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Child Protection Advisor (South, SW and Central Area Programs)

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Save the Children Ethiopia is looking for qualified applicants for the following open positions:

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Child Protection Advisor (South, SW and Central Area Programs)

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Program Development, Quality and Impact (PDQI)

Location: Addis Ababa, with 50-70% travel to the field

Grade: 1 B

Type Of Contract: Ethiopian national

Child Safeguarding:

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; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Child Protection Advisor is responsible for leading Save the Children (SC) Ethiopia’s child protection (CP) Programs, both in humanitarian and development contexts, working closely with other thematic advisors and relevant units. That include designing multi-year CP strategies; designing and building CP programs and securing the grants; and producing and utilizing high quality and well-articulated project evidence and research work for learning, for advocacy and for the continued development of the CP program portfolio. The Advisor is also responsible for developing strong external relations with donors, government and strategic partners; and represent Save the Children Ethiopia Country office by taking active part in relevant global and national CP networks, and relevant meetings and forums in Ethiopia. This will include building a strong professional network on behalf of the organization at national and regional/local level. The Advisor is also responsible to ensuring quality implementation of CP programs working closely with program Implementation teams; and ensure the mainstreaming of CP into other thematic sector programs, both in humanitarian and development contexts.


Reports to: Thematic Director of Child Protection and Migration

 Staff directly reporting to this post: no direct reports but expected to provide coaching and mentoring support to program implementation team and local partners

Budget Responsibilities: None

Dimensions: The role is expected to foster relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including Save the Children members, the Country Office Programme Development, Quality and Impact, and programme implementation team, advocacy colleagues, Regional Advisors, technical counterparts in other organization, donors, academia etc. The role is also expected to engage with internal technical working groups and communities of practice.

Context : Humanitarian and development

Scope : The role will be based at the country office and will demand frequent travels to the field. Save the Children works in all 8 regions in Ethiopia, and Addis Ababa and Diredawa City Administrations. We work in humanitarian and development contexts to meet needs of children. And in the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to travel to the field and vary working hours accordingly.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: with expected level of efforts

Strategic technical leadership and contributions: 5%

  • Provide overall technical leadership for the Child Protection (CP) strategy development and quality implementation of the CP programme and its individual projects; and jointly plan and implement advocacy/policy engagement activities. This includes leading the development of strategic plans and the portfolio of projects, research and initiatives required for achievement of strategic objectives and outcomes.
  • Contribute to annual planning, and regular internal programme planning and review meetings for the CP, as well as related inputs to quarterly and annual reports.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with relevant staff of current and potential donors, partners and key technical agencies, in coordination with the line manager, other technical leaders, and the PDQ Director.
  • Ensure that each proposal and annual implementation plan contain a (funded) research and policy dimension to it that directly feeds into the agreed Thematic Advocacy Plan and lead the implementation of research necessary for evidence based advocacy.
  • As necessary, accompany and facilitate donor visits and provide relevant background materials in collaboration with the program implementation team.


CP Technical Advisory Support and Programme Quality: 40%

  • Technically lead the roll out of our key child protection common approaches
  • Lead the development and application of robust program quality benchmarks for all health and nutrition projects
  • Work closely with colleagues in Programme Operations and with MEAL, and identify and provide technical support to ensure quality implementation of CP projects.
  • Conduct regular joint supportive supervisions by using predesigned quality benchmarks and indicator tracking tools, identify gaps, provide on-site hands-on support to address quality gaps and ensure that improvement measures are captured into the automated system and adequately addressed
  • Strengthen linkage and integration of CP programming with relevant thematic interventions, works of local partners and relevant government agencies
  • Ensure that gender, disability, resilience and children’s and beneficiaries’ participation are fully considered and are reflected in all child protection programme design and implementation
  • Provide technical backstopping as needed during humanitarian child protection responses for the country office
  • Provide technical assistance to projects through on-site and virtual platforms as appropriate
  • Take responsibility for discharging TE related responsibilities of PDQ as shown in CO’s Activity Map document
  • Produce and roll out technical manuals, guidelines and tools to ensure the effective and quality implementation of projects.

Evidence and Learning: 30%

  • Provide technical support to the development, implementation and evaluation of Save the Children’s evidence-based advocacy strategies related to CP to ensure that the voices of children guide advocacy and policy changes and related activities.
  • Develop policy papers and advocacy asks (or related material) based on research evidence, technical learning from projects, policy gaps’ analysis, and the development of good practices.
  • Provide technical leadership and closely work with MEAL and other sectors in strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation and use of data across all levels to improve program performance
  • Identifies emerging practice, pilot and assesses impact and added value for child protection and advises on modifications to standard programing based on the result to maximize impacts
  • Identify, introduce and take measures for scaling up effective and efficient or evidence-based best/innovative practices/approaches for emergency and development context emergency response and apply in emergency settings.
  • Exercise digital technologies, generates evidence of the effectiveness of digital solutions to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and impact of child protection programs
  • Undertake child protection community of practice sessions regularly for CO teams
  • Develop and lead a CP community of practice for the country office, engaging different thematic sector focal points and program implementation staff, and that will serve as a platform for learning and institutional capacity on CP programming.

External engagement and advocacy: 5%

Develop and strengthen strategic relations, bilaterally and in network, with key influencing stakeholders in the sector, particularly government departments, UN agencies and private and institutional donors in country.

Identify key influencing moments and Engage in CP related technical discussions and represent the Organization in technical meetings and roundtables to ensure that children’s specific needs and vulnerabilities are included.

Participate in relevant Save the Children’s regional and global CP working groups and learning initiatives

Represent SC at all relevant technical external task forces, clusters, working groups, seminars or other meetings / forums which have been identified and approved by line manager and the PDQ Director, and use these meetings to negotiate strategic, and advocacy positions.

KEY COMPETENCIES (Indicative / Key Competencies): A selected candidate is expected to possess the competences shown below.

Technical/Specialty and Primary Competencies

  • SCI Common Approaches, programming principles, Theory of Changes and Program Quality Framework and applies them in all stages of a program
  • Child Protection systems analysis and employment of impactful systems strengthening programs
  • Analysis and application of appropriate and effective preventive and response child protection programs
  • Understanding of impact of emergencies on child protection: Engages in the humanitarian aid architecture, the cluster approach and inter-cluster coordination of child protection
  • Writes strong and high quality documents such as proposals, reports, technical papers
  • Tags architect child protection child rights communities of practice data collection fundraising good practices government departments knowledge management monitoring and evaluation program implementation programme implementation programme planning refugee camps refugees rights based systems analysis task forces
  • Able to build sustainable and integrated child protection programs: Builds the capacity of others to design and implement integrated CP programming and advocacy
  • Able to link local to national and global level advocacy efforts, supporting localisation of change and influencing global policy development
  • Advance adaptive and innovative CP programs
  • Designing of adoptable, efficient and high quality CP programs
  • Data analytic and presentation
  • Generic Competencies
  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalized children
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery
  • Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers



  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant Social Science field, Master’s degree preferred
  • Technical expertise in CP programming in both in emergency and development contexts


  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant progressive experience in an international NGO or similar environment. Experience and skill in child protection programming(Child Protection Technical Competencies at accomplished and leading edge level). That include:
  • Experience in designing CP related strategies and proposals in development and humanitarian context across different sub-thematic areas, including on sexual and gender based violence against children, appropriate care, harmful child work, children on the move and child protection systems.
  • Significant experience in providing expert advice for effective implementation of projects in development and humanitarian context
  • Experience in working with government counterparts and other partners at various levels – federal to district. This includes experience in technical support, capacity-building and in promoting effective coordination and linkages between informal and formal parts of the child protection system at different level
  • Strong programmatic and analytic skills in child protection. That includes demonstrated experience of child protection research, capacity building, M&E and knowledge management, programming and advocacy
  • Proven technical knowledge on rights based approaches on child protection, and in child protection systems building
  • Experience in policy, advocacy and/or fundraising is desirable



  • Excellent understanding of CP issues in Ethiopia at both field and policy levels.
  • Practical understanding of the challenges and opportunities in realizing children’s rights in Ethiopia, in relation to thematic area .
  • Strong data collection, analysis and communication material/proposal/report writing skills.
  • Strong analysis of CP related data and ability to summarize and communicate this to a range of audiences.
  • Proven advocacy and representation skills
  • Excellent writing, communications, facilitation, capacity building and networking skills
  • Ability to develop strong professional relationships and collaborations externally with stakeholders, and internally across functions, projects, and teams
  • Understanding and experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Good presentation, training and facilitation skills
  • Proven conceptual skills and an ability to think and plan strategically
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to train and mentor staff
  • Ability to work effectively in a complex, fast-paced, matrixes, and multi-cultural environment
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with major donors such as USAID, the US Bureau of Population Refugees and Migration, UNHCR, SIDA, DFID, and the EU.
  • Willingness to travel to remote field locations including refugee camps
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles including rights-based approaches
  • Good spoken and written English, fluency in Amharic
  • Scope & complexity of decision making
  • Able to make decisions within a range of established alternatives
  • PERCENTAGE OF TRAVEL (Out of duty station if applicable).
  • Estimated 50% travel to the field including some difficult locations such as refugee camps

Additional job responsibilities

  • The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
  • Equal Opportunities
  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse .

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

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Location: Addis Ababa

Employee Status: Fixed Term

Closing Date: Oct 3, 2021

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