Senior Specialist, Humanitarian Child Protection

Washington, DC, USA
negotiable Expires in 4 days



The Senior Specialist, Humanitarian Child Protection provides technical support for Save the Children’s child protection programs across a range of humanitarian contexts. This will include contributing to strategic directions and plan, developing and maintaining key external and internal partnerships, supporting program design and resource development and responding to emergencies. The Senior Specialist, Humanitarian Child Protection provides technical assistance to country offices to develop, implement, improve, and evaluate child protection programs which includes directly responding to emergencies.


What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Technical Assistance (50%)

  • In collaboration with the Humanitarian Child Protection Team, Department of Humanitarian Response (DHR) and Regional and Country Offices:
  • Provide technical assistance to regional and country offices in formulation of program and country child protection strategies
  • Provide assessment, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation support to regional, and country offices.
  • Build capacity of country offices and other sector staff to design and implement quality programs
  • Respond to emergencies and help country offices integrate child protection strategies into emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and transition activities.
  • Support quality program design and implementation for child protection programming from public and private funding streams, including foundations, private donors and key bilateral donors.

Program Learning and Innovation (20%)

  • Monitor new developments in child protection programming and support Save the Children (SC) to apply best practices in child protection in emergencies
  • Support regional and country offices to develop case studies, reports, and other multi-media documentation of program innovation and successes
  • Along with child protection and education teams, support the development of evidence-based program standards and guidance that reflect Save the Children best practices and state of the art approaches and promote widespread application. Set technical standards/priorities for evaluation and for research.
  • Promote the application of best practice for child protection globally.

Public and Private Resource Mobilization (20%)

  • Support child protection emergency response teams to build a diversified portfolio of funding for child protection
  • Establish/maintain new/existing relationships with key donors (headquarters and regional/country level) and relevant SC colleagues.
  • Contribute to agency knowledge and decision-making concerning pursuit of funding opportunities.
  • Support development and submission of quality proposals in response to identified opportunities.

Internal and External Representation (10%)

  • Represent Humanitarian Child Protection on external and internal bodies of key importance to Save the Children.
  • Liaise with other program areas and sectors including Education, Livelihoods, Health, Nutrition and Humanitarian Response, to coordinate programming, ensure quality, expand coverage of essential services, and develop multi-sectoral interventions.
  • Liaise with key partner agencies and donors, to achieve the goals and implement the tasks described above

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, child protection, or related field or equivalent experience
  • At least 5-7 years work experience in child protection in emergencies or relevant experience, to include 1-3 years’ international field experience supporting child protection programs
  • Knowledge and understanding of key child protection in emergency issues including family separation, sexual and gender based violence and psychosocial distress.
  • Experience providing technical support and oversight to child protection programs.
  • Proven ability to lead strategically and collaboratively
  • Proven written communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally approximately 40-50% of the time, often to complex and difficult environments.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Second language proficiency – Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic or other relevant language desirable
  • Previous onset emergency response experience is preferred
  • Experience in program design and proposal development for private foundations, bi- and/or multilaterals.
  • Ability to work and think globally and develop diverse relationships with colleagues and counterparts.



Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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About Save the Children


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.

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