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Child Protection in Emergency Specialist

Closing date: 07 Sep 2012
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Plan International is a humanitarian, child centred development organisation without religious, political
or governmental affiliation. Plan is committed to protecting and promoting child rights, and to
improving the lives and futures of poor children, their families and communities through a child-
centred community development approach. Plan is also responding to children affected by
emergencies in the countries of our operation.

Plan Mali has an approved CSP which is effective from July 2011 through June 2016. The strategic
goal of the CSP is “Children and youth realize their rights to quality education, protection, health,
participation, and an adequate standard of living in the spirit of equal opportunity for girls, boys, young
women and young men in their families and their communities”. It is articulated by a set of clearly
defined goals, objectives, key interventions, and strategies. Plan Mali is currently responding to the
Mali’s complex Emergency.

We are looking for a Child Protection in Emergency Specialist on a consultancy agreement to be
responsible for assessment, response analysis, design and implementation of the child protection
components of PLAN’s emergency response. S/he will need to co-ordinate with other Emergency
Response team members and PLAN staff, especially Implementation Management, health, education
and other relevant technical sectors, to ensure a rapid, proportionate and effective response. S/he will
need to ensure response to immediate child protection issues with simultaneous consideration of
longer term needs and possible scenarios. Depending on the situation the specialist may need to take
a very active role in technical co-ordination, support and advocacy with the country specific child
protection Clusters and other stakeholders and technical agencies relevant to the sector.

About the job role: This is a consultancy agreement for a six months period and consultant will be
subject to local taxation on consultancy fees.

Typical responsibilities

          Review, assess and update the child protection situation in areas affected by emergency and
           represent PLAN to child and other protection clusters, stakeholders and Governmental and
           non-Governmental agencies for the purposes of the protection aspects of the assessment

Results: Concept notes supporting the above strategy completed as necessary

** Design program in collaboration with Child Protection Actors, develop a realistic evidence‐based,
Child Protection program plan, including both programmatic and advocacy activities
Results: Child Protection program me strategy, master budget, staffing and logistics plans completed
with Plan staff and partners for an initial 3 month period.

*** Response Management and Implementation on child protection plans including the psychosocial
recovery (care) and assistance (legal and social) to vulnerable children and their families

**** Response Reporting & Evaluation of the implementation of PLAN child protection activities
Information and Co-ordination

Results: To initially monitor and evaluate the strategy and tools produced and used.

***** Staff training and Child Protection program staff administration

Results: Recruitment of required technical positions completed and Handover of program to longer-
term CPiE Coordinator completed. Initial training for Plan and partner staff on CPiE completed

About you

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives


• Knowledge of PLAN policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct. •
Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills •
Proficiency in information technology/ computer skills • Good spoken, written and reading of English
and French


• Ability to work independently • Demonstrate leadership as a team player and is able to support and
train local and international staff • Ability to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and
participatory manner. • Demonstrate good written and oral communication skills. • Ability to work with
trustworthiness and integrity • Ability to operate under stress, high security risks and harsh living
conditions. • Has a capacity to make accurate self-assessment particularly in high stress and high
security contexts • Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner. • Demonstrate
awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. • Good organizational skill with good planning even
within a fluid working environment • Demonstrate the capacity for initiative and decision making with
competent analytical and problem solving skills.

Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:

• 3 – 5 years humanitarian aid experience and a minimum of 5 years (of which at least 3 in the field) of
progressively responsible professional experience in child protection, humanitarian affairs, human
rights, and related fields • All protection specialists will have a good knowledge and understanding of
DO NO HARM principles and established international child protection standards (especially UNCRC)
• Experience with participatory approaches to protection, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency
relief management, or other related area. Experience in the country of potential assignment is an
asset. • University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field with good
knowledge of International Refugee, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law • Have experience and the
ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner.

How to apply:

Next Steps

Please forward all applications to

Your application should include: • A covering letter; • A comprehensive CV; • Details of 2 referees.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Plan is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the protection of children and gender equity
and our recruitment procedure reflect this.

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