Overview

POSITION: NATIONAL CHILD SAFEGUARDING AND PROTECTION COORDINATOR

(FIXED TERM CONTRACT – 3 YEARS RENEWABLE)

SOS Children’s Villages Malawi is a non-governmental child development organization which started its operations in Malawi in 1994.

We envision every child belonging to a family and growing with love, respect and security. We achieve this through building families for children in need, help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.

Under the leadership of the National Director, the job incumbent supports implementation and integration of child safeguarding and protection approaches into the SOS Children’s Villages Programmes, projects and operations through the provision of technical guidance to the SOS Children’s Villages Malawi, partner organizations, community child protection workers, community volunteers, visitors, suppliers and other stakeholders.

The position is based at the National Office in Lilongwe.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate implementation of the Child Protection Policy and related child safeguarding policy support documents in SOS Children’s Villages Malawi and its programme locations.
  • Ensure that the minimum requirements of the policy support document on child safeguarding reporting and responding procedures in Member Associations and the policy support document on child safeguarding investigations are met by the Member Association and in all programmes.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual child safeguarding reports and strengthen a strong and reliable child safeguarding reporting and responding procedure in the Member Association.
  • Maintain the National Child Safeguarding Incidents Register and Risk Register
  • Direct Locational Program Directors and Location teams towards overall technical quality- including adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines for all child safegurading and child protection activities.
  • Support the ongoing development of the board on child safeguarding
  • Analyze the social, economic, cultural, political contexts and impact of emerging issues and social policies on the protection and wellbeing of children and propose appropriate responses.
  • Identify opportunities for learning, formative research, special studies and operational research on child protection, and work with M&E team, Programme team and external support (if needed) to conduct research.
  • Support in carrying out Child Rights Situation Analysis (CRSAs) and feasibility studies with particular focus on child protection and participates in the development of concept notes and programme proposals for approval by ND and IOR.
  • Provide technical expertise in the area of child protection and child safeguarding to the programme teams at national level and location Programme Directors and/ or project heads, when setting up new programme units and interventions in a location.
  • Conduct annual child safeguarding audits in all programmes of the Member Association
  • Work with the M&E section to track child safeguarding/protection performance indicators
  • Identify capacity building needs of the Member Association staff on issues of child rights, child participation, parenting, among others, and set-up/facilitate capacity building processes accordingly.
  • Coordinate the development and prioritization of national child safeguarding actions during the annual planning process.

The suitable candidate must have the following minimum qualifications and attributes:-

Educational background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights, Development Studies, Social Work or any other relevant field
  • 4 years’ experience working in a child focussed organization
  • Technical expertise in child safeguarding
  • Experience in conducting child safeguarding investigations
  • Experience in doing child safeguarding audits is an added advantage
  • Ability to conceptualise, innovate, plan and execute ideas including transferring knowledge and skills to multidisciplinary teams
  • Team player with excellent communication skills and analytical ability
  • Ability to prioritise and handle large amount of information
  • Familiarity with Results-Based Management.

MODE OF APPLICATION

Interested persons should submit their applications together with detailed Curriculum Vitae with three traceable referees to:

The Human Resource Manager

SOS Children’s Villages Malawi

P.O. Box 2359

LILONGWE.

Or email: recruitment.sosmw@sos-malawi.org

Please ensure that you include your full contact details including telephone numbers.

Closing date for receiving applications is 24th June 2022.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.