Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.
Save the Children has been at the forefront of work to promote children’s rights and improve the lives of poor and marginalized children all over Sri Lanka. In partnership with government authorities, local organizations and communities we focus on improving education, child protection systems, child rights governance and nutrition for the disadvantaged communities, contributing to long lasting sustainable change.
The Mother and Child Friendly Plantations programme facilitated the development and adoption of a child protection policy by 4 tea companies in Sri Lanka. The programme also facilitated the establishment of government led community based child protection mechanisms in pilot estates nominated by the companies. In the upcoming phase 2019 - 2021, the programme aims to work with at least 6 tea companies and facilitate the adoption of a child protection policy and demonstrating the operationalization of the child protection standards at one pilot estate per new company.
The role of the post holder is to ensure that child protection policy is operationalized at the estate level, for new partner companies, and that relevant estate staff have undergone the mandatory child protection training, as per the SCI developed training manual. The post holder is also expected to establish community based child protection mechanisms in pilot estates at partner companies and to strengthen the linkage of these mechanisms with the government committees at divisional, district and provincial levels. The Manager will ensure child participation in these community led child protection mechanisms, through establishing and strengthening children’s clubs and linking them to the mechanism.The Manager will also ensure that project activities follow Save the Children programming principles and approaches, and improve the wellbeing of the target estate communities.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Reports to: Senior Manager Child Protection
Staff reporting to this post: Child Protection Coordinators
Budget Responsibilities: N/A
This role requires extensive networking with divisional, district and provincial government stakeholders, CSOs working on child protection in the province and estate and community leaders, thus requiring strong communication skills and especially the ability to communicate with impact, engaging effectively with government officials and community representatives.
This role will be required to work in collaboration with the project team and with the support of senior managers – programme and program quality and development, in designing and implementing community based child protection mechanisms.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY :
- Overall responsibility to ensure the programme quality of Save the Children’s child protection programming in tea plantation communities within the districts.
- Participate in district and provincial coordination meetings for child protection work.
- Strengthen divisional, district and provincial child development committees for case management and for addressing child protection issues.
- Coordinate child protection trainings for estate management, welfare staff, workers of selected plantation companies, as per project workplan.
- Establish functioning community based child protection mechanisms at pilot estates of partner companies
- Facilitate linkage and proactive engagement of child protection government officials at divisional, district and provincial level with these community based child protection mechanisms.
- Ensure child participation in the community based child protection mechanisms at the pilot estates, divisional and district levels.
- Facilitate a child led monitoring and evaluation of the community based child protection mechanisms.
- Lead evidence based child protection advocacy initiatives in Nuwara Eliya district and other districts, as per programme requirement.
- Support in planning and implementing Every Last Child campaign initiatives in the programme districts
- Work closely with the Senior Programme Manager, Senior Manager Programme Quality Development and Child Protection Senior Manager) to ensure the district and provincial child protection work is aligned with the SCI child protection work at the national level (Ministry and tea companies)
- Ensure that child protection staff reporting to this post holder, have a clear and accountable plan of action.
- Liaise with the ECCD manager, in ensuring that the engagement with government stakeholders are coordinated.
- Work with the MEAL coordinator in ensuring that there is regular and effective monitoring of the ongoing child protection work, regular data collection using monitoring tools and that the learning is documented systematically.
- Contribute significantly to child protection reporting for the project and country reports.
- Lead child protection assessments in the district and province.
- Comply with and promote 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.
BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)
- 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 their team to do the same
- widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
- values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- willing to take disciplined risks.
- honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
- Degree in law, human rights, social science or related fields and good understand in Child Rights and Child Protection.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- Minimum 5 years field experience in child rights/protection based work in both humanitarian and development contexts.
- Excellent strategic vision, with strong ability to be innovative, creative and proactive to see different scenarios and contingencies required to deliver desired/high quality results and changes for children.
- Good track record of working with Government and other stakeholders.
- Sound understanding of government mechanisms working on child protection and child rights issues.
- Sound understanding on policies, legislation and practices in Sri Lanka in regard to child rights and child protection.
- Experience working with national and provincial level government institutions as well as civil society organizations
- Ability to build networks, multi-party coordination, represent SC in networking and advocacy process.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and Tamil/Sinhala
- Ability to think and apply innovative ideas, conceptualise creative approaches and deliver best effective ourcomes.
- Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.
- Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
- Commitment to Save the Children values, including willingness to abide by and enforce the Child Safeguarding policy.
- Experience working with district and/ or provincial child development committees
- Experience with child protection case management
- Experience working with tea estate communities
- Trilingual capacity is desirable
Additional job responsibilities
The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.