Child Protection & Gender Based Violence Response Officer at Save The Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Each year, we and our partners reach millions of children in communities around the world.Ref No: D190000MM Location: Maiduguri, Borno Role Purpose

The CP and GBV Response Officer is responsible for ensuring that quality psychosocial support services for GBV survivors are provided to internally displaced persons under the age of 18.
Build the staff capacity to provide direct meaningful support to GBV survivors, mentor, supervise and monitor team activities and ensure effective coordination and networking system establishment to the rest of child protection team.
The Gender Based Violence Response Officer will be expected to support on child protection sectoral assessment, project planning and coordination with other actors of GBV clusters.
In most circumstances, the post holder will be expected to mentor and/or build capacity of implementing partners on the field.

Key Areas of Accountability

Support the CPiE Coordinator to conduct child protection and GBV assessments using SC assessment processes and tools and the Inter-agency Child Protection Assessment Resource Toolkit. Adapt the Assessment Tool as necessary to GBV survivors. Coordinate with other SC thematic areas, the national/district Child Protection Working Group and/or other external sector agencies of GBV, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific, disaggregated data analysis of survivors’ needs.
With support from the Child Protection Coordinator and/or other senior programme staff, develop monthly and quarterly plans and costed plans, contributing towards an overall thematic programme plan. From the strategy initiate programming in the following areas as appropriate:

Support to the psychosocial (physical, social, emotional) wellbeing of children with GBV victims and their families.
Build the staff capacity to provide direct and appropriate support services to GBV survivors
Take lead in Prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) and gender-based violence (GBV) in project communities
Mentor, supervise and monitor of gender based violence implementation and draft monitoring action plan for quality control.
Prevention and response to all forms of exploitation including harmful child labour and child trafficking
Support the integration of GBV cases into other CP case managements process, CPIMS,CFS and PSS
Oversee and coordinate the development and maintenance of data collection and analysis mechanisms and share timely quality information the relevant sector management.
Support the integration of child protection sector in to other SC emergencies core sectors on the field

With support from the Child Protection Coordinator, supervise project implementation to ensure timely delivery of project activities (for example, monitoring against individual performance management work plans).
With support from the Child Protection Coordinator and/or other senior programme staff, prepare and review timely monthly reports submitted by partners and SCI Staff.
With support from the Child Protection Coordinator, identify project supplies specific to the programme and GBV Survivors’ needs and coordinate with the logistics team to put in place a sensible phased procurement plan.
Work with the M & E plan to ensure links to reporting requirements where possible, refer the M&E framework to build an evidence-base for child protection programming interventions including GBV survivors.
With support from the CRM/Accountability Officer put in place accountability activities for your project, ensuring that feedback from children and their families is considered in project design.
Ensure that the minimum standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings and the Sphere standard
Ensure survivors of gender based violence are timely identified and provided counselling and other appropriate response services.
Ensure relevant referral forms are in place and implemented accordingly.
Coordinate monthly meetings including, parent’s forum and child protection committee
Provide essential psychosocial first aid support to children and adults when needed.
Ensure partner staff are supervised regularly to ensure activities are carried out in line with minimum standard guidelines.
Consistently maintain referral pathway of project locations.

Capacity Building:

Provide capacity to implementing partners that have less CPiE experience

Representation & Advocacy & Organisational Learning:

Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and support Interagency Coordination forums including the State Child Protection Sub Working Group, advocating for the specific needs of children. This may involve supporting the coordination of working groups and sub-working groups.
With support from the Child Protection Coordinator and/or other senior programme staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers in-country.
In collaboration with the Humanitarian Technical Unit and Child Protection team, feed in learning, experiences and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.
Contribute to communications and media work as required.


Comply with 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.
Other ad-hoc tasks as requested by Line Manager.

Qualifications and Experience Essential Criteria:

University degree or equivalent in Social Work, Social Science, Development Studies or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience
Minimum 2 years post NYSC work experience in GBV and child Protection work, supervision, community mobilisation and distributions and solid understanding of the actual Nigeria Emergency context.
Proven ability to supervise a CP project with holistic approach and integrated to child protection right
Fluent in English
Working knowledge of Hausa and/or Kanuri
Computer literate

Desirable Criteria:

Female with high level of personal integrity, commitment and professional responsibility with GBV exigencies.
Excellent communication skills,
Team player with strong leadership skills
Mature personality with life experience is an advantage
Able to be a self-started and work in challenging contexts and fragile environment.

Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice) Accountability:

Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
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


Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
Future orientated, thinks strategically.


Actively listens to different perspectives and experiences of stakeholders
Actively participates in networks to access and contribute to good practice
Establishes and maintains clear communication and dialogue with disaster and conflict affected people and other stakeholders
Establishes clear objectives with partners


Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
Willing to take disciplined risks


Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Commitment to Save the Children Values

Understanding humanitarian contexts and application of humanitarian principles:

Ensure that programme goals and activities uphold the principles of the key national and international humanitarian frameworks, codes and commitments
Integrates beneficiary accountability principles into the approach
Participates in disaster coordination mechanisms and interagency cooperation mechanisms

Leadership: Action; Thinking; Self; Inspiring; Developing Others:

Demonstrates approachability and trust by listening carefully to others and valuing their contribution, and making others feel comfortable by being open and honest about their thoughts and feelings
Demonstrates self-development and management by taking responsibility for own development, and actively seeking out feedback to better understand their own strengths and weaknesses
Makes positive statements about work
Effectively influences others by understanding their interests and showing how they will be met by own preferred solution
Gives constructive feedback to enhance capabilities and responsibilities to partners and others

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