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Child Protection Officer – Balcad & Jowhar, Somalia

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SOS Children’s Villages International is the umbrella organization to which all SOS Children’s Villages including SOS Children’s Villages Somalia Association is affiliated. SOS Children’s Villages Somalia has officially been working in Somalia since 1985. SOS is currently working in 134 countries worldwide. We are committed to the welfare of children – often throughout the whole of their childhood, and to strengthening families and communities as a preventive measure in the fight against abandonment and social neglect. We also run education and health facilities. With the SOS Children’s Village concept, the organization pioneered a family approach to the long-term care of orphaned and abandoned children. SOS Children’s Villages upholds child protection policy and our selection processes reflect our commitment to the protection of children and youth from abuse.

SOS Children’s Villages invites applications from suitably qualified and interested candidates who fulfill the eligibility criterion for theposition below;

Position​​          : Child Protection Officer

Location​​          : Balcad and Jowhar Somalia

Reports to                     : CP/GBV Coordinator

Contract Duration                 : 6 Months (Temporary Contract)


The Child protection officer shall be the focal point for all CP case management activities, referral of CP cases. The CP officer will be responsible for contributing to the timely and quality implementation of activities, deliver CP related awareness, training, documentation and case filling. He/ She will be conducting CPprevention and response training/sessions. The CP officer will serve as the focal point for children with protection cases and will closely work with Community based structures and Child Protection caseworkers and GBV team through case management and coordinating all CP activities.


Ensure the day to day activity implementation of child protection activities for Balcad and Jowhar at the national strategic level as detailed in the Child protection thematic programme documents.
Ensure that SOS CVS implement project activities in a most efficient, effective and sustainable manner.
Ensure an effective identification of vulnerable children who have social, legal and psychosocial protection concerns/needs in the communities.
Work with Child protection management staff and local partners to design appropriate support services to meet the social, legal and psychosocial needs of the vulnerable children identified.
Participate in the delivery of technical training for community structures including, volunteers, staff working in the Child friendly spaces and children’s groups.  This will include delivering or facilitating specific sessions or topics and, where appropriate, coordinating a complete workshop.
Participate in the development of the training materials and documentation required to deliver the programme.
Participate in supervision and monitoring of project activities with particular reference to determining the effectiveness of SOS CVS work and the impact in the lives of children. This will include both field visits and the desk analysis of statistical data and documentation.
Participate in course/workshop reviews and in the preparation of training reports.
Carry out periodic community dialogue sessions and awareness raising campaigns on child protection.
Engage primary schools on child protection issues
Guide and support with reporting, referral of child protection incidents in the communities.
Produce activity and project reports on monthly and quarterly basis
Document case studies, success stories and share promising child protection practices
Represent SOS Children’s villages in district coordination meetings in the child protection AoR/working group
Plan joint activities/events whenever possible to maximize integration and collaboration of other partners


University degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Human Rights, Psychology, Public/Community Health, International Law or related field from a recognized institution of higher learning
An understanding of the needs and rights of children, particularly those who have been affected by floods and conflict, IDPs children, unaccompanied and separated children and children who are at risk of abuse or exploitation.
Experience working with International NGO’s or local authorities in complex emergencies.
Good understanding and experience of working in Middle Shabele especially Balcad and Jowhar is a definite advantage.
Verbal fluency in English and Somali language.
Good written language skills and the ability to write clear and well-structured reports.
Basic familiarity with MS application packages (Word, Excel and database software) and willingness to develop further.
At least two years’ programme experience in child protection work.
Experience of working with participatory methodologies, preferably involving children.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team member within a collaborative framework.
The ability to work independently and use own initiative.
Ability to plan and organize work, cope with pressure and prioritize competing demands on time.
Strong experience in Child protection in emergency, community-based child protection and child and youth participation required.
Experience working with case files and databases and providing regular documentation preferred.
The ability to represent the organization and advocate with a wide range of partners, including government, NGO’s and community representatives.

Child Safeguarding Policy:

SOS Children’s Villages organization is committed to safeguarding the rights of the children and therefore, is expected that every individual who joins with SOS Children’s Villages Somalia understand his/her responsibility in protecting and keeping children always safe

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants should send their applications with a CV and scanned copies of your academic and professional certificates indicating telephone numbers and three referees to: this email hr.so@sossomalia.org Indicating with subject line of the position.

Closing date: 23rd October 2020.

Competent Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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