USAID Social Work Jobs – Child Protection Systems Project Officer at TPO

Organisation: TPO Uganda
Funding Source: U.S. Agency
for International Development (USAID)
Project Name: Sustainable
Outcomes for Children and Youth in Central and Western Uganda
Duty Station:  Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to:  Child Protection Systems Specialist
About US:
TPO Uganda is a national Ugandan Non-Governmental Organization that has
been operating in Uganda since 1994. TPO-Uganda services are delivered through
a community and family oriented intervention model. We envision a society where
vulnerable and marginalized people enjoy mental health, social and economic
wellbeing and lead harmonious, mutually supportive and productive lives.
About USAID Project:
TPO Uganda is part of a consortium of NGOs led by Catholic Relief
Services (CRS) as the prime and ANPPCAN, ACODEV and Futures Group that have
been awarded a grant by USAID to implement a 5 year project titled “Sustainable
Outcomes for Children and Youth in Central and Western Uganda.” The project
aims to improve the health, nutrition, education and psychosocial wellbeing of
625,000 vulnerable children consisting 101,500 households.
Job Summary:  The Child Protection Systems Project Officer
will support the Child Protection Systems Specialist in increasing the quality
of the comprehensive protection Systems for OVC, youth and caregivers in the
target districts of 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;
and legal support. S/he will work closely with the Project District
Coordinators, Child Protection Committees, and District Probation and Social
Welfare Officers
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
1. Capacity Development in Child Protection and Legal Support:
  • Actively contribute to the development of
    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.
  • Take part in child protection capacity and
    skills gap assessments across all implementing partners to ascertain
    capacity needs, prepare and implement a Systematic capacity development
    plan.
  • Be responsible for directly overseeing the
    development of a functional community based child protection Systems in
    allocated districts that brings together the probation office, community
    based organizations and other informal structures in a coordinated manner.
  • Participate in building capacity for staff
    and community based structures through trainings, mentorship, lesson
    learning 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.
  • Identify 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:
  • Participate in putting together 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.
  • Technically support the CP Systems
    Strengthening Specialist to carry out regular support supervision,
    monitoring and support to staff and district duty bearers to ensure that
    policies and procedures in relation to child protection are well
    understood.
  • Work closely with the Monitoring &
    Evaluation Specialist and  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 liaison with the project team, map
    and identify other related child protection and legal support service
    providers, establishing referral pathways.
  • Together with the project 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.
  • Support CP Systems Strengthening
    Specialist to provide 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.
  • Support CP Systems Strengthening
    Specialist and the probation and social welfare officer, identify and
    agree on 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 ideal candidate should hold a Bachelor’s
Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies or Community Psychology.
·        
Professional training in child protection,
juvenile justice, human rights and other essential skills will give you a
competitive edge.
·        
A minimum of four years’ consistent experience
in a child protection technical advisory/ support role with a large scale NGO.
·        
Must have in-depth 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.
·        
Strong 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
·        
Experience with and enthusiasm for on the job
training.
·        
Computer literacy skills i.e. Knowledge of
Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet) required.
·        
Desire to work effectively in a team oriented
environment.
·        
Ability to travel within rural Western Uganda.
How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
application letter, updated CVs with three professional referees and a table
showing your salary history for the past three years to the Human Resources
Manager, at info@tpoug.org or send a hard copy to: P. O. Box 21646,
Kampala-Uganda.
NB: If you don’t hear
from us by 29th May 2015, consider your application unsuccessful.
TPO Uganda is a gender sensitive
organization and female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Our
recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting
children, women and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Deadline: Friday 8th May, 2015

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