USAID OVC Project Jobs – Child Protection Systems Specialist at ANPPCAN

Organization: African Network for the Prevention and Protection
against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)
Funding Source: U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID)
Project Name: Sustainable Outcomes for Children and Youth in
Central and Western Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Regional Coordinator
About US:
The African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child
Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Uganda Chapter is a national child focused
organization working to protect and promote the rights of children in Uganda.
About Project:
ANPPCAN will be implementing Sustainable Outcomes for Children and
Youth in Central and Western Uganda over the next five years. The Project will
improve the health, nutrition, education and psychosocial wellbeing of
vulnerable populations, as well as reduce abuse, exploitation and neglect to a
minimum of 625,000 children and 101,500 households in 17 districts in central
and western Uganda.  The Project is being
implemented by a consortium of partner consisting of CRS being the lead,
Futures Group, ANPPCAN and TPO.
Job Summary:  The Child
Protection Systems Specialist will technically support efforts to increase the
quality of the comprehensive protection Systems for OVC, youth and caregivers
in four districts of Western Uganda. Such efforts include capacity
strengthening for government and CSOs, ensuring adherence to Uganda’s OVC
standards, and improving child protection case management, including response
and referrals. S/he will work closely with the Project District Coordinators,
Child Protection Committees, and District Probation Officers.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Capacity Development in
Child Protection and Legal Support:
  • Develop quality program standards that
    will guide the OVC project implementing partners and sub grantees to
    mainstream and deliver quality child protection and legal support
    services.
  • Carry out a child protection capacity and
    skills gap assessment across all implementing partners to ascertain
    capacity needs, prepare and implement a Systematic capacity development
    plan.
  • In each district, directly manage the
    development of a functional community based child protection Systems that
    brings together the probation office, community based organizations and
    other informal structures in a coordinated manner.
  • Carry out capacity building for staff and
    community based structures through comprehensive trainings, lesson learned
    and knowledge dissemination
  • Collect and put together a package of
    training manuals, relevant child protection literature and reference
    materials and establish a child protection reference point at the OVC
    department
  • Interpret Ugandan government national
    policies and strategies on children such as the NOP, NSPPI 2, guiding the
    OVC team on how it can promote and contribute to the realization of the
    project.
  • Play a role in identifying ongoing
    capacity development initiatives by other USG supported projects targeting
    vulnerable children and forge linkages and synergies that strengthen
    collaboration whilst minimizing duplication.
2. Increasing Access to Child
Protection Services:
  • Ensure that service delivery procedures
    for all implementation level staff and district duty bearers in the
    identification and management of child protection cases in each target
    district.
  • Manage all district level duty bearers and
    backstop the functionality of the community based child protection Systems
    in the district.
  • Carry out regular support supervision,
    monitoring and support to all staff and district duty bearers to ensure
    that policies and procedures in relation to child protection are well
    understood.
  • Work closely with the Program Manager
    ensure that child protection data is, regularly updated and disaggregated
    in a meaningful manner that can improve the quality of child protection
    services delivered.
  • Work in consultation with the OVC team,
    map and identify other related child protection and legal support service
    providers, establishing referral pathway.
  • Together with the OVC team design and
    supervise the roll out of a community based advocacy and child protection
    awareness raising strategy that increases community responsiveness and
    support to vulnerable children.
  • Offer technical support for the
    implementation of activities targeting both out of school and school based
    child friendly activities that increase participation, self-esteem and
    relational abilities of children.
  • In the district together with the
    probation office, identify and agree procedures of supporting children in
    conflict with the law as well as children in need of legal support for
    reintegration.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should possess a good
    Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies or Community
    Psychology.
  • Attended Professional training in child
    protection, juvenile justice, human rights and other essential skills will
    give you a competitive edge.
  • A minimum of four years’ progressively
    responsible experience in a child protection technical advisory/ support
    role with a large scale NGO.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding
    of national level response initiatives targeting vulnerable children.
  • Awareness and familiarity with government
    policies and strategies on children.
  • Demonstrable training skills, development
    of training materials and capacity building of community based organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written
    communication and negotiation skills. Fluent written and spoken English.
  • Extremely flexible, and have the ability
    to cope with stressful situations.
  • Ability to maintain performance
    expectations and strong working relationships in diverse cultural
    contexts, psychologically & physically stressful environments
  • Past experience with and enthusiasm for on
    the job training.
  • Computer proficiency i.e. Knowledge of
    Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet) required.
  • Supportive attitude towards processes of
    strengthening staff capacity; 
  • Possess good leadership qualities,
    personnel and team management including mediation and conflict resolution;
  • Proven skills in critical thinking,
    assessment and analysis; strong competency in conceptualizing and
    designing strategic frameworks;
  • Excellent communication, team building and
    training skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective
    working relations in and outside the organization;
  • Proven ability in report writing and presentation to ACODEV Management and
    other stakeholders.
  • Desire to work effectively in a team
    oriented environment.
  • Ability to travel within rural Uganda.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should submit this
filled Application Form, download
here
and send it to this E-mail address: recruitment@anppcanug.org.
Deadline: Friday 15th May, 2015, 5pm
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted.

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