10 Jan 2018

Child Protection Officer – Kismayu


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Job Description


TITLE: Child Protection Officer – Kismayu
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Child Protection Department LOCATION:  Kismayu
GRADE:  5 POST TYPE: National
Child Safeguarding: Level 3:  the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
ROLE PURPOSE:  The Child Protection Officer working under the guidance of the Child Protection Coordinator and CP/CRG Programme Manager is responsible for the planning, implementation and reporting of the all Child Protection Program activities in Kismayu.

Duration of Contract: 6 Months (extension depending on funds availability)


·  Reports to: Child Protection Coordinator

·  Dimensions: Save the Children works in 4 regions in Somalia with a current staff complement of approximately 450 staff and current expenditure of approximately GBP 60 million each year.

·  Staff directly reporting to this post:  None


Program Planning and Implementation

•  Under the direct supervision of the CP Coordinator and CP/CRG Program Manager ensure effective planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the child protection program activities

•  Develop, implement and monitor quarterly, monthly and weekly activity plans to achieve expected results. This includes planning of activities, and procurement.

•  Ensure that all planned activities are implemented on time, within the budget, according to quality standards and as per the monthly plan.

•  Where challenges arise, ensure that these are flagged early, communicated to the CP Coordinator and CP/CRG Program Manager in an appropriate way.

•  Compliance with SCI Child safeguarding policies and code of conduct.

Child Protection Outreach and Community Mobilization

•  Support outreach and awareness raising activities and community mobilization to invite parents, community leaders and children to participate in Child protection activities.

•  Identify and build links with other partners, ensuring that issues for child protection are raised and addressed

•  Facilitate regular meetings with local community leaders regarding community based child protection interventions and actions


•  Provides on-the-job supervision and training of SCI frontline staff. This will include delivering or facilitating specific child protection sessions or topics and, where appropriate, coordinating a complete workshop.

•  Build the capacity of child welfare communities and CP focal points to independently carry-out child protection actions and activities and work with other local duty-bearers & service providers.

Case Management

•  Assist CWCs and service providers to establish child protection referral networks within the local community and district.

•  Monitor the status of and respond to all cases of abuse and neglect

•  Support family tracing and reunification

•  Liaise with local Authority leadership regarding child protection issues to be addressed at community level.

•  Ensure timely and accurate management of data and documentation of cases

Monitoring and Evaluation

•  Regular field monitoring visits to communities, and provide CP Coordinator, and CP/CRG Progamme manager feedback on field visit through field visit reports.

•  Ensure that all program data is properly and regularly collected, check data and ensure that it is logically presented to the MEAL and the CP Coordinator and CP/CRG Program manager.

•  Participate in reviews of results and project progress.

•  Support CP Coordinator and CP/CRG/CRG Program Manager in the submission of 4W Matrix, weekly SITREP (Situation Report), Output trackers and data entry according to CP MEAL tools.


•Arrange for logistical aspects of the project/program implementation in cooperation with the Logistic Officer which includes: arranging for the venues of training, meetings, contacting stakeholders, printing, preparation and distribution of materials, etc.


•Provides CP Coordinator and CP/CRG Program Manager with detailed information regarding activities on a weekly basis

·   Produce timely progress reports, including both quantitative and qualitative information, on CP activities and input into regular donor reports.

External Coordination

·  Attend and minute the Child Protection Working Group and Protection Cluster meetings in Kismayu.

·  Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures including child safeguarding, confidentiality and do no harm principles.


To undertake other tasks, as requested by the CP Coordinator and CP/CRG Program Manager.

Undertake any training required to meet the objectives of the post.

Carry-out all appointed work in a non-political, non-clannish and non-discriminatory manner.

Facilitate and promote teamwork through supporting and collaborating with the child protection team


Delivering Results(Skilled)

• Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources

• Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others

• Plans, prioritizes and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision

• Understands the link between their work and the organization’s objectives

Problem Solving And Decision Making(Skilled)

• Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions

• Stays with a problem or challenge until a solution is reached or no longer reasonably attainable

• Knows when to involve others in a decision

• Demonstrates awareness of the wider external influences that impact on decision making

• Simplifies processes and procedures whenever possible

Working Effectively With Others(Skilled)

• Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with

• Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities

• Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups

• Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximize impact


• Bachelor’s degree  in Social Work or related sciences, Development/Humanitarian Studies;

• Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience in child protection, psychosocial support and youth programs

or related field;

• High level of knowledge of English and Somali Language is mandatory;

• Knowledge and understanding of the Inter-agency Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) and Case management;

• Experience in developing and/or delivering child protection trainings;

• Good technical understanding of child protection, child participation and community based approaches;

• Proven technical knowledge and skills in the field of Child Protection and Child rights;

• Experience in working with unaccompanied and separated children is an asset;

• Proven skills including planning and budget tracking capacities;

• Good computer skills (MS Office, including Outlook for email)

Save the Children is committed to supporting performance based career progression for female employees. The following are additional benefits which applies to successful female candidates

•  14 weeks of maternity leave subject to certain length of service conditions

•  Increased health and dependence allowance

•  30 days of annual leave excluding weekends [Fridays]

•  Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply this position

CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY: Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign theChild Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance  Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Declaration of commitment:

I ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. understand and agree to undertake my responsibility in accordance with the above listed accountabilities/activities and also abide the terms and conditions of the contract

Application procedures:

All interested candidate are encouraged to forward their CVs and applications to the Email: Mogadishu.vacancies@savethechildren.org with clear subject heading for the position.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

The closing date is on: 19th January 2018

Date of issue:  9th  Dec 2017                 Author: SCI

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