Terre des hommes (Tdh) – Child Protection Officer, Dadaab.

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Vacant Position: Child Protection Officer

Category: Collaboration

Reports to: Project Manager

Number of subordinate employees: 0

Work Location: Dadaab

Activity rate %: 100

Context: Tdh has been working in Dadaab within the socio-ecology model of child protection system with a strong emphasis on children safety and well-being. Case management remains a central intervention to ensure children exposed to at-risk environments are identified/protected, and those who experience abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence receive immediate life-saving services in line with their needs.

Tailor-made mental health and psychosocial services are provided to individual/group of boys and girls together with their parents in a safe place. Outreach services aiming at community-led advocacy and empowerment increased information and knowledge on child protection issues.

Revitalizing community intergenerational dialogues promoted open engagement on delicate social issues and possible reversal of some retrogressive practices.

General description of the position: The Child Protection Officer is responsible for overseeing the overall protection response in Dadaab refugee complex.

He/she will ensure that protection principles are applied to Tdh operations and that an inclusive, dignified and safe assistance is provided to affected populations.

The protection officer will ensure that Tdh and global standards and guidelines are respected and in place and will ensure the centrality of protection to all Tdh activities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Takes part in Best Interests Procedure (reviewing BIAs and BIDs before being presented to UNHCR). Planning, coordination and participation in the BID and Safe Haven’s panels.
  • Ensure that relevant and appropriate child protection services are accessible for children accommodated in the protective areas across the three camps in camps.
  • Ensure that protective areas in Dadaab refugee complex are child friendly and the best interest of the child is respected and promoted.
  • Ensure that PSS approach is mainstream in all case management interventions.
  • Ensure that Tdh guidelines and tools are applied.
  • Ensure coordination between case management and Psychosocial departments.
  • Conduct regular protection monitoring and generate evidence in protection trends in collaboration with M&E department.
  • Support regular monitoring system of activities and organize evaluation process for lessons learned exercise.
  • Work closely with Projects Managers, Program Assistant and Head of Programs to monitor child protection needs and make program evidence-based adjustments.
  • Work closely with safeguarding focal point to ensure that safeguarding risks are identified and monitored and support the well-functioning of the safeguarding mechanism.
  • Support MEAL department in the implementation of MEAL activities ensuring inclusiveness and child friendly process.
  • Ensure accountability is mainstreamed in Tdh activities and mechanisms are accessible, known and operational for affected populations.
  • Support reporting process to donors and partners to keep them informed of program progress.

Protection Activities:

  • Promote, and ensure that all project activities are in line with protection principles and standards.
  • Support case management department to conduct Best Interest Procedures.
  • Support all activities related to relocation exercises leaded by UNHCR ensuring best interest assessments are done in due time and protection recommendation are taken into account.
  • Ensure that the responsible staff provide high quality case management process.
  • Ensure that delivered protection services are consistent with and aligned with the Kenyan legislation and system (including mandates, roles and responsibilities of statutory judicial, law enforcement, social and educational agencies) and adhere to relevant inter-agency standardized operating procedures and tools (CPMS, Sphere, CM guidance)
  • Ensure appropriate information management protocol is in place, particularly in terms of confidentiality of data (including data base)
  • Establish regular exchanges with PSS and CM teams to ensure that children and youth in need of protection are timely identified and adequately supported.
  • Support project managers during the preparation of reports in ensuring protection analyses, trends and evidences are included and well communicated to external audiences.
  • Identify and propose trainings for her/his team related to protection principles and best practices.
  • Report serious cases of abuse on children and youth identified by the project team to the management team. Strict confidentiality must be respected.

Human Resources Support

  • Draft a capacity building plan for staffers under her/his supervision and assist in delivering training and workshops.
  • Provide direction, leadership and coaching to staff members by conducting frequent staff meetings and frequent check-ins.

Coordination and Representation

  • Liaise with all relevant statutory and voluntary agencies such as Children Officer, RAS, UNHCR.
  • Seek synergies with other departments of Tdh to ensure implementation of standardized activities
  • Participate in forum and meetings at location or regional level and liaise with humanitarian actors, authorities and other sector to disseminate information, best practices, lessons learned, etc.
  • Develop a network to facilitate the project acceptance and stakeholder’s contribution and ownership


  • Agree to comply with Tdh Code of Conduct and ensure Child Safeguarding standards are upheld
  • Adhere to and ensure the team under her/his responsibility follows Tdh administrative and logistical regulations and procedures
  • The above list of job duties is not exclusive or exhaustive and the person will be required to undertake such tasks as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the position.
  • The job description should be regularly reviewed to ensure it is an accurate representation of the position.

Job Requirements:


  • Professional diploma or University degree in social work, psychology, education and any other relevant field;
  • At least 3 years’ experience working with vulnerable young populations and/or asylum seekers in need of Protection;
  • At least 3 years working on protection and child protection programs;
  • Good IT knowledge (Microsoft Office, Internet);
  • Previous experience with Tdh or another child protection organization is desirable;
  • Knowledge of key protection issues in the asylum seekers/refugee population and best practices;
  • Knowledge of protection system in Kenya;


  • Required qualities: proactive, autonomous, rigorous, organized, good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • To have a valid driving license is an asset.

Languages: Fluent in English, Somali and Kiswahili.

Application Modalities:

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their applications letter and detailed CVs to KEN.recruitment@tdh.ch.

Candidates are required to indicate the position title on the subject line of the email when applying.

Kindly note only applications sent to this email address will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Locals and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Closing date for the application of this position is 11 November 2020.

Tdh’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protect children’s rights, which includes the prevention of all forms of child abuse.

Tdh is an equal opportunity employer




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