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Monday, 11 April 2016

Child Protection Manager - Save the Children Rwanda

Posted By on Monday, April 11, 2016

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirteen districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 94 staff. SC is implementing an emergency response programme to support the Burundi refugees in Mahama Refugee Camp.

SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced nationals to fill the following position: Child Protection Manager

Place of Work: Rwanda, Kirehe/ Mahama Camp

Reports to: Staff directly reporting to this post:

Time frame: Field Office Manager - National Child Protection Staff

Open depending on funds availability

Tentative start date:                     As soon as possible


The Child Protection manager will act as the technical lead on all child protection-related programming for the Save the Children emergency response in Mahama camp. The Child Protection manager will be expected, with limited support, to lead on child protection-related assessments, programme design and implementation and coordination with stakeholders in collaboration with colleagues Mahama camp . In addition, she/he will oversee the monitoring & evaluation of child protection activities and assist on relevant donor reporting. The Child protection program manager will also be expected to play a leadership role within a response team, supporting and building the capacity of colleagues.

In addition the role holder will also support partners to develop their programmes and build their capacity to respond as well as taking responsibility for mainstreaming child protection across other sector of interventions ( Protection, Education and Health) . They will also have a lead role in the development and implementation of safe programme in line with Save the Children Child Safeguarding policy.


Programme Support:

    Responsible for management of Child Protection and SGBV including the community service protection program implementation in Mahama  ensuring that proposed results are achieved on time, within budget and in compliance with donor regulations.
    Manage program budgets including monthly budget forecasting and quarterly budget revisions.
    Provide technical leadership on program implementation methodologies in line with good practice and in collaboration with the child protection technical advisor.
    Ensure that programs are implemented in ways that are responsive to communities and children, in line with Save the Children principles, values and strategic plan and compliant with Save the Children’s procedures.
    Work with relevant government and non-government partners to strengthen capacity on child protection, community service  programming and advocate for improved child protection systems and policies.
    Manage program partnerships including partner capacity building, follow-up and reporting.
    In close coordination with the child protection technical advisor, participate in proposal development processes related to child protection programming.
    Work to develop timely and high quality progress and final reports for external and internal use. These should be results-based and demonstrate progress against agreed indicators.
    Ensure appropriate, timely and accurate data collection against agreed indicators to enable both internal and external reporting.

Partner management

    Work with the Partnership team to identify appropriate partners, community stakeholders for implementation of the Child Protection response.
    Work with partners to develop their programme design and proposals.
    Ensure regular review of 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 as well as Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning data, in line with Country Office internal deadlines for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning.
    Participate in (or influencing the development of) key working groups, especially those associated with current emergency responses, through close liaison with MIDIMAR, UNICEF and other UN NGO partners.
     Participate in and strengthen interagency coordination on protection,  guiding the agenda and ensuring that the critical protection needs of children are profiled.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability

    Develop Monitoring & Evaluation and indicator tracking plans for all grants, developing additional Monitoring & Evaluation tools as necessary to monitor project progress, with support of Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning team.
    Ensure appropriate, timely and accurate data collection against agreed indicators to enable both internal and external reporting.
    Ensure that ongoing programme monitoring/learning feeds into alterations into programme design.
    Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning team to identify and incorporate project suitable accountability mechanisms.

    Lead on child protection assessments as required, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a disaggregated analysis of children’s needs.

Staff Management, Mentorship, and Development

    Ensure appropriate staffing within the Child Protection, SGBV  and community service team.
    Support the Field Manager to ensure that all Child Protection staff, SGBV and community service understand and are able to perform their role.
    Support the Field Manager to establish performance management of all Child Protection and Community Service staff through effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, on-going feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations.

Fundraising and Advocacy:

    Working closely with Child Protection TA, senior staff, support fundraising for child protection, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals.
    Ensure that Save the Children's work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking the lead in the Child Protection Working Group and/or sub-groups.

Capacity Building:

    Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and support and build the capacity of less experienced staff.

Budget management

Responsible for protection budgets lines as delegated budget holder ensuring application and observance of financial procedures and guidelines set out in SC financial manual and donors’ requirements

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


    Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children and role modelling Save the Children values
    Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
    Creates a managerial environment in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding


    Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self and team, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same

    Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale


    Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners
    Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
    Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


    Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    Willing to take disciplined risks


    Honest, encourages openness and transparency
    Always acts in the best interests of children



    Six years of experience working in an emergency response context or in fragile states
    Proven experience in Child protection including SGBV 
    Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
    Previous experience of managing a team and of project management
    Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
    Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
    Ability to work both in an advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
    Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to child protection.
    Experience of representation and ability to represent Save the Children effectively in external forums.
    Excellent communication skills with a high level of written and spoken English
    Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
    The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
    Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of Save the Children, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of Save the Children mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


    Experience of urban programming
    Language skills in kenyanruwanda
    Knowledge of Save the Children systems and ways of working

Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to Specifying “Child Protection Manager” in the subject line. Deadline for receiving applications is Open ended; shortlist will be done on rolling basis.

*Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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