Somalia: Head of Child Protection and Child Rights Governance

Title: Head of Child Protection & Child Rights Governance – Somalia/Somaliland Country Office

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.

Role Purpose: At Save the Children we work to prevent violence from happening and respond efficiently by strengthening families and caregivers, implementing laws and policies, working with governments and other partners to develop strong child protection systems, changing attitudes and social norms, listening to and involving children, building the social work workforce and providing services for children.​​​​ The Head of Child Protection & Child Rights Governance takes overall responsibility in setting the strategic direction, growth a nd coordination of Save the Children’s work on Child Protection & Child Rights Governance in Somalia/Somaliland, which includes protection of children from violence, appropriate care, children on the move, child protection systems, and child protection in emergencies, child resilience, child participation, and gender and inclusion. This includes leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality and cost effective programmes in both humanitarian and long-term development settings, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children.

In collaboration with the Research and Evaluations team, the Head of Child Protection & Child Rights Governance will also provide technical leadership in Child Protection & Child Rights Governance focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices to inform project design, implementation and policy and advocacy efforts in line with the Country Office’s Evidence & Learning Agenda. S/he will also be responsible for networking, collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the country, Government ministries, UN agencies and civil society organisations, as well as playing a leading role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations to mobilise resources to in line with the sector’s strategic ambitions.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Contract Duration: 2 years

Location: Somalia/Somaliland

Qualifications and Experience
* Post-graduate degree in social sciences; child development or human rights or a related field with additional training in child rights governance and project planning and management techniques

* Knowledge of current global and regional debates on child rights and governance
* Recommended a minimum of eight years of relevant technical experience including at senior level
* Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical CRG and CP projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs
* Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports
* Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
* Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams
* Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
* Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
* Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
* Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
* Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
* Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
* Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
* Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children International’s aims, values and principles.

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

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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

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