Child Protection Technical Specialist

Save the Children , Erbil, Iraq
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Job Description

The CPTS is based in the Program Development and Quality unit. Internally, S/He works closely with program managers, Filed /Area Managers and other technical specialist. Externally, the post holder, works with partners, Cluster members and DoE/MoE. The overall responsibility of the Child Protection Technical Specialist is to assess, design and guide staff to initiate interventions to address violations of children's rights to protection from abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect. S/he will be responsible for ensuring that quality programmes are initiated and capacities developed to provide these kinds of protection to children in all of Save the Children's programs in Iraq. S/he will be expected to lead on strategy, programme design, master budgeting, coordination, and support fundraising and recruitment

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


Reports to: Programme Development and Quality Director
Staff reporting to this post: None


Programme Development and Support:

* developing and articulating a full spectrum Child Protection strategy including partnerships for the country strategic plan period 2022-2024.
* will be a technical lead on developing high quality concept notes and proposals in close coordination with awards, partner organizations and the field teams
* In close coordination with the program operations team, the CPTS will provide technical guidance and oversight in the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of all CP and adolescents/youth and MHPSS activities. Ensuring that CP and youth interventions are implemented in a high quality and timely manner. This includes developing and implementing technical capacity building plans for SCI and partners staff. The CPTS,with other technical specialists across all sectors will lead and contribute in the development and implementation of integrated quality programming.
* Develops and conducts risk assessments and mitigation strategy for all CP interventions across SCI's working areas.

Capacity Building:
* Develops and carryout learning needs assessment and capacity building plans for both SC and partner staff, linking capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities identified via coordination and networks.
* Coach and mentor partner staff, CPY Team and national level counterparts and linked to wider organisational talent development mechanisms.
* Oversee development and delivery of technical training materials that will improve aspects of CP work within partner organizations and across Save the Children


* Identify the need for, and lead the development of, new or adapted programmatic tools to ensure appropriate, safe, and dignified MHPSS services in line with global standards, and global and regional guidance and best practices.
* Supervise technical competence of field staff providing MHPSS services (SC and Implementing Partners) through on site observation, case planning review, case conference discussions, case consultation, etc
* Identify training needs of the MHPSS teams (SC and Implementing Partners, as necessary) and assist the development of training modules, MHPSS implementation tools and awareness raising activities for staff, volunteers, key community members and partners' staff on various topics.

Representation, Advocacy & Organisational Learning:
* Represents Save the Children in the Child Protection sub-cluster and Working Group. Works with UNICEF and others to develop high quality sector strategy documents (HRP, HNO, etc.) and represents the sector in regional and national forums. This may involve taking on a co-chairing role where needs demand.
* Represents Save the Children in regard to CPY at Federal, KRI and Governorates levels. Is a member of the regional Adolescents & Youth community of practice
* Ensures that Save the Children's planning and work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and takes a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums (including the Inter Cluster Coordination Group), ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
* In collaboration with Child Rights Governance, lead key policy and advocacy initiatives and turn these into action with local and national stakeholders feeding into international advocacy efforts.
* Play a leadership role in shaping CP English and Arabic communications and local media priorities in line with thematic priorities and collaborate with Communications, Advocacy and Program Operations to ensure quality communication products and visibility materials.
* Take the initiative in linking global SCI resources with Country office, documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning.
* Identify research opportunities and gather evidence to develop innovative, child protection and gender transformative programs.

Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safe guarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

* holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
* holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
* sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
* widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
* future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
* builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
* values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
* approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
* develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
* willing to take disciplined risks.
* honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


* Master's Degree in a social science, International Relations, Development studies or similar field, or 7-8 years work experience in relevant to child protection, MHPSS and youth programming in emergencies and development context.


* Experience and understanding of MHPSS programming is desirable
* Previous experience of working with a large Protection team of international and national staff
* Capacity to support the development of monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes
* Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development processes for a large Protection team
* Successful demonstrated experience of developing and writing strong concept notes and proposals
* Experience and familiarity with key institutional donor guidelines
* Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, such as the Inter-Agency Guidelines on Separated and Unaccompanied Children, the Paris Principles, MRM, Save the Children Child Friendly Spaces Handbook, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
* Proven ability of mentoring, coaching and training on CP and MHPSS related topics.
* Experience of senior level representation
* Experience of developing and negotiating successful partnerships with institutional donors
* Excellent communication skills
* Proven ability to influence change at an operational and strategic level.
* Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
* English language fluency, a high level of written and spoken English is required. Arabic language competency is desired.

The Organisation:
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 environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.