Child Protection Capacity Strengthening Advisor

Save the Children


Following the start of the conflict in Ukraine, thousands of people fled and being displaced inside Ukraine and to neighbouring countries. SC is scaling up a programmatic response with local civil society partners and municipalities. The programme provides education, IYCF, child protection and psychosocial support to those in need and a cash and voucher assistance.

The overall aim of the Child Protection Advisor (Capacity Strengthening) will be to support the SC Partnership Team in working with the Child Protection Technical Advisor to identify new potential partners for SC programme implementation, and then assessing the capacity of partner organisations and Save the Children staff and volunteers, and leading in the design and delivery of appropriate training interventions.

Initial Key Deliverables:

Partners identification and assessment

  • Work with Child Protection TA, Partnership team and SC teams to identify potential civil society organization and opportunities to partner with local administrations for SC programme implementation
  • Meet the partners on the ground to understand their work and capacities
  • Support the partnership team in developing partnership mapping
  • Contribute to proposal development for partners implementation activities
  • Continuously expand Save the Children’s network of strategic partnerships with local authorities, child/youth/women/disability/minority-led organizations and active child protection actors Developing self and others; Networking.

Partners capacity assessment and strengthening

  • Work with SC partners to continuously identify capacity gaps and opportunities
  • Develop and regularly update capacity strengthening plans based on analysis of progress
  • Integrate cross-cutting themes and humanitarian principles such as gender equality, child safeguarding, and disability and minority inclusion into capacity strengthening plans
  • Design response-level capacity strengthening training resources (for both in-person and online) that can be adapted for specific partner needs
  • In coordination with country office CP team and drawing on regional / global resources, design and facilitate training with SC staff, partner staff, and volunteers (both in-person and online)
  • Ensure partnerships are based on mutual understanding of values, mission and goals that empower partners to take the lead in their own development
  • Establish partner network that promotes exchange of good practices
  • Work closely with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to ensure appropriate resources are available in the online platform in Ukrainian language
  • Capacity strengthening initiatives may include the following topics: Psychological First Aid for children, prevention and response to child protection concerns, integration of child protection activities with other sectors (health, education, cash), supporting family-based care of children, safe identification and referral
  • Work closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation team to measure outputs and outcomes of capacity strengthening


  • Applying Technical and Professional Expertise

Applies the required technical and professional expertise to the highest standards; promotes and shared best practice within and outside the organisation.

Level required: Accomplished

  • Delivering Results

Takes personal responsibility and holds others accountable for delivering our ambitious goals for children, continually improving their own performance or that of the team / organisation. Level Required: Accomplished

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making

Takes effective, considered and timely decisions by gathering and evaluating relevant information from within or outside the organisation.

Level Required: Accomplished

  • Leading and Inspiring Others

Demonstrates leadership in all our work, embodies our values, and articulates a compelling vision to inspire others to achieve our goals for children.

Level Required: Skilled

  • Developing Self and Others

Invests time and energy to actively develop self and others to help realist their full potential, and to build the organisation’s capability for the future.

Level Required: Skilled



* At least 3 years management or advisor level Child Protection experience working in humanitarian contexts or fragile states, including first phase humanitarian response

* At least 2 years’ experience conducting assessments of partner’s technical capacity and developing capacity strengthening plans that include appropriate tools/ resources to meet the needs and measure progress

* Experience designing and facilitating trainings on child protection in humanitarian for local organizations staff and volunteers

* Excellent communication skills verbal and written, including fluent English language skills

* Ability to write clear, concise technical assessment and project reports

* The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances

* Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in Social Work, Human rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies or similar, or equivalent field experience

* Good knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection, such as the Inter-Agency Guidelines on Separated and Unaccompanied Children, the Paris Principles, SC Child Friendly Spaces Handbook, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

* Commitment to and understanding of child rights, the aims and principles of SC, and humanitarian standards such as the Sphere Charter and the Code of Conduct. In particular, a good understanding of the SC mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support.


* Language skills in Ukraine and/ or Russian

* Experience working for child protection in conflict settings

In the case of a Category 1 and Category 2 response, the candidate must reflect the experience and qualifications of a Grade 2. This must include the following proven behaviour/experience:

  • Demonstrate leadership and management skills in a complex international setting.

Previous experience as member of Senior Management Team.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. This Role is offered on the basis of International not a component terms and conditions. Also, interviews will be held on ongoing basis, adverts will be closed once a person is identified.

For non- EU citizens; Visa is to be obtained.

The Organisation

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.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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