Somalia: Child Protection Officer

Child Protection Officer – Mogadishu – Somali Nationals Only.

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

* Reports to: Child Protection Program Manager
* Staff directly reporting to this post: None
* Budget Responsibilities: N/A

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.

Qualifications and Experience

* Bachelor in Early Childhood Development, Community Development, social work or psychology. A degree in Social science will be preferable.
* Minimum of 3 years’ experience in working with international NGO’s on protection related work is mandatory for this position. Previous child protection work and background will be treated as added advantage.
* Proven knowledge of the minimum standards of child protection, sphere standards and child friendly space guidance.
* Good knowledge and understanding of rights based programme and related issues including Child Protection in Emergency and Emergency Response Mechanism.
* Strong leadership and motivating skills
* Skills and experience in project/programme planning, monitoring, review and evaluation.
* Field budgeting and financial monitoring skills
* Strong communication, interpersonal, representation and negotiation skills
* Commitment to SC’s Child Protection Policy
* Fluency in written and spoken English, plus good written and spoken Somali
* Training skills
* Knowledge of the contextual issues will be an added advantage.

* Strong commitment to children and their right to and need for education and protection.
* Strong training capacity for duty-bearers and right-holders
* Knowledge of technical report writing and communication skills.
* Knowledge of Child Friendly education and/or Learner Centred Teaching
* Ability to meet deadlines.
* Knowledge of psychosocial approaches and disaster risk interventions.

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at

Application will be close on 7st March 2019.

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

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

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