Child Protection Manager

ROLE PURPOSE: 
Under the direct supervision of the Operations Director and technical supervision from the Child Protection Specialist, the Child Protection manager will provide a direct technical support to the child protection field teams in (Ninewa, Salah Aldin, Dohuk, Kirkuk and Diyala) Governorates. Under the guidance of the CP specialist, the Child Protection manager will be expected to support program planning, implementation and reporting in the areas of case management, community based child protection mechanisms (CBCPM) and positive parenting. She/he will support effective management of CP programing budget, lead on child protection-related assessments, programme design and implementation and coordination with stakeholders in collaboration with colleagues at the Governorates. In addition, she/he will ensure effective monitoring & evaluation of child protection activities in coordination with MEAL and assist on relevant donor reporting. The Child protection program manager will also be expected to play a leadership role within a response teams, supporting and building the capacity of field teams members in the areas of child protection and supporting the field coordinators/managers to co-lead the CPWG.

In addition, the role holder will also support partners to develop their programmes and build their capacity to respond as well as taking responsibility for mainstreaming child protection across other sector of interventions. They will also have a lead role in the development and implementation of safe programme in line with Save the Children Child Safeguarding policy.

The Child Protection Programme Manager, together with the Child Protection Specialist, will ensure quality and integrity of our case management work across the field offices and ensure that we are managing risks involved and are keeping children safe. 

SCOPE OF ROLE: 
Reports to: Operations Director with technical management by the Child Protection Specialist
Number of direct reports: Technical line to the Child Protection Coordinators who are reporting directly to the Field Managers for day to day supervision.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
Programme Support:
•    Support field team in  planning and implementation of Child Protection program in field offices ensuring that planned results are achieved on time, within budget and in compliance with donor regulations.
•    Work with field team , Project Managers, CP specialist and MEAL  toward improving the quality of case management, community based child protection mechanisms and positive parenting. 
•    Support and guide CP team in field to effectively manage CP program budgets ensuring spending in line with phase budgeting & donor compliance. 
•    Support and guide CP team in field to regularly review and update procurement plans to ensure timely procurement in line with phase budgeting. 
•    Support and guide CP team in field to regularly review and update detail implementation  plans to ensure timely implementation  of CP program activities.  
•    Support and guide CP team in field to regularly review and update Risk Management Plan  plans to ensure timely implementation  of CP program activities.  
•    Provide technical leadership & guidance on program implementation methodologies/strategies  in line with good practice and projects proposals and in collaboration with the child protection technical advisor. 
•    Ensure that programs are implemented in ways that are responsive to communities and children, in line with Save the Children principles, values and strategic plan and compliant with Save the Children’s procedures. 
•    Supporting the field coordinators/managers to co-lead the CPWG.
•    Work with relevant government and non-government partners to strengthen capacity on child protection programming and advocate for improved child protection systems and policies.
•    Manage program partnerships including partner capacity building, follow-up and reporting. 
•    In close coordination with the child protection technical advisor, participate in proposal development processes related to child protection programming.
•    Support field team and project managers to develop timely and high quality progress and final reports for external and internal use. These should be results-based and demonstrate progress against agreed indicators. 
Partner management 
•    Work with the Programme and Awards teams to identify appropriate partners for implementation of the Child Protection response.
•    Work with partners to develop their programme design and proposals.
•    Ensure regular review of partner progress against the budget and work plan, and support partners to alter activities/strategies in light of context changes or operational challenges.
•    Review partner narrative and financial reporting as well as Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning data, in line with Country Office internal deadlines for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning.
•    Undertake the Child Protection technical aspect of the initial partner capacity assessment, and develop and resource the capacity building plan for partner, providing direct capacity building input where possible. 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability
•    Develop Monitoring & Evaluation plan and indicator tracking plans for CP part in all grants together with the MEAL Team and PDQ, developing additional Monitoring & Evaluation tools as necessary to monitor project progress, with support of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning team.
•    Ensure appropriate, timely and accurate data collection against agreed indicators to enable both internal and external reporting.
•    Ensure that ongoing programme monitoring/learning feeds into alterations into programme design.
•    Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning team to identify and incorporate project suitable accountability mechanisms.
•    Lead on child protection assessments as required, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a disaggregated analysis of children’s needs.
Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development 
•    Work with field managers to ensure appropriate staffing within the Child Protection teams.
•    Support the Field Manager to ensure that all Child Protection staff understand and are able to perform their role.
•    Support the Field Managers to establish performance management of all Child Protection staff through effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, on-going feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations.
Fundraising and Advocacy:
•    Working closely with Child Protection TA, senior staff, support fundraising for child protection, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals.
•    Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking the lead in the Child Protection Working Group and/or sub-groups.

Capacity Building:
•    Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children CP field staff and partners and support and build the capacity of less experienced staff. 
•    Save the Children is a dual mandate organisation and as such the Child Protection Manager is also expected to support the ongoing development work of the Iraq Country office as the workload and needs allow.

Oversight on Case Management , CBCPM & Positive Parenting
•    Together with the Child Protection Specialist, ensure that our staff responsible for case management are delivering on their roles following basic principles and values in working with vulnerable children in finding solutions to their problems, and that appropriate processes are observed in intakes, reporting, case filing, and closing of cases.Facilitate over-all reporting and analysis of our case load at country level 
•    Together with Child Protection Specialist, develop capacity and support CP staff to establish, strengthen and engage the Community Based Child protection Mechanisms ( CBCPM) in CP activities in line with strategy.  
•    Together with Child Protection Specialist, develop capacity and support CP staff to plan, implement & monitor quality positive parenting program in line with SC manual for positive discipline.  
•    Work with the CP Specialist and partners on special reporting responsibilities, particularly those in relation to  Monitoring and Reporting Mechanisms for children affected by  armed conflict.  

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
Accountability: 
•    Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children and role modelling Save the Children values
•    Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
•    Creates a managerial environment in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding
Ambition:
•    Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self and team, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same
•    Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
•    Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale
Collaboration:
•    Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners
•    Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
•    Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to 
Creativity:
•    Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
•    Willing to take disciplined risks
Integrity:
•    Honest, encourages openness and transparency
•    Always acts in the best interests of children

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Essential:

•    Six years of experience working in an emergency response context or in fragile states
•    Proven experience in Child protection 
•    Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
•    Previous experience of managing a team and of project management
•    Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
•    Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts 
•    Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
•    Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to child protection.
•    Experience of representation and ability to represent Save the Children effectively in external forums.
•    Excellent communication skills with a high level of written and spoken English
•    Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
•    The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
•    Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of Save the Children, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support

Desirable:
•    Experience of urban programming
•    Language skills in English, Arabic and/or Kurdish
•    Knowledge of Save the Children systems and ways of working

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. 
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
 

Job description:

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Date advertised: 28 Jul 2020

Closing date: 11 Aug 2020 - 23:59 +03

Location: Erbil, Iraq

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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