Kesho Programme Child Protection Officer Job in Kilifi, Kenya

Programme Officer: Child-Protection

About Us:

Kesho is an award winning, dynamic, medium sized and growing NGO currently supporting nearly 600 children access school and university and also supports more than 2,000 of their siblings, peers, parents and teachers.

Founded in 2004, Kesho takes a novel long-term, creative and holistic approach to change offering financial support for education, academic and literacy support, enrichment and training, child protection and family support and youth development.

The Position

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Kesho for an innovative, effective, self-driven Programme Officer to design, implement and evaluate Kesho’s Child Protection programme to meet our strategic objectives. The position is for an initial contract period of 1 year and renewable subject to performance and availability of funds. The position location is Kesho office, Kilifi.

Job Purpose:  

This position is responsible for managing all aspects of Kesho Kenya’s Child Protection and Family Support Programme in accordance with Kesho’s Vision and Mission.

Main Responsibilities

Managerial Duties

  • Plan, coordinate and execute Child Protection & Family Support Programme activities as envisioned in the
  • Strategic Plan and as per Donor agreement.
  • Design and initiate new projects and interventions.
  • Identify potential partnerships to implement programmes. Liaise with other agencies/NGOs/government bodies/donors to ensure coordination and implementation of common standards in the field.
  • Provide technical guidance and direction to relevant staff for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of Child Protection related activities.
  • Promoting best safeguarding practice across the wider partnership network.
  • Represent Kesho Kenya in meetings with government officials and other actors, to advocate and promote programme goals and objectives, and communicate with major partners on policies.
  • Develop training programmes and assist in capacity building for staff and partners.
  • Ensuring the CP policy is implemented and promoted within Kesho Kenya.

Operational Duties

  • Ensuring all staff are familiar with, and adhere to the Child Protection Policy. This includes inducting new staff.
  • Ensure quality implementation of all projects as laid out in RBM log frame and/or as per donor agreement.
  • Acting as a first point of contact for Kesho-Kenya on issues of Child Protection, both internally and externally.
  • Keeping an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the area of child protection and family support, including attending appropriate training.
  • Ensuring all relevant information around Child Protection is communicated to the Core Team.
  • Make frequent field visits to areas of operations to monitor implementation of activities, identify opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed including additional staffing or staff training.
  • Hold planning and progress review meetings with relevant staff and partners.
  • Optimise all relevant administrative systems and update them in response to organizational growth and need.
  • Support in the development of proposals specific to the CP & FS programme.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Graduate degree in social work/social sciences
  • A degree in law will be an added advantage
  • Professional experience working with National/international/NGO and experience in 
child rights and women empowerment.
  • Knowledge of community based child protection approaches and Alternative Care 
Processes preferably including experience in participatory approaches (PRA/PLA) 
and child participation methodologies.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of case management and Best Interest Assessment 
processes for children at risk is a plus.
  • Knowledge of civil society networks in Kenya that focus on child rights issues – and experience of working with these networks on programming and/or advocacy for children preferred.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Skills and experience in report writing, M&E and budget monitoring are essential.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Familiarity with programming in the local cultural context, local government and local languages is a distinct advantage.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili, both verbal and written.
  • Commitment to Kesho’s values

This job advertisement does not list all the duties of the posted job and a further job description will be provided.

Qualified and interested candidates should fill this online form and submit a covering letter and current CV addressed to

Applications must be submitted by Friday 3rd  March, 2017 at 5pm.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kesho’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to respect the rights of the child including prevention of all forms of child abuse as such, all recruitment is in accordance with Kesho’s Child Protection Policy.

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Updated: February 26, 2017 — 7:22 am