Job Title: Child Protection and Gender Officer
Organisation: Right To Play
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Africa Program Manager
Right To Play is a global organization, using the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through playing sports and games, Right To Play helps over one million children learn through play to create better futures, while operating in more than 20 countries each week. Founded in 2000 by social entrepreneur and four-time Olympic gold medalist Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national fundraising offices in Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Regional offices are in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Our programs are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 14,400 local volunteer Coaches.
Job Summary: The Child Protection and Gender Officer will primarily ensure that Right To Play’s commitment towards child protection and gender equality is translated into concrete and measurable actions. The incumbent also provides technical support on Child Protection (CP) and Gender Equality, guides the mainstreaming of CP and gender equality into program design and proposals, program implementation, monitoring, reporting and supports with capacity development as well as gender equality policy, strategy, advocacy and research. The Africa CP and Gender Officer works closely with a diverse team of program officers within the Africa Office and provides indirect support to country level Gender Focal Points and Gender Advisors, to ensure that gender equality is strengthened across all areas of program implementation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Ensuring Effective Gender Equality and Child Protection Practices in All Programs (40%)
- Supports Right To Play country and field teams with the mainstreaming of effective gender equality and child safeguarding and protection practices in program design, development, implementation and evaluation
- The jobholder supports the field teams with gender and child protection analyses throughout the project life cycle
- Guides and advises country and field teams with the development of tools to increase the participation of girls and ensure the protection of all children linked to program activities
- Keenly reviews, assesses and updates child protection and gender equality issues across the region, highlighting emerging and recurring issues requiring a response, and makes recommendations on specific actions required.
2. M&E, Impact Measurement, Learning, Research and Reporting (20%):
- Works in close collaboration with the Regional MEL Officer, leads the implementation of transparent and accountable mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating progress for the region’s gender equality and child protection programming.
- Works with Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, and Policy and Advocacy colleagues through a collaborative, cross-organizational process to inform a comprehensive program of research that advances the evidence base for gender equality, child protection and play.
- Actively contributes to core publications, articles, books and panels to share research results and practice.
- Offers technical inputs on gender equality and child protection issues in the development of all proposals, reports and documents at the regional level
- Assists, as required, in the review of RTP’s gender equality and Child Safeguarding and Protection documentation, policies, procedures and manuals.
3. Training and Capacity Building (20% of Time):
- Supports the preparation of toolkits, training manuals and checklists on gender equality and child protection for the Africa Region.
- Supports the training team in organizing workshops on relevant topics that focus on changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviour towards women and girls, men and boys.
- Ensures that the child safeguarding and protection procedures are understood and adhered to by all staff.
- Identify and satisfy training needs of local staff as well as CPFs to support understanding and implementation of the Child Safeguarding Policy.
4. Advocacy and Partnerships (10% of Time):
- Builds and strengthens core partnerships and networks with key stakeholders in the gender equality and child protection sectors, including regional networks and multi-lateral institutions
- Drives collective advocacy initiatives at the regional level, contributing to policy papers, standards and tools on child protection and gender equality
- Works in close partnership with the Policy and Advocacy team to ensure alignment with prevailing external trends and innovation in the fields of gender equality and child protection, while ensuring that program teams across the region adopt best practices.
5. Others: (5% of Time):
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant for the Right To Play Child Protection and Gender Officer career opportunity should hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent in International Development Studies, Gender Studies, Education, or related discipline (e.g. Social Work and Child Protection)
- A minimum of five years’ experience in dealing with issues of gender equality and child protection issues within public institutions, UN agencies and/or the international system
- A minimum of three years’ working experience at the international level in a similar role.
- Previous experience in designing development projects and programs with a gender and child protection lens.
- Prior exposure and experience with the monitoring and evaluation of programs with a gender and child protection lens
- Broad knowledge and understanding of humanitarian, development, child rights and gender issues that is particular to Right To Play project locations
- Familiarity with and experience in quantitative and qualitative participatory research methods
- Previous exposure and experience in sport and play programming
- Prior experience in quality improvement
- Previous experience working in child protection
- Experience in strengthening civil society organisations
- Coaching background
- Child protection and gender mainstreaming and governance background
- Knowledge of adult learning
- Computer literacy i.e. Proficiency in use of Microsoft applications, including Excel, Word
- Good skill at using financial software applications
- Skilled in maintaining documentation
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Good knowledge of accounting practice, policies and procedures
- Proficiency in both spoken and written English language
- Ability to work in a dynamic, evolving, energetic, fast-paced international work environment
- Ability to work well under pressure, handling multiple demands that are non-sequential
- Excellent writing, editing, and problem solving skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Consistently communicates a compelling vision that generates excitement, enthusiasm and commitment to the group’s mission, purpose and goals
- Good team work ethic, and also capable of working independently
- Demonstrates an ability to adapt, learn and change through self-awareness and management of emotions and an ability to develop supportive and productive work relationships
- Applies culturally appropriate approaches to communicate and interact with the Right To Play team and other diverse audiences
- Demonstrates a commitment to and understanding of children’s rights and protection
- Ability to travel internationally is required
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested local and international candidates should send and updated resume and cover letter to: UgandaHR@righttoplay.com and kindly include “Africa Child Protection and Gender Officer” and your name in the subject line. Please indicate your salary expectations in the cover letter.
Deadline: 15th August 2016
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