Child Protection Officer- Galkacayo, Puntland, Somalia

Save the Children International

Child Protection Officer- Galkacayo, Puntland, Somalia



JOB TITLE: Child protection Officer- Galkacyo


TEAM/PROGRAMME: Child protection team in Puntland GRADE: 4


LOCATION: Galkacio POST TYPE: National



Level 3: the role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The child protection officer will be dedicated for the implementation an integrated ensuring a strong start to life for children affected by humanitarian crisis in Somalia (humanitarian nexus contribution) that deliver basic health, WASH and Child Protection in Mudug region.

The role incumbent will be responsible for establishing strong community based child protection mechanisms including community based child protection committees, child friendly space, delivering right and need based psychosocial support for children and caregivers and providing integrated and interconnected case management. As per the save the children common approaches, the post holder will be responsible parental without violence sessions for caregivers and children, training community based case workers and child friendly space facilitators in Galkacyo, Goldogob and Jariiban. He/she will be building synergies with health, education and food security and livelihood and mainstreamed child protection interventions at the communities’ level.


Reports to:   Child Protection Program Manager/Child Protection Program Coordinator

Country Dimensions: Save the Children works in various sites within Puntland, Somaliland and Southern States of Somalia with a current staff complement of approximately 600 staff and current budget of approximately USD 100 million.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

 Key Accountabilities: 

1.     Project planning and Implementation

·       Timely plan and implement child protection activities including community mobilization, awareness raising and training.

·       In close coordination with community based child protection structures including child welfare committees, child protection focal points identify vulnerable children and children at risks mental, physical, neglect and sexual exploitation.

·       Plan and implement child friendly space management guidelines and train CFS staff to adapt the guideline.

·       Identify and register parental without violence beneficiaries to participate structured sessions to improve positive wellbeing and resilience towards good parenting children.

·       Establish and Strengthen strong community based case management and referral mechanism for separated and unaccompanied, children without appropriate, and children from extreme and volatile environment.

·       Closely work with community leaders to organize child protection champions and indoor and outdoor activities.

·       Ensure and uphold that psychosocial support and Psychological first Aid training in line with key psychological indicators assessed and make substantive plan for children and community structures.

·       Implement Structured Recreational activities in the displaced and Community based spaces to enhance children’s psychosocial wellbeing and Resilience are improved.

·       Timely assess key Child protection and Risks issues and make adequate preventative measures.

·       Establish strong synergies and integration with WASH, FSL and Education to ensure and overcome that challenges undermining children’s wellbeing are holistically addressed.

·       To ensure that Caregivers capacity enhanced and adequate training provided including Child Safeguarding dissemination to supported community

  • Coordinate project activities with the relevant stakeholders including project beneficiaries and representatives of the Ministry of Women Development and Family Social Affairs and Child Protection Community Structures.

2.     Monitoring and Evaluations and Reporting

·       Conduct participatory monitoring and evaluation of project activities, ensuring the participation of children and their communities.

·       Conducted regular project assessments including baseline, situational and case management assessments and participate in providing data analysis.

·       Conducted regular and periodic monitoring of the project activities and flag when there is change against the project implementation plans.

·       Prepare project reports on weekly, monthly and quarterly basis and share with the Child Protection manager for proof reading and editing.

3.     Coordination and Participation of Forums

  • Regular participations of the child protection meeting including tasks forces, Case Management forums in both regional and district levels. Ensure referral systems (health, education, psychosocial, income generation, food security, etc.) are identified as appropriate

Delivering Results (Skilled)

·       Delivers timely and appropriate results using available resources

·       Takes responsibility for their work and its impact on others

·       Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well without needing direct supervision

·       Understands the link between their work and the organisation’s objectives

Problem Solving & Decision Making (Skilled)

·       Gathers the right information and uses critical thinking to make effective and timely decisions

·       Knows when to involve others in a decision

·       Simplifies processes and procedures wherever possible

Applying Technical & Professional Expertise (Skilled)

·       Delivers work that reflects a good knowledge and application of technical and professional standards

·       Keeps up to date with trends in their work area

·       Maintains ethical and professional behaviour in accordance with relevant codes of conducts

Working Effectively With Others (Skilled)

·       Actively listens to new and different perspectives and experiences of those they work with

·       Proactively supports team members and trusts their capabilities

·       Demonstrates understanding of their skills and how they complement those of others within diverse teams and groups

·       Clarifies their role and responsibilities within the team to maximise impact

Communicating With Impact (Skilled)

·       Actively listens and seeks to understand before being understood

·       Ensures communications are concise and well-structured

·       Shares appropriate relevant and timely information with others

·       Prepares effectively for meetings



·       A minimum of Bachelor or Diploma in Early Childhood Development, Community Development, social work or psychology, Business Administration and Health.

·       Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in working with international NGO’s on protection related work is mandatory for this position. Previous child protection work and background will be treated as added advantage.

·       Proven knowledge of the minimum standards of child protection, sphere standards and child friendly space guidance.

·       Good knowledge and understanding of rights based programme and related issues including Child Protection in Emergency and Emergency response Mechanism.

·       Strong leadership and motivating skills

·       Skills and experience in project/programme planning, monitoring, review and evaluation.

·       Field budgeting and financial monitoring skills

·       Strong communication, interpersonal, representation and negotiation skills

·       Commitment to SC’s Child Protection Policy

·       Fluency in written and spoken English, plus good written and spoken Somali

·       Training skills

·       Knowledge of the contextual issues will be an added advantage.


·       Strong commitment to children and their right to and need for education and protection.

·       Strong training capacity for duty-bearers and right-holders

·       Knowledge of technical report writing and communication skills.

·       Knowledge of Child Friendly education and/or Learner Centred Teaching

·       Ability to meet deadlines.

·       Knowledge of psychosocial approaches and disaster risk interventions.


Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCI’s Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.

This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for.  SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.


Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.

Declaration of commitment: 

I …………… understand and agree to undertake my responsibility in accordance with the above listed accountabilities/activities and also abide the terms and conditions of the contract

Signature: ………………..                                                                   Date: ………………

Date of issue: 5th April, 2021                                            

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