Working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalised; with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits, working in partnership with others and operating effectively.
The purpose of this position is to lead the implementation of the Child Protection Policy and CPiE response at field office (West Guji) level and ensure support and linkages to the regional Child Protection Program Coordinator, IDPs response coordinator and the other emergency response coordinator. The post holder is responsible for the deliveries of results in line with pre agreed program plans and objectives and oversees the implementation of the Child Protection Policy and CPiE response in the field level and contribute towards achieving the country program goal of improved protection mechanisms and community practices against harmful traditions and violence against children. Plan Ethiopia has put in place a CP policy that all of its staff must adhere to and sign.
Dimensions of the Role
Financial measures or statistics relevant to post such as budget; list of direct and indirect reports
The post holder will report to the Child Protection Program Coordinator at the PA and IDPs response Coordinator at Field office (west Guji). The post holder directly supervises four Child Protection Officers and one CP data management/MIS officer. The post holder will oversee the utilization of protection budget at the field office level. The post holder will manage approximately of xx ETB of annual budgets.
The post holder is responsible for project design, overseeing implementation and monitoring while ensuring quality program delivery of the overall child protection in emergencies project activities including interventions among host communities. She/he ensures integration as well as smooth teamwork within and across other county programs at the field office level. Key components of the position also include zonal level advocacy and networking, strategic thematic area planning, developing and strengthening partnerships and mainstreaming of child centred community development.
Typical Responsibilities - Key end Results of the Position:
“What” is done and “why”, but not “how”; include indicators for success
Ensure the technical soundness, appropriateness and general quality in project planning and implementation
Provide leadership into the project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; assess the outputs, outcomes and impact of project interventions and activities in the west Guji zone IDPs response..
Oversee and strongly follow-up of CPiE project implementation.
Prepare and develop in consultation with appropriate stakeholders annual work plans and project plans.
Under the Oromia PA Child Protection Program Coordinator leadership contribute to the development of concept notes and proposals.
Ensure effective and efficient management of financial resources, including review and check project budgets, monitoring expenditures, and implementing cost control measures at field office level. .
Ensure the mainstreaming of CP, Inclusion and DRR in the field office level
Provide timely coordination and guidance in the delivery of child protection in emergencies programs/projects
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
- Ensure situation monitoring in relation to functioning of referral pathways.
- Ensure the utilization of M&E findings/results in enhancing/modifying program implementation.
- Provide regular updates to the CPiE Coordinator and IDPs coordinator as well as child protection program coordinator on progress, priorities and constraints.
- Ensure M&E and learning in close collaboration with the M&E team at PA and CO
- Support the evaluation of the implementation of the Case Management of Unaccompanied and Separated Children and Other Vulnerable Children and draft recommendations for improved programme design.
- Ensure quality and timely reporting and documenting of project activities including preparation of quarterly/yearly project progress reports.
- Undertake further assessments on vulnerable children as necessary.
Human Resources and Capacity Building
- Design and deliver trainings on child and youth safeguarding policy and CPiE for project officers, social workers and other service providers and local authorities.
- Coach/mentor/supervise and provide technical support to project officers and Social Workers.
Networking and Partnering
Serve as a principal representative to field level child protection thematic networks and clusters to promote effective program implementation, to create collaborative and positive partnerships and alliances, and to influence policy that maximizes the impact of the country program.
Lead zonal level inter-agency coordination mechanisms with UNCHR, UNICEF, INGOs and other implementing partners.
Establish links and good relationships with relevant government authorities, NGOs, academic and research institutions and the media, in the area of child protection to draw information and knowledge for program efficiency and effectiveness.
Makes follow up and proper documentation of policies, strategies and plans with respect to protection
Fundraising and Advocacy
- Contribute to the writing of concept note and proposals and budgets as agreed with the Child protection program Coordinator and IDPs response Coordinator.
- Contribute to communications, advocacy and media work as required.
Child Protection Policy and Gender Equality
- Demonstrate commitment to Plan’s child protection policy through implementing the policy in its entirety, and report any actual or potential risk situations following the reporting procedures, being aware of abuse and risks to children, being vigilant, becoming familiar with the Child Protection Policy.
- Raise children’s rights/protection awareness and important of gender equality and respect to diversity within Plan and amongst partners and community members.
- Child protection and gender equality policies are understood by the staff and partners.
- Ensure equal participation and benefit of boys and girls and children with disabilities in all phases of programme/ project implementation.
- Perform such other responsibilities as agreed with the CPiE Coordinator and IDPs coordinator.
- Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
Educational Qualification and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Law, Political Science and related fields with at least 5 years relevant experience of which at least four years’ experience with NGOs,.
Demonstrated experience in the management of child protection in emergencies projects
Experience in designing and facilitating of training and capacity building on child protection, counselling and/or case management technical areas with a variety of audiences.
Experience in community mobilization and conducting outreach activities.
Knowledge of the child protection in emergencies sector.
In-depth knowledge of project cycle management and child centred community development programming.
Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development.
Knowledge of Child Protection Policy (CPP) principles and procedures
Knowledge of effective participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems and processes.
Skills Specific to the Post
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues.
Strong ethical sensitivity and ability to empathise with children and their careers.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentation.
Strong negotiation, influencing and problem solving skills.
Ability to analyse information and evaluate options including planning skills.
Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications.
This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.