Work from Kakuma, Kenya as a Senior Child Protection Officer

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Requisition ID: req48116

Job Title: Senior Child Protection Officer

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kakuma, Kenya

Work Arrangement:

Job Description

The Child Protection (CP) Senior Officer will work with CP staff and IRC’s implementing partner(s) to ensure that activities are provided following IRC – CP standards, including policies and strategies. She/he will oversee the provision of safe and appropriate CP response and prevention services and interventions to reduce risks faced by children and their families. The CP Senior Officer will provide technical guidance, training, and support to the IRC CP staff, other sectors and IRC’s implementing partner staff to enable both CP mainstreaming and targeted interventions. Specifically, the CP Senior Officer will be responsible for: Major Responsibilities:

Program implementation and quality : Reinforcing adherence to the CP guiding principles throughout all CP, IRC Other sector and partners activities, specifically:

Plan, supervise and oversee provision of prevention and response activities for children and their families.
Oversee the referral mechanisms by leading the maintenance and regular/timely updating of the service mapping, referral pathways, training of service providers on the referral pathway and appropriate referral.

Assess implementation progress and identify technical quality issues or other concerns, to be flagged to the CP Manager, and propose solutions.

Identify material needs together with CP Officers / CP Social Workers or assistants and work with CP Manager and Protection Program Officers to make the necessary procurements, in consideration of budget limits.
Provide daily advice on case management activities to social workers and outreach workers in the location, in accordance with standard tools and procedures.
Facilitate the program activities with the partner staff.
Budget management : Ensuring the adherence to the IRC and donor’s financial policy and regulations maintained accordingly. And:

Ensure PRs for the grants are timely raised, procurement of supplies and services carried out in discussion with the SC and finance.
Ensure healthy budget utilization progress and as per the spending plan through conducting regular and periodic budget review session with the CP manager, Cp officers, assistants, finance, and the SC and manage the under and overspending timely.
Program monitoring and reporting: Ensure all program activities and services are fully documented using agreed monitoring tools for systematic and timely data collection on activities, specifically:

Support the maintenance of the IRC’s Information Management System(s) in line with data protection, collection and sharing standards, and CP guiding principles.
Submit the updated weekly, monthly, and quarterly report and tracker on activities led, success stories, lessons learned, etc. to the designated IRC CP focal point on agreed-upon deadlines.
Staff supervision and development: Directly supervise CP staff by providing regular supervision, coaching, and guidance on CP prevention and response activities, specifically:

Directly supervise Protection assistant- CP and (case workers/social workers) where applicable by providing regular supervision, coaching, and guidance on prevention, risk mitigation, and response activities in the field of child protection
Mentor and support staff’s professional development and foster a positive team spirit to encourage innovative and quality programming.

In collaboration with the CP Manager, identify capacity building needs and support the organization and facilitation of training to meet those needs.

Monitor field work to ensure staff meet program goals and utilize appropriate time management .
Coordination & representation: Work closely with CP Manager, IRC programs and partner(s), CP AoR, protection and other clusters, and other service providers on the provision of CP prevention and response activities, specifically:
Identify concerns related to and support adherence to CP referral protocols by all service providers and relevant stakeholders.
Advocate with peer agencies and other stakeholders to promote timely and quality responses for at-risk children and their families.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other service providers and relevant stakeholders including community members and other implementing partners.

Other: The post holder will also work on other duties such as

Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the CP team, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC Security department and management and liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the environment for IRC programs.
Perform any other tasks as requested by his/her supervisor to ensure the smooth running of the program.


BA/BSC or MA or Diploma in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Social anthropology, Human Rights, Humanities, and other related Social Science field.

Preferred experience & skills:

Required Worker experience for BA/BSC 2 years, for MA 1 year, and for diploma holder 5 years of work experience in implementing child protection programs in humanitarian or development settings.
Understanding of case management and PSS to promote healing and recovery.
Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients/beneficiaries.

Previous experience leading teams on CP response strategies and demonstrated understanding of working with children, particularly vulnerable children.
Excellent communication skills
Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting.
High degree of flexibility and strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
Computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel

Language Skills:

Language: Fluent in English required
Any Local language spoken in Turkana /Kakuma is plus.

Certificates or Licenses:

Trained on CP topics and certified will be preferred.
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request reasonable accommodation.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply. International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.


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