About War Child UK:
War Child was established in 1993 as a response to the brutal effects of conflict on children during the Balkans war. We are currently operational in Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic.
War Child UK started its operation in the Western Region of Afghanistan in 2003 working in three (3) thematic areas namely Education, Protection and Livelihood. War Child UK’s main office is located in Kabul and a sub-office in Herat.
The overall role of the Child Protection and safeguarding Advisor is to provide technical leadership and guidance on the development and implementation of War Child’s Child Protection & Safeguarding work in Afghanistan, and to represent War Child at National and International Child Protection fora.
The Child Protection& Safeguarding Advisor will provide essential support to the Afghanistan Country Team’s Child Protection Programming, particularly in the areas of:
- Children on the move
- Juvenile Justice (Children in conflict/contact with the law)
- Operating Child Helplines
- Street Working Children
- Sexual and Gender Based Violence
The Duties and responsibilities may include but not limited to:
- Programme development – Technical guidance on the development of child protection programmes, as well as mainstreaming child protection within War Child’s other sectoral areas of Education and Livelihoods.
- Lead the development and implementation of Child Safeguarding capacity building initiatives including the implementation of the Global Child Safeguarding Policy
- Working with the Child Safety & Safeguarding advisor produce a context specific strategy for implementing Child Safeguarding in Afghanistan and rolling out the global strategy.
- Conduct Risk Assessments of all project locations and recommend mitigated and measures to project managers
- With support from the Child Safety and Safeguarding Advisor, Global Security Advisor and other relevant colleagues devise Standard Operating Procedures for programmes when needed .e.g. UAM project.
- Child Protection capacity building of War Child staff and partners.
- Monitoring progress of War Child’s Child Protection Projects; ensuring that projects adhere to international standards including the Child Protection Minimum Standards and the Core Humanitarian Standards.
- Work together with the MEAL Officer to support the development of child protection& safeguarding indicators; data collection; project feedback from beneficiaries; and collecting and analysing learning from project activities, research and evaluations.
- Participation in national interagency child protection groups, such as the, Protection cluster, Child Protection Action Network and Child Protection in Emergency Sub-cluster
- Contribute to War Child Advocacy initiatives on Child Protection & Safeguarding issues.
- In coordination with the Child Safety & Safeguarding advisor, ensure all safeguarding incidents are appropriately documented, reported and investigated in accordance to the safeguarding policies and reporting protocols
- The post-holder should have a recognised University Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Development Studies or similar or equivalent experience in the field of Protection, Child Protection or Social Work.
- A minimum of 5 years of child protection experience, preferably in the fields of Juvenile Justice, Children on the Move, Separated and Unaccompanied Children, Case Management and SGBV.
- Experience of inter-agency coordination.
- Experience of working in insecure environments.
- Demonstrable experiences of designing, facilitating and delivering training to capacity build mixed level ability staff
- Knowledge of incident investigation
- Demonstrable experience in gender, inclusion and conflict-sensitive
- Commitment to War Child’s internal policies and procedures, particularly Child Safeguarding and Code of Conduct.
- Excellent understanding of Child Protection issues, preferably issues affecting children in Afghanistan.
- Extensive experience of child protection capacity building, coaching and mentoring.
- Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, such as the Child Protection Minimum Standards, Inter-agency Guiding Principles on Unaccompanied and Separated Children, IA Case Management Guidelines and others;
- Understanding and experience of working on Children on the Move issues.
- Experience of working on Juvenile Justice programmes.
- Experience of working with partners and of using a participatory approach as well as of coordinating responses with a range of actors, including Government authorities, national/local organisations, NGOs, UN;
- Ability to achieve results and maintain consistent high standards of professional behaviour and achievement, including when working alone;
- A good understanding of how child protection services fit within the wider social services / welfare provisions.
- In-depth knowledge of child safeguarding and its application in conflict settings a good understanding of child protection monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) systems and approaches.
- Ability to Identify gaps in the national and local level child protection structures and how to address these, including through national level reform.
- Significant experience of child protection proposal development, and an ability to effectively mainstream child protection in other sectoral programming.
- Competencies (Soft Skills):
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Dari. The post-holder should be able to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences.
- The post-holder should be an excellent team player, working with cultural and gender sensitivity.
- Ability to negotiate and influence with a wide range of stakeholders.
- Ability to develop and maintain a network of professional relationships.
- Commitment to transparency and accountability, both internally with War Child and externally with our stakeholders, and supporters.
- Ability to manage conflict and handle sensitive issues with a results-driven approach
- A collaborative approach to working, and the ability to motivate oneself and work individually.
- Able to work in a small, dynamic organisation with limited resources
- Please send motivation letter, CV to RecruitmentAfg@warchild.org.uk before the closing date.
- Applications after closing date will not be accepted.
- Please Indicate the position title, Vacancy Number in the Subject Line (Child Protection and Safeguarding Advisor VA# WCUK-0022) otherwise your application will not be considered.
- Please note that there is no telephonic inquiry and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for written test and interview.
- The successful applicant will be expected to undergo a Police check, vetting check, be compliant and sign up to War Child’s Child Safeguarding Policy, anti-bribery policy, code of conduct and other War Child’s policies prior to a final offer being made.
- WCUK is an equal opportunity employer and female are highly encouraged to apply.
SalaryAs per Organization salary scale
Contract Duration1 Year
Number of positions1