I Choose Life - Africa Child Protection Officer, Laikipia Jobs in Kenya

I Choose Life - Africa Child Protection Officer, Laikipia Jobs in Kenya


I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) is a youth focused organization that seeks to empower youth in Kenya and across Africa as the foundation for sustainable development. Registered in 2004 and working closely with Government, ICL has

over 14 years’ experience implementing evidence based adolescents and youth programs in over 345 institutions of learning (Primary, Secondary and Higher learning institutions) across 23 Counties in Kenya.

The organization implements programs in Health and Nutrition, Education, Economic Empowerment and Leadership and Governance Sectors.

To ensure maximum impact in these sectors, ICL utilizes a multi-sectorial approach, Quadra Helix development approach (which brings together the Government, Private sector, Academia and Civil society) to foster innovative and sustainable transformation in communities.


  • ‘Healthy Africa, Empowered People!’

  • To improve the life opportunities of youth aged 10-24 through strategic empowerment for sustainable development.

    Job purpose:

    Under the leadership of the Project Manager the incumbent will provide oversight in implementation and integration of child safeguarding and protection approaches into Jielimishe GEC project through provision of technical guidance to the project team, community child protection committees and community volunteers.

    She/he will coordinate and support the implementation of the Child Protection Policy and related child safeguarding policy support documents in the project to mitigate existing child safeguarding risks for children and vulnerable adults

    Key responsibilities

    Project Planning and design/Technical Program Development

  • Coordinate implementation of the Child Protection Policy and related child safeguarding policy support documents in the project
  • Prepare quarterly and annual child safeguarding reports and submit the report to the project manager
  • Lead in establishment of a strong and reliable child safeguarding reporting and responding procedure
  • Maintain a central Child Safeguarding Incident Register for coordinated response and closure of reported incidences
  • Follow up on reported Child Safeguarding concerns and incidents together with the project team and other appropriate child protection structures in the community
  • Document lessons learnt as well as identified challenges to ensure that relevant preventive, awareness raising, and capacity building measures are implemented to enhance the safeguarding environment
  • Ensure that relevant child safeguarding documents and tools are available to the project team for strengthened integration
  • Facilitates internal and external knowledge sharing on child safeguarding with a strong focus on prevention detection, response and capacity building
  • Participate in the regional child safeguarding network
  • Develop technical strategies and lead in the implementation of I Choose Life-Africa’s child safeguarding/protection activities and standards
  • Facilitate integration of child safeguarding activities/standards into the project
  • Lead in design, planning and implementation of Child Safeguarding activities and minimum standards to improve the child protection environment in the project sites
  • Participate in the development and design of new project proposals with enhanced child protection component.
  • Participate in reviewing the attainment of goals and objectives as set out in the funded proposal and with regard to safe guarding policy
  • Oversee the design and implementation of child protection reporting and feedback mechanism

    Child protection implementation

  • Oversee the coordination of all child safeguarding project activities including preparation of work plans, implementation and reporting
  • Ensure all Project Officers and Assistants understand the child safe guarding policy and mechanisms for reporting concerns
  • Oversee the implementation of whistle blowing policy to strengthen the safeguarding policy and minimum standards
  • Manage and support the individual case management and implementation of I Choose Life – Africa’s Gender, Child Protection and Do No Harm Policy and strategy.
  • Provide support to Project staff and all project partners to ensure timely management and documentation of safeguarding cases at the intervention with relevant Project staff and safeguarding actors
  • Maintain confidentiality, privacy in the management of case files and observe data protection and confidentiality protocols while handling both the paper based and electronic data at all stages of data management.
  • Deliver capacity building trainings for project staff, community structures and project partners.
  • Comply with all relevant ICL’s policies and procedures with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health
    and safety, security, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.

    Stakeholder Management and Human Resource Development

  • In conjunction with project staff, participate in National, County and sub-county level interagency meetings and engage in the identification and building of links with other partners/agencies, the Government and the community to ensure that issues related to child protection are raised and addressed.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other aid agencies, governmental institutions and other child protection organizations in order to promote cooperation and strengthen systems for children.
  • Identify capacity building needs on child safeguarding/Protection across project sites and in coordination with HR supports development and implementation of necessary training tools and processes
  • Organises or provides relevant training for staff in the area of child protection/Safeguarding. Ensures knowledge exchange between staff working in project sites.
  • Advises and monitors implementation of appropriate staffing standards and structures in line with quality child protection standards in close cooperation with the HR office
  • Actively support other head office departments in integrating Child Safeguarding/protection activities as a component of their work.

    Project Monitoring& Evaluation

  • Conduct annual child safeguarding audit across the project sites to inform areas or actions to strengthen child protection
  • Work with M&E to track child Safeguarding/protection performance indicators
  • Monitor and evaluate program performance on Child protection and Child Safeguarding related goals and objectives and contribute content for internal and external reporting.
  • Supports county project teams in implementing safeguarding minimum standards
  • Identify and contribute to development of case studies and success stories to ensure milestones are documented and reported on
  • Conduct regular data collection using existing tools and/or design new tools as need may be in order to track project performance on indicators and measure overall impact.
  • Prepare timely progress reports, including both quantitative and qualitative information, on Gender, Child Protection and Do No Harm activities and input into regular reports as required.
  • Work closely with the M&E team and project officers to conduct regular data quality checks to ensure case management information collected as part of documentation and monitoring is accurate, reliable, complete, precise, timely and has high integrity.
  • Support in project research in collaboration with the project M&E team.

    Desired Education and Training
  • Educated to a minimum degree level in a relevant discipline or equivalent including but not limited to Gender, Anthropology, Education, Sociology or Counselling Psychology
  • Relevant Child Protection Training, preferably a Diploma.

    Experience and Abilities
  • Minimum 5 years proven experience in implementation of child safeguarding and protection, community development, education programming, the logical framework approach and other strategic planning strategies
  • Good understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Planning and implementing projects in a consortium partnership including children and households
  • Field/Project work and working with communities in marginalized areas
  • Experience tracking/tracing program beneficiaries over a long period of time including their location, social, academic and physical growth and well being
  • Experience working with primary and secondary schools is an added advantage
  • Ability to work with a team, foster a team approach and incorporate capacity building activities into the program
  • Ability to analyze and utilize program development gaps for designing programs.
  • Demonstrate capacity for collaboration, networking and resource mobilization.

    Knowledge and skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good verbal and written communication
    Working with integrity and confidentiality whilst valuing the individual

    How to Apply:

    Application Details:

  • Candidates who meet the qualifications to submit their CV and testimonials to nokwero@ichooselife.or.ke and copy dennis@ichooselife.or.ke
  • The official closing date for these applications will be on Wednesday 6th March 2019.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer.

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