Senior Specialist, Child Protection

Washington D.C., DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 7 days



The Senior Specialist, Child Protection will provide high-quality technical support for Save the Children’s work in Child Protection, especially focusing on family strengthening and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programming. This role will contribute to strategic plans, and develop and maintain key external partnerships with other Save the Children members, donors, and key stakeholders to advance and expand our Child Protection work. This role will provide technical leadership on new business development opportunities—from capture through proposal development—especially on USAID and PEFPAR opportunities. The Senior Specialist, Child Protection will provide technical support to country offices, particularly on knowledge management, data analysis and use, and program learning and innovation.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Technical Leadership and Quality Programming—20%

  • Provide regular in-person and remote technical assistance to country offices in developing strategies for Child Protection, especially in the areas of family strengthening and children affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Review and provide feedback to program inputs, outputs and processes, including logical and result frameworks, implementation work plans, assessments and research designs, program and training manuals/ materials of current Child Protection portfolio of family strengthening and OVC programs
  • Build country program staff capacity on program management, Child Protection technical areas, and the use of M&E tools and systems
  • Assist in the adaptation of tools, manuals, technical guidance and other evidence-based Child Protection resources to new contexts and programs
  • Recommend and lead implementation of new technical inputs to improve Child Protection outcomes for the most marginalized children

Program Learning and Innovation—20%

  • Document successful approaches in family strengthening and OVC programs, and recommend how to incorporate across current portfolio and incorporate into new projects
  • Identify best practices from field programs, test/evaluate/help to document them, and promote uptake more widely among partners and program community
  • Identify evidence gaps and priorities for research and documentation
  • Contribute to knowledge management, internal and external communication, and dissemination of data/ results
  • Contribute to a culture of “learning through failing” that builds creativity and innovation

Public and Private Resource Mobilization—50%

  • Establish and maintain relationships with key donors that contribute to the Child Protection team’s long-term funding strategies
  • Provide technical leadership for large-scale new business opportunities, including technical inputs for capture analysis, partnering decisions, and project design and measurement
  • Oversee and lead on the technical development, writing, and submission of quality proposals for small-scale new business opportunities

Global Program Strategy and Market Positioning—10%

  • Contribute to Save the Children’s Child Protection strategy development and implementation, liaising with other program colleagues, departments, and country offices
  • Represent Save the Children to external audiences and networks, especially those prioritized and aligned with our strategy, and play key role in linking with USG opportunities
  • Collaborate with global partners to develop new evidence and start of the art approaches for Child Protection

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in Child Protection, or related programs
  • Bachelor degree, or equivalent relevant experience in Child Development, Social Work, International Affairs, or other related fields
  • Experience providing technical guidance on designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting for large-scale USAID programs
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated capacity to be a team player and to work independently and with initiative when needed
  • Ability to prioritize multiple deadlines and deliverables across a portfolio of projects and new business opportunities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills that facilitate learning and ownership cross-culturally
  • Ability to travel internationally, approximately, 40-50% of the time

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or its equivalent in Social Work
  • Experience living and working in developing country contexts
  • Experience in program design, proposal development, and reporting for PEPFAR and/ or private foundations
  • Demonstrated experience developing technical assistance, programmatic guidance, or training curriculums
  • Familiarity with and commitment to addressing gender equality in programming
  • Qualitative and quantitative program monitoring and evaluation skills
  • French or Spanish language skills

What’s in it for you?

  • Aetna Medical and Dental insurance with a concierge service
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Commuter Benefit Program
  • Vacation and Sick leave
  • Paid holidays

What makes us special?

  • Generous Retirement Savings with matching company contributions of up to 8%
  • Family Leave – 10 additional days of paid time off for you to use to care for your family members
  • Additional Maternity and Paternity Leave – 30 days where parents can take additional paid leave (beyond short-term disability and FMLA) at the birth or adoption of a child during that critical first year!
  • Critical Child Illness Leave – We hope you never have to use it, but we will provide an additional 30 days of paid leave per year should your dependent child be faced with a critical illness.
  • Pet Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance, Identity Protection, Home, Auto and additional Life insurances
  • Summer Fun Fridays – During the summer months, early release at 1:30 pm every other Friday!
  • Volunteer Day – One paid day a year to support the causes that matter to you!
  • Ergonomic Options – Every employee at our HQ offices has the option of a sitting/standing desk
  • Leadership and Employee Development Training, including:
    • Our remarkable in-house CORE, Senior Management Development, and Leadership Development Programs
    • Language learning opportunities
    • Continuous Improvement skill development programs
    • Lunch and Learn information sharing sessions
  • Work hard/Play hard! We make sure there’s ample opportunity for fun, engagement, and celebration while you work, such as networking events, March Madness, World Cup, Dodgeball Tournaments, Take Your Child to Work Day, Founder’s Day, and our annual Day of Service

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share. 

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom Save the Children is in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation. Any violations of this policy will be treated as a serious issue. 

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