Child Protection Technical Coordinator US Non-profit Careers – ALIGHT

 

Job Title:    Child Protection Technical
Coordinator

Organisation: Alight

Duty Station: Uganda

 

About US:

ALIGHT, formerly the
American Refugee Committee (ARC), is an international nonprofit, nonsectarian
organization that has provided humanitarian assistance and training to millions
of beneficiaries over the last 40 years. In 2011, Alight helped nearly 2.5
million people get essential services to regain their health and take back
control of their lives. Alight works with its partners and constituencies to
provide opportunities and expertise to communities of refugees and internally
displaced persons in seven countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, including
Iraq, Kosovo, and in the Darfur region of Sudan and is currently providing for
emergency relief and recovery in Haiti. Alight provides shelter, clean water
and sanitation, health care, skills training, microcredit education, protection
to help survivors of war and natural disasters to rebuild their lives with
dignity, health care, security and self-sufficiency.

 

Job Summary:  Reporting to the Programs Coordinator, the
Child Protection Technical Coordinator will provide overall technical
leadership in the planning, designing, coordination and monitoring the
implementation quality programmes that mainstream Child Protection
interventions and mobilizing resources for his/her technical area in line with
Alight’s overall project goal and objectives. He/she will lead national
advocacy efforts, managing strategic partnerships, guiding technical implementation
at field level and support respective managers in mitigating child protection
risks. He / she will be responsible for developing and implementing the Child
Protection Strategy for Alight Uganda Country Program in line with the
international standards and best practices. He or she will act as the main
liaison and Child Protection technical lead in Alight Uganda Program and ensure
internal and external collaboration with other partners and respective
stakeholders in protection work.  

 

This position is
also the main focal point for Child Protection Policy, liaising with Human
Resource department to ensure that staff, partners and visitors comply with
Child Protection policy.

 

 Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Program Development
and Management:

·       
Develop
and review Child Protection Strategy in line with the Project documents and
align them to set guidelines and standards.

·       
Provide
overall leadership in managing and coordinating the implementation of Child
Protection interventions according to the respective projects’ implementation
guidelines and Alight standards.

·       
Develops
minimum standards and technical frameworks on Child Protection that can guide
Alight Uganda into project design.

·       
Designs
high quality concept notes and proposals for resource mobilization calls on
Child Protection issues and ensures that child protection interventions are
informed by and integrated with other strategic technical areas of
GBV/Protection, MHPSS and Livelihood.

·       
Ensure
that the Programme Quality Policy and Procedures are followed in his/her
technical area.

·       
Ensure
effective donor compliance during project implementation by child protection
staff and partners, including producing high quality and timely reports on
progress.

·       
Support
the integration and mainstreaming of Child Protection and Child Rights in all
Alight programming through collaboration with Program sites and sectoral
projects.

·       
Provide
technical support for design, implementation and evaluation of Child Protection
programs

·       
Meaningfully
engage local partners and community members, particularly women and girls, in
all aspects of design, implementation, and monitoring of Child Protection
Interventions in order to maintain inclusive programs, contextual relevance,
and sustainability.

·       
Prepare
budget at national level, advises PMs on budget allocation for Child Protection
programs and monitors timely implementation of budgets.

·       
Produce
high quality documentation on Child Protection interventions aiming at
programme modelling, replication and scaling up. Facilitates organisational
learning in the country by developing, collecting and disseminating relevant
internal and external program information on Child Protection.

Capacity
Strengthening and Human Resources:

·       
Provide
strong and positive leadership to the Child Protection teams in implementation
of the Child protection interventions.

·       
Technical
management of staff/teams who are implementing Child Protection activities,
monitoring program quality by technically guiding field implementation,
overseeing budget expenditure, reviewing quarterly reports and coordinate Child
Protection interventions country wide.

·       
Identify
learning and training opportunities for staff and work as a mentor and role
model to ensure compliance and understanding of Child Protection Policy while
supporting staff capacity development in child protection thematic area at
different levels.

·Standardize Technical Guidelines/Training
Materials for the implementation of the Child Protection Project models.

·       
Develop,
facilitate awareness and internalization of the Alight Child Protection Policy
and standards through orientation, training and monitoring of Alight staff and
partners.

·       
Developing
capacity building plans and provide training, coaching and mentorship on Child
Protection to country program staff and partners. Supervise Child Protection
case management to ensure client-centered case management and psychosocial
support services in line with international guidelines through one-on-one
supervision, case consultations, observational exercises, and other regular mentoring
and debriefing exercises.

·       
Monitor
and provide objective feedback related to staff performance to promote growth
and professional development.

·       
Ensure,
technical capacities of field level Child Protection staff are enhanced in
order to meet the requirements of expected project implementation.

Coordination &
Advocacy:  

·       
Manages
and oversee national advocacy efforts in the area of Child Protection in
collaboration with other Technical Coordinators.

·       
Support
with technical documentation of evidences from the projects, develop position
papers and write stories of change when required. Ensures that all projects on
Child Protection have advocacy asks that aligned to the Advocacy Strategy and
the SDG influencing plan.

·       
Ensure
that Alight’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and government
and represents Alight at national, regional and international level on matters
relating to Child Protection programming and networks within and outside of
Alight.

·       
Establish
and manage strategic partnerships with local organizations and government
institutions.

·       
Influence
and guide Alight Uganda Senior Management Team to ensure full compliance with
Child Protection Policy.

·       
Represent
Alight Uganda Program in all relevant coordination meetings to advocate for the
interest of children.

·       
Act as
the main focal point for interactions with donors and partners, including the
UNHCR Protection Team in regards to Child Protection matters.

·       
Work
collaboratively with other sectors such as GBV, MHPSS, Livelihoods and area
coordination to ensure safety of children is prioritized across all activities
in project implementation sites.

·       
Strengthen
and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant stakeholders
including community members, NGOs, government authorities and UN agencies in
the implementation of Child Protection Interventions.

·       
Participate
in coordination meetings at national, cluster and camp and settlement levels.

·       
Identify
and build strategic linkages, relations, collaborations and networks with
partners and other stakeholders in planning and implementation of Child
Protection activities.

·       
Develop
a database of strategic networks and partnerships for advocacy within the
respective project locations / sites and at national level.

Monitoring,
Evaluation and Learning:

·       
Lead the
development of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Framework for the
thematic area; develops quality TORs for evaluations, baselines and research.

·       
Keep
tracks, in collaboration with MER team, on the outcomes, indicators, milestones
and targets of Child Protection in the Country Strategy and consolidates the
progress for the Quarterly and Annual Reports.

·       
Evaluate
the implementation of Alight child protection activities and draft
recommendations for improved program design and implementation

·       
Disseminate
learning as appropriate among Alight staff, partners and other stakeholders

·       
Monitor
the timely implementation, financial management and reporting of the child
protection and in compliance with donor requirements.

·       
Ensure
timely submission of all Child Protection program reports, quality of data and
proper archival of information.

·       
Conduct
regular meetings with Child Protection staff, other program staff and community
members to assess progress toward Child Protection objectives, discuss issues
and assist in finding solutions to challenges identified.

·       
Maintain
updated budget and indicator tracking tools to monitor progress of Child
Protection implementation in Alight Uganda Program.

·       
Perform
any other duties assigned.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
applicant must hold a Master’s degree (preferred) in Human Rights, Social
Sciences, Social Work and Social Administration, Community Psychology,
Development Studies or its equivalent, with professional training on child
rights programming.

·       
Postgraduate
Diploma in Project Planning and Management is an added advantage.

·       
At least
five years of managerial or technical advisory experience in the design,
implementation and evaluation of Child Protection programmes, including donor
compliance.

·       
Experience
in Child Protection and Gender Based Violence programming in the humanitarian
sector and solid knowledge and practical experience in community based child
protection approaches, case management, psychosocial support, gender based
violence and child participation methodologies.

·       
Knowledge
of environment and current effective practices of Child Protection in Uganda,
including existing networks, CSOs and government stakeholders.

·       
In-depth
knowledge of the development sector and demonstrable knowledge of Child Protection
programming in humanitarian context, especially on strengthening systems
approach.

·       
Proven
experience in programme design, developing strategy and being responsible for
technical implementation of the programme setting, including budget management,
monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in humanitarian contexts.

·       
Ability
to identify the main gaps in Child Protection in the given context to inform a
holistic response for children.

·       
Experience
working with and or managing variety of donor funded programs as well as
compliance with donor regulations.

·       
Understanding
of gender in Child Protection and tackling exclusion.

·       
Demonstrable
experience in participatory design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems
approaches to protection, emergency preparedness and relief management.

·       
Strong
people management skills with the ability to effectively lead.

·       
Strong
interpersonal and communication skills.

·       
Excellent
report writing, research, documentation, and presentation skills.

·       
Self-motivated
with excellent management and leadership skills.

·       
Track
record of success in grant fundraising, including donor relations and proposal
writing

·       
Must be
ready to work in a multi-cultural environment and have the ability to maintain
performance expectations in the diverse cultural context, psychologically
stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

·       
Possess
the ability to work with different partners, local authorities, local
organizations and NGOs.

·       
Good
familiarity, networking and working relationships with different donors and
other partner organizations

·       
In-depth
understanding of the root causes of Child protection concerns, related
international standards, and child protection prevention and response
strategies.

·       
Must be
emotionally mature.

 

How to Apply:

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