Child Protection Officer –Mogadishu- Somali Nationals Only

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The Norad Child protection officer under the direct guidance of the CP & CRG Program Manager is responsible for two thematic areas; mainly Child protection, and Child rights Governance in Banadir region of Somalia. He/she will also be responsible for day-to-day implementation of project activities mainly CRG & CP and will closely work with partners, CSOs, government and community members including children

Reports to: Child Protection PM

Country Dimensions:  Save the Children has been working in Somalia for more than 60 years. The Country Office has over 500 staff across 14 field offices (Boroma, Burao and Hargeisa in Somaliland; Bosasso, Garowe, Galkayo and Gardo in Puntland; Beletweyne, Adaado, Abudwak, Baidoa, Kismayo, Dhobley and Mogadishu in Central South Somalia). Our Country Office coordination and administration base is in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2017, as a result of significant scale up for the countrywide drought response, our annual spend FY2017 was US$117 million and we reached more than 2 million people through our humanitarian and longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. The Country Office manages 61 active awards totalling US$165 million from a range of governmental/institutional donors, including DFID, ECHO, EU, FFP, OFDA, and DANIDA being some of our largest.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in the area of Human Rights, community development, social work, law or related fields.

  • Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience in child protection project implementation or related fields.

  • Good technical understanding child protection, child rights, GBV and community-based approaches.

  • An understanding of the needs and rights of children, particularly those who have been in conflict/contact with the law, separated children and children who are at risk of abuse or exploitation.

  • At least two years’ programme experience in child protection/development or in another relevant area of development/emergency/relief work.

  • Experience of working with participatory methodologies, preferably involving children.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team member within a collaborative framework.

  • The ability to work independently and use own initiative.

  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

  • Ability to plan and organise work, cope with pressure and prioritise competing demands on time.

  • The ability to represent the organisation and advocate with a wide range of partners, including government, NGO’s and community representatives.

  • Verbal fluency in English and Somali.

  • Good written language skills and the ability to write clear and well-structured reports.

  •  Computer literate.

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Application will be closed on 21th January 2020.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

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