Child Protection Technical Specialist

Child Protection Technical Specialist

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We're changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose:

Save the Children is committed to achieving breakthroughs for children in Tanzania, including violence no longer being tolerated against children. Save the Children Tanzania implements child protection programming in five regions of Tanzania, focusing on prevention of violence against children, child protection system strengthening and assisting children who are on the move in a humanitarian setting (Refugee Response). The Child Protection Specialist will advance this work to ensure it is technically sound and in line with the global guidance and relevant Common Approaches. The Child Protection Specialist will provide technical support and leadership to staff and partners, including the Government of Tanzania, drawing on current global evidence, good practices and Save the Children's standardised approaches. She/he will work with the Director of Program Development and Quality and other technical specialists (Education, Child Rights Governance, Health & Nutrition) to position and grow the child protection portfolio in line with Save the Children Tanzania's strategic plan for 2019-21.

She/he must bring strong technical leadership, interpersonal and communication skills and a proven track record of working with child protection issues in development and humanitarian settings. The post holder should also have a solid understanding of the child protection sector and government structures (national and local level) in Tanzania and some of the current challenges to enforce, protect and fulfil child rights in the country, linked to national action plans, strategies, tools and stakeholders.

Contract Duration: 1 Year

Location: Tanzania-Dar es Salaam with frequent travel to the field

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in social sciences related to child protection or related field
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in Child Protection.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in child rights and child participation
  • Knowledge of current national debates on Child Protection policies and practices
  • Demonstrated experience of developing and managing relationships and funding from donors or other development partners.
  • Prior experience in a leading role on the development of competitive and complex projects.
  • Demonstrated experience working with international, national and/or regional level government structures to strengthen the capacity of the government to deliver services.
  • Proven experience in programme development, project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation related to the sector including writing up high quality project/donor reports.
  • Proven experience and skills in advocacy and building work relationships with local/national governments and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors.
  • Solid experience and excellent skills in leading and building capacity of systems, staff, partners and other actors related to CP.
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Experience of building personal networks, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organisation.
  • Experience solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy-in of others.
  • Commitment to the Save the Children values and willingness to abide by Save the Children's Child Safeguarding Policy.
  • Ability to read, write and speak in English.


  • Exposure to NGO project design and delivery.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Swahili language skills and experience working in East Africa.

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

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


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

Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Tuesday 21 August 2018

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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