Child Protection Officer (3 positions)

at Save The Children
Location Woldiya/Mersa/Kobo, Amhara, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 30, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Project Background

As a dual mandated organization, Save the Children (SC) is currently implementing programs/projects both in development and humanitarian contexts in all parts of the country. Migration, Livelihood and Child Protection are among the key thematic areas where SCI is actively engaged to improve the wellbeing of children, family and community in Ethiopia.

The Ethiopia Migration Programme (EMP) is a programme, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), aiming “To protect would-be migrants and refugees from unsafe irregular migration through and from Ethiopia”. Its operational areas are Addis Ababa, North Wollo, Metema and Shire. Save the Children implements this program in Addis Ababa, North Wollo and Metema with the leading organization, Danish Refugee Council (DRC) together with BBC Media Action (BBCMA), Mixed Migration Centre (MMC) and Altai Consulting (AC).

Overall Purpose of the Role:

Under supervision of the Child Protection Coordinator and in close cooperation with other protection colleagues, the Child Protection Officer will develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern and will support the implementation of SC’s protection objectives and activities to provide timely and effective protection assistance to vulnerable migrants. The position will, furthermore, be tasked to develop and adapt monitoring tools, to provide direct assistance and support to migrants with specific needs.


·       Engage in planning and conducting Rapid Needs Assessments to understand protection needs of target populations;

·       Engage with services providers available for returned migrants and support the development of referral pathways/mechanisms;

·        Receive referrals from different agencies, prioritize type of assistance to be provided, assign referrals to protection assistants and ensure timely individual need- based assistance and follow up is provided;

·       Monitor the needs of newly arrived transit migrants with main focus on persons with special needs (women, children, elderly, disabled etc.); and management of individual cases when required;

·       Collect intake and assistance provision and ensuring the highest standards of data protection and confidentiality;

·       Plan and participate in group-based psychosocial support activities for migrants on the move

·       Provide advice and guidance as well as referrals to transit migrants on issues related to accessing required services;

·     Supervise community facilitators;

·     Define, in coordination with the Protection Team Leader and CP Coordinator, the role and responsibility of the Community Focal Points in the protection monitoring activities and train them accordingly;

·     Ensure Protection components are on track, including the development of protection monitoring tools in coordination with the Protection Team Leader. These components include protection monitoring and residual individual assistance;

·      Link the protection program to other relevant local stakeholders (incl. the Community-Based Networks and initiatives, service providers, etc.) where applicable;

·     With guidance from the Coordinator, Provide training to the team and other relevant staff (Protection assistances, Community Focal Points etc.) on protection and humanitarian principles, human rights and international legal framework, protection monitoring, assistance to persons with specific needs;

·     Participate in the Protection working groups and other platforms established for coordination of protection activities and interventions.

·       Under supervision of the Coordinator, plan and draft relevant financial and procurement documents such as PRs relevant to provision of protection assistance.

Job Requirements

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

Experience and Technical Competencies:

·     BA in Social work, Psychology, law or related social sciences.

·     A minimum of 3 years’ direct experience working in protection assistance, experience working with vulnerable migrants and returnees is strongly advantageous

·     Ability to maintain confidentiality, respect, non-discrimination and safety of client at all times.

·     Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility.

·     Excellent spoken and written English language skills.

·     IT literate - Mandatory.

·     A commitment to children’s rights and principles of equal opportunity

·     Comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.

·     Excellent communication skills


  • SC Values are: Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity, and Integrity. To meet the value system, the post holder is expected to demonstrate the following competencies on an ongoing basis.
  • Leading Delivering result: Takes personal responsibility and holds others to account to deliver our ambitious goals for children, continually improving own performance or that of the team/organisation.
  • Thinking Applying technical and professional expertise: Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shares best practices within and outside the organisation.
  • Engaging
  • Working effectively with others: Works collaboratively to achieve shared goals and thrives on diversity of people and perspectives; knows when to lead and when to follow and how to ensure effective cross-boundary working.
  • Communicating with Impact: Communicates clearly and confidently with others to engage and influence; promotes dialogue and ensures timely and appropriate messages, building confidence and trust with others

The Organisation

  • We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

    We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

 We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


Applying Instructions

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at 

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