Child Protection Coordinator At Save the Children


Role Purpose

The role will primarily focus on quality and timely program delivery and coordination of child protection and humanitarian services. The role holder will be supporting the country humanitarian response unit in coordination, needs assessment and reporting. On the Dadaab component the position will supervise the CP and case work teams and will ensure timely implementation of activities in support of refugee children whilst coordinating with UNHCR and other agencies in charge of protection.

Line reports: 4 child protection officers

Reports to: Program Manager


Program Delivery

  • Performance management and supervision of all CP staff
    • Lead and motivate the CP team to ensure effective project implementation.
    • Ensure key problems are brought to the attention of the Program Manager and other relevant senior staff for discussion and review.
    • Ensure that all relevant staff receives appropriate induction and training.
    • Make regular support visits to camps.
  • Develop and implement an integrated reintegration strategy for vulnerable children returning to their communities with a particular emphasis on education and livelihoods strategies.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of programme activities:
  • Ensure quality BIAs and case management process is maintained.
  • Review of cases and assessment reports
  • Review of case management CPIMS forms and conducting quality check.
  • Convening and chairing BID panel meetings (main and mini-BID panels)
    • Assist CP teams to identify the technical support required in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
    • Work with project staff to assist in the development of new project proposals and the evaluation and documentation of programme activities.
  • Develop and undertake training in aspects of child protection for programme and project staff as well as children, partners and community-based child protection networks.
  • Mentor the relevant staff to facilitate the continued development of his project, budget and personnel management capacity.
  • Work with the field Officer to oversee the management of the Separated Children’s Database as a tool for information storage and analysis, and case management.
  • Continue to develop understanding on children’s meaningful participation throughout the programme, and work with child protection staff on strategies to enable children to identify and address the issues of concern to them and promote their voices in local, regional and national.
  • Assume the overall management of the humanitarian response in the field office.
  • Ensure rapid emergency assessments are undertaken and draw up a strategy for emergency intervention.
  • Evaluate, monitor and review to ensure strict compliance of programme activities with Save the Children national and global policies and procedures and with relevant donor regulations and agreements, SPHERE guidelines and the NGO code of conduct.
  • Produce high quality, analytical reports and supply regular situation reports (sitreps).
  • Make clear recommendations regarding proposed programme content, staffing, management and administration arrangements and budget with clear indications of funding and technical support sources.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team for monitoring and evaluation of programme activities including taking corrective action where necessary; preparation of Counselling reports, documentation of lessons learnt.
  • Document milestones and success stories in the community-based child protection initiatives.
  • Document programme learning and ensuring it contributes to organizational advocacy.
  • Maintain an up to date information pack of various aspects affecting the beneficiaries in liaison with the other program teams and do analysis of the reports.
  • Ensure timely implementation of budgeted activities in addition to budget tracking and control and ensure clarity of reports on the various advocacy aspects in the camps.
  • Support in humanitarian context analysis.

Partnerships and coordination

  • Ensure close coordination of outreach activities with other agencies in the three camps to ensure complementarity and synergy.
  • Build partnerships to enhance community participation, ownership and sustainability of programmes.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other child protection agencies, governmental institutions, host community partners and community level structures in order to promote community ownership and sustainability of CP initiatives.
  • Represent Save the Children and the CP program in interagency working groups and camp coordination meetings and build from the strategies developed through the Child Protection Working Group.
  • Represent the CP programme and advocate with community, partners as well as other external visitors. Liaise closely with other actors in the child protection sector on issues related to vulnerable children. Ensure that consideration is given to their particular needs within general child protection strategies.
  • Work with appropriate partners within the child protection sector to ensure the mainstreaming of child protection and those children’s rights are considered in the process of legislation formation and institution building.
  • Where necessary, represent the Child protection Manager and Coordinators in meetings, both internal and external and engage with the Host Community partner.
  • When requested act as representative for Save the Children’s emergency response to local authorities, donors and members of the humanitarian community.

Implementation of activities and Accountability

  • Coordinate with finance and awards team to ensure effective budget monitoring for the project in line with donor requirements and contractual obligations, including Grant opening, mid-term and closing meetings.
  • Timely implementation and strict adherence to the DIP
  • Coordinate the timely implementation of all grants and ensure sound and accurate expenditure.
  • Proposal development – continuously analyse needs and develops concept notes, outlining clear areas of sensitization and awareness raising.
  • Oversee project activities budget expenditures and ensure they are allowable and allocable according to SCI and donor regulations; review monthly Budget vs. Actual and expenditure sheets and collaborate with the finance department to ensure accurate expenditures and reporting.
  • Ensure timely production of activity/events reports as well as monthly reports as per the agreed timelines.
  • Ensure humanitarian activities are planned for and implemented timely.
  • Compile humanitarian SITREPS and submit as per the deadline.
  • Support Country Humanitarian and Operation Manager in compiling humanitarian reports and tracking of budgets.
  • Ensure that the principles of child safeguarding and ‘do no harm’ are embedded in all programme planning, implementation and reporting and that staff receive regular, up to date training on same. Ensure transparency in targeting beneficiaries, delivery of services and participation of beneficiaries and partners in planning and monitoring of process is reflected in programme delivery.

Working Contacts


The job holder is required to have regular contact with other similar organization, children, community, and government organization. The role is expected to sustain the strong and cordial relationship with UNHCR colleagues in the protection unit.


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

Contract Duration: 6 Months with possibility of extension

Number of Vacancies: 1

Work Location: Dadaab


  • At least Degree social work/social sciences or equivalent.
  • At least five (5) years relevant experience in similar settings.
  • Prior experience in child protection and best interest determination process in refugee set ups in essential.
  • Substantial management and leadership experience, preferably in emergency programmes
  • Demonstrable competence in proposal and report writing
  • Experience of financial planning and expenditure monitoring
  • Experience of community participation, ownership and empowerment
  • Competent in using email and computer packages such as Word and Excel
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s child safeguarding Policy and Values


  • 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 partners
  • Negotiates effectively by exploring a range of possibilities.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Proven ability to work as a team.

The Organization

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

How to apply

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy.

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent.

Qualified persons with disabilities and qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process, nor request for medical examination or records and does not act through recruitment agents whatsoever.

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