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Wed, 25/07/2018 - 17:30

Child Protection Officer


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Location: Freetown Field Office

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Closing date: 25th July 2018


The Organization

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 realize 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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.


We are seeking competent, reliable and self-motivated individuals to contribute to our Global Priorities by joining us in our Sierra Leone Country Office to ensure the delivery of high quality project activities in the target communities with a focus on building the capacity of Save the Children staff and key institutions with which SC collaborates, including both government and non-government agencies and organizations to ensure project quality and sustainability.


In this role, you will work closely with the Project Coordinator contributing towards the implementation of the Fambul Welbodi project in Freetown, with a particular focus on the child protection and gender-based violence components of the project.  The post holder is expected to work in full collaboration with the FWB III project team, as well as all other programme sectors and support units in Save the Children, as well as relevant external stakeholders and government agencies at the community, district, and national level.


  • In order to be successful in this role, you should have previous experience implementing child protection or related programming. You should have strong knowledge in social work/Sociology or related subject and ability to engage effectively with people at all levels from different cultures. 

Child Protection level - 3 the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


  • Degree or Diploma in social work/Sociology or related subject
  • At least 3 years of experience implementing child protection or related programming
  • At least 1 year of experience working with an international organisation
  • Good knowledge of child protection systems including legal and policy frameworks, service providers and key stakeholders including MSWGCA, FCC, FSU, CWC and CC structures and CBOs.
  • Strong knowledge of child protection issues affecting children in marginalised urban communities.
  • Experience in mobilising and working with community structures in an inclusive, child-sensitive, and gender-sensitive manner.
  • Proven experience in organising and facilitating trainings, especially on child protection issues.
  • Experience in using participatory methodologies in programme implementation, preferably involving children.
  • Experience working with local partners and providing technical support to them.
  • Excellent facilitation, communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as a team member within a collaborative framework.
  • The ability to work independently and use own initiative; strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to plan and organise work, cope with pressure and prioritise competing demands on time.
  • The ability to represent the organisation and advocate with a wide range of partners, including government, NGO’s and community representatives.
  • Motorbike riding skills with valid license are considered a plus.  
  • Ability to write clear and well-structured reports in English.
  • Strong computer skills, especially in word, excel, PowerPoint, internet.
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s aims, values and principles.

Contract length: 12 months

Application Information:

  • SCI Safeguarding Policy Statement; we need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children.
  • Candidates should possess Social Security Numbers (NASSIT)
  • SCI maintains zero tolerance to dual employment.
  • Reference and Security clearance checks will be conducted.
  • Candidates must possess a valid driving license for positions related to field activities.
  • Please apply in English using your CV and covering letter as a single document including your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role.
  • Applicants should address their applications to the Senior HR Coordinator, Save the Children, 55 Sir Samuel Lewis Road, Aberdeen, Freetown or 117 Mano Sewalu Road, Masanta Section, Kailahun Town and send a copy of their application addressed to the NGO Desk Officer, Ministry of Labour & Social Security, New England, Freetown.
  • Applications can be hand-delivered to the addresses above or send by email to:
  • Applicants should attach a copy of a valid Labour Card to their applications
  • Applicants should collect a copy of our Child Safeguarding & Code of Conduct policies from the nearest Save the Children office from Monday to Thursday between 0900hrs and 1700hrs and from 0900hrs – 1400hrs on Friday
  • Please indicate on the envelop position applied for and job location as stated on the advert.


Please read the job profile, ensure you meet the Essential Criteria before applying.  Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and questions about the post will be answered during the interviews.


SCI AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.  PERSON WITH DISABILITIES AND WOMEN ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Please note that Save the Children do not charge fees for recruitment, kindly call our toll-free fraud/general Feedback Line 922 (same number for Airtel and Africell) for complains.


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