Child Protection Officer Job in Kenya

TOR: Consultancy (Individual) – Child Protection (Officer) Dadaab

Background & Purpose:

Tdh has been operational in Kenya since 2011, implementing child protection projects within the protracted emergency of Dadaab, gradually expanding its work to Garissa County and Korogocho informal settlement in Nairobi, as well as Kakuma/Kalobeyei refugee operations in Turkana County, with a strong emphasis on children's safety and well-being.

Tdh programs aim to strengthen child protection systems while responding to their most urgent needs and their families. Tdh activities focus on case management, mental health and psychosocial support, strengthening formal and informal community-based protection mechanisms, and raising awareness on prevention and response on child matters. Tdh also implements emergency and medium-term projects building on existing capacities and promoting child rights.

In Dadaab Tdh promotes the socio-ecological model of child protection system with a strong emphasis on children safety and well-being. Case management remains a central intervention to ensure children exposed to at-risk environments are identified/protected, and those who experience abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence receive immediate life-saving services in line with their needs.

Tailor-made mental health and psychosocial services are provided to individual/group of boys and girls together with their parents in a safe place. Outreach services aiming at community-led advocacy and empowerment increase information and knowledge on child protection issues. Revitalizing community intergenerational dialogues promotes open engagement on delicate social issues and possible reversal of some retrogressive practices.

In this regard, Tdh is seeking a consultant to provide technical support and oversight to child protection team. The consultant will provide psychosocial support to the refugee children and families in Hagadera, Ifo, Dagahaley and Ifo2 Refugee Camps and surrounding host community villages, monitor the activities in the at child friendly centres and girls safe play areas and provide technical support to the centre supervisors, animators, lay counsellors and assistant counsellors.

Purpose of the Assignment:

The key objective is to provide technical support to protection activities; ensuring that protection principles are applied, that Tdh and global standards, as well as guidelines are upheld, and will ensure the centrality of protection to all Tdh activities.

The consultant is expected to provide group/ individual technical support, mentorship and coaching to child protection staff in Dadaab, to ensure that staff are working effectively, efficiently, and ethically.

The specific objectives of the consultancy are to:

Strengthen child protection work and activities in Dadaab Refugee Camp, including coordination and representation.

Support child protection team to implement and deliver high quality interventions.

Strengthen coordination between the three-child protection units, case management, PSS and outreach.

 Duty station: The consultant will be based in Dadaab Refugee Camp.

Supervisor: Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programs with technical role from Senior Psychosocial Support Officer.

Specific tasks of the Assignment:

The consultant will be required to:

To provide psychosocial support to selected cases of high risk or cases in need of specialized psychosocial support or mental health interventions.

Participate in need assessments and project evaluations aiming at contributing to the development of the child protection programme strategy for the refugee community project in Dadaab Refugee Complex and surrounding host communities.

To support in the development of intervention criteria for the psychosocial cases and design appropriate technical responses to psychosocial and mental health cases.

Provide training and supervising the CP team and community-based structures on the management of children and families with basic psychosocial and mental concerns.

Train CP team members on the child friendly interview techniques and implementation of psychosocial assessment.

Estimated duration of contract and deadline for submission of end-product:

The consultant will be expected to provide services for a period of 2 months.


Work plan and Detailed Implementation Plan (before commencing the assignment)

Submit a detailed written report to the management team including tasks completed, challenges, and recommendations on the work of the staff.

Note: The consultant will abide by the confidentiality agreements.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge and/or experience required:

Minimum bachelor’s degree in psychology. Clinical Psychology or Counseling Psychology from a recognized university, clinical experience is a plus.

Experience in use of community-based approaches for the management of psychosocial and mental health issues.

Experience in application of innovative/creative and evidence based psychosocial and mental health issues.

Minimum of three years’ experience with prominence in psychosocial and mental health assignments. Experience in case management including management of case conferences.

A good understanding of MHPSS framework and guidelines.

Project reporting and evaluation experience.

Staff supervision experience.

Knowledge of key protection issues in the asylum seekers/refugee population and best practices.

Knowledge of protection system in Kenya.

Knowledge of Garissa and Dadaab Refugee Camps or similar context.

Fluency in English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of Somali culture, language is a plus.

Interested candidates should submit their CV, cover letter and consultancy fee through email: on or before 10 November 2023. Shortlisting and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and will close as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

NOTE: The consultant fee should include accommodation and meals costs & flight costs to and from Dadaab.

Tdh will provide the necessary tools of work necessary for the assignment.