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Mon, 18/03/2019 - 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 it’s 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 and Accountability Advisor

 

Grade:                    D1

Location:                Freetown

Department:           Program

Reports to:             GATE GECT Team Leader

 

Summary of the position:

We are now recruiting a Child Protection and Accountability Adviser to be part of the Girls’ Access to Education (GATE) – Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) team in Sierra Leone. GATE-GEC programme is a four year programme, starting in April 2017 and ending in July 2021. It aims to help marginalized girls and children with disabilities in six districts of Sierra Leone (Kono, Kenema, Port Loko, Karene, Moyamba and Kailahun) to reach their learning potential and to transition through primary school, into junior secondary school and beyond. The programme key interventions are: after school study group sessions, training to teachers on how to conduct effective and inclusive literacy and numeracy classes, mobilization of Village Saving Loan Associations, score-carding (community-based participatory accountability and feedback monitoring system), training and support of female learning assistants and student teachers, providing support for children with disabilities through community-based rehabilitation volunteers (CBRVs), provision of assistive devices, and setting up model schools.

 

With funding from the UK Aid - Department for International Development (DFID), Plan International is leading a consortium of four organisations, ActionAid (AA), Handicap International, Open University (UK based) and Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) to implement the GATE-GEC programme in Sierra Leone, in close collaboration with the Sierra Leone Government Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE).

 

The role will ensure that the Safeguarding Children and Young people Policy (SCYPP) and Plan’s accountability standards are fully embedded in accordance with the SCYPP Implementation standards. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring Plan staff across the project are aware of and understand their responsibilities under the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy (SCYP), the Code of Conduct (CoC) and its relevance to their area of work and that CP concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures. The role also ensures that all staff across the GEC consortium adhere to the safeguarding standards as stipulated in partners’ Child Protection policies as well as overall safeguarding minimum standards as specified in the GEC grant recipient handbook.

DIMENSIONS OF ROLE

The role encompasses advisory component on promoting accountability, ‘Do No Harm’ principle and child protection in project implementation. The role interacts with GEC-T consortium project managers at Freetown level and field staff (25%) focusing on organisational compliance to child safe guarding policies and CPP capacity support.

 

Role represents consortium externally in the child protection networks promoting girls education and safe schools advocacy at Freetown level (Girls Access To Education Programme (GATE) led by Mott MacDonald  Ministry Of Basic and Senior Secondary Education- MBBSE) to ensure profiling of best practice across working with marginalised groups of children.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Provide support for child protection and accountability compliance for GEC consortium partners.

  • Lead the development/update of the consortium safeguarding self-assessment and safeguarding action plan to meet compliance with the GEC safeguarding minimum standards.

  • Conduct capacity building trainings and support to consortium staff on child protection and accountability.

  • Lead the revision of the accountability messaging material and child protection IEC material.

  • Coordinate the mapping of the Child Protection services at the district level.

  • Monitor the roll out of the score carding activities and document best practices.

  • Develop national advocacy issue paper resulting from score carding process findings from GEC implementing  districts

  • Conduct refresher trainings for the consortium staff on the score carding.

  • Ensure the implementation of the GATE-GEC Child Safeguarding strategy.

  • Support the Team Leader on risk management for child safeguarding issues.

  • Ensure timely, confidential and accurate reporting of CP incidents to UKNO office and to the Fund Manager with the support of the Team Leader.

  • Participate in advocacy initiatives relating to promotion of safe schools and girls education; and profile best practice across the consortium in working with marginalized groups of children, including children with disabilities.

  • Submit monthly and quarterly updates to the Team Leader and support in the development of the Project’s quarterly and annual reports.

  • Represent the Consortium externally in the child protection networks promoting girls education and safe schools advocacy at Freetown level.

  • Ensure coordination of the Project’s child protection activities with relevant stakeholders (e.g MBSSE and GATE).

  • Ensure GEC-T project compliance with Plan Child Protection and Code of conduct.

  • Ensure compliance with Plan policies and protocols of confidentiality, respect, safety and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded

  • Ensure adherence to child protection standards in project scheduled assessments monitoring and evaluations.

  • 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.

KEY RELATIONSHIPS

  • UKNO and Consortium partner staff in Freetown and in the districts to ensure: 1) timely and quality implementation of safeguarding and child protection activities, 2) monitoring of child protection issues and safe reporting and 3) updates of the consortium safeguarding self-assessment and safeguarding action plan to meet compliance with the GEC safeguarding minimum standards..

External

  • Represent the Consortium externally in the child protection networks promoting girls education and safe schools advocacy at Freetown level.

  • Ensure coordination of the Project’s child protection activities with relevant stakeholders (e.g. MBSSE and GATE).

TECHNICAL EXPERTISE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE

Essential

  • University degree in Social Sciences, development studies, law or any other related studies from a recognized and reputable institution.

  • Minimum 5 year experience in similar role preferably within a humanitarian and/or international development setting.

  • High level skills in child protection program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action.

  • Strong communication skills, the ability to influence and thrive in a rapidly changing professional environment and an exceptional conceptual understanding of the organizational risks associated with Child Protection are imperative.

Desirable

  • Ability to work independently in a rapidly changing professional environment.

  • Good interpersonal, organisational, and time management skills.

  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of discretion.

  • Experience of working in an international NGO.

  • Previous experience of designing and delivering training.  

  • Familiar with DFID CPP.

PLAN INTERNATIONAL’S VALUES

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

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential

  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace

  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.

 

Applications:

Last date for submission of Application (CV and cover letter) is: 18TH March, 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 Sierra-Leone.Recruitment@plan-international.org, CC:info@careers.sl 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 and Accountability Advisor

 

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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