Humanitarian Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) Adviser

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  • Salary Offered: N400,000 - N600,000
  • Jobs by States: Borno
  • Career Level: Mid-Senior level
  • Experience: Fresh
  • Gender: Both
  • Industry: Programme / Project Management
  • Qualification: BA/BSc/HND
Job Description
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The CPiE Adviser (advisor) will be based in Borno and is the lead technical adviser in medium to large scale emergencies. The overall aim of the Child Protection Adviser is to assess, design and guide staff to initiate quality interventions to address violations of children’s rights to protection from abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect. The post holder is responsible for ensuring that quality programmes are initiated and capacities developed to provide these kinds of protection to children in a range of Save the Children’s emergency responses in Nigeria. The post holder is expected to lead on assessments, proposal writing, programme design, capacity building of staff, and help partners and stakeholders setup child protection departments. The advisor will develop the sector strategy of the master budget; will represent Save the Children in coordination technical groups and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement.

Key responsibilities include:

  • The advisor leads on child protection assessments using Save the Children assessment processes and tools and the Inter-agency Child Protection Assessment Resource Toolkit adapting the tools as necessary. The advisor will coordinate with other Save the Children thematic areas, the Child Protection Working Group, and other external sector agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a disaggregated analysis of children’s needs.
  • The advisor works with the Humanitarian Deputy Team Lead to develop child protection response plans and sector strategy of the master budget, and contribute to Save the Children’s overall response strategy. Starting from the strategy, the advisor will support and ensure:
    • the psychosocial (physical, social, emotional) wellbeing of children and their families for example by anchoring the establishment of safe spaces for children;
    • emergency family tracing interventions and alternative are options for unaccompanied and separated children, utilising tools within the Inter-Agency Child Protection Information Management System;
    • prevention and response to child recruitment including advocacy and disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration initiatives;
    • prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and gender-based violence (GBV);
    • prevention and response to the main risks for children’s exposure to physical harm;
    • prevention and response to all forms of exploitation including harmful child labour and child trafficking; and
    • Integration of child protection in to other core sectors.
  • Working closely with senior staff, support fundraising for child protection, including development of high quality concept notes and proposals, engaging with donors’ technical advisers.
  • Monitor programme implementation to ensure quality delivery of programme activities, for example, monitoring against log frames.
  • Support program managers in the preparation of timely programme and donor reports for child protection project activities in compliance with internal and external requirements.
  • Working closely with the human resources team, identify child protection staffing needs for the emergency programmes, and facilitate rapid recruitment, induction and training of new staff.
  • Identify child protection programme supply needs and supports program managers and the logistics team to put in place a sensibly phased procurement plan.
  • Ensure quality and comprehensive case management systems are in place to support UASC and at risk children.
  • Anchor the development of contextual manuals for foster care placement, case management tools, child friendly spaces, child protection committees, for use on the field.
  • Monitor quality of child protection activities implemented on field.
  • Ensure the coordination of case management and Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) database activities for quality reporting.
  • Ensure that the concept of confidentiality and do no harm are integrated into programming.
  • Working closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team to put in place a child protection M & E plan, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and capacity build child protection.
  • Working closely with the accountability lead put in place accountability activities for child protection, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design.
  • Ensure the child protection response complies with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings, the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.

Capacity Building:

  • Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  • Building capacity of Child Protection managers, coordinators and officers.
  • Build capacities of government and ministries staff.
  • Build capacity of local partners’ staff.
  • Build capacity of other core sectors for fluid integration.

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

  • Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with other agencies and the government; take a leadership role in the Interagency Coordination forums to ensure children needs of children are addressed. This may involve taking the lead in the Child Protection Working Group, cluster and/or sub-groups.
  • Take steps to document lessons learned for wider dissemination.
  • In collaboration with senior programme staff, play a lead role in child protection advocacy activities targeting decision-makers.
  • In collaboration with Save the Children colleagues feed in learning experiences and evidence to relevant global child protection advocacy objectives.
  • Identify opportunities and material to contribute to external communications and media work, acting as a spokesperson when required.
  • Review reports to donors to ensure that correct and appropriate sector information is included.


  • Demonstrate leadership in relation to Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
  • Deliver high quality results and development effective relationships with country programme staff which enhances the reputation of Save the Children.


The CPiE Program Manager will be responsible for developing and overseeing the CPiE Programme implementation of the humanitarian response. The position is based in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Reports to: Deputy Team Leader- Programme Development and Quality

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Budget Responsibilities: None

Dimensions: S/he is expected to work closely with the Child Protection team, the Health and Education Programme Managers, the Logistics, Finance, Awards, Human Resource Managers, the MEAL team and his/her team.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

  1. Accountability
  2. Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  3. Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  4. Ambition
  5. Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  6. Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  7. Future orientated, thinks strategically
  8. Collaboration
  9. Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  10. Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  11. Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  12. Creativity
  13. Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  14. Willing to take disciplined risks
  15. Integrity
  16. Honest, encourages openness and transparency



  • Significant management experience (of at least 5 years) working in an emergency response contexts or fragile states
  • Education to BSc/BA/BEng/MSc/MA/MEng level in Social Work, Human rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar, or equivalent field experience.
  • Previous first phase emergency response experience is essential
  • Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
  • Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, such as the Inter-agency Guidelines on Separated and Unaccompanied Children, the Paris Principles, MRM, SC Child Friendly Spaces Handbook, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
  • Previous experience of managing a team and of project management
  • Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating child protection programmes in emergency, transition and development contexts
  • Ability to work both in an Advisory and a hands on implementation capacity
  • Experience in capacity building and in strengthening various duty bearers understanding of and response to child protection.
  • Experience of representation and ability to represent SC effectively in external forums.
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Ability to write clear and well-argued assessment and project reports
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English
  • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
  • Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of SC , and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support


  • Fluent language skills in English
  • Good working knowledge of the Inter-Agency Child Protection Information Management System
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Specific experience of managing DFID, OFDA, ECHO and other major projects
  • Specific experience of working in inter – agency projects


  • Significant other duties as assigned by the Deputy Team Leader- Programme Development and Quality
  • Contribute as requested to implementation of norms and procedures of child safeguarding policy;
  • Ensure that Save the Children Child Protection and Safeguarding policies are understood, implemented and monitored and that it is integrated into all aspects of the response work
  • Comply with all relevant Save the Children policies and procedures with respect to child protection, health and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.
  • Support a positive and productive work environment

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received and also Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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