Child Protection in Emergency Specialist Career Placement – Plan International

Organization: Plan
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Emergency
Response Manager
About US:
Plan International was founded over 75 years ago and it is one of the
oldest and largest children’s development organizations (non-profit / INGOs) in
the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the
Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.
Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential
in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan is independent, with
no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
Job Summary: The Child
Protection in Emergency Specialist will be mainly responsible for assessment,
response analysis, design and implementation of the child protection components
of Plan International Uganda’s emergency response. The incumbent will need to
coordinate with other Emergency Response team members and Plan International
Uganda staff, especially in implementation management of health, education and
other relevant technical sectors, to ensure a rapid, proportionate and
effective response.  The jobholder will
also be responsible for responding to immediate child protection issues with
simultaneous consideration of longer term needs and possible scenarios.
Depending on the situation the specialist may need to take a very active role
in technical co-ordination, support and advocacy with the country specific
child protection clusters and other stakeholders and technical agencies
relevant to the sector. 
Key Duties and
  • Provides sectoral leadership and expertise
    in the assessment
  • Conducts initial rapid assessment of
    current situation in collaboration with local specialists and affected
    population; determine priorities and immediate activities and resources
  • Keenly reviews, assesses and updates the
    child protection situation in areas affected by emergency, including, but
    not limited to (depending on the context) the forms of violence,
    exploitation and abuse in relation to sexual violence, HIV/AIDS, children
    associated with fighting forces, separated children, child trafficking and
    other relevant circumstances affecting child vulnerability to violence,
    exploitation and abuse)
  • Highlights protection issues requiring a
    response – both immediate (less than 2 months) and medium term and make
    recommendations on specific Plan International actions required. Ensure
    core commitments to children are taken into consideration.
  • Represents Plan International Uganda to
    child and other protection clusters, stakeholders and Governmental and non
    – Governmental agencies for the purposes of the protection aspects of the
  • Assesses in – country resources, human,
    material and financial for response with relevant staff and agencies and
    assist in capacity building of national staff.
  • Identifies potential partnerships to
    implement recommendations, assess potential partners where available or
    make recommendations on how to fill gaps.
Programme Design:
  • Defines aims and objectives of the overall
    child protection programme.
  • Work in liaison with national and
    International Child Protection actors, maps current institutional response
    capacities – including conducting a child protection specific 3Ws.
  • Work in close collaboration with Child
    Protection actors, develops a realistic evidence-based, Child Protection
    programme plan, including both programmatic and advocacy activities
    (results oriented).
  • Designs most appropriate child protection
    interventions based on the outcomes of assessments and the context.
  • Responsible for ensuring that issues of gender,
    education, Disaster Risk Reduction and conflict sensitivity are factored
    into the programme design.
  • Responsible for ensuring that Plan
    International guidelines and UN Child Protection cluster standards are
    considered and any departures documented.
  • Works in close collaboration with other
    programmes specialists to ensure that emergency interventions build upon
    each other and link in to longer term programming.
  • Develops a Child Protection Programme
    plan, concept papers and proposals in respect of the above.
Response Management and Implementation:
  • Works closely with the relevant
    implementation manager(s) to ensure that the implementation of relevant
    activities are planned and implemented in a phased and prioritised manner
    in full consultation and co-ordination with all relevant agencies i.e.
    governmental and non – governmental.
  • Offers technical guidance to Plan
    International Uganda for effective planning, implementation and monitoring
    of agreed child protection plans, including the psychosocial recovery (care)
    and assistance (legal and social) to vulnerable children and their
  • Makes frequent field visits to all
    affected response areas to monitor implementation of activities,
    identifies opportunities and constraints and proposes adjustments needed,
    including additional staffing or staff training or other.
  • Designs and develops appropriate
    surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems for child protection
  • Provides support in the monitoring and
    reporting of child protection concerns and violations of child rights
    commitments embodied in the UNCRC, resolution 1612 and other legal
  • Responsible for ensuring early and
    rigorous implementation of quality and accountability mechanisms.
Response Reporting & Evaluation:
  • Evaluates the implementation of Plan
    International Child Protection activities and draft recommendations for
    improved programme design.
  • The jobholder will also draft child
    protection interventions reports to serve as standalone deliverables or to
    be included in larger emergency response for both donor and internal
Information and Coordination:
  • Provides regular updates to Emergency
    Response Manager and emergency team on progress, priorities and
    constraints – verbally and in writing on an agreed frequency.
  • Engages and follows up with relevant
    implementation manager(s)
  • Represents Plan International Uganda and
    non – governmental groups as needed and agreed with the team leader.
  • Provides support in the implementation of
    and represent Plan International Uganda in child protection coordination
    mechanisms, including any relevant cluster.
  • Updates and reports on sectoral
    activities/strategies to donors and other stakeholders.
Human Resources and Administration: Coordinates and/or
implements training and briefing of Plan International Uganda staff, partners
and other key stakeholders on child protection and/or related issues.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the Plan
    International Child Protection in Emergency Specialist career opportunity
    should hold a  Bachelor’s degree in
    Law, International Law, Political Science or a related field with good
    knowledge of International Refugee, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
  • At least five years (of which at least 3
    in the field) of progressively responsible professional experience in
    child protection, humanitarian affairs, human rights and related fields.
  • Previous experience with participatory
    approaches to protection, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief
    management or other related areas.
  • Prior experience in the country of
    potential assignment is an asset.
  • All protection specialists will have a
    good knowledge and understanding of DO NO HARM principles and established
    international child protection standards (especially UNCRC).
  • Work style: Is well planned and organised
    even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative
    and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of Plan International
    Uganda policies and procedures, sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO code of
    conduct. Requires general finance, administration, information management
    and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/
    computer skills.
  • Integrity: Works with
    trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan
    International Uganda’s core values and humanitarian principles.
  • Resilience/Adaptability and
    Ability to operate effectively under extreme
    circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living
    conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient
  • Awareness and sensitivity of self and
    Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and
    diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse
    cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to
    make accurate self – assessment particularly in high stress and high
    security contexts.
  • People skills: Ability to work
    independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able
    to support and train local and international staff and also able to work
    with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory
  • Communication skills: Well
    developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate
    clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a
    representative of Plan International Uganda. This includes effective
    negotiation and representation skills.
  • Fluency in English. Multiple language
    skills desirable. Fluent with the local language specifically Lugbara,
    Aringa and Dinka
Behavioural Competencies:
Strive for lasting impact:
  • Shows commitment and understanding to
    always act in the best interest of the child and respect to human rights.
  • Promotes a culture of learning and
  • Demonstrates a high degree of
Open and Accountable:
  • Holds self accountable for making
    decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling
    Plan International values, striving for lasting impact
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency;
    demonstrates highest levels of integrity, capacity to include and empower
Works Well Together:
  • Comfortable working with others, as part
    of a team or as a team leader. Builds and maintains effective
    relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
    and supporters; approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
  • Values diversity and sees it as a source
    of competitive strength.
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative
  • Thinks strategically, reflects about achievements
    and recognises people’s contribution.
Inclusive and Empowering: Demonstrates commitment to working
with vulnerable children and promoting equality for girls
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should send their letters of
application, together with updated CVs, contact telephone numbers, copies of
relevant certificates, names and contact details of three references plus
salary history and send to:
Ag. Country Human Resources Manager,
Plan Uganda
Email to:
Deadline: 21st April
NB: Please consider your
application unsuccessful in case you do not hear from us by 31st
July 2017
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