Child Protection Technical Specialist at Save the Children




Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people


Save the Children has been working in the Child Protection (CP) sector on Mainland and Zanzibar, and will be expanding these activities in the coming years.  The position of CP Specialist will advance this work on a technical level and ensure excellence in programming, including demonstration of tangible results for children in Tanzania.  The CP Specialist will provide strategic and operational leadership in this process, drawing on current global evidence, practices and approaches.  She/he will assume the overall responsibility for the growth, development and implementation of the CP portfolio in line with SC Tanzania’s strategy plan and SC’s Global Theme on Child Protection.  She/he must bring an innovative leadership profile with a proven track record of working with child protection issues and a sound technical background in programme design and delivery. The post holder should also have a solid understanding of the child protection sector and government structures (national and local level) in Tanzania and some of the current challenges to enforce, protect and fulfil child rights in the country, linked to national action plans, strategies, tools and stakeholders.


Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 with an initial presence in Zanzibar, extending to the Mainland with multi-sector programming.  The present five field offices located in Zanzibar, Shinyanga, Lindi, and Songwe provide services to children in the areas of child rights, child protection, health and nutrition, livelihoods and education.  Save the Children is also engaged in the emergency response in Kigoma Region and supports with child protection and education projects the Burundi refugees in Nyarugusu and Nduta camps.

Reports to: Director of Programme Development and Quality (with strong links to Director of Programme Implementation)

Dimensions: The job has five core functions: strategy, quality programming, resource mobilisation, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy and representation.  Child rights and child participation forms part of all that Save the Children does throughout the spectrum of humanitarian to development. 

Staff directly reporting to this post:  None.



Provide overall oversight and strategic guidance, strong leadership and technically sound decision-making processes in the Child Protection portfolio, as well as ensure CP is integrated into all thematic areas of Save the Children’s work, particularly Education and Health and Nutrition.
Lead on development of thematic strategy for CP in line with Save the Children’s Country Strategic Plan for Tanzania, with support and guidance from the Director of Programme Development and Quality (DPDQ).
Lead in developing and realising practical CP plans as part of country annual planning process.
Contribute to strategic discussions regarding child protection and participation in the country office.
Coordinate with other technical teams in PDQ, and in the field, to ensure a holistic approach to programming that focuses on results for children and their caregivers.
Technical Programme Quality:

Based on guidance and in coordination with the DPDQ and DPI

Support the operations team in identifying and addressing technical gaps in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of CP projects, in coordination with quality programmes team
Lead on and ensure the technical quality delivery of CP projects of the country programme
Support implementation teams and relevant project/programme managers to use technically sound approaches to build the capacity of children, parents, communities, schools, other institutions and government to improve child protection and child participation in Tanzania, including in humanitarian settings.
Build technical capacity in the implementation teams and partners to produce top class donor reports demonstrating clear achievements and learning in child protection, by working with MEAL and Award Management teams.
Review all CP reports for technical quality and ensure information is correctly presented as per Save the Children global standards, evidence base and reality in Tanzania.
Collaborate with and respond to technical assistance from Save the Children Members, coordinating inputs as appropriate for projects.
Review research and participate in discussions related to CP programming to ensure technical excellence and innovation in our projects.
Represent the CP portfolio to the Programme Development and Quality team, especially in weekly and quarterly programme review meetings.
Monitoring and Evaluation  

Work closely with programmes and operations teams to ensure that all projects related to CP have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines.  This includes develop monitoring and reporting systems for existing programmes with field staff and the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) team, and updating senior management on progress towards targets, as well as programme learning.
Assist the operation team in technical assessments of local/implementing partners.
Assist MEAL team, Operation teams and partners to carry out regular monitoring and measure and report on achievement and progress towards project objectives and results. Ensure that benchmarks are established, tested and results reviewed for improving quality in CP activities.
Organise periodic technical project review meetings with operation teams (programme/project managers) and partners and internally share progress and action
Carry out extensive field visits to document observations and experiences and share them with operations, MEAL and finance teams and influence management action for improvement of technical and quality aspects in projects. 
Work with MEAL and operation teams to carry out relevant studies and document and disseminate good practices in projects related to CP.
Coordinate innovation and testing of new strategies through operational research and careful documentation of project decisions and outcomes.
Write case studies of CP successes and challenges.
Advocacy and Representation:

Identify CP advocacy issues that are relevant to our strategy and to the children we work with.
Participate in, or organise representation, at key opportunities and events for Save the Children to position itself as the leading organisation for CP in Tanzania. 
Develop realistic and sustainable strategies for children to participate in advocacy for CP issues in a safe and meaningful way.
Work with programme quality team to support operations teams in developing local-specific advocacy strategies and messages in the area of CP, particularly aligned to the global Campaign.
Support operation teams as requested and build their capacity to lead representation and advocacy in technical, government and civil society fora within Tanzania for CP.
Participate as delegated in relevant internal and external fora including donor meetings and working groups related to CP and thereby take proactive actions to profile SC’s work and create synergies with other organisations.
Identify and secure potential technical resource persons and organisations for their support in advancing Save the Children’s advocacy in the CP sector. This involves forging partnerships with local and international child protection agencies, including the Global Partnership.
Establish and maintain strong working relationship with CP technical advisors of SC members and SC Global Theme (globally and regionally), thereby ensuring that the country programme benefits from possible opportunities (funding and other programme developments areas) and technical assistance arising from such relationships.
Resource Mobilisation:

Work together with programme operation team to initiate and design high quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable project proposals and concept notes related to child protection.
Proactively seek information on potential donor sources and share project opportunities in CP with PDQ, Awards and operations teams linking to country CP strategy.
Write proposals and design logframes/results frameworks for new CP projects.
Develop budgets with operations teams to ensure technical resources are available (human and project activities) for proposed activities.
Develop concept notes for potential donors.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
Future orientated, thinks strategically

Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
Willing to take disciplined risks

Honest, encourages openness and transparency.
Demonstrates honesty and transparency in all financial matters.


Degree in social sciences related to child protection or related field
At least 5 years of professional experience. in child protection.
Demonstrable knowledge and experience in child rights and child participation
Knowledge of current national and regional debates on CP policies and practices
Demonstrated experience of developing and managing relationships and funding from donors or other development partners.
Prior experience at a senior level, developing proposals for large grants (excess of US$500,000) and complex projects.

Demonstrated experience working with international, national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the government to deliver services.
Proven experience in programme development, project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation related to the sector including writing up high quality project/donor reports.
Proven experience and skills in advocacy and building work relationships with local/national governments and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors.
Solid experience and excellent skills in leading and building capacity of systems, staff, partners and other actors related to CP.
Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams.
Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
Experience of building personal networks, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organisation.
Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in of others.
Commitment to the Save the Children values and willingness to abide by Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
Ability to read, write and speak in English.

Exposure to NGO project design and delivery.
Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets
Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
Swahili language skills and experience working in East Africa.

Location: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Contract - Full-Time
Closing date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified




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