Child Protection Advisor
Career Opportunities: Child Protection Advisor (40394)
Requisition ID 40394 – Posted 06/05/2021 – Country (1) – Child Protection
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Child Protection Advisor
Child Rights Technical Program Manager
The Child Protection Advisor is in charge of supporting Plan International Rwanda and partners staff under CIVSAM project, to implement child protection activities under the CIVSAM project and will directly report to the Child Rights Program Manager. S/he closely and in collaboration with the project coordinator and Community Development Facilitators based at the field level. The Child Protection Advisor will be responsible for strengthening the quality of the CP related components of the CIVSAM project in line with the set deliverables. A considerable share of the role will contribute to capacity strengthening of staff of Plan and partners on child protection.
Close collaboration, follow up and monitoring of partners implementing child protection component is essential and critical to ensure the success of the project. The post holder should therefore fully support this deliverable to the best of their capabilities.
Dimensions of the Role
The Child protection advisor reports directly to the Child Rights Program Manager based in Kigali. She/he is Versatile with project management and child protection programming.
Ensure project implementation is in conformity with Plan International’s standards and policies.
Through project implementation, ensure the project adheres to the four essential principals of child rights (Best interest of the child, Participation, Non- Discrimination and Survival and development of the child)
Oversee implementation of activities under child protection component to ensure there is adequate sharing of information between different actors and stakeholders of the project.
In collaboration with their supervisor, ensure the project contributes to the overall country’s strategy
Maintain relationships with local government, partner NGOs as well targeted schools/institutions to promote the efficiency in project implementation.
In collaboration with the Project Coordinator/Manager facilitate the capacity building of partners and youth to increase best practices in child protection and strengthen community-based child protection structures.
Work closely with partners to collect evidences and stories to make the project visible.
Monitor all activities in line with child protection; provide regular reports and updates to the Project Coordinator/Manager and other actors/stakeholders.
Assist the Project Coordinator/Manager to follow up on yearly/annual Donor requirements that contribute to the 5-year framework. Ensure that project administrative processes are carried out in conformity with the agreed standards and policies;
Be part of project monitoring through dedicated time to field visits, in collaboration with partners in our areas of interventions.
Promote and abide to organisation’s policies, especially the Safeguarding children and young people policy and the code of conduct.
Ensure safeguarding children and young people principles (Do no harm, Duty of Care, Prompt Action) are emended in all project’s activities including partners interventions.
Ensure close collaboration with the project’s M&E to generate evidence-based project reports.
Human Resource Development
In collaboration with the Project Coordinator/Manager, carry out capacity gap mapping and analysis with Plan and partner staff, design and carry out tailored CP capacity strengthening activities as well as already existing training modules from the global child protection training package (to be launched June 2021) to support better implementation of the project
Engages in ongoing and continuous feedback and support particularly for employees under her/his responsibility but also other staff members;
Organizes regular meetings within her/his team to ensure an optimal coordination of the work and proper flow of information;
Dealing with Problems
The Child Protection Advisor must be a focussed quick problem solver, assertive and courteous. S/he demonstrates good judgement and if required is able to conduct investigations without panic.
Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion 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.
Plan International’s Values in Practice
We are open and accountable
Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact
Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together
Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
We are inclusive and empowering
We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.
The Child Protection Advisor will work closely with the following actors:
CIVSAM Project Coordinator/Manager and key technical advisors of the CIVSAM project
Partners working under the child protection component
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
Minimum of 5 years relevant working experience in Child protection and working with adolescent girls preferred.
Experience working with social norms change and programs addressing the root causes leading to violence against children and youth, with focus on girls and young women.
Experience of capacity strengthening; designing and implementing capacity-building initiatives within child protection programming for adults
Experience working directly with children at risk.
Knowledge of policies and frameworks in place to protect children
Knowledge on local child protection systems that can contribute to our cause and purpose.
Working experience in a similar role in bilateral organizations or INGOs.
University degree or equivalent in Social Work, Psychology, Law, Gender, Human Rights Law, International Relations, Sociology, Public Administration or related fields
Strong leadership competency and management/supervisory skills; ability to work individually and within a team with limited supervision. A self-starter.
Good budgetary and financial planning/management skills.
Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills.
Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of Plan International Rwanda. This includes effective negotiation and representation skills.
Computer Literacy – Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.
Adequate skills in monitoring, evaluation, research and conducting participatory, community-led assessments.
Strong command of both written and spoken English, and Kinyarwanda
Excellent community mobilization skills and abilities.
Based at Country Office, with extensive travel to the field
Level of contact with children
Low contact: The post holder might get in contact with children while at field for project monitoring and evaluation.
Reports to: Child Rights Program Manager
Closing Date: 16th, May, 2021
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.
We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.
We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.
Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.