Senior Child Protection Technical Advisor
The Senior Child Protection Technical Advisor will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for Child Protection in Niger. The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high-quality programmes that deliver change for children in both emergency and development programming. The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development. It supports the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners. The role will work closely with operations colleagues and partners in Niger Country Office, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organisations. This role includes a focus on external representation on priority issues including ending all forms of violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children in all settings, and the strengthening of an effective and sustainable child protection system. In the event of major humanitarian emergencies that Niger can face, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
- Provide technical leadership for Child Protection for the Country Office, and set the strategic approach in relation to the wider country strategy
- Build capacity of national staff and partners in key technical approaches related to Child Protection.
Ensuring Programme Quality (Design & Implementation):
- Work closely with new business development colleagues to identify and pursue funding opportunities that allow for both integration into broader programmes and standalone child protection projects; engage with technical partners, donors, and colleagues across Save the Children
- Lead the technical scoping, planning, and design and proposal writing during new programme development, and ensure that we design and deliver high quality integrated child protection programmes for children, building on global best practice. Ensure that gender, disability, and resilience considerations are reflected in our programme design and implementation.
- Work with Child Rights Governance colleagues to ensure that a rights based approach is reflected in our programme design and implementation (in line with our child rights programming approach), with a strong focus on child participation
- Promote a Child Protection Systems Strengthening approach as the overarching framework, that supports working in collaboration and partnership with governments and local partners and working towards impact, scale, and sustainability.
- Provide oversight and guidance to the programme implementation teams to ensure that thematic programme components are technically sound, implementation methods are consistent with national and global strategies, acknowledged good practice (e.g. Save the Children Common Approaches); and are likely to achieve scale, as well as equitable and sustainable results.
- Promote and monitor integrated programming in a way that increases overall impact of child protection programmes at the community level.
- Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) teams and Gender Specialist to carry out gender and power analysis, and conduct quality monitoring against international standards through participatory methodologies that promote gender equality and social justice (including child-friendly and gender sensitive/transformative methodologies) ;
- Contribute towards the creation of an organisational learning culture that promotes the use of disaggregated data, evidence, and analysis (including gender and power analysis) and understands its link to quality and accountable programming; Contribute to strengthening the use of equality-focused programme principles and good practice across themes and sectors.
- Undertake field visits to project sites; work with implementation teams to understand impacts, operational challenges, and continuously identify opportunities for learning and improvement.
- Contribute to organisational learning on child protection, ensuring that learning from our programmes is shared across the Country Office and our partners, as well as with colleagues in the wider regional and global child protection community in Save the Children. Contribute to strengthening the use of Child Protection competencies within training and learning initiatives in the sector.
- Support Humanitarian colleagues to develop emergency preparedness plans and conduct sectoral assessments (including gender analysis and disability situation analysis using SC assessment processes and tools) and to design and deliver emergency response and recovery programmes. Ensure synergies between humanitarian Child Protection teams, data and programme design.
- Monitor trends in order to ensure early action; and lead technical design and implementation and technical coordination of humanitarian responses
Networking & External Engagement:
- In alignment with Country Office strategy and leadership, engage in strategic positioning with donors, partners, and government in-country, and ensure that Save the Children is a partner of choice in Child Protection.
- Ensure that Save the Children is influencing and learning from others through national technical coordination and networking bodies such as child protection clusters and working groups.
- Strengthen civil society engagement in national dialogues and policy processes to end violence against children through working closely with advocacy and child rights governance colleagues. Ensure that the diverse voices of children, girls and boys are equitably heard and represented in our child protection work.
- Represent the program to National and Local government representatives, donors, partner agencies, etc. as required.
- Ensure the quality, clarity and consistency of technical components of internal and external reports (e.g. programme reports, sit-reps, internal updates), working closely with awards, programme implementation and communications colleagues as needed.
- Leverage and liaise with technical colleagues from across Save the Children, including technical working groups and centres of excellence, ensuring that learning from the Country Office is shared with others and global lessons brought back.
- Master’s degree in social work, Child Protection or related field, or equivalent experience
- Social Work, Child Protection, Child Welfare, or related qualification
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- At least 7 years’ experience of leading the design and implementation of humanitarian and development programmes in Child Protection
- Understanding of the Child Protection sector in Niger and or Sahel region
- Familiar with child protection systems, social work with children and families, case management, positive parenting, community level child protection and integration of child protection with education and other sectors. Track record in successful business development/fundraising such as ECHO, INTPA, NORAD, USAID, DANIDA, DDC.
- Demonstrated program design, monitoring, and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.
- Experience of strategy development and planning
- Experience of context, capacity, and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level to hold duty bearers to account to realise children’s rights.
- Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order promote learning, strengthen civil society, and mobilise resources.
- Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn, and share what works and what doesn’t work for children
- Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.
- Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response, and recovery
- Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring
- Fluent in French and high level of French writing skills.
- Demonstrated skills in speaking and writing in English
DURATION & TYPE OF CONTRACT: 12 MONTHS / INTERNATIONAL or NATIONAL CONTRACT
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.
We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
- No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
- All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
- Violence against children is no longer tolerated
We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.
Date advertised: 2 Aug 2022
Closing date: 23 Aug 2022 - 22:59 GMT
Location: Niamey, Niger
Department: Programme, Development and Quality
Type: Fixed-term contractSchedule: Full-time