Job: Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) Specialist - Tanzania

Organization: Plan
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 25 Nov 2016


The CPiE Specialist will be responsible for strengthening the quality of Plan International’s child protection in emergency programme including child protection case management, guidance to ensure appropriate and safe alternative care arrangements for unaccompanied and separated children, strengthening community based child protection mechanisms, community and family based psychosocial support through Child Friendly Spaces in the Burundian refugee camps. S/he will be responsible for the building the capacity of child protection team in implementing timely, quality and appropriate gender and age sensitive case management and psychosocial support interventions for the vulnerable children in refugee camps and camp surrounding communities.

Dimensions of Role:

Programme Development and Quality Implementation: Provide technical support for child protection case management, psychosocial and community based child protection elements of the emergency response programme. This would also include (and not limited) to regular assessment and analysis and strategic suggestions for programme design / modification. The CPIE specialist will assist ERM in developing quality child protection proposals as per donors’ requirement and support grants coordinators and M&E in producing the donor reports.

Representation and Advocacy: Represent Plan in government / inter agency coordination meetings and initiatives on psychosocial and child protection issues. Contribute to ongoing efforts to develop context specific guidance notes and policy-making efforts. Work closely with country office CP team to profile / harmonise country CPiE and CP advocacy agenda

Key End Results and Responsibilities:

Programme implementation
  • Contribute to all aspects of the child protection programme design and implementation to effectively respond the protection and development needs of Burundian refugee children
  • Ensure being updated on existing needs assessments and other relevant project documents Work in close collaboration with the Education in Emergency and M&E Specialists, grants coordinators and managers and to ensure child protection mainstreaming in all Plan’s activities
  • · Support child protection activities including case Management, Alternative Care and Support for Unaccompanied and Separated Children, Child Friendly Spaces and Community based Child Protection Mechanisms
  • · Lead case management activites by developing case management tools and guidance to ensure appropriate and safe alternative care arrangements with special attention to refugee children
  • Building the capacity of Plan´s psychosocial support social workers on family and community based psychosocial support; and Case Management social workers to implement timely, quality and appropriate case work, documentation, direct support and referral and appropriate follow-up for the children
  • Provide technical backstopping for the strengthening the community based child protection system engaging local community members and other stakeholders
  • Regularly visit Plan’s field activities and provide on ground technical support where needed
  • Weekly planning of CP activities in the places of intervention and with proposition of further locations
  • Develop the strategy and mechanisms to integrate child protection into other Emergency Response Program activities with IASC guidelines and CP Minimum Standards (CPMS) in humanitarian settings.
  • Ensure the access of child protection services and psychosocial support as needed to affected population (precise programming depending on identified needs, existing services and capacities and actions of other agencies)
  • Facilitation of child protection training for stakeholders and other partners
  • Assist with the development of funding proposals and donor reports.
Representation and advocacy
  • Respect and work according to local policies and regulations
  • Work in close relationship with the government representative in Kigoma region, Kibondo and Kakonko Districts and other partners/UN agencies present in the refugee setting
  • Support liaison between Plan International and any relevant stakeholders, local, national and international partners and local authorities
  • Participate in protection, child protection and SGBV working groups/bilateral meetings, etc.
  • Represent Plan in Case conferences, BID panel and other Case Management and MHPSS forums
  • Regular interaction with other NGOs and UN bodies such as IRC, HelpAge, MSF, TRCS, UNHCR, UNICEF to effectively respond child protection issues in the camps
  • Coordinate with Country office advocacy teams to develop child rights and child protection advocacy initiatives
Documentation and M&E
  • Contribute in documenting Plan’s experience , lessons learnt and case studies
  • Support report writing and proposal development
  • Conduct regular assessments, analysis and thus advise programme design and modifications to meet the existing needs and ground realities
  • Provide inputs to the development/ operation of a monitoring and evaluation system including CPIMS (Child Protection Information Management System)
  • Monitoring the quality of project’s activities and reporting of the relevant partners
Capacity Building
  • Train Plan staff in key aspects of CP programmes and relevant aspects of IASC guidelines and CPMS
  • Build capacity of national staff to implement Child Protection CM and MHPSS activities
  • Provide input to the development of orientation and training materials for teachers, youth volunteers, parents/caregivers and children
  • Conduct training for staff and partners including tailored Training of Trainers for staff on children with special needs.
  • Initiate setting up of Plan Tanzania emergency response team working closely with country office CP team to build a local professional CPiE roster of first responders
Team Management
  • In strong linkage with ERM, ensure good communication and coordination with team members through regular programme coordination meetings (or other if needed)
  • Continuous meetings with CP Teams for activities follow up and with youth and Education teams for effective coordination and integration to respond the holistic needs of children and adolescents.
Key Performance Targets
  • Ensure that 100% BID targets for unaccompanied and separated children are reached;
  • Ensure that all CFSs adhere to CP minimum standards in humanitarian settings;
  • Design and regularly lead on CP and training for staff and partners
  • Actively lead on the submission of at least three new CP proposals worth over $1m
Dealing with Problems:
  • The role requires an ability to analyse emergency child protection gaps and trends and liaise with multiple partners to adjust current implementation when it is needed.
Qualification and Experience:
  • The qualified candidate will be a child protection in emergencies professional with relevant degree in Psychology, anthropology, Social work or equivalent.
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience working of child protection in emergencies, particularly on Case Management, Best Interest Assessments and Child Protection Information Management System, alternative care arrangements and Child Friendly Spaces and psychosocial programmes
  • Understanding of a comprehensive approach on disability issues and vulnerability
  • Experience of working in refugee settings and in host communities
  • Extensive knowledge of CPiE program design and implementation including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian standards and codes of conduct
  • Demonstrated effective communication, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Experience in coordination and technical assistance provision at the level of working group/task force or equivalent.
  • Proven capacity to train, coach staff and provide supportive supervision
  • Effective team management skills across several locations and operating in a cross cultural structure
  • Willingness and capacity to be flexible and accommodating in difficult working conditions
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience of managing grants and donor’ reporting requirements such as ECHO, UNHCR, Sida etc.
  • Computer literate in MS office (word, excel, power point etc.)
  • Excellent project design, participatory monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to work in emergency/refugee settings
  • Ability to work under high pressure with a great level of personal organisation
  • Strong communication and reporting skills
  • Good knowledge of and experience in Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, Inter-agency Guidelines on Separated and Unaccompanied Children, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, and Gender
  • Knowledge of child protection database

Striving for high performance
  • Strongly drives performance forward in areas of the business for which he/she are responsible
  • Involves others in setting goals and holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals
  • Create strong sense of purpose within own part of the business and with stakeholders
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Commitment to the understanding of child rights, Plan International’s aims, values and principles and humanitarian standards as Sphere Charter and Code of Conduct
Strategic thinking and innovation
  • Make a strong contribution to emergency response strategy in general and
  • See contribution of own part of the organisation in wider Plan and external context
  • Balance future vision with practical delivery
  • Interrogate work effectiveness and searches for better ways of working
Influence and communication
  • Effective communicator using clear messages drawn from Plan’s work
  • Ready to work to influence leaders in governments, international bodies, key constituencies in Plan, partners and communities
Building effective teams and developing people
  • A team player across the organisation and in teams
  • Support learning and a sense of mutual purpose in diverse teams
  • Set a strong learning culture in their part of the organisation
  • Use opportunities across Plan and outside to develop others
Self-awareness and resilience
  • Remain calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations
  • Plan own learning and development
  • Aware of impact on others and adjusting own behaviour accordingly
  • Has a positive impact on those around them
Physical Environment and Demands:
  • It requires extensive travel to project sites and to donor and cluster meetings which may account for up to 50% or above of working time
  • Exposed to varied weather conditions during field work
  • May be required to work during late hours, weekends and holidays in order to ensure timely delivery, especially during emergencies
How to apply:

Plan International Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer. Interested and qualified Tanzanians are invited to send their applications enclosing detailed curriculum vitae, certificate copies of relevant education and professional qualifications together with names of three referees, and their contact. Therefore all applications should be sent to [email protected] not later than 25th November 2016