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International Child Protection in Emergency Specialist



Founded over 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.

Plan International has been working in Rwanda since 2007 with a major focus on four country programs: Right to Access Quality and Inclusive Education, Right to Early Childhood Care and Development through United Communities, Right to Youth Economic Security through Active Citizenship and Right to Protection. Plan currently operates in Gatsibo, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Bugesera and Nyaruguru. Plan International Rwanda has recently entered into partnership with UNHCR as partner implementing Sexual & Gender Based Violence Responses and Child protection in all Refugees Camps across the country.

Plan has a strict child protection policy and guidelines that all staff must follow at all times. All staff are expected to help ensure all Plan associates know, understand and follow these and take an active role in the protection of all children from abuse and exploitation.

To facilitate the implementation of its activities, Plan International Rwanda is inviting applicants from suitably qualified locally based Internationals and/or Rwandan nationals with international experience to fill the following vacant position:

Position: International Child Protection in Emergency Specialist
Type of appointment: Full time Consultancy
Duty Station: Mahama Refugees Camp
Deadline for applications: 14th June 2016

Job summary

In May 2014, Plan International Rwanda entered into a partnership with UNHCR and MIDIMAR to provide child protection and SGBV protection response and prevention services in all five refugees camps in Rwanda and for urban refugees in Kigali. At the end of March 2015, Burundians began crossing the border into Rwanda to seek asylum from harassment and threats due to the upcoming presidential elections. In response, the Government of Rwanda allocated two sites to host the refugees and in partnership with UNHCR asked implementing partners to support the emergency response. Plan International Rwanda deployed staff to the two reception centres and Mahama camp in addition to the 5 old camps.

Plan International secured quite a number of Grant funded projects (with UNICEF, UN Women, WFP, SNO, UKNO...) and recently an agreement with UNHCR to continue the operation for 2016.

There are now a total of 140,000 Congolese and Burundian refugees in Rwanda. Recently new partners have been introduced to provide support to refugees such as Save the Children, Legal Aid Forum and Handicap International to support the protection and SGBV activities.

Given the high rates of child abuse in the camps, the high number of unaccompanied and separated children as well as continued high incidences of SGBV, there is a need for further quality assurance of Plan International Rwanda’s Child Protection and SGBV response and prevention services. While Plan has Child Protection Coordinator and Officers, SGBV Coordinator and officers and Community Engagement Coordinator and Officers in place to support interventions for more than one year, most are in need further coaching on case management, capacity building, and technical support in developing and implementing a social and behaviour change strategy for prevention of child protection incidents.

It is against this backdrop that Plan International Rwanda is seeking a qualified International Child Protection in Emergency Specialist (CPiE) with knowledge on SGBV prevention and response to support the Refugee Protection Project.

Objectives, Scope of Work and Typical Responsibilities
“What” is done and “why”, but not “how”; include indicators for success

The CPiE Specialist will provide technical support to the Refugee Protection Project team in child protection and SGBV to ensure quality response and prevention interventions.

Specific objectives

Specifically, the CPiE Specialist is expected to focus on the following areas of work:

• Ensure capacities of the Refugee Protection Project field staff is strengthened on CP and SGBV prevention and response through the facilitation of formal and informal workshops and training and by providing technical advice;
• Review of case files in the camps to ensure proper documentation and filing of all child protection and SGBV cases, whether hard or soft copies;

• Provide technical advice and support to field staff with regards to case management and unaccompanied children – this includes assessing their situation, developing case plans and ensuring alternative (family based) care and monitoring;
• Support the field staff in the camps on the development and implementation of a community engagement strategy on Child Protection and SGBV.
• Develop programming guidance on inclusive psychosocial support activities for children through CFS activities that can be adapted per camp.
• Provide technical advice and support to ensure quality provision of alternative education to out of school refugee children.
• Develop and review any technical document such as ToR’s and technical inputs and review of concept notes and proposals.


The CPiE Specialist is expected to:
• Be based in Mahama but with frequent travel to other camps. He or she will work with field staff of the Refugee Protection Project on a daily basis. Travel may be required to Kigali as needed/requested by the Project Manager.
• Work closely with the Field Protection Manager for the Burundi response and the SGBV and Protection Project Manager but will report on achievements and updates to the PSM and Child Protection Country Program Manager.
• Liaise with MIDIMAR, UNHCR, UNICEF, implementing partners, and host community actors as needed to improve child protection programming in the camp and among the host community.

• Monitor and map key child protection and SGBV issues as needed for trend analysis.
• Design and facilitate trainings and workshops as needed for staff and partners on child protection, SGBV and related areas.
• Ensure that all projects implemented are CCCD standards and levels “friendly”.
• Function as part of the Plan Protection Team, providing technical support and guidance.
• Work with the field staff on cases that cut across both gender-based violence and child protection issues to ensure a holistic, coordinated response in the best interest of children and survivors.
• Monitor CP and SGBV case management and prevention activities to ensure a quality response.

Expected Deliverables

1. Work plan and monthly planning of activities is submitted.
2. Capacity building needs assessment and action plan for field staff developed.
3. Training materials are developed for CP, SGBV and related topics are submitted for approval.
4. Community engagement strategy and work plan by camp, inclusive of any contextualized tools produced and approved.
5. Programming guidance on inclusive psychosocial support activities for children through CFS activities produced and approved
6. Monthly progress report provided to the Child Protection and SGBV Project Manager according to ToR and work plan for review and approval by PSM.
7. Final end of deployment report on achievements, lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations to improve child protection programming for the Burundi response.

Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
The ideal candidate will have:

• Master Degree or a long and strong experience in emergency response, humanitarian and Disaster settings especially on Child protection with good knowledge of SGBV.
• Proven expertise in CP and SGBV cases management
• Experience in Counselling
• He/she must have ability to communicate fluently in English. Ability to communicate in French is an advantage.
• He/She must have knowledge of PLAN INTERNATIONAL or like organisations’ policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct.
• He/she must have at least 3 years’ experience in Protection program design and implementation, including at least one year of international, humanitarian experience.
• He/she must have proven knowledge and experience in developing and implementing community mobilization projects.
• He/she must have the ability to remain flexible to a changing environment, to make decisions independently and to work well with a cross-cultural team.
• He/she must have ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and Country Offices, counterparts, government representatives and others.

Level of Contact with Children:

• The position involves High level interaction with children
How to Apply

• Please hand deliver your applications at the Front Desk of Plan International Rwanda Country Office in Kagugu, Plot number 821. Full Job descriptions are available upon request at Plan Reception during working hours.

Your application should include:-

1. A covering letter (ii) A comprehensive CV (iii) Academy Certificates (iv) Details of 3 referees, one of whom should be your current employer (v) Copy of Valid Work Permit for International locally based candidates

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 14th June 2016 @ 5pm.

Please note that applications which do not meet the specified minimum requirements or are received after the closing date will be rejected. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Qualified Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply for this position. All application materials will not be returned.

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