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ROLE PROFILE    

Title Child Protection Officer
Functional Area Child Protection
Discipline/field Programme
Specialism Child Protection
Reports to Child Protection Specialist
Location Hargeisa, Somaliland Travel required Yes
Geographical scope of role Somalia / Somaliland
Effective Date 1st Sept,2022 Grade C2
Female Candidates Are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

role PURPOSE

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.  We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.  And its girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.  We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood.  And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 77 countries.

Plan international has opened an office in Somaliland and started programmes that focus on child protection, education and youth economic empowerment programming both humanitarian and development setting, working with/through partners and providing technical support to INGOs, Somaliland NGOs and the Government of Somaliland in Plan’s areas of expertise

This role will be responsible for strengthening the quality of Plan International’s child protection in emergency and development programmes in Somalia/Somaliland including child protection case management, system strengthening, community-based child protection mechanisms and support appropriate and safe alternative care arrangements for unaccompanied and separated children, and ensuring their referral to other necessary services in target locations.

The position is expected to manage a CP project team within Plan and also technically supports project focal point from the local implementing partner and hence expected to possess extensive professional knowledge and experience in project management and child protection and proven track record in mentoring and developing project staff.  The post holder will play a key role in establishing and maintaining sound working relationships and partnerships with local partner and government counterpart and other civil society organizations.

management scope, reporting lines, key relationships

The CP Officer will be based at the Country Office and S/he will uphold Plan’s Core Values, promote mission and vision, programme principles (transparency, gender equality and diversity) to enhance CP programmes, and be committed to child protection and respect for human rights.

Reports to:   Child Protection Specialist

Key relationships:

Internal: Plan International staff including; Head of Mission, PMs, TS, Finance, HR, and Regional MERL /Global Hub staff as appropriate

External: Project partners, government line ministries, target beneficiaries and other agencies and groups working in the child protection sector in Somaliland

Level of Contact with Children:

The position will be based in the Country Office and frequent travel to the Field Sites and the incumbent will give strategic direction on programme level of contact with children will be occasional.

Physical Environment

This position is based in Hargeisa with frequent travel to field sites and partners’ offices in the country.

Accountabilities and MAIN WORK ACTIVITIES

Programme development and implementation

  • Support the CP Specialist to organise and undertake together with other thematic sector needs assessments and surveys that form the basis for initiating or developing new projects in relation to child protection, prevention/protecting children against harmful practices, violations, neglect, and abuse.
  • Develop project detailed plans and budgets.
  • Prepare and oversee project implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities (for example, monitoring against log frames, individual performance management work plans).
  •  identify programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
  • ensure effective coordination of activities and resources between projects, partners with a view of achieving synergy. In this respect, take a lead in ensuring that projects are guided and implemented on the basis of thorough planning
  • Provide hands-on technical guidance to CP assistants and partners on implementation and management of child protection projects.
  • Work with the CP Specialist to oversee the management of the CPIMS as a tool for information storage and analysis, and case management.
  •  Seek and apply innovative approaches in planning and implementing child protection programme

M&E Activities and Project Reporting:

  • With support from the MERL team put in place an M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, where possible, use the M&E framework to build an evidence-base for child protection programming interventions.
  • Monitor program progress against both programmatic and budgetary targets, adjusting programme design as necessary
  • With support from the MERL put in place accountability activities for your project, ensuring that feedback from children and their families is considered in project design.
  • Ensure that project/program progresses are reviewed regularly with the participation of children and partners at different levels
  • Together with appropriate finance/grant management staff verify completeness/ appropriateness of partners’ financial report before compilation and submission to donors
  • Ensure timely project monitoring reports are produced and submitted to CP TS for action
  • Assist the CP Specialist in preparing timely and high-quality project progress and completion reports that meet donor requirements

Staffing and Capacity Building:

  • Coordinate and provide leadership to project team reporting to her/him in accordance with the terms and conditions of Plans and in agreement with the supervisor
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process
  • Manage the performance of all direct reports in Child protection through: effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measurable objectives, ongoing feedback, coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Plan International work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and support Interagency Coordination forums including the Child Protection Working Group, advocating for the specific needs of children. This may involve supporting the coordination of working groups and sub-working groups.
  • Establish good working relationship with respective government line ministries and other public or private actors at various in planning, managing and monitoring of project activities
  • Continuously identify and document child protection issues in target locations, and ensure that relevant stakeholder and duty bearers are informed.
  • Contribute to the development of case studies for the purpose of reporting, advocacy and media efforts.

Budget Holding/Management

  • Take part in preparation of child protection project budgets
  • Support to Prepare project phased budgets and cash flows and manage project budgets
  • Monitor project budget utilisation (budget/expenditure) against project implementation progress and propose necessary adjustments and/or actions

  • Requires good communication skills and judgement to negotiate with project staff, and partners.
  • Good communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English and Somali
  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work flexible hours when necessary.
  • Well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong analytical and financial interpretation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Committed, honest and transparent
  • High degree of confidentiality and integrity

Business Management competencies

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • Bachelor degree in a relevant field such as Social Science, Development Studies, Human Rights Law or any other relevant discipline.
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience of designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating child protection and child rights governance programmes, especially case management, child protection system building, SGBV, MHPSS.
  • Proven abilities in delivering results for child rights and child protection especially Case management, SGBV, life skills for young adolescent and positive parenting
  • Understanding and commitment to principles of child rights and child protection.
  • Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection and child rights governance in the Somali context to inform a holistic response for children.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Somali, including excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment and /or international.
  • Experience in advocacy, lobbying and training around child rights, child protection and child participation.
  • Ability to maintain consistent high standards of professional behaviour and achievement, including when working alone.
  • Ability to communicate and maintain appropriate and productive relations with a range of actors, including children, parents and local authorities in political and militarily sensitive environments.
  • Experience of working with partners and community using a participatory approach.
  • Budget development and financial monitoring skills.

Qualifications/ experience desirable:

  • Proven truck record and understanding the child protection minimum standards particularly in humanitarian setting
  • Understanding of child protection systems, community-based child protection mechanism social norms, gender transformative programme, advocacy and policy influencing

Languages required: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Somali

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  1. Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  2. Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  3. Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  4. Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  5. Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  1. Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  2. Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  3. Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  4. Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  1. Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  2. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  3. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  4. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  1. We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  2. We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
  3. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.

Application process:

Please send fill out the online application in Success factor appears in the link of the application and attach your CV and cover letter into the system.

Three professional references at least with institutional emails should be included into your CV.

Please be informed that Applications with personal emails or irrelevant references’ will be automatically rejected.

Please Note that Plan International Does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.   We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates. 

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