Ended Child Protection Officer

The Job

Mercy Corps is a leading international non-governmental humanitarian agency with a global mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Safeguarding at Mercy Corps is committed to the community members we work with and the beneficiaries we serve. As part of this commitment, Mercy Corps has zero tolerance for violations of our Code of Conduct (Sexual Abuse of Beneficiaries and Community Members (PSEA), Anti-Trafficking Policy, Child Safeguarding Policy, Mercy Corps Ethics Complaint and Whistleblower Policy, Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Policy, and Anti-Fraud and Corruption).

Mercy Corps Yemen would like to announce that the following position is currently open for recruitment:

Position Title: Child Protection Officer

Number of Vacancy:  1

Duty Station:  Aden-Yemen

Position Category:  Full-time  AND  Regular     

Duration of Assignment: till 31 December 2020 ,with possibility of extension based on fund and performance

Deadline :  5th July  2020

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Political instability, civil insecurity, an intensified war, and localized conflicts have plunged the country into a serious humanitarian crisis, and put into further jeopardy the already precarious humanitarian situation of Yemen. Through the Yemen Multi-Sectoral Emergency Recovery and Assistance (YEMERA) program, Mercy Corps will provide effective and timely life-saving and livelihood-restoring assistance to the most vulnerable populations in Yemen. Funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), this will be the fourth year Mercy Corps is providing a comprehensive response to the emergency and emerging recovery needs of Yemenis, which includes activities under the following sectors: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Nutrition, Economic Recovery and Market Systems (Livelihoods) and Protection. The program spans seven governorates and will be managed through coordination of three hubs: Al Mahwit/Sana’a, Aden and Taiz.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The Child Protection Officer will be responsible for the implementation of the protection component of the Yemen Multi-Sectoral Emergency and Recovery Assistance (YEMERA) program.  Specifically, this position will supervise establishing and running Child Friendly Space’ activities in Aden. She/He will be responsible for training staff and stakeholders on child protection and reporting, track, report child protection issues, and implement procedures that ensure child safeguarding by all members associated with Mercy Corps child protection activities.  S/he will support field implementation of the program including supporting administration, partners’ coordination, school’s/community stakeholders’ engagement to ensure that the program meets performance-based targets on time and within budget, per USAID requirements. S/he will ensure accountability to Mercy Corps and specifically Mercy Corps Child Safeguarding policies and donor rules and regulations.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Program Support:

  • Assess and establish child protection activities in Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Aden Governorate for boys and girls of different ages, including adolescents and children with disabilities.
  • Recruit, train and manage team members and volunteers to implement CFS activities. 
  • Develop an outreach plan to garner participation in activities, which caters to the unique needs of different aged girls, boys and children with disabilities as well as engages the involvement of parents/care givers and influential stakeholders.  
  • Develop and support implementation of Child Safeguarding Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) that ensure activity spaces are hazard free and reduce risks of harm to children. 
  • Facilitate trainings for team members on Psychological First Aid and the referral pathway.
  • Ensure the mapping of locally available child protection services (including GBV services) and other relevant child support services is regularly up to date and shared with team members.
  • Develop an awareness strategy to sensitize key child protection issues affecting children in the area and support work plan to implement awareness raising.
  • Ensure appropriate adaptations made to support the inclusion of children with disabilities in regards to infrastructure, staffing support, and curriculum.   
  • Build and maintain good communication and close collaboration with other child protection actors including the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Child Protection Working Group, UN, local and international NGOs, and schools and ensure that Mercy Corps child protection programming aligns with other child protection programming and best practices in the area.
  • Ensure that database of incidents aligns with the child protection working group, team members are trained, and that the database is secure and up to date. 
  • Regularly assess protection risks of children associated with Mercy Corps programming in the Aden Governorate and assist.
  • Lead and supervise assessment teams during thematic surveys, needs assessment and data collection that support integrated protection outcomes in other sectors. 
  • Identify local partners and build the capacity of their child protection programming which may include: awareness raising and information sharing, mobile outreach activities, Social cohesion, skills development and recreational activities.

Coordination and Reporting:

  • Liaise with logistic and procurement to ensure protection activities have the required resources at time, and complete and keep records of the necessary paperwork.
  • Develop and update relevant Information, Education and Communication tools (leaflets, brochures, posters etc.) required, with support of the Program Manager and Protection Specialist.
  • Produce regular protection updates and field visit reports
  • Contribute in biweekly/monthly reports, donor reports and proposals.
  • Ensure all assessment and reports for child protection disaggregate information by sex and age and where appropriate included disaggregated information about disability and relevant intersections (location, IDP status, etc.)
  • Prepare weekly and monthly plans
  • Support and coordinate with MEAL team for baseline survey, post-distribution and other monitoring activities.
  • Ensure data protection measures are implemented and followed for child protection activities. 
  • Ensure that the community and beneficiaries are aware of MC feedback and CARM mechanisms.
  • Other duties and responsibilities requested by the line manager

Finance & Compliance Management:

  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to field programming.

Security:

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

Organizational Learning:

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically 
    to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Protection Assistant

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Program Manager

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Other Program Teams, MEL, Operations, Finance.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent in Education, Management, Social Sciences, International Development or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive work in child protection or other child/adolescent realted programming. 
  • Experience establishing and working in child friendly spaces or schools. 
  • Experience with programming that target marginalized girls or young women programs required. Prefer expertise in at least one of the following areas: accelerated learning programs, Islamic and/or community-based education targeting community acceptance of girl’s education, safe space and psychosocial programming, facilitating life-skills, etc.
  • Good understanding of relevant cross-cultural issues in high security environment.  Experience working in a multi-organizational team (international and national partners) is a plus.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Arabic required, including report development, writing and editing.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

SUCCESS FACTORS:

Ability to interact effectively with international and national personnel is required. Demonstrate ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information in support of changing program activities. Demonstrate a high professional standard of work ethics as well as the willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies. Have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments with an appropriate sense of humor and make effective written and verbal communications. He/She must be willing to travel to Mercy Corps project sites in rural locations on a regular basis.

How to Apply
  • Employer: MercyCorps
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 29 June 2020
  • Deadline: 5 July 2020

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