Child Rights and Safeguarding Advisor

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    4 days ago
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    Social and Inclusive Development, Youth and Adolescence
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About Plan International

Plan International is a rights-based development and humanitarian organization working for better lives for all children. We are independent of government and have no political or religious affiliation. Our purpose is to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries. Our global strategy has a specific focus on girls, as they are often the most marginalized and most often left behind. We have committed ourselves to the ambitious target of reaching 100 million girls over 5 years, to ensure they can learn, lead, decide and thrive. This is our contribution to reaching the sustainable development goals, and in particular the goals on gender equality. Our organization is transforming itself to meet this enormous challenge everywhere we work. We need bold, forward-thinking and innovative individuals to lead our country operations, driving change and delivering results that will allow us to reach our target of 100 million girls.

With approximately 38 years of experience in implementing its programme, Plan International Kenya (PIK) currently operates in 10 geographical areas; Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Tharaka-Nithi, Siaya, Kwale, Kilifi, Homa Bay, Kisumu and Tana River.

Our strategy statement

Plan International Kenya’s (PIK) strategic goal in the next five years is to end teenage pregnancies and end all forms of sexual and gender-based violence against adolescent girls and young women. We aim to help create an enabling environment where girls and young women are safe, valued, equally cared for and have equal opportunities. PIK will contribute to the global strategy by aiming to reach directly approximately 2.75 million (children, including girls and young women over the period of the strategy 2022-2026 and to reach additional beneficiaries through its interventions.

Role Purpose

The Child Rights and Safeguarding Advisor will lead in defining the Country office agenda for protecting children and young people especially girls and keeping them safe from gender based and other forms of violence. S/He will serve as the lead advisor responsible for assessing, designing and guiding a strategy to address violations of children’s rights to protection from abuse, exploitation and violence. S/he will ensure that quality programmes are initiated and capacities developed in-country and with partners to provide protection interventions. S/he will play a leading role in national level child protection coordination working groups and support government efforts to strengthen protection and end violence against children. S/he will collaboratively drive advocacy at the appropriate levels in Kenya and with a view to ending violence against girls and young women.

The incumbent will also contribute in strengthening the internal measures of safeguarding of children and young persons at all levels and efforts to empower them to effectively detect, prevent and respond to all forms of violence, especially Gender Based Violence against adolescent girls and children in and out of school.

This position plays a critical role in ensuring that Plan Kenya continues to be a leading agency in safeguarding children’s rights within the organization and among its partners and associates, as well as advocating for the same. The position holder will advise on the implementation milestones of the policy on Safeguarding Children and Young People in Plan Kenya and ensuring compliance to the policy by Plan staff, partners and associates. The position will contribute to business development by supporting intelligence gathering, proposal development, advocacy and donor engagement to deliver on Plan Kenya’s bold ambitions for girls and youth in Kenya.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 7 years’ experience, 5 of which are in implementing Child Rights programming at local or national level, preferably with an International Non-Governmental Organization.
  • Strong and up to date knowledge of child protection/Safeguarding programmes, protection and safeguarding as well as meaningful youth engagement.
  • A clear understanding of the strategies for engaging with children and young people in programme activities and advocacy.
  • Good understanding of child protection systems in the country.
  • Experience working with civil society and community-based organisations, particularly in Kenya.
  • Result oriented, good interpersonal and communication skills including influencing and negotiation
  • Commitment to Plan values and willingness to abide by Child and Young people Safeguarding Policy and hold others accountable.
  • Good presentation and communication skills
  • Proven experience in providing technical assistance to complex protection programs
  • Commitment to Plan Kenya’s position on promoting girls’ rights and gender equality and integrating all these aspects in their day to day work
  • 3 Years in a leadership/managerial role

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy. As an international child-centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights, including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.


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