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Central African Republic: Child Protection Coordinator

06.04.2013 · Posted in Jobs in African Countries

Organization: Save the Children
Country: Central African Republic
Closing date: 17 Jun 2013

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.6 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

By mid-2013 most of our international programmes will be delivered through a merged operation with 14 000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class peop le and relevant for the 21st century.

The role
The Child Protection Coordinator will be responsible for managing Save the Children’s Child Protection emergency response in Nana Grebizi prefecture, Central African Republic, under the technical direction of the Child Protection Adviser. Save the Children have not been operational in CAR prior to 2013 and are in process of establishing and scaling up operations. The overall aim of the Child Protection Coordinator (Nana Grebizi) will be to guide staff and partners to initiate interventions to address violations of children’s rights, particularly in terms of prevention and response for children associated with armed groups and forces in Nana Grebizi. This will include engagement and advocacy with armed groups and forces, psychosocial activities for children and youth, establishment of community-based protection systems, and expansion of social reintegration services for children. The Child Protection Coordinator will be expected to lead on project planning, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement. The post holder will also be expected to provide significant mentoring and capacity building to staff and partners. The successful candidate should possess significant diplomatic skills and flexibility to work in an insecure and volatile context.

Qualifications and experience
• Significant experience of managing child protection projects in emergency settings, especially in complex security environments
• Education to BSc/BA/BEng level in Social Work, Human rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar, or equivalent field experience.
• Previous experience of managing a team and ability to support staff in challenging circumstances
• A high level of written and spoken French and English
• Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
• Knowledge of established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, especially the Paris Principles, MRM, SC Child Friendly Spaces Handbook, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
• Experience in training and capacity building and willingness to dedicate time to staff and partner development
• Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency contexts across multiple locations
• Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
• Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
• Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
• The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in diff icult working circumstances.
• Previous safety and security training for working conflict settings
• 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

• Experience of working and living in CAR, DRC, or similar contexts
• Experience of working with programmes for children associated with armed groups and forces
• Specific experience of managing UNICEF, OFDA, ECHO and other major projects

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

How to apply:

Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to:

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