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United States of America: Senior Specialist, Child Protection in Emergencies

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Save the Children - US
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 30 Jun 2017


The Child Protection Team leads Save the Children’s efforts across a range of child protection issues. Our programs address the issues of children without appropriate care (CWAC) including children who are affected by or vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, preventing and responding to violence against children, and providing critical protective and psycho-social support services for children impacted by emergencies and chronic stress environments. We support work across the continuum of development and humanitarian contexts.

The Director of Violence Prevention and Response on the Child Protection Team will lead Save the Children’s strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, violence against women and children, and/or community-based violence issues. This position requires extensive technical knowledge and expertise in global best practices and innovative approaches to both primary and secondary violence prevention; and must demonstrate a fluency and familiarity with child protection systems strengthening. This position will drive technical design and work closely with other members of the Child Protection Team, New Business Development, and technical staff across the International Programs Team to successfully pursue new business opportunities, and lead the team in providing technical support, quality assurance and program delivery.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

Technical Leadership & Quality Programming (50%)

  • Provide technical support to develop and champion Save the Children’s internal strategies related to violence prevention and response
  • Expert-level contributions to the Child Protection team in prevention and response to gender-based violence, violence against women and children, and/or community-based violence issues
  • Provide global technical assistance and oversight of quality implementation in child protection programming, with a focus on prevention and recovery of violence against children and promotion of child protection systems strengthening
  • Support start-up of new programs and annual work planning, and provide technical input and guidance throughout the life of the project
  • Support the development of evidence-based program standards and guidance that reflect Save the Children’s best practices and state-of-the-art approaches and promote widespread application
  • Set technical standards/priorities for evaluation and for research
  • Maintain knowledge of state-of-the-art innovative approaches; with field-based colleagues, identify internal/external good/promising practices

Fundraising and Resource Development (30%)

In collaboration with the Senior Director of Child Protection and the Associate Director of Resource Mobilization for Child Protection; Resource Development; Department of Portfolio Growth & Performance (New Business Development) and Regional and Country Offices:

  • Cultivate a relationship between the Child Protection Team and key partner agencies and donors, to identify new business opportunities and position Save the Children for successful proposal submission
  • Provide technical leadership and management of proposals, including efforts around partner selection and collaboration
  • Lead technical efforts to secure funding for child protection programming related to gender-based violence, violence against women and children and community-based violence from public and private funding streams

Human Resource Management (10%)

  • Supervise Child Protection staff, as needed
  • Implement HR Management strategies including recruitment, retention, leadership development, succession planning to support achievement of department strategic/operational goals, as needed

Internal and External Representation (10%)

  • In collaboration with colleagues in the Public Policy and Advocacy team, support and participate in advocacy efforts for Save the Children’s violence prevention strategies
  • Represent Child Protection on external bodies of key importance to Save the Children
  • Liaise with other program areas and sectors including HIV/AIDS, Education, Livelihoods, Humanitarian Response, Sponsorship, and domestic programs to coordinate programming, ensure quality, expand coverage of essential services, and develop multi-sectoral interventions

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in social work, child protection, or related field preferred; and 7-10 years’ experience required in progressively responsible technical and programmatic experience in international child protection programs
  • Experience providing distance and in-person technical support and oversight to child protection programs, particularly those related to gender-based violence, violence against women and children, and/or community-based violence
  • Proven organizational and management skills
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills
  • Experience in program design and proposal development for private foundations, bi- and/or multilaterals, and/or USG, particularly USAID and DOS

•Proven ability to think and act strategically and collaboratively

•Proven ability to manage complex programs, budgets, and dispersed staff

•Field experience implementing international programs, particularly in Latin America, Africa or the Middle East preferred

•Ability to identify, attract, develop, and retain high-quality staff

•Commitment to Save the Children Core Values of Ambition, Accountability, Commitment, Creativity, and Innovation

•Preference given to second language proficiency - Spanish, French, or Arabic desired

•Willingness and ability to travel approximately 35% of the time, often to complex and difficult environments

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. As a humanitarian agency, Save the Children is obliged to create and maintain an environment that aims to prevent the sexual exploitation and abuse of children and promote the implementation of its child safeguarding policy. All representatives of Save the Children – employees, volunteers, interns, consultants, Board members and others who work with children on Save the Children’s behalf – are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

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