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Child Protection Technical Advisor

TITLE: Child Protection Technical Advisor

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Programs Team   

LOCATION: Bangkok

ROLE PURPOSE: 

The Child Protection (CP) Technical Advisor (Thailand) will provide strategic leadership to Child Protection Programmes in Thailand in both development and humanitarian contexts. The CP Technical Advisor will play a lead role in setting strategic direction for Child Protection initiatives that are national or cross-border in nature and will have a leading role in supporting technical excellence and advocacy within the Thailand CP portfolio.  This post holder will support and lead in designing new programs and projects, and identifying and pursing strategic partnerships, as relevant, and will be responsible for ensuring program quality and donor accountability for a range of projects.   The CP Technical Advisor will technically oversee diverse set of Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Promotion of LGBT Rights projects, in areas that include: Protecting Children from Violence; Appropriate Care; Child Protection Systems (including Community Led Child Protection); Child Protection in Emergencies; Monitoring and Demanding Children’s Rights. The post holder will be supporting the strengthening Safe Programming approaches across all program areas, including Child Safeguarding practices of partner agencies by working closely with the National CSG Focal Point.

The post holder will have a dotted technical line to the CP Sector Lead for MST (Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand) Cluster, and collaborative working lines with the CP Advisor in Sri Lanka, with the aim of building an MST CP Community of Practice.  They will play a senior representational and advocacy role with the Government of Thailand, and on Cross-Border initiatives (MMR/THA), and relevant multi-country programs.  The CP Technical Advisor will support donor engagement in Thailand, and with key national, regional and international stakeholders, and will work on a regular basis with SC members and internal stakeholders to maximize program delivery. The CP Technical Advisor will ensure that program learning, research and evaluation findings are channelled towards advocacy, continuous improvements, and new program design, across MST, and within the Thailand Country Program.

SCOPE OF ROLE:

Reports to:  Program Director in Thailand.

Dimensions: The position will be responsible for strategic direction, technical excellence and CP advocacy and oversight to Thailand and cross-border priorities (estimated 70% Level of Effort) and to lead on Safe Programming and support CSG strengthening across the portfolio working closely with our National CSG focal point (30% LOE).

Staff directly reporting to this post: Child Protection Program Coordinator (Bangkok-based)

Staff indirectly reporting to this post: Dotted line to the Child Protection Project Coordinators at field level (at least 2)

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

Lead Thailand Country Office Child Protection strategies and initiatives

Strategic Direction, Program Design and Development

  • Take lead role in formulating CO’s vision for long term programming in Child Protection in Thailand aligning with country strategic plans for 2019-2021 and beyond.
  • Introduce innovative ideas and approaches to support children’s Child Protection in Thailand; identify needs and opportunities for potential programs, through situation analyses/feasibility studies, networking, and leveraging research and evaluation findings from both internal and external sources. 
  • Work with business development team to identify needs and opportunities for new programs, design high quality programs and develop proposals based on strategic priorities, networking, and leveraging research and evaluation findings from both internal and external sources.  Identify and pursue opportunities for synergistic, inter-sectoral programs to address the holistic needs of children, especially the most deprived.
  • Build CP technical and advocacy capacity of the CP Program/ Project Coordinators in Thailand
  • Build CSG and safe programming capacity of CSG focal points and implementing partners, and program leadership in Thailand by working closely with the National CSG Focal Point.
  • Identify needs for organizational and staff capacity building, making sure the right staff and structure are in place.

Programme Management (Supporting Role):

  • Direct line management and technical supervision of the Child Protection Program Coordinator (Bangkok) and indirect technical support of Project Coordinators (Mae Sot, Pattani and future project sites)
  • Oversee Child Protection programmes, and provide ongoing support, guidance and leadership to the CP Coordinators and staff working on those programmes.
  • Support the CP PC in ensuring that Save the Children complies with donor and SCI regulations on all projects related to CP component, including submission of high quality and timely reports.
  • Support the CP PC in the development of a planning cycle for the Child Protection sector, including annual, quarterly and monthly planning and work plan follow up.
  • Support the CP PC in ensuring that programs have effective Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) practices throughout the program cycle.
  • Support the CP PC effective financial oversight of project and thematic budgets, maintaining timely expenditure in line with agreed priorities and donor guidelines.
  • Build the capacity of Child Protection staff including partner staff, technical excellence and policy analysis and influencing related to Child Protection
  • Build and nurture effective teamwork within Child Protection team both at central and field levels.
  • Make sure that child protection staff are aware of the strategic directions including global strategies and approaches and support them in acting on them.
  • Lead on and Monitor the roll-out of all program components of the Safe Programming / CSG action plan in 2020

Programme Quality:

  • Identify internal and external capacity building opportunities and resources to provide high quality technical assistance to Child Protection projects, supporting technical staff, partner agencies and others to build knowledge and technical competence.
  • Champion SC Child Protection Common Approaches in Thailand
  • Integrate programme learning across the Child Protection sector, ensuring coherence of technical approaches across programmes, identifying best practice, and ensuring inter-sectoral complementarity.
  • Ensure that monitoring systems provide information in the appropriate form and at the right time (in different levels) to allow for effective decision making
  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure gender equity, inclusiveness, child participation and beneficiary accountability in all Child Protection programmes.
  • Ensure that interventions are evaluated using appropriate methods, including process and impact evaluations, and that evidence is rigorously maintained, documented and disseminated internally and externally, to contribute to improvements in programme quality and advocacy efforts.
  • Support teams to identify and carry out operational research related to Child Protection and CRG.
  • Ensure CO Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans (EPP) and Contingency plans contain clear CP and Child Safeguarding direction and that partners are identified and listed, with adequate CP and CSG experience. 
  • Coordinate with SCI’s Be Protected Team and member technical advisors to ensure that child protection projects receive quality technical assistance in line with SC’s Global Strategies and contribute to Be Protected Team’s work.
  • Lead on rolling out the Safe Programming and CSG program strengthening agenda across SC program areas, with critical focus in the first 6 months in the role, in collaboration with the National CSG focal point.
  • Facilitate integration and mainstreaming of child protection into other sectors and ensure inter-sectoral complementarity.

Policy and Advocacy:  

  • Coordinate closely with the Advocacy and Communications, Campaigning and Media (CCM) team on policy and advocacy work relating to Child Protection and with country MEAL and the MST Head of Evidence in Learning to ensure evidence and knowledge translation is compelling and rigorous.
  • Lead on policy and advocacy for the Child Protection sector, ensuring that Child Protection technical interventions are designed to inform relevant policy concerns. In collaboration with the Advocacy Manager, develop policy briefs and position papers, ensuring the inclusion of technical input from the relevant CP staff.
  • Lead in networking and articulating Save the Children’s position, policy and strategy in national forums and meetings, alongside the Advocacy Manager.  Engage in key debates related to national Child Protection sector policies and programs, in coordination with technical colleagues and other relevant staff.
  • Identify appropriate strategic partnerships for joint advocacy initiatives on Child Protection issues

Human Resource Management and Development

  • Provide leadership to ensure a structure that will deliver against our Child Protection strategy.
  • Technically supervise CP Program Coordinator (BKK-based).
  • Create opportunity for staff development in coordination with HR.
  • Provide direct technical capacity building support to CSG program focal points at field level and to the National CSG Focal Point

Representation, Networking and Partnership

  • Alongside the Advocacy Manager, maintain working relationships with relevant Ministries in Thailand and connect flagship programs with government and other non-government interventions.
  • Identify partnerships/collaborations and build strong networks with other governmental agencies in Thailand or ASEAN, local NGOs, INGOs, CSOs, donors, UN agencies and academic institutions and the private sector working on Child Protection and Child Rights to collaborate on programs, joint learning, analysis and advocacy initiatives, explore jointly capacity development opportunities for them and implement them.
  • Ensure that the country office has effective representation on national, regional and international networks and fora related to Child Protection, and that we participate in conferences/meetings that will enhance our reputation and programming.
  • Actively participate in technical coordination meetings to ensure synergies with other agencies in our development work and emergency responses
  • As appropriate, support the BD team in maintaining excellent relationships with donors, both in terms of strategic positioning and program delivery.
  • As appropriate, represent the CO on the Regional and Global meetings on Child Protection, both internal and external.

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

Ambition:

  • 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 in term of promoting and ensuring safe programming.

Collaboration:

  • 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

Creativity:

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

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

ESSENTIAL:

  • At least 10 years of working experience in relevant field including at least 4 years in a senior child protection technical leadership position
  • Qualifications/background in social work or similar included here and ot as desirable
  • Strong leadership abilities
  • Extensive experience in building child protection systems and in delivering child protection response and prevention services to children in development and humanitarian contexts; particularly experience in alternative care, children on the move, and mental health psychosocial support is an asset.
  • Excellent understanding of, and technical excellence in at least 2 of Save the Children’s core CP sub-thematic areas (Protecting Children from Violence; Protection from Harmful Work; Child Protection Systems; Appropriate Care; and Child Protection in Emergencies
  • Experience in risk management
  • Demonstrated leadership in improving Safe Programming approaches and ensuring Child Safeguarding across thematic areas, in particular, education
  • Excellent skills on process facilitation and coordination with high standard    
  • Excellent inter-personal communication skills
  • Strong analytical capacity and proficient understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Good presentation skills including policy briefing
  • Proven representation and advocacy skills, specific to Child Protection
  • Good supportive supervision skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience in working with Save the Children is an asset
  • Willingness to travel frequently to field locations, including along Thai-Myanmar Border and the Deep South of Thailand – estimated 35% LOE

Desirable:

  • Academic: Master degree in relevant field.
  • Additional professional certificates: Certificate or diploma in Child Protection or relevant field.
  • Advanced knowledge on Child Protection laws, policy and context in Thailand
  • Experience working on Digital Safety, Child Protection and Child Resilience, and/or Child Labour programming
  • Experience supporting multi-country/ cross border portfolios
  • Knowledge and experience in gender sensitive and inclusive programming

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.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

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.

SCI offer competitive National package; Transportation & Communication allowance, Wellness Top up, 13th month salary & Annual leave 20 days, etc.

Interested candidates should apply and submit a motivational letter, comprehensive CV, expected salary and details of at least 3 referees via this linkage;

https://stcuk.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=200002TO&tz=GMT%2B07%3A00&tzname=Asia%2FBangkok

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

“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”

Contact : HR: 02 684 1286-88 ext.608


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