Child Protection Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Poland

Plan International


Child Protection Specialist
Date: 11 Jul 2023

Location: Warsaw, Poland, Poland

Company: Plan International

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.

Role Purpose

Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice.

We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The position contributes to this goal by supporting the finance and accounts function in the Ukraine Response Emergency area by ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and value for money transactions.


Assessment and Programme Development

  • Lead the development of the CP country programme and strategy, including the development of child protection programs in line with Plan International’s guidelines and Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.
  • Develop program interventions that consider short-term and longer-term programming to respond to the evolving needs of children and adolescents from Ukraine and other vulnerable children.
  • Ensure CP programmatic and advocacy related activities are results-oriented and respond to needs identified in CP needs assessments.
  • In collaboration with partners and other child protection stakeholders, conduct additional in-depth CP needs assessments as needed to capture changing CP needs and inform program design and advocacy.
  • Work collaboratively with Plan’s other thematic sectors and cross-cutting areas, including education, gender and inclusion, SRHR to ensure that CP programming is coordinated and integrated whenever possible.
  • Work closely with the Business Development Manager and Partnerships Manager on resource mobilisation, including the development of quality concept notes, proposals, and donor engagement.

Technical Support and Programme Implementation

  • Ensure that there is effective planning, implementation, and coordination of inclusive child protection programming, that addresses the key child protection needs.
  • Work closely with the rest of the Plan International Poland team to ensure that the implementation of relevant activities is planned and implemented in a phased and prioritised manner, in full consultation and coordination with all relevant agencies.
  • Provide technical guidance and direction to Plan International Poland for effective planning, implementation and monitoring of the agreed child protection plans.
  • Conduct programme visits to monitor the implementation of activities, identify opportunities and constraints and any adjustments that are needed.
  • Capacity-Strengthening and Technical Resources
  • Oversee overall CP capacity-strengthening plans for national partners, including developing of co-learning strategy.
  • Develop, adapt and contextualize tools and guidance on CP in line with global inter-agency standards and tools and Plan International’s guidance and technical resources.
  • Develop, adapt, and ensure harmonization of CP training packages, including content related to life skills and parenting curriculum, unaccompanied and separated children, child survivors of SGBV, case management, community-level child protection, and anti-trafficking.
  • Deliver trainings to partners and other stakeholders.


Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning

  • Work closely with the MERL to design and develop appropriate monitoring, evaluation and learning systems for CP interventions, and promote children’s safe participation.
  • Evaluate the implementation of CP programs and draft recommendations for improved programme design.
  • Disseminate learnings as appropriate among Plan International staff, partners and other stakeholders, in close collaboration with Plan’s CP & MHPSS Specialist in the Ukraine Hub.

Supervision and Management

  • Develop workplans, assess capacity-gaps, and conduct performance reviews CP-related technical positions.
  • Conduct partnership scoping exercises to identify new opportunities for programming in the child protection response.
  • Conduct regular supervision, coaching, and co-learning sessions for CP-related technical positions. This includes regularly organizing joint visits to project sites and organizing strategy and review sessions for team members and partners.
  • Support recruitment and resource mobilization for additional staff positions as necessary.

Coordination and External Representation

  • Represent Plan International at external working groups and cluster meetings, including the Protection Cluster and Child Protection Sub-Working Group, and ensure collaboration and network with peer organisations.
  • Represent Plan International to governmental and non-governmental groups as needed.
  • Act as Safeguarding Focal Point for Plan International Poland, ensuring the roll out of the Safeguarding priorities and conduct safeguarding training to team members and partners.
    Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion 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 procedure

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Location : Warsaw, Poland

Type of Role : Fixed Term contract upto 12 months

Reports to : Programmes Manager

Grade : 15

Closing Date : 31 July 2023

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.

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