Regional Child Protection Technical Advisor - Nexus

The role
Child Protection (CP) and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) are a key strategic priorities of Save the Children in West and Central Africa region and particularly in conflict affected areas of Sahel, DRC and Nigeria. The Regional CP TA will play a key role in strengthening SCI’s CP and MHPSS capacities in emergencies and conflict affected areas through technical assistance, strategic and programmatic support, advocacy, fund-raising, capacity building (training/mentoring/coaching), and surge capacity for implementation and emergencies. The regional CP TA will represent Save the Children in the regional Child Protection in Emergencies Working Group in order to increase SC profile in the sector and disseminate lessons learned and evidence to strengthen interagency coordination and improve protection of children and promote their rights in emergencies and chronic crisis.
The position plays an important role in terms of ensuring integration of MHPSS into existing and new programs informed by core MHPSS approaches such as the IASC Guidelines for MHPSS in emergencies and the SC MHPSS Strategic The Regional TA plays a vital part in enhancing the regional capacity for CP and MHPSS as per the regional thematic/cross-thematic steers. The Regional TA also plays an active role in SCI’s coordination and networking mechanisms, particularly working within the Global Child Protection Community, its technical working groups and core team. He/she will be part of the CP team rolling out Common Approaches, such as Parenting without Violence,  Steps to Protect and Safe Schools. This is done by building on the needs and the good practices of COs and Members, ensuring cross country learning and cross-thematic work, and leading a CP Community of Practice for the region.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency and/or gaps in CO technical teams, the post holder will be expected to deploy for long period to affected countries and work outside the normal job description and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

  • You have a relevant academic background in child psychology (clinical or educational) or other related subject (e.g. Masters in Social Work, or Masters in Social Science).
Experience And Skills
Technical Competencies
  • Internally and in collaboration with external agencies, contribute to the integration of innovative models for healthy child development, strengthened child protection systems and robust violence prevention and response programming and advocacy through child protection project and program design; Strengthens the mental health and emotional well-being of children, their caregivers, families and communities in coping with crisis and psychological distress,
  • You have at least 8 years international experience with Child Protection and MHPSS programming for children,
  • You have at least 4 years field experience in humanitarian contexts
  • Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international standards on mental health and psychosocial support for children in humanitarian settings (Humanitarian principles, humanitarian charter, The Code of Conduct for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, International Network on Education in Emergencies Standards, Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, IASC guidelines on mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies, IASC GBV guidelines, Sphere Standards, Core Humanitarian Standard)
  • You are a fluent French and English speaker and are able to deliver trainings and technical assistance in French.   
  • You know how to provide successful technical assistance and maneuver well in a complex advisory role.
  • You have strong facilitation skills and experience in delivering high quality, interactive trainings to a variety of target groups.
  • You have experience in CP/MHPSS assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
  • You have demonstrated experience with programme management cycle, including fund raising, proposal writing, report writing and M&E.
  • You are structured and well organized. You keep calm and retain overview at times with many assignments, deadlines and competing priorities.
  • You are able to work independently but function equally well in teams especially working remotely.
  • Desirable
  • You have work experience in West and Central Africa with preference for countries of the Sahel region or DRC or Nigeria.
  • You have a good understating of gender issues and a solid understanding on how to address those in integrated programming
  • You are familiar with Save the Children’s working modes and methods.
Contract length: 02 Years
Location: Possibility of being home based
The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Application Information:
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. 
We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as contrary to the values and practices of our organization.

Date advertised: 22 Jul 2020

Closing date: 5 Aug 2020 - 23:59 GMT

Location: Dakar, Senegal

Department: Programme, Development and Quality

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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