Save the Children Children on the Move Communication for Development (C4D) Assistant

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Children on the Move Communication for Development (C4D) Assistant

Team / Programme: Dadaab Programme Team

Location: Dadaab

Grade: TBC

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.

Role Purpose: The Children on the Move (CotM) Communication for Development (C4D) Assistant provide support to the implementation of activities aimed to ensure that children in Dadaab refugee camps have access to information about the Voluntary Repatriation process and are engaged in decisions that affect them.

The post holder will work closely with the Communication and Advocacy together with the Education and Child Protection programme teams to contextualise and disseminate appropriate child-friendly messages and information, through appropriate and innovative means to effectively engage children in the voluntary repatriation process.

All Save the Children programming in Kenya aims to develop and demonstrate evidence-based, replicable breakthrough solutions to problems facing children.

It is essential that good quality programme work and learning is then communicated to civil society, government actors, donors and other practitioners to advocate for better practices and policies for children.

The post-holder will work closely with the Country Office Communications Manager to ensure that quality and timely internal and external facing communications materials are produced for internal audiences, media organisations, donors, government stakeholders and other partners and to ensure visibility of Save the Children’s brand in Kenya.

Through our advocacy work, we are ensuring that we are the voice for children especially in our programme areas which have some of the most deprived children in Kenya.

Our approach to advocacy is based on the following key principles:

  • Evidence (research and policy): our advocacy work draws directly on our programmes and is informed by evidence and best practices generated by our Monitoring, Evaluation, and Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems and by our research.
  • Influence (media and advocacy): Our advocacy work engages all media and aims to catalyse public opinion and influence decision makers to bring about change.
  • Outcry (mobilization): in partnership with civil society, children and community led initiatives, we mobilise children and communities to claim their rights and to monitor their implementation.

Scope of Role:

Reports to:- Communication and Advocacy Coordinator

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.

In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO. In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key staff engaging directly with this post: Education, Communication & Advocacy  and Child Protection staff working in the camp, Incentive staff and the leaders of the community structures including the Children’s councils.

Key Areas of Accountability:

Programme implementation: Communications for Development (C4D)

  • Support in the dissemination of child friendly information through various media that explain the VolRep process, situation in Somalia, prevention of separation, prevention of abuse while at the camp and on the move
  • Develops and enhances strong partnerships with community groups, leaders and other partners in the community for promotion of participation in awareness sessions supportive of programme goals.
  • Determine simple and child friendly  formats for communication packages to enable dissemination of information amongst children in the Dadaab
  • Conduct dissemination forums in various community spaces- schools, return help desks, community spaces, children activities.
  • Support child led forums that contribute to lobbying for child focused interventions amongst duty bearers implementing programs in Dadaab.
  • Develop case studies, success stories, human interest stories that communicates on children and SC work in Dadaab

Monitoring evaluation and Reporting

  • Monitor and evaluate programme activities and prepare monitoring and evaluation reports. Exchange findings, experiences, lessons learned and new methods with beneficiaries and partners.

Budget planning and management of program funds

  • Participate in the budget planning and ensure the compliance and the optimal appropriation of allocated programme funds.

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

Collaboration and Teamwork:

  • 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 and shares a willingness to learn form others
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • Is willing to learn from others;


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined and calculated risks on new and unusual ideas.
  • Thinks “outside the box”; taking  an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things;
  • Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches; able to navigate bureaucratic obstacles.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Diploma in Communication, Mass Media, Journalism or any other communication related field.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in a communication field
  • Good knowledge of the local language (Somalia) and ability to translate when needed.
  • Good presentation and persuasion skills.

The application period is now open and will close on 20th April 2017 at 5.00pm.

To apply for the position, Email your CV and Cover Letter

Please remember to indicate on the subject line C4D Assistant.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Updated: April 12, 2017 — 10:02 pm