Child Protection Officer
Requisition ID: req23658
Job Title: Child Protection Officer
Sector: Child Protection
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Kasulu, Tanzania
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Tanzania has been a country of asylum since the 1970’s. Currently, the country hosts approximately 280,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees and asylum seekers. Tanzania champions the rights of children through
Within this context, IRC provides protection and basic assistance in the areas of Child and Youth Protection and Development, Protection and Rule of Law, mainstreaming Disability Inclusion, Women’s Protection and Empowerment, and Mental health, Sexual Reproductive Health Care services, and Education both in refugee camps and amongst Tanzanian host communities and incorporates research in the Kigoma region. Outside the refugee context in the past years, the IRC has worked to respond to Child Labour through Education and on Parenting Interventions.
IRC’s child protection program currently focuses on Protection services through six safe healing and learning spaces, strengthening community-based child protection mechanisms and parenting education. The youth program will continue to build leadership capacities of youth, create access to services at three youth centers, promoting sports and arts among the youth, facilitating peer educations, and supporting youth-led businesses and building life skills.
Core Program responsibility
- Conduct community-based activities
- Conduct psychosocial support activities in SHLS centers
- Facilitating training/sessions activities
Other program responsibilities
- Managing overall child protection activities in and outside the camp in collaboration with other child protection officers.
- Plan and conduct meetings, training, and awareness campaigns in relation to childcare and child protection.
- Ensure child participation at all stages of programming
- Monitor all child protection activities conducted by refugee staff/host community volunteer and collaborate with other child protection staff.
- Provide guidance and support to refugee incentive staff (animator) on the community mobilization, counseling recreational activities and other child protection activities.
- Coordinator with other IRC sector and NGOs present in the camp in community mobilization, referral system and create awareness in an integrated manner.
- Track indicator and prepare and submit activity report to the child protection supervisor
- Prepare work plans, procurements plans and spending plans, proposals, and monthly /donor reports in collaboration with the CYPD senior manager and/or other program staff as requested
- Track and updates the PSS, parenting and SEL sessions activities.
- Supervise refugee and host community volunteer
- Prepare staff duty roster and monitor staff adherence to program objective as needed
- Oversee welfare and discipline of refugee incentive staff in coordination with CYPD senior manager.
- Attend and participate in training identified and organized by supervisor
- Follow any new procedure and guidelines designed in circulars from country director
- Report and violations of the IRC Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Code of Conduct (Tanzania and Worldwide) as per the IRC Tanzania reporting mechanism.
- Assist where necessary in undertaking activities that aim to prevent the occurrence of sexual abuse and exploitation of refugee by the IRC and other humanitarian workers.
- Represent the IRC at interagency meeting as assigned
- Assist in control and proper usage of stationery and other items relating to work
- Perform other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
- Bachelor’s in social work, sociology, psychology, community development, rural development, or relevant social science with at least 2 years relevant work experience.
- Experience in working with children and parents/caregiver especially vulnerable children and those at risk.
- Experience working with vulnerable families especially children.
- Ability to work independently with high degree of initiative required.
- Good IT skills; knowledge of MS Word; Excel and outlook required.
- Swahili and good English written and oral required. French and rundi a plus.
- Qualified Women and people with disability are highly encouraged to apply.
IRC staff must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Global Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti-Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
Please note that the IRC does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fee). IRC does not request any information related to bank accounts. If asked of any payment please contact TZ-Recruitment@Rescue.Org.