Job Title: Child Protection Program Officer
Organisation: SOS Children’s Villages
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, locally registered, child-focused, social development non-governmental organization with a strong reputation for providing quality care and protection, education and health needs for vulnerable children. Since its inception in 1991, SOS CV Uganda has reached over 60,000 children, youths and adults directly and indirectly to become empowered and self- reliant to contribute significantly to the needs of their families and communities. Works in partnership with a number of donors, (institutional and corporate agencies) including; Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Grieg Foundation, ERIKS Development Partner, USAID/Bantwana World Education, European Union, AVIS Foundation, Brand Charity, USAID/Uganda Private Health Support Program (UPHSP), Terre des Hommes (TDH), Stanbic Bank Uganda, DHL — Go Teach, Madhvani Group of Companies.
Job Summary: The Child Protection Programme Officer (CPPO) is responsible for the implementation of the CSI / FS Project interventions and works closely with Local Government structures and community based organisations to improve the wellbeing of children and youth so as to eliminate their vulnerability to violence and rights abuses. The CPPO conducts mapping of existing community structures for child protection and develops a referral system. He / she facilitates life skills training for children, youth, families and community to increase their knowledge and skills in preventing child rights abuse. He / She facilitates capacity development of community structures and child protection committees.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Facilitate Programme Planning, Implementation & financial management
- Ensure family support groups are formed and functioning effectively like VSLA through psychosocial support.
- Facilitate the identification and training community facilitators in Family Development Planning (FDP).
- Facilitate active participation of children in FSP activities i.e activities that involve children like DAC, training in child protection, life skills.
- Facilitate and support the timely implementation of approved annual plans and budgets.
- Support the Community Task Force (CTF), families and communities to assess and identify root causes of child rights abuses at family and community levels using appropriate participatory tools.
- Support the preparation of individual Family Development Plans and have them consolidated
- Prepare activity requests with budgets appropriately and track the activity budget lines.
- Facilitate the development of plans for emergency preparedness against potential disasters.
- Promote gender mainstreaming in all programme activities.
- Organize families/caregivers to access training on child rights and other paralegal services.
- Facilitate families to access essential services required to fulfil their children’s rights and development needs.
- Organize and facilitate the training of children in child rights.
- Facilitate and monitor children’s access to education, health care and nutrition.
- Facilitate and monitor children’s access to vital registration, including birth certificates, national identification.
Conduct capacity building of Community Based Organization (CBO)
- Facilitate achievement of CBO’s capacity development plans as per Organization capacity development.
- Monitoring activities conducted by CBO’s in relation to child protection.
- Build capacity of CBO’s staff to implement child protection activities
To promote networking and Partnerships
- Facilitate stakeholder analysis within the programme, maintaining and updating stakeholders’ profiles.
- Collaborate with community development structures, other NGOs and government departments for effective service delivery to programme participants.
- Support functional sustainability of community based networks on OVC support and other relevant development initiatives.
- Represent the FSP Manager in community OVC related forums.
- Identify opportunities for OVC supportive partnerships within the programme area.
Conduct Monitoring and Evaluation of Programme activities
- Facilitate participatory monitoring and evaluation of programme interventions.
- Facilitate regular data collection through appropriate monitoring tools on programme interventions.
- Facilitate the regular update data of key programme participants.
- Organize and facilitate regular project reviews with Community
- Carry out regular home visits to families on the programme and write home visit reports.
- Carry out regular visits to CBOs, family support groups and other partners in the respective community for timely and relevant programme support.
- Facilitate sharing of best practice amongst family groups.
Reporting, Resource Management and Documentation
- Prepare and submit timely progress reports to the FSP Manager on programme interventions.
- Document family and child success stories on programme interventions.
- Support community development structures to document programme processes.
- Keep, maintain and update the database and files of families on the programme in a timely manner
- Support family groups and community development structures to maintain stock books.
- Submit accountability / reports for programme items distributed in the community to Finance and other relevant departments in a timely manner.
- Comply and adhere to SOS policies and guidelines.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant must hold a Degree in community development related social and natural sciences/disciplines such as social work, sociology, development studies, economics, agriculture, community nursing, rural development.
- At least two years of experience in implementing community development or OVC support programmes.
- Sound understanding of child rights, child development, family and community development, rights based programming and management of CBOs.
- Good communication and reporting skills.
- Computer literate.
- Understanding and ability to apply community development participatory methodologies.
- Possession of a motor cycle riding license will be an added advantage.
- Ability to work in a team.
- Strong family values.
- Ability to work with minimum supervision
How to Apply:
If you believe you are the right candidate for this position, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae (CV), and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of three traceable referees to the address below;
The Head Human Resource and Administration
SOS Children’s Villages Uganda,
Plot 53 Ntinda II Road
Electronic Applications must be sent as one Single PDF Document not exceeding eight pages to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications that are late, do not have CV or certificates or exceeds eight pages or electronically submitted as images will be disqualified. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: Thursday 22nd April 2021