South Sudan: National Child Safeguarding Coordinator

Organization: SOS Children's Villages International
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 14 Jan 2017

Established in 1949, SOS Children's Villages is a dynamic social development international organization working globally to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of orphaned and vulnerable children.

As a member of Program Development team, the Child Safeguarding Advisor will be a ‘resource hub’ and support to functions and Member Associations in the ESAF region in their efforts to ensure that children who are directly and indirectly cared for and supported through SOS Children’s Villages Programs are safe and protected.

Key performance areas and main responsibilities:

  • Lead implementation of the Child Protection Policy and related child safeguarding policy support documents and in co-operation with National Management team and Programmes child safeguarding colleagues to monitors the implementation process and the organisations compliance to International Child Safeguarding Standards

  • Tracks and records the Programmes’ work in the area of child safeguarding based on 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

  • Maintains the National child safeguarding incident register

  • Identifies promising practises as well as key challenges in relation to child protection and child safeguarding in the MA

  • Ensures coordination of all child safeguarding activities through active participation in coordination, meetings and working groups.

  • Lead Child’s Rights Advocacy in SOS CV in partnership and collaboration with child focused organizations in the country.

  • Participate in National Child Protection Fora and working closely with Governmental institutions for the best interest of children and young people in the country.

  • Contribute to strengthening community child protection mechanisms in collaboration with relevant stakeholder.

  • Maintains close contact with SOS CVI Regional CP Advisors and participate actively in Regional CS/CP Networks.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor degree in Social Work, Human Rights, Child Protection or relevant field

  • Five years of extensive experience, progressively responsible working in child protection programming

  • Extensive experience in building strong child protection systems and in delivering services to children, including in emergencies

  • Ability to assess and analyze risks, children’s emotional, psychological and developmental need and family functioning

  • Competencies on monitoring and evaluation and Child safeguarding mechanism

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English. Portuguese and / or French as an additional language would be an advantage

  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work flexible hours in the event of emergencies

  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.

  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching

  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in

  • Ability to influence key decision makers and build a network within an organization

  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.

  • Commitment to SOS Children’s Village values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.

How to apply:

Applications including at least three traceable referees should be sent electronically to:

If you don’t hear from us within 20 days, your application is not successful

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