Child Rights and Safeguarding Advisor job at Plan International
• Plan International Kenya’s strategic goal in the next five years is to end both teenage pregnancies and violence against children. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for, and have equal opportunities. PIK will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly approximately 3 million (TBC) girls and Young Women over the period of the strategy 2022-2026 and to reach additional beneficiaries through its interventions.
• The Child Rights and Safeguarding Advisor will lead in defining the Country office agenda for protecting children and young people especially girls and keeping them safe from gender-based and other forms of violence.
• S/He serves as the lead advisor responsible for assessing, designing, and guiding a strategy that to address violations of children’s rights to protection from abuse, exploitation, and violence.
• S/he ensures that quality programmes are initiated and capacities developed in-country and with partners to provide protection interventions.
• S/he will play a leading role in national-level child protection coordination working group and support government efforts to strengthen protection and end violence against children.
• S/he will collaboratively drive advocacy at the appropriate levels in Kenya and with a view to ending violence against girls and young women.
• S/he will contribute to the strengthening of internal measures of safeguarding of children and young persons at all levels and efforts to empower them to effectively detect, prevent and respond to all forms of violence, especially Gender-Based Violence against adolescent girls and children in and out of school. The role plays a critical role in ensuring that Plan Kenya continues to be a leading agency in safeguarding children’s rights within the organization and among its partners and associates, as well as advocating for the same.
• The position holder will advise on the implementation milestones of the policy on Safeguarding Children and Young People in Plan Kenya and ensuring compliance to the policy by Plan staff, partners, and associates.
• The position will contribute to business development by supporting intelligence gathering, proposal development, advocacy, and donor engagement to deliver on Plan Kenya’s bold ambitions for girls and youth in Kenya.
Accountabilities and Main Work Activities
Strategy design, planning, and implementation – 35%
• Take leadership in defining the Child Rights and Safeguarding strategy for PIK and provide guidance in the development of an implementation strategy.
• Deliver a policy and advocacy strategy that increases Plan Kenya’s advocacy impact on protection and ending all forms of violence against children with the Kenya government and other external stakeholders where necessary;
• Advocate and negotiate with high-level technical experts and government officials, parliamentarians, and CSOs;
• Conduct policy analysis to inform advocacy issues and establish and maintenance of dialogue with key decision-makers within government.
• Provide technical expertise in key thematic areas, including but not limited to the VAC Plan of Action for Kenya and other pertinent issues in the child protection sector
• In close collaboration with our influencing advisor and communications team, create communications to influence in the realization of children and girls’ rights, engagement of girls in policy engagement, and increase in civil society support influencing child rights.
• Lead development of a CO programme on ending violence against children and young people that is aligned to Plan Kenya’s Country Strategy and Plan International’s Global purpose
• Ensure participation of children and young people in all PIK programmes is meaningful and safe
• Oversee the implementation of the right based approach in all PIK projects
• Through a monitoring framework, advise on safeguarding milestone achievements on aligning Country Strategy goals to the Global ambition of reaching 100 million girls by 2020
• Technically contribute to the designing of a child participation strategy for Plan Kenya, build the capacity of the PUs in Child and Youth participation, and roll out the strategy
• Provide advice on strategies and approaches in the Country Programme to help contribute to the realization of both the Country and Global ambition.
• Continually provide technical guidance on the implementation of the policy on Safeguarding Children and Young People by ensuring staff are given orientation on the strategy on recruitment and are taken through in-depth training as per the laid down policies in the organization.
• Advise and monitor Plan Kenya’s partners and associates to understand and adhere to the policy.
Programme Quality 30%
• Drive technical excellence and support project and country teams to develop, monitor, and implement girl and client-centered rights programs that are grounded in global evidence, appropriate and meaningful youth engagement;
• Provide oversight and technical guidance in monitoring and harnessing learning from implementing rights projects across the programme areas.
• Drive country office staff capacity in child and girls’ rights programming by providing in-country assistance to build the capacity of teams as well as program and government partners, while keeping abreast of global and emerging evidence and with a view to disseminating both internally and externally;
• Ensure PIK rights programme is aligned to both Global and Regional priorities and the national government policies and sector plans
• Provide technical assistance to support quality design, implementation, monitoring, learning, and evaluation of ASRH programs, including efforts on very young adolescents, strengthening demand and supply of SRHR and age-appropriate services.
• In close collaboration with the M&E team keep track of the achievement of the intended outcomes.
• Strengthen the capacity of program implementation teams to develop and implement innovative rights programme;
• In close consultation with Program Unit managers, provides timely reports, as may be required on the Plan Kenya’s girls and child rights program portfolio, including updates on program/project challenges and successes.
• Provide technical support and guidance to program teams in all related assessments, surveys and studies on safeguarding.
• Review and provide technical input on internal and external reports on safeguarding children and young persons.
• Continually advise the program teams to ensure Child Protection programming is in line with Plan, government, and other relevant recognized safeguarding standards, guidelines, and quality procedures.
• Work with program teams to provide evidence of safeguarding interventions and best practices through documentation and dissemination of lessons learned.
Partnerships, networking, and influencing 10%
• Actively participates in safeguarding eco-systems with the global hub and regional teams as well as within Kenya’s community of practice;
• Collaborate with Business development Unit in developing projects that address the safeguarding of children and young person’s concerns in society.
• Ensure adequate budgeting and resourcing for capacity development and monitoring of the implementation of the policy among staff, partners, and associates through grants and sponsorship funding.
• Participate actively in programme meetings, planning, and review activities, providing enhanced insight into child rights programming.
• Actively participate in key relevant internal meetings such as Programme Review Meetings, Advocacy, and Communications, or area-based meetings as required.
• Participate in any donor visit to project(s) within the country office portfolio, as required.
• Represent Plan Kenya in relevant national Safeguarding technical working groups and networks.
Resource mobilization and programme development (10%)
• Contribute to the growth of Plan Kenya’s child rights portfolio by directly contributing to Plan Kenya’s identification of opportunities, proposal development, including the writing, reviewing, and/or editing of technical proposals.
• Continuously monitor and analyze the emerging SRHR situation in Kenya, donor trends and advise management on potential areas for fundraising.
• Provide technical input to inform concepts and proposal development on Child Rights programming.
• Advice on the partnership networks for overall enhancement of the SRHR programmes and impact at the different levels of engagement (County, National, and Global).
Financial Responsibility (5%)
• Monitor programme performance and budget utilization and apply corrective measures where needed.
• Support the annual planning process to ensure budgets are well structured and effectively managed and utilized
• Coordinate and support programme quality and delivery on Child Rights projects audits and adequate application of management response across all impact areas.
• Periodically assess capacity gaps amongst staff and partners and advise/organize for capacity building.
• Strengthen the capacity of health program staff and partners on current and effective Health interventions, methodologies, policies, and guidelines.
• Identify and advise on learning opportunities for staff development.
• Any other assignment within the scope of work.
Qualifications/ experience essential:
• A Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, or related field.
• At least 5 years of relevant work experience in a child-focused organization
• A minimum of 7 years experience, five of which are in implementing Child Rights programming at a local or national level, preferably with an International Non-Governmental Organization is acceptable in lieu of a Master’s degree
• Strong and up-to-date knowledge of child protection/Safeguarding programmes, protection and safeguarding as well as meaningful youth engagement.
• A clear understanding of the strategies for engaging with children and young people in programme activities and advocacy
• Good understanding of child protection systems in the country
• Experience working with civil society and community-based organizations, particularly in Kenya.
• Result oriented, good interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation
• Commitment to Plan values and willingness to abide by Child and Young people Safeguarding Policy and hold others accountable.
• Good presentation and communication skills
• Proven experience in providing technical assistance to complex protection programs
• Commitment to Plan Kenya’s position on promoting girls’ rights and gender equality and integrating all these aspects in their day to day work
• Demonstrated experience in coaching and mentoring staff on safeguarding initiatives.
• Experience in designing and technical support/management of safeguarding of children and youth
• Good understanding of Safeguarding sector strategies.
• Demonstrable advocacy experience at the national and county level on safeguarding systems and structures.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
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