The DRC/DDG Somalia Programme is the largest programmes in East Africa region. DRC/DDG is among the INGOs with the largest presence in Somalia, with country-wide programmes implemented through six main sub offices in Somaliland, Puntland, Hirran Region, Gedo Region, Bay Region and Banadir Region
Overall purpose of the role:
The Protection Coordinator [Child Protection] will provide technical assistance and guidance on child protection programming in Somalia. The Coordinator will lead on child protection assessments, project design, coordination as well as fundraising and make sure that relevant child protection programs are in place.
The position is expected to mentor and/or build capacities of national program staff and partners, share latest research and evaluate child protection mechanisms. Child protection issues include, but are not limited to children in armed conflict, birth registration, children with disabilities, gender-based violence in emergencies, unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).
Program management and Technical Quality
- Focal person on Child Protection (CP) interventions for DRC Somalia Program
- Map out child protection systems and develop a child protection strategy.
- Provide technical expertise and guidance to the implementation of CP interventions in accordance with international standards, best practices and DRC Protection Strategy.
- Support the implementation of procedures on the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism on grave violations of children’s rights in situations of armed conflict
- Document and implement methodologies to strengthen community-based child protection mechanisms.
- Ensure child protection risks are assessed and documented on a regular basis.
- Identify fundraising opportunities and design appropriate child protection interventions.
- Continued advocacy for quality child protection in emergency interventions
- Provide CP teams with relevant, and up-to-date resources and tools for implementation CP interventions.
- Stimulate constructive debates and maintain active information exchange within on useful CP interventions, publications, tools and lessons learned.
- Contribute to the development of country strategic direction and plans on Protection Programming
Staff Supervision & Development
- Supervise relevant program staff, including timely implementation of staff performance management system.
- Maintain open and professional relations with staff, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
- Support of capacity building for Child Protection staff and partner agencies, ensure they access training and professional development resources appropriate to their skill gaps/needs.
Project Planning, Monitoring & Reporting
- Directly coordinate standalone CP project when required as well components of CP interventions integrated in other projects
- Ensure that relevant project activities are implemented within the assigned budget parameters, in consultation with the Finance Team.
- Prepare and submit quality donor reports as well as other documentation related to child protection programs
- Prepare project work plans that meet the project objectives
- Regular field visits to monitor implementation of activities and to provide technical guidance
Coordination & Representation
- Monitor international best practices and policies on CP and ensure that they are reflected in DRC programming
- Take proactive steps to keep staff well informed about the ongoing CP initiatives, trends and gaps at global, regional and national levels.
- Work closely and coordinate with other DRC sectors for successful implementation of projects and mainstreaming of CP in all other sectors.
- Develop and maintain effective coordination and strong work relationships with relevant CP stakeholders including NGOs, UN agencies, and local partners, key local government and Ministry officials to implement common standards on CP.
- Effectively represent DRC at Protection coordination forums, such as the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) working group.
- Any other duties as may be assigned by line manager.About you To be successful in this role we expect the following experience and technical competencies:
- At least 5 years of experience on protection programming in humanitarian response with a specific focus on children and women’s protection
- Advanced university degree, preferably in Law, Sociology, Social work, Human Rights, or related field.
- Post graduate qualification in the same field is desirable
- Ability to advocate for and raise awareness on children’s rights, promoting respect for international law and help people obtain access to humanitarian assistance.
- Demonstrated understanding of general protection programming in humanitarian response
- Knowledge and understanding of the complexity related to Refugee, Asylum seekers and IDP situations.
- Experience in designing strategic documents to guide implementation, assessments and standard operating procedures on child protection.
- Experience in capacity building, including as a trainer on human rights.
- Experience in remote management and working with local organizations
- Thorough knowledge of and experience of working on children associated with armed conflict
- Intellectually flexible with ability to deliver results in a short period of time.
- Proven commitment to accountability and quality assurance.
- Excellent analytical and skills in report writing and proposal development.
- Experience living and working in a cross-cultural, conflict affected environment, under team conditions;
- Ability to work well under pressure and in adverse conditions;
- Ability to work in a large organization with complex systems.
Moreover, in this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
- Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
- Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
- Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
Duration: 1 Year renewable subject to Performance and Funding.
Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates available at https://drc.ngo/about-drc/vacancies/expatriate-terms-of-employment graded as Band N.M.G level 1. **
Start Date: 1st June 2020
Duty Station: Mogadishu – Somalia with frequency of travel field locations.
Reporting: This position reports to Protection Manager**
Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html). All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.
Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.
Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.