INTRODUCTION : -
Child Protection Officer job opportunity is available at SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria for individuals who possess relevant qualifications.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES : -
The Child Protection Officer would be responsible for implementing community-based child protection activities in an SOS Children’s Villages Programme Location.
This position will be responsible for the prevention and response activities of the child protection program
He / she will work with the community and community-based child protection structures and system, psychosocial support activities, case management and promote children’s wellbeing
The officer will be responsible for ensuring the protection of children from harm or abuse.
He / she will contribute to creating a safer and protective school environment for children using the four main key elements of protection which are;
Prevention (e.g. positive, supportive, safe school culture, curriculum and pastoral opportunities for children);
Protection (by following the agreed procedures, ensuring all staff are trained and supported to respond appropriately and sensitively to safeguarding concerns);
Support (for all pupils, parents and staff, and where appropriate specific intervention for those who may be at risk of harm);
Working with parents and other agencies (to ensure appropriate communications and actions are undertaken).
Uphold the SOS Children’s Villages Child Safeguarding Policy and ensure the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse in the workplace and communities of intervention.
Identify gaps in service provision to children and proactively document, refer and advocate for those gaps to be filled to relevant authorities
He / she will closely work with the child protection stakeholders to ensure that they are addressing child protection concerns within their respective communities.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATION : -
HND / BSc Degree in social sciences or humanities (human rights, sociology, psychology or any related field)
Minimum of 2 years proven professional experience in Safeguarding, Development or Humanitarian Work
Understanding of child development issues, including knowledge of child rights, child protection, child welfare, childcare and parenting;
and relevant local and national laws, regulations and protocols
Ability to manage sensitive information and be confidential and discrete