Plan International NGO Jobs – Child Protection in Emergency Specialist

Organisation: Plan
Duty Station:  Uganda
About Plan:
Founded 75 years ago, Plan
International is one of the oldest and largest child centered development
organizations 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 Specialist will be responsible for assessment, response
analysis, design and implementation of the child protection components of
Plan’s emergency response. S/he will co-ordinate with other Emergency Response
team members and Plan staff to ensure a rapid, proportionate and effective
response. The specialist is expected to play an active role in technical
co-ordination, support and advocacy with the country specific child protection
Clusters and other stakeholders and relevant technical agencies. 
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Assessment:
  • Offer
    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
  • Intuitively
    review, assess and update the child protection situation in areas affected
    by emergency.
  • Highlight
    protection issues requiring a response both immediate (less than 2 months)
    and medium term and make recommendations on specific Plan actions
    required. Ensure core commitments to children are taken into
  • Represent
    Plan 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
  • Identify
    potential partnerships to implement recommendations, assess potential
    partners where available or make recommendations on how to fill gaps.
2. Program Design:
  • Define
    aims and objectives of the overall child protection program.
  • Works
    in liaison with national and international Child Protection Actors, map
    current institutional response capacities including conducting a child
    protection specific 3Ws.
  • In
    collaboration with Child Protection Actors, develop a realistic evidence-based,
  • 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, DRR, and conflict sensitivity are
    factored into the program design.
  • Ensure
    Plan’s guidelines and UN Child protection cluster standards are considered
    and any departures documented.
  • Work
    in close collaboration with other program specialists to ensure that
    emergency interventions build upon each other and link in to longer term
  • Develop
    a child protection Program Plan, concept papers, and proposals in respect
    of the above.
3. Response Management and
  • Work
    in liaison with the relevant implementation manager(s) to ensure that the implementation
    of relevant activities are planned and implemented in a phased and prioritised
    manner in full consultation and co-ordination with all relevant agencies
    both governmental and non-governmental.
  • Offer
    technical guidance and direction to Plan 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
  • 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
4. Response Reporting &
  • Evaluate
    the implementation of Plan child protection activities and draft
    recommendations for
    improved program design
  • Draft
    child protection interventions reports to serve as standalone deliverables
    or to be included in
    larger emergency response reports for both donor and internal purposes.
5. Information and
  • Offer
    regular updates to Emergency Response Manager and emergency team on progress,
    priorities and constraints, verbally and in writing on an agreed
  • Engage
    and follow up with relevant implementation manager(s)
  • Represent
    Plan to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed and agreed with
    the Team Leader.
  • Support
    the implementation of, and represent Plan in, child protection
    coordination mechanisms including any relevant cluster.
  • Provide
    brief regular updates and reports on sectoral activities/strategies to
    donors and other stakeholders.
6. Human Resources and
Coordinate and/or implement training and
briefing of Plan staff, partners, and other key stakeholders on child protection and/or related issues.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    candidate should preferably hold a University degree in Law, International
    Law, political Sciences or related field with good knowledge of
    International Refugee, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • The
    candidate should have a minimum of 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
  • Good
    working knowledge and understanding of DO NO HARM principles and
    established international child protection standards (especially UNCRC)
  • Past
    exposure and experience with participatory approaches to protection,
    emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management, or other
    related area. Experience in the country of potential assignment is an
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified
candidates should submit electronic copies (of not more than 2MB) of letters of
application, together with a CV. Contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant
certificates, names and contact details of three references plus salary history
should be included and sent to:.
Country Human Resources Manager
Plan Uganda
Email to:
Deadline: 21st November, 2014
Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only Short-listed
candidates will be contacted. Please consider your application unsuccessful in
case you do not hear from us by 30th December, 2014. Only soft
copies of application will be considered.

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