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Philippines: Child Protection Specialist

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Organization: Palladium International
Country: Philippines
Closing date: 24 Nov 2017

Company Overview

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) is a $90 million Government of Australia investment to improve the delivery and quality of education in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. The nine-year program (six years with possible three-year extension) seeks to address the challenges associated with ensuring effective implementation and sustainability in a conflict-affected area.

Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in basic education. This will be accomplished through facilitating and strengthening effective engagement and collaboration processes and the institutional systems of key stakeholders to support the delivery of quality basic education. The Program will focus on supporting improvements in the participation and performance of learners at the early grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 3), in teacher education and development, and in the development of context-appropriate curriculum.


Purpose of the Position:** The Child Protection Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of Pathways systems and procedures for child protection to ensure compliance with Palladium, DFAT, and Government of the Philippines policies and regulations.
The Child Protection Specialist may provide advice and support to other Palladium-managed, DFAT-funded programs as required and subject to availability. The Child Protection Specialist may also be requested to provide advice to DFAT Manila, DepED ARMM and other stakeholders as needed.


Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Child Protection Specialist will:

  1. Work with the Program Manager to review Palladium and Pathways systems and procedures for child protection against most recent DFAT policies;
  2. Work with Palladium?s international Child Protection Adviser to review existing Palladium corporate child protection tools and templates (including training materials, sub-contractor agreements, risk assessment tools, personnel agreements and grants) and make necessary revisions to suit Pathways context and risk profile;
  3. Work with the international Child Protection Adviser to review existing child protection processes and develop comprehensive business processes for Pathways based on DFAT regulations, the ARMM context, and international best practice;
  4. Ensure that the procedures, tools, templates, and business processes developed from the initial review are continuously maintained and systematically implemented;
  5. Advise international Child Protection Adviser on the development of tailored training materials, specifically providing advice on Indonesia-specific context, culturally appropriate messaging, and local legislation and reporting bodies;
  6. Once training material is developed, deliver training to Pathways staff, subcontractors, grantees, government partners at all levels, school partners and other stakeholders as appropriate, and ensure the proper documentation of training attendance;
  7. Conduct regular spot checks on subcontractors, grantees, provincial offices, partners, and communications materials/platforms, to ensure compliance with Palladium, DFAT, and DepED ARMM child protection policies and regulations and to encourage child protection best practice;
  8. Ensure the collection and filing of signed child protection policy documents, training registers, photo and research release forms, and police checks of Pathways staff and contractors;
  9. In consultation with the Program Manager, support the investigation and reporting (as required) of any and all allegations of child abuse, endangerment, or other practices in contravention of the relevant Child Protection policies and regulations;
  10. Work with education program development teams in the design of new activities, ensuring that required risk management tools and processes are completed, and that activities are designed with child protection in mind;
  11. Provide advice to staff on ethical issues related to children participating in education pilots and the conduct of research;
  12. Work with human resource team to ensure staff and STA selection and on-boarding processes are in compliance with relevant child protection requirements;
  13. Work with procurement team to ensure compliance with relevant child protection requirements and that all subcontractors and partners have own child protection policy;
  14. Collaborate with child protection specialists on other Palladium managed, DFAT-funded programs, including but not limited to TASS and INOVASI as required and subject to availability;
  15. Provide advice and support to DepED ARMM on child protection issues at various levels as required and subject to availability; and,
  16. Other duties as may reasonably be required by the Program Manager consistent with the incumbent?s qualifications and experience.


Qualifications and Experience: The Child Protection Specialist will possess the following qualifications and experience:
I. Bachelor degree in law, human/social services or a relevant development subject. An advanced degree is preferred;
II. A minimum of 5 years of professional experience on donor-funded development programs with experience on DFAT-funded programs being highly desirable;
III. In-depth understanding of child protection issues and the laws affecting child welfare in the Philippines, preferably applied within the ARMM education sector;
IV. Knowledge of ethical practices in engaging children in human development initiatives, particularly related to human research;
V. Experience preparing and delivering training to various levels of stakeholders (e.g. policy, senior management, mid-level management and implementation staff) and various types of stakeholders (e.g. government, NGOs, CSOs and school and community audiences);
VI. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Tagalog;
VII. Willingness to travel to remote locations in the ARMM on a regular basis;
VIII. Experience with DFAT or other development agency work, preferably within the education sector;
IX. A high level of integrity, initiative, adaptability, and ability to perform in a high-pressure environment.

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