Deputy Child Protection Project Manager
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A Deputy Project Manager to supports the direct implementation of the Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria project.
This will ensure timely and quality implementation of all project activities as defined in the proposal.
The Deputy Project Manager will motivate, inspire and support the project team through their leadership and line management.
The Deputy Project Manager will work closely with the Child Protection Manager to provide complementary management of the overall project.
Reports to : Child Protection Manager
Direct Reports : The Deputy Project Manager will provide administrative and functional line management to the project team which will total in the region of 48 persons, once all positions are onboarded.
Working Relations : Child Protection Manager; Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager; Head of Office North East;
and other Senior Managers.
Motivate, inspire and support the project team through leadership and Administrative Line Management. This includes approving leave, timesheets, support with financial processes and pastoral care.
Provide informal supervision and check-ins with each team members to assess their performance, and support with any areas identified.
Support the Child Protection Manager to carry out Development Evaluation Processes for each annual year, including identifying challenges and successes of team members.
Support in identifying capacity building needs for the team and collaborate with the Child Protection Manager to respond to these e.
g. through developing training's, coaching, reflection sessions, and lessons learned meetings.
Provide training to the project team, including community-based personnel such as Community Case Workers on Code of Conduct, with integrated PSEA (Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse).
Violations will be investigated through HR in Abuja, however ensure necessary information is shared with the Child Protection Manager.
Programme implementation, oversight, and quality assurance
Actively follow up with the team on day to day implementation and status of activities pending or delivered, according to Project Workplan.
Actively monitor the project through field visits and ongoing communication with partners and team to assess progress, identify bottlenecks and potential challenges.
Discuss any issues that arise with Child Protection Manager and identify solutions to resolve these / refer to relevant officials for timely resolution.
Provide direction to project activities to meaningfully address needs as identified by the project. Ensure solution focused approach applied consistently.
Ensure accurate implementation of the project workplan and support the Child Protection Manager in drafting the workplan if needed.
Advise Child Protection Manager of context specific analysis and recommendations relating to the project.
Ensure socio-economic reintegration activities are conflict-sensitive, and promote an inclusive, community-based approach to reintegration, as guided by the Paris Principles and Guidelines on Children Formerly Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, while being in the best interest of the child.
Work closely with the children’s families / caregivers to ensure ongoing relationship building, support to the project and informal feedback on project activities.
Ensure periodic meetings such as interviews and focus group discussions with beneficiaries to ascertain their wishes and feelings in relation to the project to ensure project quality and best interests upheld.
Support with completing project documentation in accordance with project policies and funding source requirements.
Provide technical input to project implementation to achieve targets, contribute to progress reports as requested, technical reports, and other deliverable.
Support preparation / review of necessary financial documentation e.g. relating to Purchase Requests, as led by budget available per activity as needed.
Ensure these are submitted to Child Protection Manager for approval.
Support Child Protection Manager as needed on budget related tasks e.g. forecasting, costing workplans, tracking allocations, reviewing budget versus actuals, etc.
Escalate any budget discrepancies / issues / needs identified to the Child Protection Manager.
Representation and Coordination
Build coalitions and networks with local partners for project’s effectiveness. Continue to mobilise these networks to support smooth implementation of project objectives and sustainability.
Provide substantive support to meetings such as conferences, workshops including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations, planning of high level visits.
Maintain donor communication in absence of Child Protection Manager.
Maintain lead contact role for Programme Advisory Committee and Partners.
Represent Search in external meetings, including Child Protection Working Group Meetings, or other meetings, as requested.
Lead on the design and implementation of the Economic Reintegration component of project, leading the project team to undertake activities in a timely manner.
Deliver Code of Conduct and PSEA training to all mentors and ensure regular follow up. Ensure they all sign the CoC and are aware of how to report.
Deliver Code of Conduct and PSEA training to children and ensure they are aware of how to report.
Ensure high quality mentors identified to train selected children. Undertake continual relationship building and open communication with mentors.
Assist partners to identify, cultivate and sustain relationships necessary to create a community support network necessary to sustain reintegration efforts.
Ensure vocations selected based on findings from Market Analysis.
Develop necessary tools to support high quality implementation e.g. checklists for mentors per vocation to promote standardised training, checklists for mentors to track children’s progress in the training.
Undertake quality assurance checks by following up with children and mentors. Flag any concerns and share updates with Child Protection Manager and team.
Provide coaching in areas identified through quality checks.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.
An advanced University Degree (Master's or higher) in Business management, Economics, Social Work, Psychology, Social Science or related field
A minimum of five years of professional experience in socio-economic development, planning and management in child protection related areas is required.
Experience in emergency response is essential
Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is considered as an added advantage
Other Relevant Requirements
Highly organized and systematic with excellent attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
Excellent cross-cultural communication and working skills, enjoys a multicultural work environment;
Excellent training and communication skills
Proven ability to work independently under difficult conditions
Excellent advocacy skills
Fluency in English is required.