Ended Child Protection and Child Rights Governance Manager

The Job

Re-Advertising Child Protection and Child Rights Governance Manager –Sana’a

Contract length is One year with possible extension.

Position Objectives:

As a Child Protection/Child Rights Governance (CP/CRG) Program Manager in conflict affected Yemen, Save the Children expects you to drive our CP/CRG programmes to be as coordinated, efficient and attainable as possible in a context with rapid onsets of humanitarian emergencies while at the same time ensuring programmatic focus is in place for the on-going transitional development for strengthened national child protection/Child Rights Governance systems, currently including rollout of Child Protection in Emergencies (CPIE), the minimum standards on child protection in humanitarian actions, Child Rights Governance in Emergency.


Key areas of accountability:

  • Help the program coordinator in training the new staff in health and nutrition information system formats and make sure that all concern people at health facility level understand the reporting system.
  • Input in developing, refining, supporting and monitoring the overall program implementation in line with the Yemen response strategy, in order to reach the child protection and CRG program goals and objectives.
  • Provide guidance to CP-CRG program staff in all aspects of the program implementation in compliance with SCI SOP including the Minimum Standard of Child Protection and other national and international legal framework and standard;
  • For the approved funds and grants, develop implementation plans for field teams and partner organizations; develop monthly, quarterly and annual programme plans.
  • Contribute, as appropriate on policy discourses, practice and strategy.
  • Promote SC’s values of accountability, ambition, creativity, integrity and collaboration through personal role modelling and capacity building with the program team
  • Ensure that responses required addressing special protection and prevention needs of the most vulnerable children categories.
  • Make frequent visit to project sites to provide technical and managerial guidance/support and identify issues that need timely action and support at different levels.

Program quality and monitoring

  • In coordination with the CP sub cluster, and under technical guidance of the CP advisor contribute in the inter agencies Child Protection Assessments. Ensure child protection is adequately incorporated within multi-sector assessments, in coordination with Save the Children colleagues as well as with UN and/or government. Ensure that these findings are reflected in the design, revision and implementation of quality program in
  • Ensure that needs of child protection/CRG programme interventions continually are informed by and mainstreamed with other sectors, in line with CPMS/CRG guidance, and inclusion is advocated for when needed. 
  • Lead the planning of Chid Protection and Child Rights Governance in close coordination and collaboration with partners, including Government, NGO partners and communities ensuring CP-CRG goals and objectives are achieved.
  • quality plans/reports produced/shared in timely manner and capacity of relevant partners is strengthened as appropriate.
  • Prepare implementation plan and oversee the implementation of all child protection and CRG programme components in central area. Ensure the timely delivery of quality actions which ensures gender and equity-focus, and that actions reach the children most at risk, that safe and community monitoring and reporting structures are in place as well as safe and build on community-based child participatory mechanisms. 
  • Closely guide and mentor the concerned CP/CRG teams in  implementation of community-based mobile child protection units, district-based Family Centres and CRG activities, to ensure that the delivery of child-friendly psychosocial support is interlinked with the case management procedures and child protection committees reporting mechanism, for monitoring as well as provision of both responsive and preventive actions to individual child protection needs in both  conflict-affected communities and in the urban areas of concern .
  • Provide specific support to the on-going development of Save the Children’s case management system in Yemen. Ensure that this is adhered to the Minimum Standard of Child Protection and the SoP agreed upon by the sub cluster members. Ensure that  Case Management is implemented in close cooperation with MoSAL and UNICEF for durable child protection systems strengthening.
  • Monitor and ensuring safety and protection of the child, report violations of child rights including grave violations and ensure survivors are timely provided with adequate support and/or referred to appropriate services through the case management system.
  • Ensure that child resilience programming is implemented within the programming framework of SC Yemen and is implemented with quality standard and within the time frame. In addition, support the consequent capacity-building on child resilience for other CP counterparts in Yemen.
  • Ensure that Save the Children CP/CRG program staff continuously provided the strategic support to roll-out the CPiE program and CP Minimum Standards in Yemen, as part of the national initiative by the humanitarian CP sub-cluster and globally by the CPWG.
  • Support CP/CRG staff to develop innovative program support materials for protection of girls and boys exposed to specific risks for their safety and well-being, in line with the CPMS/CRG guidance. Ensure that this materials foster use of child participatory approaches, sharable with other CP/CRG counterparts and be used for advocacy on national as well as global levels.
  • Coordinate with Save the Children’s logistic unit, for efficient and timely delivery of material (including top-up material) for psychosocial support activities as well as set-up of resilience-strengthening child friendly areas in conflict affected communities (e.g. playgrounds, CFS structures etc).

Capacity Building

  • Assess staff capacity needs; accordingly, design and implement necessary capacity building plan for staff and partners.
  • In collaboration with HR promote and establish Safe Guarding Children’s Policy within the organization and across partners program.
  • Ensure coaching, supervision, mentoring and other developmental opportunities;
  • Contribute to the recruitment of a team of program staff, including during emergencies, building technical and planning capacities and supporting them in program implementation as well as to play a leadership role.
  • Monitor and guide the capacity building of civil society organisations for managing planning and implementation of child protection/CRG programming. Support their capacity to systematically report on outcomes and impact, as well as to strengthen their capability to broaden areas of interventions for long-term programming whilst including emergency preparedness and response.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Ensure that projects are monitored regularly, to ensure that CP/CRG teams and partners are adequately supported. Monitoring and evaluation results are understood and used to improve programs.
  • Ensure that appropriate, timely and accurate data collection against agreed indicators to enable both internal and external reporting.
  • With support from the MEAL   team put in place monitoring and evaluation plan and tools with both quantitative and qualitative indicators for child protection, ensuring this links to reporting requirements.  Where possible, use the monitoring and evaluation framework to build an evidence-base for child protection programming interventions.
  • Consider integration in program the different thematic programs and approaches including Child Rights Programming, Theory of Change, DRR, gender, inclusion, diversity / non-discrimination, children as  stakeholders, impact assessment, and organisational learning.
  • Ensure that Assessment, Analysis and Program Design align with the Global Initiatives, child-right based; ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
  • Ensure that child protection interventions are informed by and integrated with other core sectors, including and ensuring that issues for child protection are raised and addressed.
  • Ensure ethical sensitivity and principles of Do No Harm are maintained in the implementation of child protection programme(s).
  • Expand and update programme interventions in relation to changing contexts, needs and as identified in our community- and child participatory accountability monitoring systems, e.g. using idéa/complaint box procedures, as a core part of programme monitoring to enable appropriate actions in line with Save the Children’s child protection strategies for both humanitarian and development oriented work.
  • Take the initiative in documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and programme approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning and researches.
  • Ensure periodic reports, Situation reports and updates  are in prepared and submitted in time.
  • Ensure Country report and shadow report to the UNCRC committee is timely developed and shared with concerned actors through participatory approach ensuring intensive child participation throughout all the process and that children’s parliament is actively engaged and contributing.

Partnership and networking

  • Input in the initial partner capacity assessment, develop and resource partner capacity building plan.
  • Make sure program staff and partners have clear expectations and understanding of the project concept, goal, objectives, measurement indicators, outcome and impact; provide technical support and coaching as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly.
  • Monitor and regularly review partner progress against the budget and work plan, and support partners to alter activities/strategies in light of context changes or operational challenges.
  • Review partner narrative and financial reporting including Monitoring and Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) data, in line with Country Office internal deadlines.
  • Ensure implementing partner’s staff complies with Save the Children’s policies including Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Supervise and build strong teamwork, create positive atmosphere among staff and partners to understand a broader picture of SCI vision, mission, values and principles including SOP.

Fundraising and Advocacy

  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organisational strategic objectives, and turn these into action.
  • Collaborate closely with Save the Children’s CP/CRG Technical Advisor/s and Advocacy and Communication Unit, for driving key advocacy messages related to girls’ and boys’ protection needs and rights in Yemen.
  • Take part in shaping Child Protection/CRG communications and media priorities in line with thematic priorities.
  • Working closely with CP/CRG Technical Advisor/s and other senior staff to support fundraising for child protection/CRG and development of high quality concept notes and proposals.

Capacity building and team work

  • Support knowledge sharing within CP/CRG teams and collaborate on regular basis with CP Program Managers in Save the Children’s North and South intervention areas in Yemen, as well as with humanitarian CP/CRG counterparts in the country and regionally to share and use best practices.
  • Develop learning and capacity building plans for both Save the Children and partner staff, based on identified professional and programmatic needs. Link capacity building initiatives to wider opportunities and networks on national, regional and global levels.
  • Work closely with the HR team on identifying Child Protection/CRG staffing needs (both national and international) and ensure sufficient recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Support in capacity strengthening of internal and external humanitarian actors so that standards are maintained in accordance with the Minimum Standard of Child Protection, Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Secure that CP/CRG teams have the readiness for providing PSS & PFA rapid response actions, CRG in emergency actions and make sure that these actions can be in place no later than 72 hours after emergency alert.
  • In line with Save the Children “Full Spectrum” programming, ensure that all staff understand and are able to perform their role in both humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Ensure that performance management of line-managed staff is in place, as per Save the Children’s procedures.
  • Actively support activities for team building and positive work environment.
  • Make sure that all child protection/CRG staff and partners in Centre Area understand and comply with Save the Children’s policies and procedures with respect to CP code of conduct, safety and health, child safe-guarding and equal opportunities and other relevant policies.



  • Substantial experience working in both humanitarian and development contexts.
  • BA plus extensive experience or MA Degree in social sciences, human rights, or related area
  • Experience in managing CP/CRG programming, including CPIE and CRG.
  • An in-depth understanding of government and inter-agency collaboration related to development of national child protection/CRG systems, in particular from countries within the Middle East region.
  • Ability to manage stress, be flexible and accommodating in sometimes difficult working circumstances
  • Ability to maintain consistent high standards of professional behaviour and achievement when working independently and as part of a team.
  • Prior experience with Save the Children strongly desired
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches.



  • Understanding of social welfare systems and child protection mechanisms, preferably including experience from working with case management system, contextualizing and operationalizing these procedures as well as providing capacity building and continual mentoring.
  • Experience in community-based child protection programming.
  • Experience in child rights governance programming.
  • Commitment to, thorough conceptual understanding of, and ability to train staff in accountability and child participatory methodologies.
  • Ability to operationalise monitoring & evaluation systems in large complex programmes.
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver on stated objectives, on time and within budget
  • Proven capacity to write clear and well-argued assessments and project reports
  • Knowledge of effective financial and grant management, particularly with SIDA and EU.
  • Proven ability of training, follow-up mentoring and coaching on child protection/CRG related topics.
  • Experience working with civil society organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to set up learning and development procedures for a large child protection/CRG team.
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Excellent interpersonal communication (both written and oral) and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; Arabic is essential

Additional job responsibilities

  • The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
How to Apply

If you are interested, please send your applications to Amran.jobs@savethechildren.org

Mention the Position and Duty Station on your Subject line.

This position is open to Yemeni nationals only

We are looking for both men and women from Yemen with enthusiasm and commitment to improve the protection and promotion of the rights of all children in Yemen

All applicants will be subject to Save the Children’s Child safe guardian Policy and Reference Checking Process.

  • Employer: Save The Children
  • Category: Programs
  • Location: Sana'a
  • Posted on: 8 November 2018
  • Deadline: 19 November 2018