Offre d'emploi

Child protection specialist

Référence 114685
Salaire xxx/ mois
Localisation Bamako / Mali
Expiration 27 Avril 2021

Description de l'offre


(Females candidates are highly encouraged)

TITLE: Child Protection Specialist
TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programme Development & Quality (PDQ)
LOCATION: Bamako with 50% travel in Field
GRADE: TBC (Competitive package)
If local candidate: Grade 2
Annual Salary Range: 13 774 944 TO 24 756 360 CFA


POST TYPE: National or International

Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

The Child Protection Specialist will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for Child Protection in Mali.
The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high quality programmes that deliver change for children in both emergency and development programming.
The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development.
It supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners.
The role will work closely with operations colleagues and with partners in Mali, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organizations.
This role includes a focus on external representation on priority issues including ending all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children in all settings, and the strengthening of an effective and sustainable child protection system.
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.

Reports to: Director of Programme Development & Quality
Staff directly reporting to this post: No direct reports but expected to provide coaching and mentoring support to operational and other technical colleagues and local partners

Budget Responsibilities: £xxxx per year
Role Dimensions: The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including Save the Children members, the Country Office Programme Development & Quality team, advocacy colleagues, Regional Advisors, technical counterparts in other organizations, donors, academia etc.
The role is also expected to engage with internal technical working groups and communities of practice


Technical Leadership
Provide technical leadership for Child Protection for the Country Office, and set the strategic approach in relation to the wider country strategy
Build capacity of national staff and partners in key technical approaches related to Child Protection
Master Save the Children’s Common Approaches as they relate to child protection and ensure technical proposals are designed to provide the best response to children’s needs

B. Ensuring Programme Quality (Design & Implementation)
Work closely with new business development colleagues to identify and pursue funding opportunities that allow for both integration into broader programmes and standalone child protection projects; engage with technical partners, donors and colleagues across Save the Children
Lead the technical scoping, planning, and design and proposal writing during new programme development, and ensure that we design and deliver high quality integrated child protection programmes for children, building on global best practice. Ensure that gender, disability and resilience considerations are reflected in our programme design and implementation
Work with Child Rights Governance colleagues to ensure that a rights based approach is reflected in our programme design and implementation (in line with our child rights programming approach), with a strong focus on child participation
Promote a Child Protection Systems Strengthening approach as the overarching framework, that supports working in collaboration and partnership with governments and local partners and working towards impact, scale and sustainability
Provide oversight and guidance to the programme implementation teams to ensure that thematic programme components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice (e.g. Save the Children Common Approaches); and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results
Promote and monitor integrated programming in a way that increases overall impact of child protection programmes at the community level
Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams to carry out gender and power analysis, and conduct quality monitoring against international standards through participatory methodologies that promote gender equality and social justice (including child-friendly and gender sensitive/transformative methodologies)
Contribute towards the creation of an organizational learning culture that promotes the use of disaggregated data, evidence and analysis (including gender and power analysis) and understands its link to quality and accountable programming; Contribute to strengthening the use of equality-focused programme principles and good practice across themes and sectors.
Undertake field visits to project sites; work with implementation teams to understand impacts, operational challenges, and continuously identify opportunities for learning and improvement
Contribute to organizational learning on child protection, ensuring that learning from our programmes is shared across the Country Office and our partners, as well as with colleagues in the wider regional and global child protection community in Save the Children. Contribute to strengthening the use of Child Protection competencies within training and learning initiatives in the sector
Support Humanitarian colleagues (as needed) to develop emergency preparedness plans, and conduct sectoral assessments (including gender analysis and disability situation analysis using SC assessment processes and tools) and to design and deliver emergency response and recovery programmes. Ensure synergies between humanitarian Child Protection teams, data and programme design
Monitor trends in order to ensure early action; and lead technical design and implementation and technical coordination of humanitarian responses

C. Networking & External Engagement
In alignment with Country Office strategy and leadership, engage in strategic positioning with donors, partners and government in-country, and ensure that Save the Children is a partner of choice in Child Protection
Ensure that Save the Children is influencing and learning from others through national technical coordination and networking bodies such as child protection clusters and working groups
Strengthen civil society engagement in national dialogues and policy processes to end violence against children through working closely with advocacy and child rights governance colleagues
Ensure that the diverse voices of children, girls and boys are equitably heard and represented in our child protection work
Represent the program to National and Local government representatives, donors, partner agencies, etc. as required
Ensure the quality, clarity and consistency of technical components of internal and external reports (e.g. programme reports, sit-reps, internal updates), working closely with awards, programme implementation and communications colleagues as needed
Leverage and liaise with technical colleagues from across Save the Children, including technical working groups and centers of excellence, ensuring that learning from the Country Office is shared with others and global lessons brought back


Master or Bachelor degree in Social Work, Child Protection, Human Rights or relevant field

Extensive experience, progressively responsible, working in child protection programming, preferably in West Africa
Extensive experience in building strong child protection systems and in delivering services to children in emergencies
Proven track record of effective fundraising with major donors
Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and French
Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work flexible hours in the event of major emergencies
Experience in both development and humanitarian sector preferred
Excellent understanding of the monitoring and evaluation processes and methodologies – with specific technical trainings in these areas

Proven representation and advocacy skills
Familiarity with key international standards for humanitarian work (e.g. CP Minimum Standards, SPHERE, HAP Principles, etc.)
Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties
Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy

Fluency in French and English language skills highly desirable
Experience in Mali or the region highly desirable
Save the Children experience strongly preferred

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Date advertised: 12 Apr 2021
Closing date: 24 Apr 2021 - 00:59 BST
Location: Bamako, Mali
Department: Programme, Development and Quality
Type: Fixed-term contract
Schedule: Full-time

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