22 Jun 2011

Full-Time Child Protection Advisor – Save the Children UK

Save the Children UK – Posted by afrideveloprNairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

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Job Description


Job Title: Child Protection Advisor
Place of Work: Nairobi, with regular travel to field sites in Dadaab, Eldoret and elsewhere in Kenya as required
Grade: International Grade 3.1
Reports to: Programme Design and Quality Director
Line management Responsibilities: None, currently
Budget Accountabilities: None, currently.  Potentially responsible for Nairobi based research or advocacy child protection programmes.
Child Protection Level: 3

Issued/Revised on 15th May 2011



We are the world’s leading independent organization for children.

Our Vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

Our Mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children has been working in Kenya since 1984.  Currently we are working in the Mandera and Wajir Districts of North East Province in the provision of health, nutrition and livelihoods programmes. We provide child protection interventions in Eldoret Town, Rift Valley Province, and the Dadaab refugee camps and host community in North Eastern Province.

Globally, Save the Children is a leading agency for child protection in emergencies. The Eldoret programme in Kenya began during the Post Election Violence intervention of 2008 and has continued since with a programme responding to the needs of highly vulnerable street children in close coordination with government child protection structures.

The programme in the Dadaab refugee camps is the second largest child protection programme of Save the Children globally. It deals with some of the gravest child protection violations through a comprehensive case management system, community-based alternative care, child participation and psychosocial support, as well as community sensitisation and advocacy for behaviour change.

At the national-level, Save the Children plays an active role in inter-agency forums, is hosting an inter-agency multi-year research into community-based child protection networks and leading on a mapping of Urban IDP Children in Rift Valley Province, funded by UNICEF. The successful candidate will need to build-on current programmes and initiatives and identify opportunities for greater impact on child protection for Save the Children in Kenya.


Job Purpose

Under the general direction and guidance of the Programme Design and Quality Director expand Save the Children UK’s portfolio of child protection programming and ensure all child protection programming is of excellent technical quality. Ensure that all child protection programmes contribute significantly to Save the Children’s strategic objectives, national/global learning and advocacy. The post holder is expected to provide technical advice and support to project staff to ensure programming objectives are successfully achieved.


Key Accountabilities

Strategic Planning and Programme Development

  • To be fully aware of and actively participate in the development and review of any Country Strategic and/ or Thematic Plans. Where necessary lead the development and oversight of any Child protection strategic/ thematic plans.
  • Build on technical knowledge, personal understanding of the operation of child protection policy and services in Kenya, current/previous programming to develop proposals for new programming in close coordination with the programme staff. Ensure all new programming supports the achievement of Save the Children strategic and thematic objectives, in particular Child Protection in Emergencies.
  • Analyzing donor priorities and positions on issues related to child protection; identifying institutional funding opportunities and developing and maintaining contacts with potential donors, partners and key technical agencies

Policy Development

  • Be fully aware of national policies, strategies and other initiatives and developments by government and other stakeholders relating to child protection and particularly alternative care and child protection systems strengthening. Regularly assess and communicate the implications for Save the Children’s programme and priorities of any changes in the operating environment relevant to this theme in close collaboration with the other relevant advisor(s).
  • Develop policy briefs and position papers as and when required related to the child protection programme.  This may require technical input from other staff and partners.

Programme Quality

  • To be responsible for the overall technical aspects of Save the Children’s child protection programme work in Kenya, including drawing links between child protection and other sectors.
  • Liaise with the Operations department, ensure all child protection staff and partners receive the necessary and appropriate technical support. In consultation with staff and project managers agree on the range of advice, support, training and/or other assistance required from you to facilitate high quality programming.  This will involve regular visits to Save the Children operational areas.
  • Assist in the development of tools for project staff and partners to improve the quality of child protection work.  Where necessary provide technical training for project staff and partners as required (curriculum development, supportive supervision and mentoring partners, development of monitoring and evaluation tools; etc …).
  • Where external consultants (local or international) are required to technically support or monitor and evaluate projects, lead the recruitment and subsequent management of contracted consultants as per the recruitment guidelines.
  • Ensure the development of an M&E framework that helps each project improve quality of reporting, clearly articulate progress and impact of projects, identify issues for advocacy and new programmes/projects in the future.
  • Review relevant monitoring reports to Donors to ensure that technical debates are well articulated and reports are of acceptable quality before submission. Provide support where necessary to improve report writing skills.


  • Ensure that lessons learned are properly documented, effectively disseminated and, where appropriate, incorporated into wider policy and advocacy initiatives.
  • Monitor and move forward the development of a Child Protection Advocacy Plan.  Coordinate advocacy efforts and report results under each specific objective.
  • Represent and advocate for Save the Children with UN agencies, Donors, Kenyan Government, NGOs and others at the highest levels in both verbal and written communications to ensure Save the Children is seen as the lead international agency in Kenya in terms of innovation and quality of implementation of child protection.  Specifically ensure the following:

1-    Participation in monthly national Protection Cluster meetings

2-    Participation in or advice to the Child Protection Working Group for Dadaab

3-    Ensure presence at relevant Government of Kenya, UN and other coordination meetings at national and regional levels

4-    Participation in relevant national and international task groups of the Child Protection Initiative of Save the Children

5-    Advise field teams to ensure adequate field visibility through technical attendance and technical meetings at district level


  • Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Programme Review Meetings, Senior Management Team or Area-based meetings as required.  Participate in any Donor visit to project(s) within your portfolio as required.


Person Specification


  • A child protection professional with a Masters Degree in child protection or equivalent
  • Significant professional experience of working at field-based and senior management and /or advisory level in child protection at an international-level
  • Proven national or preferably international-level representation, analysis and advocacy skills
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of national staff, partners and communities with experience of using participatory and consultative approaches.
    • Experience in emergency child protection work covering areas of separated children, GBV and children associated with armed forces and groups
  • Strong report writing skills, including experience in designing child protection programmes and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  • Good interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy, with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.  .



  • Excellent understanding of the child protection sector within the Kenyan or East African context
  • Experience implementing protection or child protection programmes in a refugee context
  • Experience in mental health and psychosocial support, child labour prevention and UNHCR’s Best Interests Determination programming
  • Experience in facilitating child participation in programme design and implementation
  • Experience in promoting and mainstreaming Child Rights Programming
  • Proven experience of successful fundraising
  • Good understanding of the linkages between child protection and other key sectors of SC’s work specifically education, health and hunger.


Additional Information

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We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself.  We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
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