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Organisation: Plan International
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: National Programme Manager – Child Protection
Plan International was founded over 75 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations (non-profit / INGOs) in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
Job Summary: The Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator is responsible for assessment, response analysis, design and implementation of the child protection components of Plan International Uganda’s emergency response. S/he will need to coordinate with other Emergency Response team members and Plan International Uganda staff, especially in implementation management, health, education and other relevant technical sectors, to ensure a rapid, proportionate and effective response. S/he will need to ensure response to immediate child protection issues with simultaneous consideration of longer term needs and possible scenarios. Depending on the situation the specialist may need to take a very active role in technical co-ordination, support and advocacy with the country specific child protection clusters and other stakeholders and technical agencies relevant to the sector.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· Provide sectoral leadership and expertise in the assessment
· Carry out initial rapid assessment of current situation in collaboration with local specialists and affected population; determine priorities and immediate activities and resources
· Review, assess and update the child protection situation in areas affected by emergency (including, but not limited to- depending on the context – the forms of violence, exploitation and abuse in relation to sexual violence, HIV/Aids, children associated with fighting forces, separated children, child trafficking and other relevant circumstances affecting child vulnerability to violence, exploitation and abuse)
· Highlight protection issues requiring a response – both immediate (less than 2 months) and medium term and make recommendations on specific Plan International actions required. Ensure core commitments to children are taken into consideration.
· Represent Plan International Uganda to child and other protection clusters, stakeholders and
· Governmental and non – Governmental agencies for the purposes of the protection aspects of the assessment.
· Assess in – country resources, human, material and financial for response with relevant staff and agencies and assist in capacity building of national staff.
· Identify potential partnerships to implement recommendations, assess potential partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.
· Define aims and objectives of the overall child protection programme.
· Work in close collaboration with national and International Child Protection actors, map current institutional response capacities – including conducting a child protection specific 3Ws.
· Work in close collaboration with Child Protection actors, develop a realistic evidence – based, Child Protection program plan, including both programmatic and advocacy activities (results oriented).
· Design most appropriate child protection interventions based on the outcomes of assessments and the context.
· Ensure that issues of gender, education, DBR and conflict sensitivity are factored into the programme design.
· Ensure Plan International guidelines and UN Child Protection cluster standards are considered and any departures documented.
· Work in close collaboration with other programmes specialists to ensure that emergency interventions build upon each other and link in to longer term programming.
· Develop a Child Protection Programme plan, concept papers and proposals in respect of the above.
Response Management and Implementation
· Work closely with the relevant implementation manager(s) to ensure that the implementation of relevant activities are planned and implemented in a phased and prioritized manner in full consultation and co-ordination with all relevant agencies both governmental and non – governmental.
· Provide technical guidance to Plan International Uganda for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of agreed child protection plans including the psychosocial recovery (care) and assistance (legal and social) to vulnerable children and their families.
· Make frequent field visits to all affected response areas to monitor implementation of activities, identify opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed including additional staffing or staff training or other.
· Design and develop appropriate surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems for child protection interventions.
· Support the monitoring and reporting of child protection concerns and violations of child rights commitments embodied in the UNCRC, resolution 1612 and other legal instruments.
· Ensure early and rigorous implementation of quality and accountability mechanisms.
Response Reporting & Evaluation
· Evaluate the implementation of Plan International Child Protection activities and draft recommendations for improved programme design.
· Draft child protection interventions reports to serve as standalone deliverables or to be included in larger emergency response for both donor and internal purposes.
Information and Co –ordination
· Provide regular updates to Emergency Response Manager and emergency team on progress, priorities and constraints – verbally and in writing on an agreed frequency.
· Engage and follow up with relevant implementation manager(s)
· Represent Plan International Uganda and non – governmental groups as needed and agreed with the team leader.
· Render support in the implementation of and represent Plan International Uganda in child protection coordination mechanisms including any relevant cluster.
· Brief updates and reports on sectoral activities/strategies to donors and other stakeholders.
Human Resources and Administration: Coordinate and/or implement training and briefing of Plan International Uganda staff, partners and other key stakeholders on child protection and/or related issues.
Key Result Areas:
· Support establishment or strengthening of networks with KCCA, government line departments / ministries, international bodies and groups plus other stakeholders at City national and International levels.
· Facilitate strategic linkages and collaborations with other departments in and outside Plan, local authorities, coalitions, and service providers to foster integration and ensure collaborated efforts for Safer Cities for Girls Global program in line with the project goal.
· Project implementation planning and management in coordination with project implementing partners
· Project budget and procurement management
· Project monitoring, evaluation, learning and documentation
· Project partnership Management, networking and advocacy
· Project risk management
· Human resource management and development
· Ensure Plan’s Safe guarding Policy and Guidelines are adhered to in project implementation
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The applicant for the Plan International Child Protection in Emergency Coordinator job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Law, International Law, Political Science or a related field with good knowledge of International Refugee, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
· Previous experience with participatory approaches to protection, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management or other related areas. Experience in the country of potential assignment is an asset.
· All protection specialists will have a good knowledge and understanding of DO NO HARM principles and established international child protection standards (especially UNCRC).
· At least five years (of which at least 3 in the field) of progressively responsible professional experience in child protection, humanitarian affairs, human rights and related fields.
· Three to five years of humanitarian aid experience
· Work style: Is well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
· Knowledge of Plan International Uganda policies and procedures, sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO code of conduct. Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/ computer skills.
· Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan International Uganda’s core values and humanitarian principles.
· Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
· Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to make accurate self – assessment particularly in high stress and high security contexts.
· People skills: Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff and also able to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
· Communication skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate
· clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of Plan International Uganda. This includes effective negotiation and representation skills.
· Fluency in English
· Multiple language skills desirable
· Fluent with the local language specifically Lugbara Aringa, Dinka
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should send their letters of application, together with updated CVs, contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant certificates, names and contact details of three references plus salary history and send to:
The Country Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager,
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 1st June 2018
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