StC is looking for Senior Child Protection Officer
Save theChildren is the worlds leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120countries. We save childrens lives we fight for their rights we help them fulfil their potential.
The Senior Child Protection Officer will be based in Hatay, supporting Save the Children’s new Non-Formal Education (NFE) project on establishing Adolescent Friendly Spaces (AFS) for out-of-school Syrian adolescents in Hatay. The Senior Child Protection Officer will coordinate protection activities and systems, and supervise staff initiating interventions to address protection issues. The post holder will help manage the relevant project grant, support project planning, and work with technical advisors to support project implementation. This role will manage up to eight Community Outreach Workers, and will be responsible for, where relevant, building their technical capacity. The post holder will assist the direct supervisor in all aspects of protection activities start up and implementation, including psychosocial support (PSS) in AFSs, support to vulnerable children, training for key community members, and awareness on child protection issues.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
With support from technical advisers, initiate the establishment of a case management system for both AFCs, implement procedures for intake, assessment, referral and monitoring.
Provide regular technical supervision to case managers on both project sites on case management best practices and create a team culture of reflective practice.
Lead the planning, implementation and monitoring of protection activities that may include: recreational and psychosocial activities, individual support to vulnerable children, training, and awareness raising sessions on child protection.
Plan and coordinate the activities in AFSs and ensure that the facilitators and community outreach workers have adequate technical support in terms of child protection related issues.
In coordination with all the Child Protection team members, support regular participatory recreational and psychosocial activities with different groups of children to identify issues affecting children in their communities, and assist the teams to develop appropriate responses.
Support the preparation of weekly activity plans with NFE Project Manager and the team, ensure smooth implementation of these plans and monitor activities in AFS especially those on recreational, and psychosocial support activities.
Supervise the activities conducted by community outreach workers and ensure that identification and referrals of vulnerable children are carried out according to the procedures.
Identify training needs and assist the project manager to organise training and awareness raising activities for staff, key community members and potential partner staff on child protection related topics.
Organise trainings on Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE), Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), Psychological First Aid (PFA) and psychosocial support for the project team and facilitators in the AFS’s.
Ensure mapping of services and referral systems (health, education, psychosocial, etc.) are developed and updated as appropriate on a regular basis.
Represent Save the Children and the project at various forums. Build relationships with the government authorities at the provincial and district levels within area and scope of expertise.
Identify advocacy issues, feed in learning, experiences and evidence for relevant national, regional and global advocacy objectives.
Build positive relationships with communities and organize regular meetings and trainings for key community members with the outreach team.
Produce and submit weekly and monthly reports on project activities as required.
Work with cultural sensitivity and respect the dignity of refugees and members of the host communities at all times.
Perform other functions relative to Child Protection activities and initiatives that may be assigned by the project manager.
Ensure full compliance of Child Safeguarding Policy at field level and especially with Save the Children engaged personnel.
Respond to all Child Safeguarding Policy concerns expressed or discovered appropriately and effectively.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES:
Master’s degree in social sciences, psychology, sociology, community development or related matters
At least two years of previous experience in child protection programmes, psychosocial support, social work and/or community mobilisation
Previous experience working with children
Good technical understanding of child protection and community based approaches
Knowledge of Child Rights, Child Protection Minimum Standards and other international recognised tools
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to work with limited supervision and strong ability to take initiative
Able to work to tight deadlines and under pressure
Excellent team player
Ability to quickly form relationship within the communities
Fluent in Turkish and English – written and spoken
Computer literacy including the use of Microsoft Word and Excel
Fluent in spoken Arabic
Experience in working with NGOs, in particular in a community centre
Experience in working with refugees
Experience in representing an organisation in external meetings
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Please apply in English by sending your up to date CV with a cover letter as a single document explaining your salary expectations to [email protected] and mention the position that you are applying for to the subject section. The advertisement will be closed as soon as the suitable candidate has been identified.In order for an application to be considered valid, a copy of the residency card must be attached with the application.