Location: Kathmandu with frequent field visit
Team/Programme: Child Protection-EQ
Contract Length: 1 year
CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
The Child Protection Technical Specialist will ensure that all child protection interventions are of a high technical quality, that monitoring processes are in place, that high quality timely reporting occurs, and that the programme quality and relevance is continually assessed and solutions quickly put in place for a change of context. Current thematic priorities include: case management and children protection systems, psychosocial support and prevention of sexual and gender based violence for the Nepal earthquake response currently on recovery stage based on the 2016-2018 Nepal Earthquake Response Strategy.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
- Ensure that program interventions are designed and implemented in accordance with international and national best practice.
- Working with the Deputy Team Leader – Director of Programme Quality or Director Nepal Earthquake Response to develop child protection response plans and master budgets and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy.
- Working closely with senior staff, and other sector leads for integrated fundraising for child protection, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, and engagement with donors’ technical advisers.
- Prepare and oversee the on-going and new programme implementations to ensure timely delivery of programme activities
- Prepare timely programme and donor reports on child protection project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
- Working closely with the HR team, identify child protection staffing needs (both national and international) for emergency programmes, and ensure recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
- Identify child protection programme supplies needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
- Together with CP Team staff working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team put in place a child protection M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting and accountability mechanism requirements.
- Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
- Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking the lead in the Child Protection Working Group and/or sub-groups.
Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:
- Able to assess and analyse key issues in the humanitarian situation and formulate actions around them
- Actively engages in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation
- Leads on the development of an organisational child protection response based on an understanding of the context
Achieving results effectively:
- Ensures beneficiary and partner feedback is incorporated into programme design, planning and learning
- Demonstrates flexibility to adapt plans and make decisions in rapidly changing environments
- Actively manages risk and takes action to reduce risk
- Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received
- Documents lessons learned and applies them to future projects
Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships:
- Develops strategies for teams to work across traditional boundaries, working in diverse environments
- Establishes clear objectives with teams and individuals and monitors progress and performance
- Fosters collaborative, transparent and accountable relationships through partners
- Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes
Operating safely and securely:
- Demonstrates an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
- Undertakes effective risk assessments and develops contingency plans
- Takes appropriate, coordinated and consistent action to handle situations of personal risk and risk for others
- Reduces vulnerability by complying with safety and security protocols set by the organisation
Managing yourself in a pressured and changing environment:
- Able to identify, and act on, low levels of resilience in others
- Remains focused on the objectives and goals in a rapidly changing environment
Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:
- Builds own awareness of the bigger global picture by using a broad range of sources to gather data.
- Demonstrates managerial courage by confronting difficult situations and seeking resolution, and stating willingness to champion ideas
- Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively takes steps to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
- Openly talks about doing things differently, pushing the boundaries and ways of working
- Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities of team members for the purpose of his/her development
- Works to ensure that the workplace is inclusive and the talents of individuals are harnessed to achieve individuals and organisational success
QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Masters’ Degree-MSc/MA/MEng level in Social Work, Human rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar, or equivalent field experience.
- 7 years’ (5 years* for application from GSI group) of experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, such as the Inter-agency Guidelines on Separated and Unaccompanied Children, the Paris Principles, MRM, SC Child Friendly Spaces Handbook, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings
- Significant management experience working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states
- Previous emergency response experience is essential
- Previous experience of managing a team and of project management
- Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
- Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
- Ability to work both in an Advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
- Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to child protection.
- Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
- Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
- Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
- Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
- A high level of written and spoken English
- The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
- Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support
- Language skills in Nepali
- Good working knowledge of the Inter-Agency Child Protection Information Management System
- Experience or knowledge of working and living in the region
- Specific experience of designing and managing DFID and ECHO projects
- Specific experience of working in interagency projects.