Title: Child Protection Program Specialist

Functional Area: Programme

Reports to: Head of Child Protection Program

Location: Country Office, Kathmandu Travel required, Plan International Nepal working districts

Effective Date: 1 August 2018 Grade D1


[This section is critical for clarifying expectations of the role, providing the framework for its relationship with colleagues and providing areas of accountability against which performance can be managed.

This should include a series of brief statements that define the end results required. E.g. drive, contribute, identify, manage, responsible for, advise/coach, build, develop, provide, conduct, oversee, establish, participate etc.

Statements should ideally be worded so that they will lead to thoughts of measurement. For example, it is better to state something like “achieve maintenance standards” than “undertake maintenance”. The former leads to a measure against the maintenance standards.]


Strategic Technical support and program development

  • Work with Head of Child Protection Program to develop Plan International Nepal’s strategy on child protection and safeguarding children and young people programming and its implementation.
  • Identify new potential partners for strategic engagement through external contact with relevant counterparts across agencies and negotiate strategic priorities.
  • Support the development of annual operational plans and the regular internal programme planning and review meetings for the Child Protection & safeguarding sector.
  • Coordinate with managers and child protection and safeguarding focal points to complete annual child protection self-assessment, compile and draft the action point.
  • Support in carrying out Child Protection Policy risk assessment and developing mitigation measures in programs.
  • Provide input in leading the development of child protection & safeguarding project proposals and identifying appropriate innovative approaches
  • Provide technical advice on all aspects of child protection and safeguarding to staff, Partners and key government officials on policies, strategies, good practices, lessons learn and approaches on child protection and safeguarding issues to support program development, planning, implementation and delivery of results.
  • Ensure child protection program is gender transformative taking into consideration the intersectionality factors.

Capacity development on Child Protection & Safeguarding programming

  • Assist the program team in integrating child protection and safeguarding perspectives in the institutional collaboration/ partnership programs at the country and district/province levels
  • Work with program team/ Child protection and Safeguarding focal points in identifying the capacity gaps to meet Plan International Nepal priorities for high quality of child protection projects.
  • Assess the needs related to promoting child Protection and Safeguarding in program and policies and organize consultations with staff and partners for providing sensitization and technical training
  • Lead the process of developing Child Protection and safeguarding children and young people policy/guideline for partners and associates with whom we work
  • Establish a Child Protection resource center by collecting and developing relevant learning materials


Coordination, Networking and Advocacy

  • Coordinate and work with program team at Country and field level & partners to identify and prioritize the major issues on Child protection and safeguarding considering intersectionality. Prepare appropriate advocacy plan and its implementation.
  • Coordinate and facilitate to build strategic alliances with other key actors internally and externally to advocate for gender-transformative child protection and safeguarding programming.
  • Provide technical support to Country & field team and identify opportunities for the development of relevant advocacy and communication/information materials to address child protection and safeguarding issues.
  • Take lead in carrying out advocacy and campaigns for eliminating child marriage and discriminations through partnership and networking.
  • Participate and contribute as needed in Plan’s country/regional networks and alliance.
  • Play a lead role as focal person for Child Protection in emergencies ensuring Plan International Nepal adheres to its responses and commitment.
  • Promote Plan International Nepal as lead in Child Protection & Safeguarding children and young people through effective program implementation and influencing at all level.

Monitoring, documentation and reporting

  • Participate in the regular program coordination meetings and other fora within Plan/partners of other sector to discuss, assess progress and to inform revision of work to promote inter sectoral collaboration on strategy, program development, implementing, monitoring and reporting.
  • Develop the monitoring plan/ M& E framework of Child Protection projects jointly with Girls Agency & Child Protection MER Specialist and monitor its progress on regular basis through field visits by engaging staff/partners/stakeholders to take required action/interventions to achieve results.
  • Collect and promote good practices and lessons learned, contributing to a collection of replicable good practices for programming.
  • Identify and document the success stories and failure experiences in approaches, strategies, processes and tools and its results and disseminate it.
  • In coordination with social and behavior change and outreach communication team prepare learning materials out of the success and achievements (flyers, brochures, leaflet etc.) based on project-based outcomes and approaches
  • Provide the feedback on the reports received from the field team, compile, analyze and forward it to Head of Child Protection program

Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.





[This section refers to people inside and/or outside of the organization that the post-holder needs to have contact with, and why. This should include virtual presence.]

The Child Protection Program Specialist will work with Heads of Program, Project Managers/Coordinators, Thematic Specialists and Child Protection & Safeguarding focal points.

The position holder will represent Plan International Nepal in external networks within and outside Nepal as required to develop strategic relationships with external stakeholders, including government officials, legislators, UN agency and partner organization, to position Plan International as an influential leader on promotion child rights and key issues.


[This section details the skills, knowledge and expertise the post holder will be required to demonstrate in doing the job well.This should include clear levels of technical expertise and skills that support our work at national, international, and global level.]

Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree in relevant field such as development studies on human/child rights
  • At least 5 years of technical experience in designing/managing projects on child protection especially in CP system strengthening and harmful traditional practices such as child marriage, chhaupadi and other protection issues(child labor, trafficking)
  • In-depth knowledge on Child protection and safeguarding issues along with hands-on experience of mainstreaming those into programs
  • Knowledge of advocacy and lobbying together with providing policy inputs on strategic child protection mainstreaming
  • Experience in identifying child protection risks and its mitigation in programming
  • Excellent communication, facilitation and presentation skills with ability to multitask and coordinate with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent command and proficiency in spoken and written English and Nepali languages
  • In-depth understanding of the international human/child rights framework for development, key development issues, approaches and tools
  • Knowledgeable about working in disaster management context and relevant humanitarian response
  • Proven knowledge of latest debates, issues, research and practice in Child Rights programs and programmed implementation in a range of contexts – local, national and regional
  • Up-to-date and various project design and evaluation models and government program and policies
  • Knowledge of the Nepal Government Policies, Program Priorities and Ministry of women, children and social welfare Capacity to produce evidence-based, robust program design with knowledge and experience on gender transformative and intersectionality approach
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues, a variety of team members and external contacts, through good written and spoken communication skills


  • Analytical, strategic thinking and negotiating skills.
  • Ability to build effective relations for influencing.
  • Excellent organization and prioritization skills.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely in English and Nepali, translating complex issues for a variety of audiences (e.g. general population and policy-makers).
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven IT skills: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint etc.
  • Ability to priorities and multitask work when dealing with competing deadlines, sometimes with limited resources.


  • Uses evidence-based results to make choices and drive change.
  • Taking initiative to be innovative and creative to achieve results.
  • Strives for quality in all they do, respecting deadlines, working continuously to improve performance.
  • Takes responsibility for their actions, and learn from behavior, successes and failures.
  • Supports gender equality and diversity, and challenges forms of inequality or harassment.
  • Encourages children young people, partners and colleagues to be meaningfully involved in decisions that affect them.
  • Listens to and understand views of colleagues and partners. Draws on their experience to ensure high quality work.
  • Upholds and demonstrates Plan’s values and behaviors.
  • Ability to build, nurture and manage team.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Ability to work comfortably and sensitively across cultures.


We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organization for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximize long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.


[In this section, state “typical office environment”, or conditions such as “must work outside in an extremely hot and humid climate”. Also note if any protective equipment is required.]

  • Based in Country Office, Lalitpur with travel to project areas.
  • Able to work in difficult circumstances (disaster areas, etc.)
  • Work with multi-culture and multi-lingual staff/team members


Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children




Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization working in 52 developing countries that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

Plan International has been working in Nepal since 1978, helping marginalized children, their families and communities to access their rights to health, education, economic security and protection. Through the support of local partners, Plan International works in 42 districts in Nepal.

The main program areas in its new Country Strategy are ECCD and basic education, WASH, MCH,child Protection, DRR/CCA plus humanitarian assistance, and household economic security



[A concise statement, capturing the primary reasons that this role exists and a clear articulation of the context of the role. How will this role contribute to creating lasting change for children?]

Plan International recognizes that violence against children and young people is prevalent throughout the world and in all societies. Violence against children includes physical or mental violence, injury and abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment and sexual abuse. Furthermore, children and young people may be vulnerable and at risk due to, for example, reasons of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, disability and age or illness.

Plan International is fully committed to ending violence against children and acknowledge that we have a duty to promote the gender responsive safeguarding of children and young people and particularly those with whom we work or are in contact.

The Child Protection Program Specialist will guide and provide technical expertise in developing Plan International Nepal’s strategy on child protection and safeguarding children and young people programming and policy implementation. The Specialist will be responsible for designing

and development of high quality programme including proposal development, policy analysis and engagement with advocacy and campaign .S/He will guide and provide technical advice and capacity support to field teams and partners in child protection and safeguarding children and young people programming and policy implementation. S/He will monitor the Child Protection & Safeguarding program as per the Country Strategy and M&E framework. S/He will coordinate and manage national level Child Protection & safeguarding programs as required.





[This section provides a summary of the size and authority of the post. It covers the size of the budget held, the numbers of direct reports, other key stakeholders who may depend on it, the type of communication required, the external representation involved and the reach of the role.]

The Child Protection Program Specialist will work with the Head of Program, Program team at Country and Field Office and Project Managers/Coordinators. The position holder will represent Plan International Nepal in external fora and networks as required.

This position will directly report to Head of Child Protection Program. S/He will not have any direct or indirect reports in the current structure. The position holder will have an initial budget for activities based on program strategy development. S/He will be responsible for designing and development of high quality programs including proposal development, policy analysis and engagement, developing public policy messaging, advocacy and campaign. The Specialist is also responsible for contributing to strong Monitoring and Evaluations systems, providing technical advice and capacity support to staff &partners to achieve program performance objectives. S/He will institutionalize and disseminate best practices and knowledge learnt both internally and externally; and that engagement with policy makers and key stakeholders to achieves advocacy objectives to realize greater change for children.

S/he will build strong, strategic relationships with external stakeholders, including government officials, legislators, UN agency and development partner staff, to position Plan International as an influential leader on child protection and safeguarding. S/he will focus on national level influencing while support district-level influencing and program delivery.


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Application Deadline: 5th February , 2019

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