ROLE PURPOSE :
The Child Protection Officer has responsibility to initiate, oversee and support the implementation of Child Protection and psycho social support in emergencies strategies and activities for the Tigray conflict response. The CP Officer will be responsible for coordinating the work of and providing guidance to the Community CP Workers and CFS facilitators. The post-holder will report to the Program Coordinator with technical relationship with CP Specialist.
The role will ensure unaccompanied and separated children and other vulnerable children including SGBV issues. Also as CP officer you will support psychosocial wellbeing of children and their families, including Psychological First Aid affected by the Tigray conflict.
KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
· Manage and support the individual case management process including identification, documentation and referrals.
· Provide problem solving solutions to community workers.
· Coordinate with other agencies relating to interagency Child Protection and psycho social issues arising within the response region.
· Liaise with local authority leadership regarding Child Protection and psycho social issues to be addressed at community level.
· Facilitate regular meetings with local community leaders (zone leaders) regarding community based child protection and psycho social interventions and actions;
· Ensure the correct management of Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) CFS monitoring tools documentation at at Woreda level;
· Facilitate participatory analysis and planning at Woreda levels to identify and prioritise risks posed to children;
· Provide CP community Workers with technical support regarding complex cases or specific technical difficulties
· Responsible for the overall project implementation, works with and supervises the activities of Community based CFS facilitators at the Child Friendly Spaces
· Supervise the woreda Child Friendly Space locations by visiting Child Friendly Spaces on a regular basis, ensuring that activities are implemented in an appropriate manner and according to schedule
· Provide technical capacity to CFS facilitators on basic concepts CPiE, PFA and PSS to roll out activities based on agreed minimum standards.
· Ensure accurate attendance is taken at least two times/week and given to Coordinator on Thursdays
· Ensure that missing children are followed up and that regular meetings occur between CFS and communities
· Contribute to the design of an overall programme contingency plan.
· Produce timely progress reports, including both quantitative and qualitative information, on CP activities and input into regular situation reports.
· Identify and build links with other partners, ensuring that issues for child protection and psycho social support are raised and addressed.
· Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to Child Protection, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies
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 himself/herself (and their team), takes responsibility for his/her own personal development and encourages others to do the same
§ Widely shares his/her personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
§ Future orientated, thinks strategically
§ Builds and maintains effective relationships, his/her team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
§ Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
§ Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
§ Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
§ Willing to take disciplined risks
§ Honest, encourages openness and transparency
In order to be successful you will bring/have:
- A good communication skill with fluency in written and spoken English;
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology / Health related fields with 2 years’ work experience in Child protection work in development-related organisations; experience in refuge operation is advantage.
- Knowledge of community based child protection approaches, preferably including experience in participatory approaches (PRA/PLA) and child participation methodologies.
- Good IT skills including the use of Word and database software
- Demonstrable ability to adapt to changing programme priorities and emergency priorities that may arise
- Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities
- Positive attitude towards community work with emphasis on the ability to learn from communities and support innovative approaches to problem solving
- Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy
- Knowledge of internally displaced persons operations; knowledge of the area is an added advantage;
- Experience in designing and facilitating training sessions;
- Experience in working in an insecure environment
- Knowledge of the TIGRAY region socio-culture and local language where the post is located
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Very good written and spoken English,
- Basic understanding of child protection, psycho social and community based approached
- Computer knowledge
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Be able to prioritize tasks
- Able to operate in extremely harsh living and working environment
· Knowledge of the Tigray region, socio-culture and local language where the post is located as an added advantage
We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Tigray/Axum. This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.