Sunday, August 25

Pekua Ndani: Job Opportunity at Save the ChildrenChild Protection Manager


CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3:  the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people


Due to political unrest in Burundi high numbers of refugees escaping into neighbouring countries of DRC, Uganda, Rwanda & Tanzania. The current Burundian refugee population in Tanzania is over 172,000 of which over 55% are children. SCI is implementing an integrated child protection and education programme in Burundi refugees in Nyarugusu and Nduta  camps in Kasulu and Kibondo districts and with possibility to scale up the response to cover Congolese new arrivals in Nyarugusu camp. The latter is host to refugees from DR Congo and Burundi..

ROLE PURPOSE: The position is responsible for managing the implementation of Child Protection Programme activities in the Kasulu/Kibondo area and to represent and advocate for Save the Children’s work and organizational priorities in child protection with a wide range of external parties including government representatives, communities, donors, UN and other humanitarian agencies operating in the area. Provide leadership and guidance to the programme team

SCOPE OF ROLE: The position is responsible for managing the implementation of Child Protection Programme activities in the Kasulu/Kibondo area and to represent and advocate for Save the Children’s work and organizational priorities in child protection with a wide range of external parties including government representatives, communities, donors, UN and other humanitarian agencies operating in the area. Provide leadership and guidance to the programme team

Reports to: Field Manager

Working Contacts


The job holder is required to have regular contact with the donor partners, other child protection organization, children, Host community, and Government organization.


The job requires the job holder to have direct relationship with all staff and management at all levels in ensuring the organizational policies and procedures.

Key Areas of Accountability: 
Manage all aspects of the implementation of the child protection programme in Kigoma and ensure the quality of child protection programming and adherence to best practice standards for the sector.

Ensure coherence of programme activities with Save the Children’s Humanitarian Response Strategy

Link programme activities to the organisation’s global strategy
Ensure that programme activities contribute to Save the Children programme and advocacy priorities
Identify and build links with other programme sectors, ensuring that issues for child protection are raised and addressed
Ensure programme activities in the operational area are well monitored to assess their ability to fulfil the requirements of approved Save the Children Thematic and Annual Operational Plans.

Lead the development of a comprehensive implementation strategy with clear benchmark indicators and work plans.
Work with staff to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and documentation of programme activities.
Produce timely reports, including monthly internal progress reports, and all required reports to the donor agencies.
Highlight and follow up on capacity assessment and capacity building plans for implementing partners in Kigoma to ensure quality CP programming for Host community
Coordinate inputs from Protection Unit and advise on protection specific activities in the development and design of proposals and projects.
Overall management responsibility for all Area Office Child Protection staff.

Lead and motivate the team to ensure effective implementation of programme activities, including by providing technical support to ensure programme quality
Ensure there are regular staff team meetings
Ensure key problems are brought to the attention of the field HR and Administration Coordinator and the Area Programme Manager for discussion and review
Monitor and support child protection staff in implementing Save the Children project management systems and guidelines to ensure the smooth implementation of approved activities.
Ensure appropriate induction, training and follow-up in grants/financial management, logistics and security guidelines, monitoring and evaluation procedures and guidelines.
Make regular visits to the camp offices and project activities in the neighbouring communities.
Assist the Coordinators in identifying technical support required from technical support staff (including from Save the Children members) in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme activities. 
Liaise with key departments in the CO, region and in member offices on technical issues to ensure adherence to SCI best practice approach for child protection in refugee camp situations.
Identify, analyse and engage in advocacy opportunities to influence key donors’ plans and policies to promote attention to and sufficient resources for awareness raising on the Humanitarian Codes of Conduct and the IASC Action Plan to prevent the sexual exploitation of women and children.
Coordinate with Field Human Resource and Administration, Logistics, and Finance departments to ensure effective use and delivery of Save the Children resources.  Oversee and ensure effective budget management through close monitoring and reporting on financial information.
Participate in mid-term or final evaluations and ensure lessons contribute to the development of future CP programme work.
Participate in and strengthen interagency coordination on child protection, leading and guiding the agenda and ensuring that the critical protection needs of children are profiled, through close liaison with Government, UNICEF and other UN agencies, civil society and other stakeholders.
Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development

Manage performance of direct reports in the work area through:
Effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations;
Coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities;
Recognition and rewards for outstanding performance;
Documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvements/ work plans.
Build the capacity of staff to monitor/ manage grants and awards as well as understand and implement compliance requirements from donors, Save the Children and/or the Government of Kenya.
Maintain clear communication with both the functional (direct) line manager and the technical manager to foster a smooth working relation under existing matrix structure.



Delivering Results: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
Developing Self and Others: Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realise their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.
Leading and Inspiring Others: Demonstrates leadership in all our work, role models our values and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve goals for our children.


Problem Solving and Decision Making: Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation and making appropriate judgements.
Applying Technical Expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards, promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
Innovating and Adapting: Develops and implements innovative solutions to adapt and succeed in an ever – changing, uncertain work and global environment.


Working Effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives. Knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross- boundary working.
Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and Influence, Promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others.
Networking: Builds and uses sustainable relationships and networks to support the work of Save the Children.

Qualifications and Experience

Required Master’s Degree social work/social sciences or equivalent.
Minimum of five (5) years relevant international work experience in child protection programmes.
Previous experience of managing a child protection programme in a complex emergency/refugee context.
Demonstrable experience of using current quality standards and guidelines for child protection programmes.
Strong planning and organisational skills to meet programme goals.
Experience of managing the programme cycle, including assessments, proposal and report writing, Monitoring and evaluation.
Solid knowledge base and practical experience in community based child protection approaches, case management and child participation methodologies.
Strong experience and skills in management of staff from different backgrounds.
Experience in building relationships, fostering interagency coordination and experience of representing an organisation to external parties.
Strong self-starter, able to set up and manage child protection programmes.
Experience in working in an insecure and politically sensitive environment.
Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.
Strong computer skills, including the use of email and the internet.
Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili.

Desirable Qualifications

Understanding of Eastern Africa and the Great lakes and the dynamics of the conflicts in the region.
Experience of implementing the Interagency Database for Unaccompanied and Separated Children and UNHCR BID process.
Experience of rolling out Child Protection Policies within organisational structures.


Has high-level communication skills’, including engaging and informative formal public speaking.
Fluent in English and Kiswahili (both spoken and written). Working knowledge of local language strongly preferred
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
Sets high standards for quality and consistently achieves project goals.
Maintains and extends an effective network of individuals within the organisation and with government and development partner
Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
Proven ability to lead and work as a team.

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Post Type:  (5 months contract with possibility of renewal)


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