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Save the Children Regional Family Tracing and Reunification Specialist (South Sudan Response) Job in Nairobi Kenya

Save the Children International is looking to recruit for the following positions:

Job Title:  Regional Family Tracing and Reunification Specialist, South Sudan Response
 

Team / Programme: Child Protection
Location: Nairobi (with regular travel to Emergency affected countries and field locations)
 
Grade: 4
 

 
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
About us: For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. 
We are the world’s largest independent child rights organization, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. 
Our mission to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. 

We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. 
Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

Role Purpose: Save the Children works in 4 of the 5 countries affected by the conflict in South Sudan where around 14% of all children affected have become separated from their parents and families as a result of the conflict. 

Currently, more than 40,000 children have been registered as unaccompanied, separated or missing as a result of the conflict that erupted in December 2013.  
Save the Children is a key implementing agency of CPiE and FTR (Family Tracing and Reunification) programmes in the affected areas in all 4 countries, and is responsible for the regional inter-agency database (CPIMS) for Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC). 
With over 65% of the affected refugee population being children and a similar statistic affecting internally displaced people in South Sudan, Child Protection and in particular a robust family tracing and reunification system are essential in ensuring that children are reunified with their families or relatives and have safe and nurturing environment in which to grow. 

The post holder will implement Save the Children’s responsibilities under the regional Information Sharing Protocol; notably by acting as the regional focal point for cross-border FTR and ensuring effective individual case management of cross border cases throughout the FTR process through support, training and capacity-building to all FTR actors/staff in all field locations. 

The regional FTR Specialist will also be responsible for supervising the regional CPIMS and coordination with other key regional partners including UNICEF, UNHCR, ICRC and other CP actors. 
S/he is also expected to represent Save the Children at high level regional fora, working groups, and other meetings. 
Current thematic priorities include: family tracing and reunification; child protection in emergencies; cross-border programming; alternative care in emergencies; case management and psychosocial support.

The Regional FTR Specialist is also expected to help build a high performing Regional Child Protection programme through coordination with the Country Office Technical teams, Program Development and Quality Directors and in collaboration with Member Child Protection Advisors, conduct trainings and provide technical advice, monitor project design and quality and support to country and field project staff. 

Frequent visits to the country offices to support high quality programme implementation and ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved will be essential.

Scope of Role:
 

Reports to: Regional CP in Emergencies Specialist, South Sudan Response

Dimension of Role: For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children’s lives in more than 120 countries. 

We are the world’s largest independent child rights organisation, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. 
Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. 

We are an equal opportunity organisation dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration. Creativity and Integrity. 
Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

The East African Regional Office is responsible for 7 countries in East Africa, including Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia, with a current staff complement of approximately 3500 staff, and current expenditure of approximately $200 million each year.

The Regional FTR Specialist is a challenging role in a complex environment. 

It requires a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated individual who can manage the difficulties of coordinating implementation of high quality, technical activities across several countries, understanding their contexts living and working in such an environment and still be fundamental in helping to drive forward our programmes and our ambitions. 
Joining Save the Children here now is thus an immensely exciting opportunity to help shape the future of a country as we, one of the largest agencies in the country, help formulate the future direction of this country – helping to put its children first.

Staff directly reporting to this post: 0

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • Work with the Country Office, PDQ Directors and CPiE TAs and other relevant technical and field staff on the roll out of Strong national and programmatic Case management of Unaccompanied and Separated Children
  • Liaise with UNICEF, UNHCR at the regional and where necessary country level to ensure that SCI fulfils its commitments in terms of FTR
  • Along with the Regional CPIMS Manager prepare and disseminate relevant CPiE and FTR reports and data at the regional  level and analyse weekly data/statistics and highlight trends, outstanding actions and concerns (such as non-compliance to procedures, incorrect data, etc.)
  • Responsible for ensuring that FTR technical capacity is developed across all agencies and locations, with a commitment to innovation and efficient programming
  • Supervise and support SCI’s FTR programme activities across the region including taking overall responsibility for the FTR coordination and technical capacity building of programme staff conducting FTR in the field
  • Responsible for the creation of the FTR Dashboards to the region, members and SCI Centre
  • Where needed lead or assist on multi sectoral/ sectoral assessment, program design, and support fundraising, and recruitment
  • Provide review and where needed assistance in proposal design and development for FTR programmes across the South Sudan regional response locations.
  • Liaise with Members and Global Working Groups to communicate best practice and also transfer knowledge from other Regions and organizations to ESARO
  • Coordinate with Country MEAL teams (where applicable) to develop strong FTR monitoring systems and indicators and ensure that they are tracked periodically
  • Safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Protection Policy
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
 
Accountability:
  • 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
Ambition:
  • 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
Collaboration:
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with the regional team, colleagues, country offices and external partners
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
Creativity:
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
Integrity:
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Relevant Master’s degree or degree in law
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in an international NGO in Child Protection in Emergencies especially in conflict settings, Family Tracing and Reunification programme experience is an advantage.
  • Experience of dealing with alleged cases of child abuse, and able to demonstrate a holistic case management approach in responding to these that is professionally and ethically sound, and demonstrates the best interest of the child and other key CP principles.
  • Knowledge of psychosocial programming for children in emergencies
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and delivering training, and capacity building programmes for field staff in remote and emergency contexts and at senior national level.
  • Excellent 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, Child Protection Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Action, the Paris Principles and 1612 MRM procedures.
  • Advocacy, influencing and negotiating skills, experienced in gaining commitment from a wide range of people, bringing about change and providing support from a distance
  • Experience of UN clusters and the international systems for child protection, including experience chairing and/or leading inter-agency cluster coordination mechanisms
  • Proven experience in reporting, information management and statistics Excellent IT skills including the use of Excel (fundamental) and database software
  • Excellent communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English. Arabic and other South Sudanese languages an added advantage.
  • Excellent team player
  • Good problem solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to plan well, set own targets and meet them
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
  • Willingness to travel and work regularly in field sites with basic standards of living and minimal comfort
  • Commitment to Save the Children policies
  • Sensitivity to the South Sudan and Refugee country cultural/social contexts
Application information
If you are interested in this position, please  email a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document to EA.recruitment@savethechildren.org with clear Subject heading  for the position.
 
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application closes 27th July 2016.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. 

All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Safeguarding Policy and organizational Code of Conduct..

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents 



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