Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Humanitarian Child Protection in Emergencies Coordinator
Requisition ID: 220000A7
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employee Status: Fixed Term
- The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context, all posts are considered to be level 3.
- As part of these responsibilities, the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.
- The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.
- This role will manage Child Protection projects in Maiduguri, Borno State within the Save the Children country program.
- The Child Protection Coordinator will have overall responsibility for project activities including supporting the coordination of effective and efficient planning, implementation and monitoring of the project at the field level.
- The child protection program is currently focused on community-based child protection, Case management, psychosocial support (which includes the provision of psychosocial support to children through community-based child protection networks and child-friendly spaces), community strengthening and capacity building for the staff and ministry staff.
- With the support of the sector lead, the Child Protection Coordinator will be responsible for the Child Protection activities, including supporting the coordination of effective and efficient planning, implementation and monitoring of the project at the field level.
- S/he will be responsible for supporting designing and following up with the technical aspects of the project implementation, strengthening the referral system as well as providing capacity building, and technical expertise.
- The Child Protection Coordinator is the key member of the Child Protection team, expected to possess proven project delivery capacity, effective team management, partner management and integration of CP programming in other sectors.
- S/he must have a strong background and knowledge on child rights, child protection, and CP system strengthening.
- The post holder will assure the quality of programming, adequate coordination and communication on CP activities as well as he/she will ensure that SCI support meets the inter-agency guidelines for referrals and the minimum standards for child protection and Gender-Based Violence in humanitarian actions.
- In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
- Ensure quality delivery of programme activities, for example, monitoring against log frames, budget forecast and reporting and monitoring on the BvA.
- Preparation of timely programme and donor reports for child protection project activities in compliance with internal and external requirements.
- Working closely with Save the Children’s CP team, contribute lessons learnt and best practice experiences from the project inform SC’s strategic planning and the design of future programming strategy and direction, including funding proposals
- Participate in regular meetings with government, local authorities, partners and other stakeholders to draw lessons, share experiences and monitor the progress of the project.
- Ensure effective coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders and partners at the field level – NGOs, civil society organizations, community groups, UNICEF and others
- Coordinate and liaise with field and national support teams to ensure quality project support in HR, logs, procurement, finance etc
- In close collaboration with the Child Protection Sector Lead, manage project field activities, ensuring project objectives are being achieved and ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of our fieldwork.
- Working closely with the CP Sector Lead, ensure that the project implementation strategy is clearly understood by the implementing teams, and ensure that project plans and strategies are adhered to during implementation.
- Collate and compile all work plans and share with CP Manager weekly.
- Conduct referral and protection mapping (any other assessments)
- Lead the formation and initial training of foster parents
- Ensure meetings and activities hold monthly
- Ensure all documentation, reports, and records are maintained per agreed procedure, and information is provided on community activities as required.
- Facilitate mentoring and coaching of CP staff on various topics, as outlined in the implementation plan.
- Lead and participate in the CP assessment and analysis process
- In coordination with the CP team, support regular participatory activities with different groups of children to identify issues affecting children in project locations and assist the team to develop appropriate responses.
- Must adhere to the child safeguarding and protection policies and reporting standards.
- Write and submit weekly activity reports.
- Other ad hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager.
- Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
- Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Social Work or relevant field experience.
- At least four (4) years post NYSC relevant experience in child protection programming
- Demonstrable commitment to a holistic vision of children’s welfare
- Substantial management experience, preferably in emergencies
- Excellent written and spoken English; local language skills a major advantage
- Demonstrable competence in report writing
- Experience of financial planning and expenditure monitoring as applied to grants management
- Experience of working with communities, and supporting their participation, ownership and empowerment
- Strong representational and communication skills sensitive to the cultural and military / political environment
- The ability to plan and ensure the implementation of projects, and to oversee the management and report on resources effectively.
- Able to work calmly under pressure in a rapidly changing context
- Proven team management skills
- Adaptability and flexibility; ability and willingness to live in the field
- Competent in Outlook, Word and Excel
- Commitment to upholding Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy, and other Global Policies.
Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:
- Participates in the development of an organisational response based on an understanding of the contexts
Achieving results effectively:
- Accountability – ensure efficient and transparent use of resources in line with Save the Children policies and procedures
- Addresses difficult situations and makes tough decisions confidently and calmly
- Maintains focus on delivery of timely and appropriate results using available resources; identifies and acts on issues and problems in area of responsibility
Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:
- Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals, and monitors progress and performance
Operating safely and securely:
- Identifies and communicates risk and threats and minimises these for oneself and the agency
- Takes measures to do no harm and to minimise risks for partners and the communities
- Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation
Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:
- Keeps oneself emotionally stable when helping others
- Remains effective and retains perspective in the face of difficult or demanding situations
- Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conduct
- Plans prioritise and performs tasks well under pressure
- Takes responsibility for own work and impact of actions
Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:
- Delivers results and always acts with the beneficiaries in mind
- Anticipates current and future needs
- Tailors communication style to certain audiences
- Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings.
Application Closing Date
28th January, 2022.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online