Ended ​​​​​​​Child Protection Specialist

The Job

Child Protection Specialist -Sana’a

Position Objectives:

The Child Protection (CP) Specialist is a member of the Program Development and Quality (PDQ) team. Under the general direction and guidance of the Senior Child Protection Specialist and Director of Programme Development and Quality will support child protection sector programme design, quality implementation, capacity building and reporting and ensure that all child protection interventions are of a high technical quality and attract significant donor funding which contribute to Save the Children’s strategic objectives; that monitoring processes are in place, and that programme quality and relevance is continually assessed and solutions quickly put in place to reflect changing contexts.


Programme Quality

  • Offer a roving support to the Child Protection teams through our field offices and partners supporting  programme quality of Save the Children’s child protection programming;
  • Support the start-up of projects/programmes including multi-location projects/programmes by organising kick-off meetings, ensuring completion of the required documentation as well as supporting the process of getting project/programme approvals from the authorities.
  • Support quality implementation of CP interventions across all the field offices by ensuring adequate staff capacity, detailed implementation plans, adequate technical support supervision and regular review of programmes/projects.
  • Work collaboratively with other sectors on ways to integrate child protection with other programmes, where relevant, in order to maximize impact for children and families;
  • Working with the Programme Managers and Awards Management Unit, support preparation of high quality donor reports and ensure that there is alignment between the narrative and financial. Where projects/programmes are implemented in multi-locations, support the consolidation and sharing of reports with the Senior CP Specialist;
  • With support from the Senior CP Specialist and Head of Meal support the process of lessons learning to ensure high quality programming, coordinating the collection of documentation across all the programme areas.

Programme Design & development

  • As a key member Child Protection sector, contribute to the development and update the child protection strategy, ensuring consistency with Country Strategy global Child Protection Initiatives, and with Save the Children’s theory of change;Lead and support processes of conducting CP assessments in the field to inform and ensure that findings are appropriately reflected in sectoral strategies and programmes;
  • Coordinate programme design and development processes in the field with beneficiaries, CP and other sectoral staffs and local authorities to build consensus on the needs, interventions, target locations and ensure that required information is shared for programme design and development;
  • Work with colleagues from other sectors to coordinate on and integrate programing to ensure children’s needs are met in a holistic manner during programme implementation;
  • Ensure lessons  learnt inform  the design and implementation of new projects/programmes.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support knowledge sharing across the Child Protection teams, and in coordination with other sectors, and ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are understood and used to improve programmes in the field;
  • Support production and consolidation of programme/project reports from the field and share these with the Senior CP Specialist;
  • Work with the Senior Child Protection Specialist to develop programme quality assurance tools, such as needs assessment tools, programme level indicators, quality checklists for use in spot checks;
  • Conduct regular visit to project sites to ensure that teams are appropriately supported to implement quality programmes;
  • Participate and support CP sector programme reviews at field office levels including joint Field Office reviews for multi-location grants.

Capacity building & Team work

  • Conduct capacity gaps assessment to identify staff, partners and stakeholders training needs;
  • Support capacity building activities for staff, partners, beneficiaries, as well as civil society and government actors;
  • Provide on-going technical support to staff, partners and other CP actors to improve quality of our interventions;
  • Support staff and partners to understand and perform their roles in CP programme design, implementation, reporting and management;
  • Support the CP recruitment processes and training of staff as well as their professional development;
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of detailed annual work plans and key quarterly deliverables for CP projects by field teams;
  • Actively support team cohesion and a positive work environment for CP teams.

External Relations

  • Maintain strategic links with key duty bearers and stakeholders such as governmental bodies, UN agencies, INGOs and other local NGOs and community organizations, identify opportunities and ensure Save the Children’s participation in key activities of the national and local level;
  • Represent and advocate for Save the Children in clusters and other interagency fora to ensure Save the Children is seen as the lead international agency in terms of innovation and quality of implementation in Child Protection;
  • As assigned by the Senior Child Protection Specialist, represent Save the Children and actively engage in the Protection Cluster, Sub-clusters & Working Groups ensuring that Save the Children’s contribution is highlighted and acknowledged;
  • Participate in the development & review of protection SOPs, protocols, tools and Minimum standards for Child Protection at an inter-agency level;
  • Work with the Senior Child Protection Specialist to clearly articulate the child protection advocacy messages for the Yemen Country Office.


  • Deputise for the Senior CP Specialist as shall be requested from to time;.
  • Perform any other related roles/duties as may be assigned by the Senior CP Specialist from time to time;
  • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.


  1. Applying Technical and Professional Expertise
    Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shared best practice within and outside the organisation
    Level required: Accomplished
  2. Delivering Results
    Takes personal responsibility and holds others accountable for delivering our ambitious goals for children, continually improving their own performance or that of the team / organisation.
    Level required: Accomplished
  3. Problem Solving and Decision-Making
    Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation
    Level required: Accomplished
  4. Leading and Inspiring Others
    Demonstrates leadership in all our work, embodies our values, and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our goals for children.
    Level required: Skilled
  5. Developing Self and Others
    Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realist their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future
    Level Required: Skilled​​​​​​​


  • A child protection professional with a Bachelors’ degree in child protection, law, social work or relevant field, or equivalent qualification.
  • Significant professional experience of at least 3 years, including experience working at a management or technical level in child protection for international NGOs.
  • Excellent understanding of the child protection sector, particularly issues related to child protection in emergencies, case management, family separation, and mental health and psychosocial support.
  • Clear understanding of the intersection of child protection with other thematic areas.
  • Proven representation skills.
  • Strong commitment to capacity building of staff and partners with willingness to adopt participatory and consultative approaches.
  • Experience with child protection programming in humanitarian settings absolutely required.
  • Experience writing donor funding proposals for large institutional grants in excess of US$1 million.
  • Ability to compile narrative sections and thematic budgets for proposals; ability to edit/write narrative reports, with reference to financial reporting
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language considerations.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets.
  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies.
  • Fluency in English, verbal and written, required; local languages a strong asset.
  • Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.
How to Apply

All CVs to be sent through our account yemen.jobs@savethechildren.org

“Please mention the Position and Duty Station on your email Subject”

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 YemeAll 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: 5 December 2018
  • Deadline: 18 December 2018