Child Protection Officer at Plan International

Plan International is an independent child-centered international development organization committed to advancing the rights of children and fight against poverty. Plan has no religious, political and government affiliation. For over 78 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives. Plan currently works in 70 countries including Nigeria.

Job Title: Child Protection and Sexual Gender Based Violence (CP/SGBV) Officer

Description

  • The purpose of this role is to coordinate and manage the CP and SGBV activities in line with International minimum standards in Northeast Adamawa and Southern Borno states.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical and management leadership to the Case Management program in accordance with best practice and Plan policies, including its child-centered community-
  • based approach.
  • Ensure that solid case management, referral and information management systems are in place for appropriate identification, responses and follow-up for children harmed or at risk of being harmed
  • Ensure regular communication with CPiE Specialist to integrate appropriate child protection in emergencies priorities in program design
  • Ensure regular Plan case review meetings and conferences are conducted to reflect on progress and to accommodate the lessons learned and improve case management system accordingly; [participate in Best Interest Determination as appropriate].
  • Ensure the [Child Protection Database] is set up, regularly updated, analyzed for trends in the caseload, and efficiently and confidentially managed in collaboration with the Data
  • Manager [and relevant partner organizations (e.g. UNHCR, Save the Children and UNICEF)].
  • Provide support to Family Tracing and Reunification activities in collaboration with implementing agencies
  • Collaborate with other project staff to ensure referrals to other services such as psychosocial support and education/livelihoods interventions
  • To ensure children harmed or at risk of being harmed are identified and receive individual case management support by ensuring standard tools and procedures are in place and
  • adhered to by case management team members.
  • To manage, provide training and technical support to, and build the capacity of the full case management team.
  • To coordinate with other child protection agencies on case management.

Qualifications

  • BA or equivalent in Social Science, Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, Human Rights or related degree desired
  • At least 3 years’ experience in implementing child protection programs, preferable social work or case management, in humanitarian or development settings
  • At least 2 years direct experience providing services to children at risk and victims of abuse, exploitation and violence, providing gender-sensitive and child-friendly counseling services, and/or developing/implementing referral pathways and case management systems
  • Previous experience supervising and managing a team in a cross-cultural setting
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff
  • Previous experience in emergency preparedness and response
  • Experience working with case files and databases and providing regular documentation preferred
  • Experience in grant management and proposal writing preferred

Skills 

  • Demonstrated understanding of the skills necessary to work with children and particularly vulnerable children
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, think and plan strategically, and communicate with key actors in a dynamic and unpredictable operating environment
  • Excellent community mobilization skills
  • Strong skills in monitoring, evaluation, research and conducting participatory, community-led assessments.
  • Knowledge of Sphere and established international child protection/GBV standards, methodology and tools
  • Knowledge of community mobilization and facilitation techniques Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Ability and willingness to work in a participatory manner with a diverse range of client communities
  • Personal qualities: Team player, clear communicator, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well under minimal supervision, and a commitment to child rights and gender equality
  • Languages: Fluency in English
  • Physical Environment and Demands:
  • Frequent field visits to implement and supervise programme activities
  • Level of Contact with Children:
  • High contact- the job responsibilities of this position require the post holder to have frequent contact with children. It is expected that children shall be protected at all times.

Location: Mubi, Adamawa

Closing Date
29th December, 2016.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a full CV and a comprehensive Cover letter setting out their reasons for applying for the post and outlining the qualifications, experience, knowledge and skills that you feel you can bring to the role to: Nigeria.Recruitment@Plan-international.org

Note

  • Indicate the Job title and location as subject of the mail., only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Plan International Nigeria is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender or disabilities.

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