Child Protection Officer at DRC, Kakuma, Kenya

Deadline: 25 December 2018

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Child Protection Officer in Kakuma, Kenya. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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The holder of this position will manage a team of child protection staff to effectively implement child protection activities in Kalobeyei Settlement.

DRC fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities in the conflict areas of the world.

Key Jobs Responsibilities

The Child Protection Officer will perform the following functions:

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  • Project Management and Implementation:
    • Technical leadership related to project design and development, planning, implementation, and overall project management of the Child Protection. 
    • Lead planning and implementation of activities,develop necessary tools to support the child protection implementation including BIA/BID, and alternative care arrangements.
  • Training & Capacity development:
    • Mentor and provide ongoing technical support to staff directly involved with the case management and child protection intervention through training and on-the-job training.
    • Prepare a capacity building plan for the staff on the basis of identified needs and opportunities. Lead or contribute to the design of appropriate training packages.
  • Coordination & Partnership:
    • Ensure effective representation and active participation by DRC  in the CP Working Group and BID panel Monthly Coordination Meetings and ensure follow up on action points internally and with other partners.
    • Promote coordination and integration with other sectors within DRC Kakuma and ensure full coordination with communities and community-leaders.
  • Staff Management:
    • Monitor and provide objective feedback related to staff performance, including objective setting, probation & performance evaluations to promote growth and professional development.
    • Provide leadership and support to ensure staff well-being, i.e. monitor and manage stress management by providing regular opportunities for staff debriefing to address secondary trauma.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in (Law, Human Rights, Social Work or any other Social Sciences).
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili.
  • At least 5 years of experience working in Child Protection, protection and/or human rights with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and/or other orphans and vulnerable children; with at least 1-year experience working with refugee children in a camp setting with n INGO.
  • In depth technical expertise in case management and psychosocial support to children at risk including Unaccompanied children and separated children (UASCs).
  • Experience with conducting and review of best interest assessments (BIA) and Best interest determination (BID).
  • Experience and technical knowledge in establishing community based child protection networks including foster careers, committees etc.
  • Knowledge of international and national child protection standards and instruments.
  • Experience and proven ability to work as part of a team and lead teams to strive for result.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills; cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with local partners and other stakeholders.
  • Experience and willingness to work in the field and proficient in the use of computer/email/internet.  

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit DRC.

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