Child Protection Officer At Save the Children

Role Purpose

The role holder will primarily focus on quality and timely processing of Best Interest Assessments (BIAs) cases for children in the refugee camp in the pursuit of durable solutions to the issues faced by children. This will require close coordination and liaison with UNHCR protection unit as well as the members of CPWG. The holder of this role will also provide leadership to the BID team and ensure teams are fully supported and enabled to deliver. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Contract Duration: 10 months renewable subject to funding availability and performance.

No of Vacancies: One (1) Position

Reporting to: CP Coordinator

Location: Dadaab

Nationality: Kenya National only

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Manage and support the individual case management through Child Protection BIA & BID development processes in the field offices,
  • Provide mentorship and support to the community supervisors and workers through on the job training and guidance to enhance their case management skills and competencies
  • Design a capacity building strategy for CP/BID community workers and other stakeholders involved in the of BIA & BID process.
  • Actively participate in interagency coordination meetings such as BID panels, CPWG and Case conferences both at DMO and in the field office.
  • Analyse training schedules for the BID community workers and provide technical support and guidance for effective implementation of BID/BIA process
  • Ensure timely management of data and documentation of cases at camp level; and through coordination with MEAL assistants ensure children records, data are accurately recorded in the CPIMS database.
  • Contribute to the design of an overall programme contingency plan when needed
  • Provide BID Supervisors with technical support regarding complex cases or specific technical difficulties
  • Produce timely progress reports, including both quantitative and qualitative information, on Child Protection activities and input into regular situation reports, monthly and quarterly reports
  • Ensure correct management of BID/BIA documentation at camp level
  • Manage and coordinate the planning of the Camp Child Protection activities to ensure minimal disruption to programme Activities-Including staffing issues and office administration; to ensure effective management of programme resources
  • Facilitate regular interviews and home visits with relevant persons who can give information on the child (the child, his/her family, leader, teacher, neighbour)
  • Participate in camp level interagency meetings and engage in the identification and building of linkages with other partners/agencies, the Government and the community to ensure that issues related to child protection are raised and addressed.
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies
  • Manage BID community workers staff annual leave and time off ensuring minimal disruption to programme activities
  • Collect required data and coordinate with the MEAL team on a monthly basis and ensure data is correctly captured
  • Identify and build links with other partners, ensuring that issues for child protection are raised and addressed
  • Coordinate the identification, follow up of children in alternative care and, monitoring of foster parents/Guardianship
  • Ensure the placement of children in alternative care adhere to SCI procedure and with the Kenya alternative care guidelines (Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children in Kenya 2011)
  • Collect complaints and feedback during field activities and ensure that these are shared with MEAL officers for updating of the CFRM database.
  • Escalate complaints and feedback of a serious nature to program manager and field office child safeguarding focal point.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least Degree in Social Work/Social Sciences or equivalent.
  • At least three (4) years relevant experience in similar settings.
  • Prior experience in child protection and best interest determination process in refugee set-ups in essential.
  • Substantial management and leadership experience, preferably in emergency programmes
  • Demonstrable competence in proposal and report writing
  • Has high-level communication skills’, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
  • Fluent in English and Kiswahili (both spoken and written). Working knowledge of local language strongly preferred.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Maintains and extends an effective network of individuals within the organisation and with government and development partners.
  • Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Proven ability to work as a team.
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.

The Organization

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 realize 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.

How to Apply.

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy. All employees are also expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents.

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