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Fri, 18/01/2019 - 17:00

This vacancy is open to both internal and external candidates


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child.  But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.  And its girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood.  And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crisis and adversity.  We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We employ more than 9,000 people in programme countries, working with over 85,000 communities.  We have been building powerful partnerships for children for almost 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.


Plan International Sierra Leone is committed to ensure Child Protection in all its interventions and processes. It also encourages women to apply and is an equal opportunity employer.  


We are currently seeking to recruit:


Child Protection Specialist




Location:         Country Office

Department:  Program

Reports to:   Head of Policy and Programming


Summary of the position:

To lead and provide technical expertise in the design and management of child protection programmes, particularly using Child-Centered Community Development and Influence approach.

Typical Responsibilities

  • Develops and manages the implementation of the child protection and participation program component of the country strategy to achieve the set objectives in a quality and timely manner to support the fulfillment of the rights of the child.

  • Provides technical support to PUs in the implementation of all right of children (ROC) related programme activities.

  • Provides technical support in building the capacity of CBOs to enhance their capacity and improve their performance.

  • Facilitates context analysis, baseline studies, monitoring and evaluation of ROC activities in the PUs to identify current situations, future impacts and guide implementation.

  • Liaises with Grants department in sourcing adequate funds both internally and externally for the implementation of ROC activities as outlined in the Country Strategy.

  • Develops training programs, and facilitates training of staff, partners and project communities to improve the delivery of child protection sensitive program/project.

  • Conducts regular visits to the PUs to provide technical guidance to staff for effective implementation and management of all ROC related programme activities.

  • Facilitates building of partnerships, networks coalitions and alliances with other stakeholders to participate in and support collaborative efforts in addressing child right issues/violations.

  • Ensures Gender is mainstreamed in all ROC related program interventions and maintains gender sensitivity towards staff and Plan associates to avoid gender discrimination.

  • Ensures Child Protection is mainstreamed in all ROC related program/projects meet Country Strategic goals.

  • Prepares and submits quarterly work plans detailing tasks (including monitoring plans) to be undertaken and indicators of performance and prepares progress reports for work implementation.

  • Participates in regular Technical Support Team meetings to discuss work progress and develops appropriate strategies to ensure the attainment of project objectives.

  • Participates in, and contributes to regional, sub-regional and national networks and alliances on partnership development and other ROC initiatives in the light of the CCCD approach.

  • Writes and submits Child Rights and Protection related write ups for publication to share with internal and external audience periodically

  • Develops/initiates and supports partnership with research institute to improve program activities.

  • Fulfills Plan’s Child Protection Policy at all times to protect children from all forms of abuse

  • Performs any other duties that may be assigned to support the achievement of organizational goals.


  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Qualifications, Skills and Behaviours

  • A University degree in Child Psychology, Social Science, Law or equivalent

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a child protection related field of practice

  • Knowledgeable in the UNCRC and Child Protection Policy and practices in Sierra Leone.


  • Communicates clearly and effectively (written and oral).

  • Analytical skills

  • Excellent report writing skills

  • Strong team-building and motivational skills.

  • Strong negotiating, facilitating and influencing skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft office applications and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, internet.

Behaviours (Plan International’s Values in Practice)

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.

  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.

  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.

  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.

  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people.

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.

  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.

  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.

  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.

  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.

  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.

  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.



Last date for submission of Application (CV and cover letter) is: 18th January , 2019 by 5:00 pm


Interested candidates need to send their updated CV (no more than 3 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) to on or before the closing date mentioned below. Subject line of submission mails will only bear the indication: Application for the Position of Child Protection Specialist.


Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted. References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan follows an equal opportunity policy and actively encourages diversity welcoming applications from all especially women and people living with disability.


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