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  • Child Protection Officer at Herwa Community Development Initiative

  • Posted on: 27 November, 2018 Deadline: 8 December, 2018
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  • Herwa Community Development Initiative is a national NGO with headquarters in Maiduguri. We work in different LGAs in Borno state and other North Eastern states of Nigeria on peace building and conflict management, Child protection, education in emergency, agriculture and youth empowerment. We are partnering with street child in Mobbar and Dikwa LGAs on child protection and collaborating with 3 local communities to ensure that vulnerable children like unaccompanied, separated and children associated with armed groups (CAAG) are identified and provided with an integrated case management to help achieve their full potential in life.

    Child Protection Officer


    Place of Work:

    Dikwa, Borno state

    Reports to: Child Protection Manager

    Contract Duration: 2 months renewable

    Tentative Start Date: ASAP


    • Supervising and monitoring the implementation of the Child Protection Program activities in Dikwa
    • Leading and supervising the case workers and PSS facilitators assigned to each community we are working with to ensure that the activities are implemented in the right manner and within the required Child Protection standards and objectives.
    • Identifying and registering UASC new arrivals
    • He will supervise and monitor the CBCPC and mobilizers to develop and execute activities as set in the program work plan. Community sensitization, supervision and capacity building will be part of the primary purpose of the position.


    Staffs directly reporting to this post are case workers, PSS facilitators


    Program Planning and Implementation

    • Support Child Protection manager, develop, implement and monitor quarterly, monthly and weekly activity plans to achieve expected results. This includes planning of activities, budgets and procurement.
    • Ensure that all planned activities such as CFS Community based CPC, community awareness rising, and case management are implemented on time.
    • Technically lead program activities especially training of caseworkers and PSS facilitators and ensure that they are being implemented within SCoN
    • Actively participate and play a leadership role in the Coordination team, bringing key issues, proposing solutions and collaborating with other teams to build synergies and efficiencies.
    • Identify and document vulnerable children including separated and unaccompanied minor and CAAG
    • Document the separated and unaccompanied children, according to the standard family tracing and reunification procedures and in line with Street Child protection policy
    • Conduct community awareness on identification of vulnerable children and the process of registration of separated/unaccompanied children including family tracing.
    • Conduct community consultation on temporary care arrangements of separated/unaccompanied children.
    • Refer cases with specific needs to the competent service providers, follow up and document referred cases.
    • Ensure that urgent and challenging cases are immediately discussed with manager
    • Conduct follow up  visits of children reunified with their relatives
    • Report any violation of the child safe guarding policy of SCoN

    Staff supervision and mentorship

    • Identify any staffing issues and coordinate closely with the Child Protection manager to resolve them as appropriate.

    Monitoring and Reporting

    • Contribute to the preparation of internal and external reports
    • Lead on and complete weekly reports.
    • Participate in team reviews of results and program progress
    • Ensure that all program data is properly and regularly collected by field staff, check data and ensure that it is logically presented to the Child Protection Manager.


    • University degree in sociology, social sciences, psychology
    • Minimum of 1 years relevant work experience in child protection case management, child protection programmes or related field in the institution or the community.
    • Proven ability to work as part of a team
    • Strong understanding of the situation of children in the community and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of children in the community.
    • Ability to identify the main gaps in child protection in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.
    • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact, and diplomacy.
    • Experience in training and capacity building and willingness to dedicate time and patience to partner development.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional refeeres in one MS Word Document or  PDF to Please mention Child Protection Officer as the subject of your mail.

    *Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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