Project Officer – Child Protection NGO Job Opportunities – World Vision International

 

Job Title:    Project Officer – Child
Protection

Organisation: World
Vision International

Duty Station: 
Uganda

Reports to: Programme Manager

 

About US:

World Vision Uganda
is a Christian Relief, Development and Advocacy Non-Government Organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 41 districts in Uganda. World
Vision is committed to the protection of children and we will not employ people
whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is
conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks,
including criminal record checks where possible. “Our Vision for every child,
Life in all its fullness.  Our prayer for every Heart, the will to
make it so.”

 

Job Summary:  The Project Officer – Child Protection will
ensure timely and quality implementation of Child Protection (CP) interventions
within the cluster/AP. Engagement will be at household, community, village,
parish, sub-county and district levels. This role requires the staff to have
good communication abilities, networking and collaboration abilities, training
abilities for communities especially children. Core to the role are skills to
raise awareness for prevention and response to child rights violations and
ability to link affected children to services in time and documentation of on
the ground experiences and emerging issues in child protection.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Program Planning
& Implementation

Implementation of
the CP program in the cluster/APs shall be the primary responsibility of the
Project Officer (PO) – CP. Specifically the officer shall:

·       
Actively
participate in planning and budgeting processes for CP interventions in the
cluster/APs, including development of Area Operational Plans (AOPs), Detailed
Implementation plans (DIPs), Work Breakdown structures, Cash-flows, etc.

·       
Mobilize
and facilitate the engagements of stakeholders during planning and development
meetings, workshops and other forums

·       
Facilitate
timely and quality implementation of CP interventions in accordance to the CP
TP guidance, approved models and approaches, as well as the AOPs and DIPs.

·       
Gather,
analyze and document community perspectives and needs on different CP issues to
inform CP programming.

·       
Routinely
identify local CP partners (formal and informal), support and facilitate them
in the implementation of planned activities

·       
Support
the collection and documentation of impact and success CP stories.

Capacity Building: The PO shall ensure that children, parents
and members of community CP structures are aware and have capacity to engage on
CP matters with the aim of facilitating effective service delivery. The PO will
therefore:

·       
Build
the capacity of children, families and community to collectively engage local
leaders on identified CP issues.

·       
Routinely
coach and mentor the community CP structures and other actors including but not
limited to faith and cultural institutions, teachers, etc on CP matters.

·       
Liaise
with community-based and other CP actors and provide the relevant materials for
the betterment of their work

·       
Together
with staff in other TPs, train the children’s committees and groups in the
respective APs in advocating for their wellbeing.

·       
Build
the capacity of children, families and community to collectively engage local
leaders on identified issues.

·       
Facilitate
growth of strong grassroots movements on specific advocacy issues to end
violence against children including child sacrifice

Community
Engagement:
The PO shall engage
communities including children, parents, political, cultural and religious
leaders, among others. Specifically, he/she will:

·       
Mobilize
communities to participate in project planning, development, implementation and
monitoring.

·       
Mobilize
government institutions and technical staff in the planning and implementation
of CP interventions and plans.

·       
Innovatively
support communities including RCs and their families to participate and benefit
from the CP TP program development.

·       
Mobilize
grassroots organizations, Faith Communities and other civil society
organizations to ending violence against children

·       
Mobilize
and sensitize community (RC guardians, community leaders and other community
members) on CP programs issues and facilitate participation in the management
of various community CP initiatives.

·       
Follow-up
on commitments by local leaders on promotion of protection of all children as
well as their general wellbeing.

·       
Mobilize
communities to participate in the relevant child days and celebrations such as
the Day of the African Child, Day of the Girl Child, 16 days of activism
against Gender based violence, among others.

·       
Participate
and represent World Vision Uganda in the health sector review meetings both at
facility and sub-county level

Networking,
Coordination and Collaboration
In
networking, coordinating and collaborating with different actors, the PO will
PO will:

·       
Facilitate
networking with local government institutions and other partners within the
Cluster in planning and implementation of CP interventions.

·       
Identify
and nurture local partnerships with grassroots civil society organizations,
faith institutions and Sub Counties.

·       
Coordinate
with local government and other partners and engage with relevant stakeholders
and local authorities in building relationships and consensus on CP
interventions.

·       
Participate
in sub-county planning and budgeting, preparation of work plans, implementation
of planned health activities and monitoring/ reporting of progress

·       
Support
local government in formulation and implementation of ordinances and bye-laws
on project issues.

·       
Organize
dialogue engagements between partners, local government and children

·       
Organize
learning forums involving local government, CSOs, FBOs, NGOs and other relevant
technical personnel.

·       
Represent
World Vision at stakeholder engagements in the district and be a regular
advocate on issues of Child Protection

·       
Support
multi-sectoral, Inter-agency networking and coordination in establishing Child
protection prevention, response and service provision mechanisms/ referral
pathways

Child Protection,
Wellbeing, Advocacy and Safeguarding
The PO is responsible for ensuring children are protected and their
welfare is great. The PO shall therefore:

·       
Monitor
the wellbeing and child abuse cases and report any incidents in line with child
protection policy and guidelines.

·       
Work
with local leaders and CP structures to protect children from child violations
and abuses

·       
Sensitize
children including RCs, guardians/parents and other stakeholders about
children’s rights and responsibilities.

·       
Facilitate
CP advocacy, policy dialogue and campaign interventions by ensuring linkages
and coherence between engagements with the CP interventions and district and
National levels.

·       
Be the
Focal Point person for CP in the Cluster and support Cluster teams to report
and comply with CP standards including effective roll out of CP models and
approaches

·       
Facilitate
effective and meaningful participation of children as agents of change in all
project interventions/processes in line with WV Child Participation guidelines

·       
Engage
with partners to assess and address the existing child protection related
issues in the community

·       
Mobilize
communities, local organizations, local government and institutions to
participate in Child protection implementation and monitoring

·       
Facilitate
proper formation of Child protection working teams/groups in line with World
Vision Uganda Child Protection and Advocacy systems strengthening approach

·       
Facilitate
child protection advocacy campaigns and engagements to ensure policy
implementation and change.

·       
Ensure
the children meaningfully participate in various for a including the child
development and participation centres (CDPCs)

·       
Be the
point person for any peace interventions in the Clusters/APs

·       
Shall be
the point person for safeguarding and advocacy interventions at the AP level

Monitoring &
Evaluation
In fulfilling their
monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning roles, the PO shall:

·       
Ensure
application of standard monitoring and evaluation tools in project
implementation.

·       
Facilitate
and monitor the implementation of planned activities and community level
engagements

·       
Facilitate
stakeholders and partners in supervision and monitoring of programmatic
activities

·       
Monitor
progress and achievements of the CP TP in the cluster/AP.

·       
Support
and participate in scheduled CP assessments, evaluations, monitoring and
designs.

·       
Provide
technical guidance to the Cluster/AP teams in identifying CP areas for research
and conduct research to inform programming.

·       
Document
and share impact stories, lessons and best practices.

·       
Compile
quality and timely reports to keep track of progress of implementing planned
activities, realizing TP outcomes and targets within the cluster/AP on a
monthly, quarterly, bi-annual and annual basis as per WVU requirements.

·       
Organize
project level forums to assess progress of implementation of planned
activities.

·       
Monitor
progress of project interventions against plans within the Cluster.

·       
Together
with the TPO – CP, organize review, reflection and learning forums for staff
and partners.

·       
Provide
technical support in the development of Information, Education, and
Communication (I.E.C) and other learning materials on CP in alignment to the
TP.

·       
Compile
monitoring and periodic reports for management action and submission to the
districts as per NGO requirements and support updating of the databases on
children housed by the DPSWOs/CDOs at the sub-county and district.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal applicant for the World Vision Project Officer – Child Protection
job must hold a degree in Social Sciences, Social Worker, Development Studies,
Education or any relevant field. A Master’s degree is an added advantage.

·       
Post
Graduate Qualification in Human Rights, Project Planning & Management,
Development Studies or law from a recognized institution is an added advantage.

·       
A
minimum of three years of child protection programming, preferably in an NGO
setting experience in engaging communities and other partners. Experience
working with children and partners is an added advantage

·       
A good
understanding of social justice and Human Rights issues with demonstrated
experience in Child Protection and rights advocacy and networking

·       
Familiarity
with standards and guidelines for Child Protection programming and child and
adult safeguarding

·       
Experience
of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and
accountability

·       
Ability
to build capacities of community – based structures and other actors.

·       
Good
understanding of local government functions.

·       
Skills
and experience in networking, collaboration and advocacy at different levels.

·       
Writing,
reporting and documentation skills

·       
Effective
communicator (both oral and written) and good documentation skills. Ability to
communicate in applicable local language(s).

·       
Track
record demonstrating high integrity, reliability and dependability.

·       
Ability
to work with minimal supervision.

·       
Ability
to track budget expenditure on a daily basis and develop a cash flow during
planning

·       
Must be
highly reliable and independent, able to work with minimal or no supervision.

·       
Must be
a committed Christian, able to stand above denominational diversities.

·       
Adapts
and able to work under pressure

 

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified candidates are encouraged to submit your application and complete
Curriculum Vitae by applying online through visiting World Vision
International’s e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link below.

 

Click
Here

 

Deadline: 22nd February 2021

 

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