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Programme Manager Job in Daadab Kenya

Child Protection Programme Manager

Team / Programme: Programmes

Location: Daadab

Grade: TBC

Post Type: National

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

Role Purpose:

The position is responsible in managing the implementation of Child Protection Programme activities in the area.

Represent and advocate for SCUK work and organizational priorities in child protection with a wide range of external parties including government representatives, communities, donors, UN and other humanitarian agencies operating in the area. Provide leadership and guidance to the programme team.

Scope of Role: 

Reports to: Area Manager (PTL when in place)


Save the Children has supported children in Kenya since before its Independence in 1963 and has had a consistent operational presence in the country since 1984.

We provide support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, Health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH.

Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Meru and Wajir. Currently, we have a staff complement of approximately 260 staff and a confirmed budget of approximately US$18 million this year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: Child Protection Coordinator& BID Coordinator

Key Areas of Accountability:  
Manage all aspects of the implementation of child protection programme in the area including the UNHCR Best Interest Determination process and ensures the quality of child protection programming and adherence to best practice standards for the sector.

Ensure coherence of programme activities with SC UK’s national programme approach for Kenya:
•    Link programme activities to the organisation’s global strategy.
•    Ensure that programme activities contribute to SC UK’s advocacy priorities.
•    Identify and build links with other programme sectors, ensuring that issues for child protection
are raised and addressed.

Ensure programme activities in the operational area are well monitored to assess their ability to fulfil
the requirements of approved SCUK Thematic and Annual Operational Plans.
•    Develop a comprehensive implementation strategy with clear benchmark indicators and work plans.
•    Work with staff to ensure effective evaluation and documentation of programme activities.
•    Produce timely reports, including monthly internal progress reports, and all required reports
to the donor agencies.

Overall management responsibility for all Area Office Child Protection staff.
•    Lead and motivate the team to ensure effective implementation of programme activities.
•    Ensure there are regular staff team meetings.
•    Ensure key problems are brought to the attention of the Field Human Resources and
Administration Officer and the Area Manager for discussion and review.

Monitor and support Child Protection staff in implementing SCUK project management systems and
guidelines to ensure the smooth implementation of approved activities.
•    Ensure appropriate induction, training and follow-up in grants/financial management, logistics and security guidelines, monitoring and evaluation procedures and guidelines.
•    Make regular visits to Sub Area Offices and project activities in the neighbouring communities.

Assist Programme Coordinators in identifying technical support required from the Technical Advisors In the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programme activities.  Liaise with key departments in Headquarters on technical issues to ensure adherence to SCUK best practice approach for child protection in emergencies.

Identify, analyse and engage in advocacy opportunities to influence key donors’ plans and policies to promote attention to and sufficient resources for awareness raising on the Humanitarian Codes of Conduct and the IASC Action Plan to prevent the sexual exploitation of women and children.

Participate in (or influencing the development of) key working groups, especially those associated with current emergency responses, through close liaison with Government, SC Alliance, UNICEF and other UN agencies, NGO partners, children’s organisations, and other appropriate partners.

Coordinate with Field Human Resource and Administration, Logistics, and Finance departments to ensure effective use and delivery of SC UK resources.  Oversee and ensure effective budget management through close monitoring and reporting on financial information.

Maintain an overview of the external child protection context – political, social, economic and
humanitarian – highlighting the implications for children. Identify opportunities for development of CP programmes where SC UK is in a position to contribute to child rights in the area and participate in the development of a more comprehensive child protection programme in Kenya.

Participate in mid-term or final evaluations and ensure lessons contribute to the development of future CP programme work.

Participate in and strengthen interagency coordination on child protection, leading and guiding the agenda and ensuring that the critical protection needs of children are profiled.

Skills and Behaviours (our 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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically

  • 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

Qualifications and Experience
  • At least Masters Degree social work/social sciences or equivalent.
  • Minimum of five (5) years relevant work experience in child protection programmes.
  • Previous experience of managing a child protection programme in a complex emergency context.
  • Strong planning and organisational skills to meet programme goals.
  • Experience of managing the programme cycle, including assessments, proposal and report writing, monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Strong background and experience on child protection issues, including work with at-risk and vulnerable children.
  • Solid knowledge base and practical experience in community based child protection approaches, Including experience in participatory approaches (PRA/PLA) and child participation methodologies.
  • Strong experience and skills in management of staff from different backgrounds.
  • Experience in building relationships, fostering interagency coordination and experience of representing an organisation to external parties.
  • Strong self-starter, able to set up and manage child protection programmes.
  • Experience in working in an insecure and politically sensitive environment.
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy
  • Strong computer skills, including the use of email and the internet.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili

Desirable Qualifications
  • Understanding of East Africa and the dynamics of the conflicts in the region.
  • Experience of implementing the Interagency Database for Unaccompanied and Separated Children and UNHCR BID process.
  • Experience of rolling out the Action on the Rights of the Child (ARC) training series.
  • Experience of rolling out Child Protection Policies within organisational structures

How to Apply

The application process is now open and will close on the above dates at 5.00 p.m. To apply for this position, please send a short cover letter and CV to indicating the position title on the subject line.

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