards team to ensure effective budget monitoring for the project in line with donor requirements and contractual obligations, including Grant opening, mid-term and closing meetings
  • Oversee project activities budget expenditures and ensure they are allowable and allocable according to SCI and donor regulations; review monthly Budget vs. Actual and expenditure sheets and collaborate with the finance department to ensure accurate expenditures and reporting is undertaken at all times.
  • Ensure timely production of activity/events reports as well as monthly reports as per the agreed timelines.
  • Develop and undertake training in various aspects of child protection for programme and project staff as well as children, partners and community-based child protection networks. 
  • Mentor the relevant staff to facilitate the continued development of the project, budget and personnel management capacity.
  • Ensure the realisation of the principles enshrined in child safeguarding policy by all staff implementing the CP programmes.
Working Contacts

External: The job holder is required to have regular contact with the donor partners, other child protection organization, children, Host community, and Government organization.

Internal: The job requires the job holder to have direct relationship with all staff and management at all levels in ensuring the organizational policies and procedures..

Skills and Behaviours (our 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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • 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
Qualifications and Experience
  • At least Degree social work/social sciences or equivalent.
  • At least three (3) years relevant experience in similar settings.
  • Substantial management experience, preferably in emergency programmes
  • Demonstrable competence in proposal and report writing
  • Experience of financial planning and expenditure monitoring
  • Experience of community participation, ownership and empowerment
  • Competent in using email and computer packages such as Word and Excel
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s child safeguarding Policy
  • Has high-level communication skills’, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili (both spoken and written). Working knowledge of local language strongly preferred
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Maintains and extends an effective network of individuals within the organisation and with government and development partners
  • Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Proven ability to work as a team.
The application period is now open and will close on 3rd June 2016 at 5.00pm.

To apply for the position, Email your CV and Cover Letter, 
Please remember to indicate on the subject line Child Protection Coordinator.

To  apply for this position visit the SCI Kenya Website:  

The system allows CVs & Cover letter as One(1) document.  The Deadline is on 3rd June 2016 COB.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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