SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania is a local non-government organization affiliated to SOS Children’s Villages International, a worldwide child care organization that provides orphaned and destitute children with a permanent home and educational opportunities. Established 60 years ago, SOS Children’s Villages International the umbrella organization, currently has Children’s Villages and other projects in 135 countries around the world. Globally, it runs the SOS Children’s Village Programme which has two main arms, i.e. Family Based Care based at SOS Children’s Villages and Family Strengthening Programmes supporting families in local communities. SOS has been working in the United Republic of Tanzania since 1991, and implements its programs in the following locations Zanzibar, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Iringa. SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania seeks to recruit a suitably qualified candidate to fill the following vacant Position.
Job Title: Child Safeguarding and Protection Coordinator
Duty station: National Office, Dar es Salaam (1 post)
Reporting to: National Program Director
- Annually develop a national action plan based on status quo analysis together with the National Program Director, including training strategy, to support child protection implementation in line with ‘Implementation Guide’ of SOS- Kinderdorf International and appropriate to the needs of SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania; ensure Child Protection is part of the national and local planning.
- Develop and implement a regular national monitoring system and document advances and challenges in relation to safeguarding issues.
- Provide training to staff and other stakeholders and develop a range of other activities that will support knowledge, practice and skills development on child safeguarding.
- Support Human Resources (HR), to integrate child safeguarding into existing processes and procedures (i.e. Recruitment, screening and selection, induction, performance management, etc)
- To monitor and review the implementation of the relevant policies and documentation and procedures to ensure they are adhered to, remain current and fit to the government laws and international standards of child safeguarding
- Conduct ongoing trainings and child protection activities in order to maintain awareness and meet specific training needs (e.g. child safeguarding in various SOS locations)
- Work as resource on child safeguarding and provide support, advice and guidance locally on matters related to child safeguarding
- Provide support and guidance to core care co-workers and provide planned interventions as part of agreed plans for children.
- Provide overall coordination across the MA so that child safeguarding initiatives are consistent, efficient and effective and that learning is shared
- Provide a link to other NFPs and to network across SOS Children’s Villages (at region, continental and international level) in order to support consistent implementation and sharing of experience, learning and good practice.
- Support communication on child safeguarding via a range of means (newsletter, good practice sharing, etc.), to all key stakeholder groups, especially children including elaborating child friendly child protection material
- Participate in external Child Rights and Child safeguarding events (link to advocacy)
- Liaise with the respective Regional/lnternational Child safeguarding Managers/Advisors to improve technical competence and systems for Child safeguarding.
- Provide support to the National Program Director in responding effectively and appropriately to any child safeguarding concerns.
- Act as central point to organize reports, referrals, information on concerns and storing the documentations secure and confidential
- Provide support to National Program Director to ensure there are quality assurance mechanisms in place to monitor, review and evaluate arrangements for the protection of children.
- Provide support to the National Program Director in getting an overall picture of the national child protection status
- Develop learning needs assessment and capacity building plans for both staff and other stakeholders depending on the plans and budgets allocated for capacity building.
- Help shape broader child protection sector strategies through influence of and leadership within inter-agency coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed.
- Take the initiative in developing an evidence-base, documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape our MAs strategies, organization program approaches, and contribute to broader learning within Member Association.
- Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organizational and sectoral strategic objectives, and turn these into action.
- Play a leadership role in shaping communications and media priorities in line with thematic priorities of Child Safeguarding.
- Raising awareness of the principles of the SOS Child Protection Policy to all co-workers, stakeholders and SOS beneficiaries
- Preventing and mitigating all possible risks in the area of child protection and Safeguarding at your area.
- Reporting immediately on any issue related to Child abuse/ violence/ neglect/ mistreatment.
- Maintain high level of confidentiality while handling Child Safeguarding concerns.
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCES:
- Master’s Degree equivalent in Social Sciences (Social Work / Sociology), Development Studies, Gender Studies, Child Rights, or related discipline with 5-7 years working experience in gender integration and child and young people protection
- 3-5 years working experience in gender integration and child protection
- Experiences in working with the target group, i.e. vulnerable children, families and community
- Good command of English, written and spoken
- Demonstrable expertise in gender integration and child protection in donor-funded projects including but not limited to NORAD, and experience in Foreign affairs of Scandinavian countries
- Experience in project management, planning, monitoring and evaluation
- Good knowledge and understanding of children’s rights and rights-based approaches in the development of programmes.
- Awareness and understanding of social development issues including gender, education, health, HIV/AIDS, etc.
- Experience in budget development and knowledge in financial management
- Positive and professional approach: highly organised, results-oriented, using initiative and keeping commitments.
- Ability to work effectively with government and civil society partners and communities as well as transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through workshops, training and meetings using participatory methods and adult learning principles.
To apply for this position, send your application letter by email describing how your experience, qualifications and competencies make you the right candidate for this position. Enclose ONLY detailed and updated CV with telephone contacts, email address and details of at least 3 referees. Only contacted candidates for the interview will submit copies of academic, professional certificates and passport size photo.
To apply please send to;
The National Director, SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Please Note: SOS Children’s Villages Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and committed to keeping children safe from abuse and harm, therefore candidates applying for this post will be subject to child safeguarding recruitment procedures and checks.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted
The deadline for submitting the application is 07 July 2021.