Apply: Save the Children Child Protection Officer

Deadline: 07 July, 2020

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Save the Children is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Child Protection Officer.

Save the Children works to ensure that children around the world have healthcare, food and shelter as well as learning and child protection services when they need it most.


  • With support from Programme 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 the 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 organisations (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 the 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 reactivation of case management system at sub-county and community level
  • Work with the 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 sensitisation 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, the international day of people with disabilities
  • Regularly update the detailed implementation plan, monitoring tools, procurement plan, and risk matrix among other relevant project documents
  • Organise 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 organise joint advocacy forums targeting relevant authorities to address identified gaps
  • Ensure that the confidential, child-friendly reporting systems for identifying, documenting, and reporting cases are 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


  • Graduate degree in Social Work/Social Sciences or three-year work experience implementing similar projects
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities
  • Excellent planning and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
  • Previous experience managing teams
  • Strong analytical, monitoring and evaluation and report-writing abilities
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of any other Save the Children sectors health, livelihoods, child protection, education, nutrition, child rights governance, HIV/AIDS or WASH
  • Willingness to work and travel in often difficult environments
  • Computer literacy, particularly in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Understanding of child rights programming
  • Good communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Experience in providing psychosocial support
  • Experience in providing positive parenting
  • Experience in mental health and psychosocial support will be an added advantage
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding and other global policies, and to Save the Children’s vision, mission and values

To apply and for more information, click here.

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