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Temporary Child protection Officer – Bosaso, Puntland, Somalia 

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Job Description

JOB TITLE: Temporary Child protection Officer

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Child protection team in Puntland GRADE:  4
LOCATION:  Bossaso POST TYPE: National

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.


The purpose of this position is to ensure the proper and Immediate lifesaving implementation of the Child Protection Project for humanitarian and conflict affected People in Puntland who’s due to the displaced aftermath in their inhabitant. SCI is currently responding emergencies in Puntland to provide substantive intervention including Child protection, WASH, FSL and education in Puntland and intends to scale up the implementation of Child Protection projects and the position will fit into an existing sectoral programme and will focus on providing lifesaving interventions through Mobile child friendly space interventions to be carried out in rural and urban in Puntland. SCI expect from the post holder to contribute to Save the Children’s effort to save the lives of vulnerable children who are particularly affected by the neglect, exploitations and lack of parental cares due to separation and demise of the parents due to emerging situation and hardship circumstance created by the Drought and Conflict.

The position holder is expected to work closely with child protection as well as the Emergency Response team that work in several other projects.


Reports to:  Child Protection PM

Dimensions: Save the Children works in 8 countries in East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and Ethiopia) with a current staff complement of approximately 3500 staff and current expenditure of approximately $200 million each year

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

 Key Accountabilities:

1.      Project planning and Implementation

·         In close collaboration with child protection team and Emergency Response team to implement interventions in the child protection projects in accordance with the terms and conditions of the project agreement and as guided on a day to day basis.

·         Ensure and uphold that psychosocial support and Psychological first Aid training in line with key psychological indicators assessed and make substantive plan for children and community structures.

·         Implement Structured Recreational activities in the displaced and Community based spaces to enhance children’s psychosocial wellbeing and Resilience are improved. 

·         In coordination with Community Child protection based structures (Child Welfare Committees, Child protection focal points and CFS caregivers, establish and build strong community case management and referral pathways system.

·         Timely assess key Child protection and Risks issues and make adequate preventative measures.

·         Documents children with protection concerns and provide immediate and appropriate intervention and assistance in line with Child protection Minimum standards in Humanitarian settings.

·         Establish strong synergies and integration with WASH, FSL and Education to ensure and overcome that challenges undermining children’s wellbeing are holistically addressed.

·         To ensure that Caregivers capacity enhanced and adequate training provided including Child Safeguarding dissemination to supported community

·         Conduct field visits to the target communities and mobilise community leaderships on the project implementation.

  • Coordinate project activities with the relevant stakeholders including project beneficiaries and representatives of the Ministry of Women Development and Family Social Affairs and Child Protection Community Structures.
  • Ensure beneficiaries feedback and complaints are attended to on timely bases and corrective action is taken immediately.
  • Conduct regular monitoring on child right violations and encourage reporting of child right violations. Ensure effective links are developed with the camp services and/or other emergency initiatives
  • Support trainings in the projects – from Trainee selection, training facilitation and follow up in collaboration with other stakeholders.

2.      Monitoring and Evaluations and Reporting

·         Conduct participatory monitoring and evaluation of project activities, ensuring the participation of children and their communities.

·         Conducted regular project assessments including baseline, situational and case management assessments and participate in providing data analysis.

·         Conducted regular and periodic monitoring of the project activities and flag when there is change against the project implementation plans.

·         Prepare project reports on weekly, monthly and quarterly basis and share with the Child Protection manager for proof reading and editing.

3.      Coordination and Participation of Forums

  • Regular participations of the child protection meeting including tasks forces, Case Management forums in both regional and district levels. Ensure referral systems (health, education, psychosocial, income generation, food security, etc.) are identified as appropriate

Delivering Results (Skilled)

·         Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources

·         Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others

·         Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision

·         Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives

Problem Solving & Decision Making (Skilled)

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

·         Knows when to involve others in a decision

·         Simplifies processes and procedures wherever possible

Applying Technical & Professional Expertise (Skilled)

·         Delivers work that reflects a good knowledge and application of technical and professional standards

·         Keeps up to date with trends in their work area

·         Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conducts

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 maximise impact

Communicating With Impact (Skilled)

·         Actively listens and seeks to understand before being understood

·         Ensures communications are concise and well-structured

·         Shares appropriate relevant and timely information with others

·         Prepares effectively for meetings



·         A minimum of Diploma in Early Childhood Development, Community Development, social work or psychology. A degree in Social science will be preferable. Health/nutrition diploma will be accepted too

·         Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in working with international NGO’s on protection related work is mandatory for this position. Previous child protection work and background will be treated as added advantage.

·         Proven knowledge of the minimum standards of child protection, sphere standards and child friendly space guidance.

·         Good knowledge and understanding of rights based programme and related issues including Child Protection in Emergency and Emergency Response Mechanism.

·         Strong leadership and motivating skills

·         Skills and experience in project/programme planning, monitoring, review and evaluation.

·         Field budgeting and financial monitoring skills

·         Strong communication, interpersonal, representation and negotiation skills

·         Commitment to SC’s Child Protection Policy

·         Fluency in written and spoken English, plus good written and spoken Somali

·         Knowledge of the contextual issues will be an added advantage.


·         Strong commitment to children and their right to and need for education and protection.

·         Strong training capacity for duty-bearers and right-holders

·         Knowledge of technical report writing and communication skills.

·         Knowledge of Child Friendly education and/or Learner Centred Teaching

·         Ability to meet various tight deadlines.

·         Knowledge of psychosocial approaches and disaster risk interventions.


Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child 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.

Application procedure:

Interested candidates can see the Job Description and apply for this position using the below URL;


Applications will close on 1st July, 2020 at 23:59 hrs of the local time, applications submitted beyond this time will not be considered. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified candidates. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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

Signature: ………………..                                                                 Date: ………………

Date of issue: June, 2020                                                             Author : SCI

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