Project Officer – Child Protection

The Opportunity:  Child Project Officer

 Job Summary:

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose: 
The Child Protection Officer is responsible for protection and access to services for child and youth on the move in Metema Project, and ensure quality and effective implementation of the project activities at woreda level; provide technical support to government partners, stakeholder and SC project staff; organize and facilitate capacity building training workshops for partners, stakeholders and SC staff; participate on various assessments including base line and end line assessment; monitor government partners and SC implemented activities and discuss on success and problems. 

Job specific roles and responsibilities

Planning and Reporting

·       In collaboration with government stakeholders prepare detail annual and quarters action plan and ensure the implementation
Provide follow-up and technical support for stakeholders

·       Ensure preparation of timely and quality quarterly and annual project progress reports on the prepared format

·       Facilitate and ensure the involvement of children as primary stakeholders in all project work

Coordination and Management of Projects Implementation

·       Foster collaborative environment and team spirit among stakeholder

·       Ensure the project is implemented in a ways responsive to the community, and children in line with Save the Children principles, values and strategic plan and following Save the Children

·       Compliance procedures and provide guidance and technical support to Woreda Women and Children Offices

·       Plan and facilitate regularly scheduled reviews of project with stakeholders

·       Closely work with stakeholders in the course of project planning and implementation

·       Conduct regular monitoring visits, support stakeholders at the project sites and prepare reports for documentation and follow-up actions

Supervision and Monitoring

  •   In close collaboration with the Child Protection Program Coordinator and government stakeholders, maintain strong supervision and monitoring system to measure achievement and progress toward the project objectives and expected outcomes and manage the performance of intervention areas
  • Conduct monitoring and supervision of the planned project activities implementation
  • Strengthen participatory and collaborative supervision and monitoring system 

Staff Management and Mentorship

  • Ensure that project staff, Community Facilitators, volunteers and stakeholders, understand and are able to perform their role based on the project objectives and expected outcomes
  • In close collaboration with the Child Protection Program Coordinator, provide leadership and manage the performance of intervention areas

Capacity Building

  • In collaboration with the Project staff and government stakeholders staff, identify gaps and facilitate capacity building training and other support for government stakeholders and the community and other stakeholders
    Arrange experience sharing media among beneficiaries and other stakeholders

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 themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

·       Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·       Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency

Job Requirements

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

  •   BA degree or College Diploma in sociology or related fields.
  • Recommended a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a corporate or NGO environment, preferably with experience in community based child protection programme management experience
  • Very good conceptual understanding of the job
  • Fluency in English/ verbal and written
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  •  Fluency in Amharic language required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

The Organisation

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 realise 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.

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