Save the Children – Child Safeguarding Coordinator, Nairobi.

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Role Purpose

Save the Children is recruiting Child Safeguarding Coordinator for the CO, this position will be responsible for ensuring that, Save the Children Kenya Programme fulfils our commitment to safeguard children. The holder of the position will be the National Child Safeguarding Focal Point and will support the implementation of Child Safeguarding policy. S/he will co-ordinate closely with Child Safeguarding focal persons in each Area Office and Country office, to ensure that Save the Children staff and representatives act in accordance with the policy in both their professional and their personal lives. In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Contract Duration: 12 months

No of Vacancies: One (1) Position

Reporting to: Head of HR, Admin and IT

Location: Nairobi

Sourcing: Internal Sourcing (Kenya Country Office Only)


  • Together with the Head of HR, Admin and IT and Senior Management Team of the Kenya Country Office, ensure that systems, procedures and activities are in place to allow full compliance with the organisation’s five global Essential Standards for Child Safeguarding:
  • Ensure staff receives Child Safeguarding training within 1 month of starting employment with Save the Children, supplemented by on-going local level initiatives to progressively build staff understanding of how to apply child safeguarding in their day-to-day work. Child Safeguarding refresher training is provided at least every 2 years.
  • All child safeguarding concerns, allegations, and incidents are reported, recorded and investigated according to Local or Country procedures and reported within 24 hours of their occurrence through the Datix system.
  • Ensure that activities engaging with children and their carers have informed consent, are non-exploitative and do not increase risk of harm or vulnerability.
  • Providing Overall Support to the Wider Implementation of the Child Safeguarding Policy and Related Documents.
  • Work in close collaboration with all departments to ensure that all agreements between Save the Children and Suppliers/Contractors/ Implementing Partners/Volunteers/ Interns/ Consultants or other individuals, groups or organizations who have a formal/contractual relationship to Save the Children include agreement on the Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Work with programme managers to have CS and related policies translated into appropriate local languages in a context-friendly and child-friendly manner and disseminated to beneficiaries.
  • Organise, in liaison with the regional CS Director, for relevant training e.g. training of trainers for new focal persons and Safe Programming for all programme staff.
  • In collaboration with the Proposal Coordination Officer, Awards staff and relevant PDQ Technical Specialists, participate in proposal development to ensure that programmes are designed through a CS lens. Share materials to guide effective CS considerations during proposal design, and ensure that the review of proposals from a CS perspective is integrated into the proposal development process and associated checklists.
  • Work with the Head of MEAL to ensure that MEAL activities incorporate a specific child safeguarding component for monitoring:
  • Work with programme managers/staff to ensure that programmes at operational sites integrate child safeguarding into all activities so as to prevent (or address) a situation where children may be put at risk of harm, abuse or exploitation due to the way the project/programme is designed or implemented.
  • Build capacity of partners to carry out a risk assessment when involving children in their activities and programmes to ensure children are not put at risk as a result of our work.
  • Ensure that the safeguarding awareness-raising materials are placed in strategic places in all field locations and ensure continuous monitoring/review of the same.
  • Make regular visits to all area offices to review CS processes and ensure that focal persons maintain appropriate records of any incident or suspected safeguarding children concern. These records must be shared with the Head of HR, Admin and IT and the Country Director as they occur.
  • Maintain overall picture relevant management and statistical information to give a local picture of the extent and nature of reported abuse and exploitation and liaise and share the same with the Country Director, Head of HR, Admin and IT, Global CS focal person in the East Arica regional office and regional Director of Global Child Safeguarding on a quarterly basis.
  • Maintain an overall picture of child safeguarding reports and issues.
  • Monitor progress of reporting cases under investigation and report the same to the Country Director on a monthly basis.
  • Conduct investigations into cases of breach of the CSG Policy, when called upon.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in the social/behavioural sciences.
  • Minimum 3 years of relevant professional work experience with an international child-focused NGO.
  • 1-2 years’ experience in Child Safeguarding role.
  • Ideally has general child protection expertise or who has had exposure to child protection initiatives, but at minimum has an interest in this area and shows willingness to develop his/her capacity.
  • Demonstrable commitment to the protection of children’s rights, and to the rights of children living poor vulnerable communities.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing communication materials and carrying out social mobilization.
  • Effective working relationships with community opinion-leaders, including successful advocacy and influencing.
  • Excellent communication skills (especially in communicating with children) including fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili and strong inter-personal and advisory skills.
  • Must have good facilitation skills
  • Is approachable and trustworthy
  • Is gender sensitive
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Demonstrates Save the Children’s core values of accountability, collaboration, integrity, ambition, and creativity.

The Organization

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

How to Apply

Please apply in English saving your CV and covering letter as a single document, including your salary expectations for this role. To see a full a job description, please visit our website at We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy.  All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Deadline 8 Sep 2020 – 23:59 EAT 

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best-qualified talent.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Disclaimer: Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents 




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