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Programme Manager Job in Garissa Kenya

Job title: Child Protection Programme Manager
Location: Garissa County
Supervisor: Field Coordinator (Garissa County)

Background: Terre des hommes (Tdh) programme in Garissa County operates in three main target areas: rural areas in Lagdera District (with an integrated health and nutrition/child protection/WASH intervention), Dadaab complex and Garissa town (with a range of child protection services).

General Responsibilities
Operational responsibility for Tdh child protection intervention in Garissa County, including the oversight of administration and logistics aspects related to the project with the support of the Admin/Finance Manager and the Logistics Manager, under the direction of the Field Coordinator and with the support of the senior management. 

Tdh HQ Humanitarian Unit Protection Specialist fulfils punctual support as agreed between the Humanitarian Desk and the Country Representative.
S/He works closely with and progressively delegates responsibilities to the Child Protection Project Managers, applying an active capacity building approach.
S/He advises the Field Coordinator and Country Representative on cases of breaches of the Tdh CPP.

The incumbent will conduct his or her duties in respect of the Charter of Terre des hommes and the Tdh Child Protection Policy.

Tdh expects that its contractors’ professional conduct reflect proper behaviour in accordance with local culture and traditions. 

The incumbent assures the moral protection of the name of Tdh and defends in all circumstances the interests of the movement.

Tdh intervenes without any affiliation for politics, religion or financial profit. 

The incumbent will direct his or her activities and engagements without preoccupation of political, racial or religious affiliation.

Specific Responsibilities

Line Management   
  • Supervises Tdh Child Protection Project Managers in Dadaab, Modogashe, and Garissa town.
Project Management     
  • Develop, implement and monitor the Child Protection projects, in accordance with multiple objectives, activities and targets outlined within current donor proposals and in line with projects’ budgets.
  • Ensure that activities are appropriately monitored and evaluated and propose, when deemed necessary, amendments to the child protection strategy, in consultation with the Field Coordinator and the Country Representative.
  • Conduct regular assessment of the Child Protection projects and activities’ impact, in close collaboration with the WASH and Health and Nutrition programme teams, focusing on the integrated approach.
  • Identify, with the Child Protection authorities, potential additional needs to be covered.
  • In collaboration with the project staff and with the Admin/Finance Manager, forecast expenditures, track activities expenses, make recommendations, and ensure that appropriate action is taken in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinate with the Field Coordinator, the Admin/Finance Manager and the Logistics Manager through operational, purchase and budget follow up to ensure that the Child Protection project receives adequate support and operate in line with Tdh’s and donors’ policies, procedures, and standards.
Project Strategy and planning  
  • In collaboration with the Field Coordinator and Country Representative, participate in designing strategies and objectives for improved support to beneficiaries and contribute actively in its monitoring, evaluation and revision.
  • Participates in assessments, brainstorming, and proposal writing exercises.
  • Participate in the review of Tdh strategy in Kenya when applicable.
  • Participate in the development of new proposals for funding and advise on their technical soundness and financial feasibility.
  • Ensure that Tdh financial and material support to the activities of the Department for Children’s Services does not compromise their future sustainability.
Project Implementation
  • Review the case management system for vulnerable children in the target areas, ensure the proper training of the Child Protection teams, and monitor the implementation of the system.
  • In a participatory manner identify, mobilise and train community members and other actors to encourage their participation in different aspects of the project implementation and development.
  • Reinforce the referral system and maintain regular liaison with resource agencies (Police, medical staff, UN, local and international NGOs, District Children Officer, education partners, etc.) to promote and maintain a healthy and productive relationship with Tdh.
  • Actively sustain and broaden networks in the refugee camps with any existing services, stakeholders and authorities (including UNHCR) necessary to handle Child Protection cases in an effective manner.
  • Develop appropriate project tools and train health and protection teams accordingly.
  • Involve the community, where appropriate, in the protection processes of children in particular need of help.
  • Develop and supervise awareness activities in close consultation with local authorities, communities and other stakeholders on Child Rights topics.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Child Protection team in terms of selection of topics, planning, and delivery of the awareness sessions in a participatory manner.
  • Supervise the development and management of a Child Protection database management system.
  • Supervise data protection procedures and filing.
Monitoring and evaluation    
  • Supervise, maintain and strengthen the Child Protection reporting and intervention system.
  • Supervise the Child Protection team to conduct regular impact evaluations and yearly Child Protection assessments in the communities covered.
  • Monitor and supervise the Child Protection project on a regular basis in order to identify gaps and challenges as well as to ensure quality impact of the Child Protection approach in Kenya. 
Human Resources Management    
  • Support the Project Managers in the development of accurate job descriptions as necessary for the Child Protection project team, in coordination with the Admin Department.
  • Assist recruitment efforts through planning and interviewing of candidates, in respect to the local regulations, in collaboration with the CP Project Managers and in coordination with the Administration Officer.
  • Lead and manage staff, encouraging effective team work and providing supervision and guidance, including regular and constructive feedback.
  • Ensure regular performance appraisals of directly supervised staff, encourage personal development plans, and assist in the identification of training needs.
  • Responsible for follow up of disciplinary measures, in collaboration with the Admin/Finance Manager.
  • In collaboration with the Admin Department, assure the planning of annual leave and R&R for directly supervised staff.
Capacity building   
  • Identify training needs and develop a capacity building strategy that aims to build progressively autonomy of the Tdh team, in collaboration with the Child Protection project managers.
  • Support the Child Protection project managers in providing on-the-job training and mentoring and provide guidance in order to delegate progressively project and team management. 
  • Select, develop relations with, and train national partners in view to prepare and hand over progressively activities and project management, in collaboration with the Child Protection project managers, the Admin/Finance Manager and the Field Coordinator and in close consultation with donors and partners.
  • Participate in the capacity building support to the Children District Officers, Police, and other relevant local authorities, as required by the project.
  • Participate in the capacity building of the health and nutrition workers on Child Rights and Child Protection.
  • Coordinate with the Field Coordinator and the senior management team for the development and supervision of the integrated approach.
  • Coordinate with other sectors to develop potential cross-sectoral activities.
  • Provide technical support to the other senior managers as needed.
  • Coordinate as required with UNHCR and LWF protection and camp management officers.
  • In collaboration with the Field Coordinator, communicate with other humanitarian partners and local authorities in the target areas, as relevant for the effective and efficient implementation of the Child Protection project.
  • Regularly attend Child Protection Working Group meetings and other relevant fora at local level, and national level when relevant.
  • Coordinate with other departments (programme and support) as necessary.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of Tdh accountability framework in Kenya.
  • Contribute to coordination mechanisms, including the sharing of information and reporting. 
  • Attend or delegate attendance to appropriate external meetings at sector level, in order to ensure Tdh’s aims and activities are shared with partners.
  • Network with other NGOs and entities in the interest of information sharing and best practices.
  • Produce and submit to the Field Coordinator a monthly situation report and programme pack.
  • Participate in the completion of donor reports.
  • Maintain and ensure a culture of strict confidentiality - inter Tdh staff and between Tdh staff and non Tdh employees.
  • Upon completion of the assignment, submits detailed handover notes.
  • Comply with Tdh Security Regulations.
  • Ensure all Child Protection staff comply with Tdh Security Regulations and with the indications regularly provided by the Field Coordinator and the Logistics Manager on security.
Child Protection Policy    
  • Commit to respect the Child Protection Policy.
  • Be proactive with respect to Tdh Child Protection Policy (CPP) and show leadership to all Tdh staff on child protection.
  • Ensure that all new Tdh staff members are trained on CPP and aware of the engagement that it requires.
  • Report serious cases of abuse on children identified by the Child Protection team to the Field Coordinator and collaborate on the cases. Strict confidentiality must be respected.  
  • Support technically the Country Representative and the Field Coordinator if any cases are reported. 
  • Ensure all Tdh staff (including other departments) are aware of the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at all times.
  • In conjunction with other expatriates and local managers, supervise the adherence to the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly respecting confidentiality and using a child centred approach with the ‘best interests of the child’ as the leading philosophy.
  • Undertake all other duties that may be determined by the Field Coordinator and/or Country Representative and that are compatible with the job.
Any change to the proposed tasks and activities will be discussed with the Country Representative and the Field Coordinator. 

A high degree of flexibility on the part of all staff is expected.

This job description may change based on the situation in the field.

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