Project Coordinator– Child Protection


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.



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, 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 community based child protection mechanisms are effectively functioning in all the estates of the plantation companies we work with and to strengthen the linkage of these mechanisms with the government committees at divisional and district levels. The Coordinator 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 Coordinator 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.


Reports to: Child Protection Manager

Staff directly reporting to this post:  N/A



  • Overall responsibility to ensure field level implementation of Save the Children’s child protection activities in tea plantation communities in accordance with the set up work plans and objectives.
  • Engage with community youth mobilizers and monitor their mobilization efforts and ensure regular reporting of field level progress.  
  • Ensure community based child protection mechanisms are established in our working areas and that they are effectively functioning and linked to the divisional and district level government mechanisms.
  • Ensure children’s clubs are formed in our working areas and that they are effectively functioning and linked to the community based child protection mechanisms.
  • As the child safeguarding focal point for the district, ensure that all partners and stakeholders are trained/ briefed on SCI’s child safeguarding policy and there is a well-functioning child safeguarding reporting mechanism.
  • Ensure child protection related trainings and workshops are organized as per project plan, with the support of Child Protection Manager and Child Protection Senior Manager
  • Carry out child protection trainings for relevant stakeholders in the estates (youth mobilizers, children’s clubs, village child development committees, estate child protection focal points)
  • Improve / strengthen coordination of SC’s work with the relevant divisional/District authorities on child protection.
  • Contribute to and support the public mobilization initiatives planned under Child Protection, ECCD and Every Last Child Campaign.
  • Coordinate with external resource persons for carrying out trainings and events in the district.
  • Work with colleagues from other thematic sectors to coordinate on and integrate programming at ground level to ensure a holistic approach for children’s issues.
  • Support and contribute to Child Protection Assessments and needs, with assistance from the Child Protection Manager, and in ensuring that these are appropriately reflected in programme plans.
  • Work with the MEAL coordinator in ensuring the child protection initiatives are monitored regularly and learnings documented in a timely manner
  • Provide required support to Child Protection Manager in ensuring that recognized international best practices and Save the Children policies are applied in the work with children and to contribute to documenting lessons learned for purposes of national advocacy and information sharing.



  • 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.


SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our 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 others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically


  • 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



  • University degree human rights, Social Science or related fields and good understand in Child Rights and Child Protection or equal qualification acquired from credible academic institutions.
  • Minimum of 3 years field experience in child rights/protection based work in both humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Excellent coordination and facilitation skills, with strong ability to be collaborative and proactive in different scenarios and contingencies required to deliver desired/high quality results and changes for children.
  • Experience working with children’s groups and other community based groups.
  • 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.


Location: Ratnapura, Sri Lanka

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 15 January 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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