World Vision Uganda is a Christian relief, development and advocacy non-government organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 82 districts in Uganda implementing projects in health & nutrition, water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), livelihoods & community resilience, education and child protection. World Vision (WV) is committed to the protection of children and adult beneficiaries from exploitation and abuse and will not employ people whose background is not suitable for working with the beneficiaries above. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible.
Due to expansion in scope of our programmes, we are now seeking for qualified and passionate individuals willing to share in our vision and join our team in the position below.
Position: Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist
Report to: Technical Lead - Child protection
Location: Arua District - West Nile Refugee Response (WNRR)
Purpose of the position:
The project area covers both refugee settlements and hosting communities.
In collaboration with the National Sector lead, the Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist is responsible for the development of a CPiE strategy for WNRR consistent with the intervention areas, organization strategy and the overall WNRR child protection plan; coordinate the implementation, monitoring and assessment of the projects carried out; write donor reports and strengthen the child protection skills for WNRR teams and local stakeholders.
The Child Protection in Emergencies Specialist will coordinate sector technical leadership and management in project proposal design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and documentation for multiple CPiE projects for the West Nile Refugee Response (WNRR).
S/he will identify capacity gaps and training opportunities for response staff in the protection space, including on internal child protection policies and procedures and serve as the Safeguarding focal point for the response. The CPiE Specialist will represent WV in inter-agency forums and lead in advocacy and research related to child protection in emergencies at WNRR level.
Strategy Development & Technical Support: Design and carry out work in line with the action plan, the organization’s strategy and the general CPiE sector plan
Develop the CPiE strategy in line with the organizational strategy and technical programme; international humanitarian principles and standards for child protection
Ensure the strategy is contextualized, relevant and appropriate at all times by analyzing the environment, especially social and society-wide issues.
Design interventions and/or ensure the application of strategies that prevent and respond to relevant child protection risks and concerns
Provide leadership for timely and appropriate design, planning, implementation and delivery of CPiE sector activities.
Assist with reporting on current WNRR Plan
Ensure child protection is included in assessments to identify robust CPiE responses.
Lead sector-specific assessments as required to inform programming.
Propose and promote methods to integrate and mainstream child protection in the different humanitarian sectors
Project Staff Management and development: Strengthen technical skills related to child protection in teams and local stakeholders.
Assess and identify learning and capacity needs of WNRR staff and partners and plan training program /calendar to address needs in consultation with the P&C and the National Sector Lead. Utilize inter-agency capacity building opportunities, as well as WV-internal resources applying relevant techniques, Provide opportunities for capacity building to the CPiE team to ensure proper technical, managerial and personal development
Design, adapt existing training materials and other tools, deliver and evaluate child protection training sessions on child participation, child rights and other technical content for local teams, communities and partners based on identified needs
Monitor the application of the learning outcomes transmitted (included values, principles, knowledge and professional methods), and address potential barriers to taking up these values and positively influence standards and behaviors.
Provide technical support to teams and partners for/when implementing child protection activities
Support set objectives, perform timely performance assessment reviews and mentor child protection teams to effectively achieve set objectives.
Organize and run periodic team meetings/briefings/debriefings for the core (CPIE) team and assist team members to effectively organize their workload, achieving their goals, share lessons learned, experiences, observations, obstacles and review and update the projects’ plans of actions.
Know grant/donors regulations, compliance issues and build the capacity of teams in this respect.
Ensure staff compliance with World Visions policies and CPiE/CPMS standards
Ensure appropriate reporting that meets WV expectations and donor requirements.
Safeguarding: Preventing, reporting, and responding to harm or abuse of children and beneficiaries by WV staff and affiliates in the WNRR
Ensuring WNRR is a Child Safe by serving as a Safeguarding focal point, leading on WVU Safeguarding Policy and SPIPP implementation, orientation and refresher training to all new and current staff
Ensuring compliance to Safeguarding standards and PSEA policies among all staff and affiliates in the response.
Position will also be focal point for referring and reporting cases of abuse in the Ethics Point and facilitating case management, annual CP update Reporting, and training all new staff and affiliates on CP Policy.
Ensure that the codes of conduct/behavior protocols and other internal safeguarding standards are consistently adapted, understood, and applied
Signal child safeguarding concerns and take immediate corrective actions
In liaison with Grants Acquisition and Management unit, Area leadership, provide technical leadership to respond to new CPiE grant initiatives.
Ensure that CP programme learning from assessment, evaluations and research is included into new designs.
Provide leadership for strong liaison and communication with partners, community leaders, and other CPiE platforms.
Technically lead CPiE components during drafting of new proposals, ensuring matching with program objectives and response strategy.
Quality CPiE Program Implementation and Sustainability
Evaluate CPiE projects’ budgets, funding, expenditures and accomplishments of objectives.
Ensure technical quality of project progress reports, and other information as required, for the support offices and donors.
Work with CPiE coordinators to ensure high standards of accountability for technical aspects of CPiE-linked projects
Coordinate/work with the M&E Team to monitor/evaluate the progress of projects, systems and to ensure that projects provide responses on all audit reports and findings.
Review tools used by M&E team for CP projects so that they are technically sound measuring the CPiE interventions conducted.
Participate and review projects evaluations in close coordination with the internal and/or external evaluators.
Work closely with the Project Managers, Finance team to effectively and efficiently manage CPiE led-project budgets.
Coordination, Networking and Partnerships for child protection
Manage, coordinate, and actively participate with local partners and NGOs, UN agencies and different donors and community representatives and stakeholders in Inter-Agency engagements/Working Groups i.e. Child Protection, GBV, MHPSS
Identify partners and stakeholders present and analyze their child protection activities and opportunities for collaboration
Involve the government and community based mechanisms/groups in supporting CPiE projects
Develop operational networks and partnerships in order to strengthen implementation of child protection projects
Prepare, perform and evaluate the child protection advocacy actions with partners and promote collaborative work to pursue common goals in child protection
Lead and/or suggest multi-stakeholder consultations/discussions to agree ways to report and address gaps in accountability upholding children’s rights
Safety and Security Responsibilities
Abide by the security policies and procedures and report any incidents or breaches to line manager and / or security manager.
Monitor the team’s safety and mental health
Ensure that safety rules are followed by team members
Implement measures to ensure that the team keeps confidential information and sensitive documents securely.
Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Responsibilities and context analysis for Child protection
Be aware of the emergency procedures in a response and ensure that necessary preparedness measures have been implemented.
Collaborate in the analysis of: the geopolitical, humanitarian, security, socio-economic, cultural and law/protection situation in the intervention area advocate for and promote the use of specific technical tools for situation analysis, assessment (such as the CPRA)
Identify & monitor the main issues and trends in the intervention area
Research and get involved in analyzing the judicial, legal and common law context
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in relative field, Master’s degree an added advantage
Minimum 5 years’ experience in Child Protection in Emergency - led work, with significant experience in integrating children’s issues across sectors.
Working knowledge of Child Protection programming. Knowledge of the Minimum Child Protection Standards in Humanitarian Action; Inter-Agency Guideline on Case management, Coordination, Mental Health & Psycho-social Support) and experience in active participation on key coordination forums.
Specialized in case management, children separated from their families, psychosocial support work in CFS, child labour, gender-based violence.
Holistic understanding of child wellbeing recognizing the physical, spiritual and psychosocial wellbeing of children.
Familiarity with child exploitation issues emergency relief, UN CRC and experience in the field of child protection.
Excellent analytical, interpersonal, negotiation and collaboration skills and ability to think strategically.
Independent and creative with strong sense of priorities and organizational skills.
Excellent communication skills (oral / written).
Understanding of project timelines, budgets and deliverables.
Flexibility, adaptability, integrity and ethics
Ability to lead/contribute to multi or single sector assessments from CPiE perspective and inform program design based on assessment results and analysis
Proficiency in using computer software tools to perform assigned duties
Must be a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.
Attend and participate/lead in daily devotions.
Perform other duties as required.
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