The Child protection officer will lead the implementation of SCI’s activities under Joining Forces alliance. S / he will be implementing activities addressing violence against children, by strengthening Child protection systems at national, County and community level.
Work specifically with families, communities and institution to improve child protection capabilities, attitude and behaviours;
increase the capacity of the children themselves to prevent and respond to violence against them and increase learning and generate best practices related to child protection approaches.
Joining Forces is a global collaboration between six of the world’s largest child rights organisations Child Fund, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, Terre des Hommes and World Vision.
It aims to fight for child rights and end violence against children, by working together to share learning and experiences and maximize our impact.
With support from Program managers, the Child Protection Officer will take the lead role for the planning and implementation of all project activities while ensuring compliance with both Save the Children and donor guidelines.
With support from Programme manager and advocacy coordinator, the Child Protection Officer will establish, improve and maintain regular working relationships between Save the Children, County Authorities (MoH, Department of children services, Police, Ministry of education), representatives of other organizations (INGOs, NGOs, CBOs, FBOs), Child rights networks, community leaders and community members.
Supporting in planning and implementing Covid-19 related activities while ensuring compliance with Covid-19 guidelines (use of technology is highly encouraged and physical meetings only held when necessary).
Work with child protection technical specialist and advisors within SCI to benefit from their technical input, especially in reviewing of key documents and reports, learning meetings or redesign of any project activity.
Ensure that the principles of child safeguarding and do no harm’ are embedded in all project activities. Ensure transparency in targeting beneficiaries, delivery of services and participation of beneficiaries and partners in planning and monitoring of process is reflected in programme delivery.
Identifying the needs and facilitating capacity building sessions for partner’s staff, local authorities and, religious leaders and other community leaders particularly in the area of child protection, children's rights, disability.
Support establishment or re-activation of Case management system at sub-county and community level.
Work with Department of Children Services to strengthen community referral mechanisms.
Working with partners and local communities to develop IEC materials to be delivered to communities during dialogue days, community sensitization forums, national events and any other forum.
Ensuring the participation of the community (especially children), cultural leaders, religious leaders and local authorities in the planning key events on child rights and child protection e.
g during International Day of the African Child, the international day of children's rights, international day of people with disabilities...).
Regularly update the detailed implementation plan, monitoring tools, procurement plan, and risk matrix among other relevant project documents.
Organize and implement capacity building activities targeting communities’ e.g life skill training activities for children, positive parenting sessions, and training of Child protection volunteers among others.
Support the development and implementation of a capacity building system for community based child protection structures including children’s groups and committees in applied child rights and protection
Provide support to community-based child protection structures including children’s groups and community child protection committees / networks through monitoring, problem solving and producing community-led action plans
Work with the Child right networks to organize joint advocacy forums targeting relevant authorities to address identified gaps.
Ensure that the confidential, child-friendly reporting systems for identifying, documenting, and reporting cases is maintained and adhered to.
Ensure effective management of programme resources
Participate in coordination meetings to build linkages with other partners / agencies, the Government and the community to ensure that issues related to child protection are raised and addressed.
Submit timely and high quality activity and donor progress reports
Lead the Child protection project Monthly Awards Progress Review Meetings and ensure follow up actions are implemented.
Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
Experience in providing psychosocial support.
Experience in providing positive parenting.
Experience in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support will be an added advantage.
Required education : Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience : 3 years
Required languages : English (Spoken : fluent Written : fluent)