Project Officer (Child Protection) – Burao

  • Burco
  • Full time
  • 2 years ago
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Job Information

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    Posted On Oct 23 ,2019
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Level : Officer
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    Job Experience : 2 years

Job Description

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The child protection officer under the direct guidance of the SNaP project manager is responsible for the implementation and supervision of the social norms and participation (SNaP) project activities in Togdheer region of Somaliland.


Reports to: Burao Field Manager

Country Dimensions: Save the Children has worked in Somalia for over 60 years, since 1951. Our vision is that every child in Somalia and Somaliland attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Save the Children has 650 staff across 14 field offices: Hargeisa, Burao and Borama in Somaliland; Bossaso, Garowe, Gardo and Galkayo in Puntland; Belet Weyne, Adaado, Abudwaq, Baidoa, Dhobley, Kismayo and Mogadishu in Central and South Somalia. Due to our long operational history and broad geographical coverage, we have established positive working relationships with key stakeholders, including national government, local authorities, donors, international and local NGOs, as well as the trust and acceptance of the communities themselves.

Staff directly reporting to this post:  None


  • Programme Development & Planning

1.1 Ensure the day to day activity implementation of SNaP Project activities for Hargeisa, Burao and at the national strategic level as detailed in the CP thematic programme documents.

1.2 Ensure that SC and its partners implement project activities in a most efficient, effective and sustainable manner

1.3 Participate in the drafting of the plan documents and in their dissemination both internally within SC and to external partners.

  • SNaP Project implementation

2.1 Work closely with and provide support for local NGO partners of the project and community structures in implementing project activities.

2.2   Increase social and economic empowerment of women and girls in the project target areas.

2.3 Work with SNaP Manager and local partners to design appropriate support services to meet the social, legal and psychosocial needs of the vulnerable children identified.

2.4 Establish links with other NGOs and local actors to develop appropriate GBV/ CEFM referral mechanisms that enhance timely and effective delivery of services for vulnerable children.

2.5 Facilitate a process for the consultation and involvement of children of different age groups (ensuring equal representation of boys and girls and children from marginalised communities especially the disabled) in all programme activities.

2.6   Support the awareness raising activities and community mobilization to invite parents, community leaders and children to participate in SNaP Project activities.

  • Training and mobilization

3.1 Participate in the development of the training materials and documentation required to deliver the programme.

3.2 Participate in the delivery of technical training for local NGO partners and community structures including children’s groups. This will include delivering or facilitating specific sessions or topics and, where appropriate, coordinating a complete workshop.

3.3 Provide ongoing technical support and advice, mentoring and coaching to the staff of partner agencies and community based structures in the specialist skills, competencies and methodologies required for the effective delivery of protection services.

  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

4.1 Participate in the monitoring of project activities and the performance of partners, with particular reference to determining the effectiveness of Save the Children’s work and the impact in the lives of children. This will include both field visits and the desk analysis of statistical data and documentation.

4.2 Participate in internal and external meetings as determined by management in consultation with the post holder.

4.3 Ensure that all programme data is properly and regularly collected, check data and ensure that it is logically presented to the MEAL and the SNaP manager.

4.4 Prepare regular internal and external reports on the specific areas of the programme for which the post holder has direct responsibility.

4.5 Contribute to the production of the overall monthly, quarterly and annual reports prepared by the Programme.

  • Other Duties

5.1 Be aware of Save the Children’s key Policies and Procedures, including Child Protection, and act in a manner consistent with their requirements and the specific responsibilities of the post.

5.2   Undertake any training required to meet the objectives of the post.

5.3 Undertake any other duties of an equivalent nature as determined by Management following consultation with the post holder


Delivering Results(Skilled)

  • Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources
  • Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others
  • Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision
  • Understands the link between their work and the organization’s objectives

Problem Solving And Decision Making(Skilled)

  • Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions
  • Stays with a problem or challenge until a solution is reached or no longer reasonably attainable
  • Knows when to involve others in a decision
  • Demonstrates awareness of the wider external influences that impact on decision making
  • Simplifies processes and procedures whenever possible

Working Effectively With Others(Skilled)

  • Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with
  • Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities
  • Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups
  • Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximize impact


Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in the area of Human Rights, social work, law or related fields.

Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience in protection project implementation (GBV/ CEFM, Psychosocia youth programmes or related fields.

Good technical understanding social norms, GBV and community-based approaches.

An understanding of the needs and rights of children, particularly those who have been in conflict/contact with the law, separated children and children who are at risk of abuse or exploitation.

Verbal fluency in English and Somali.

Good written language skills and the ability to write clear and well-structured reports. Computer literate

At least two years’ programme experience in child protection/development or in another relevant area of development/emergency/relief work.

Experience of working with participatory methodologies, preferably involving children.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team member within a collaborative framework.

The ability to work independently and use own initiative. Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

Ability to plan and organise work, cope with pressure and prioritise competing demands on time.

The ability to represent the organisation and advocate with a wide range of partners, including government,

NGO’s and community representatives.

CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY: We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will therefore be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code of Conduct.


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Interested applicants can view the profile and apply for this position through the following URL:

Applications close on 26th October 2019

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer. Women are strongly encouraged to apply