Child Rights, Protection and Safeguarding Technical Lead – Harare

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Child Rights, Protection and Safeguarding Technical Lead - Harare

  • Post Date:February 14, 2021
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  • Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
    Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. 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. In Zimbabwe, we have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 31 years. Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity.

Child Rights, Protection & Safeguarding Technical Lead: Harare

Reporting to the Head of Programs, the incumbent is responsible for providing specialist leadership, guidance and support on child rights, protection and safeguarding programming activities in line with the Plan International Country Strategy.


  • Supports the Program Leadership Team in formulating country specific policies, strategies and guidance on child rights, protection and safeguarding for quality programming.
  • Provides leadership and guidance for the undertaking of clear and strong advocacy on the Safeguarding Children and Young People (SCYPP) at all levels
  • Coordinates the annual SCYPP implementation standards self-assessment and incident reporting exercises, providing reports on outcomes and trends to the country management team.
  • Promote and scale up child rights and protection activities in all Plan program areas thus at the district and national levels.
  • Contribute towards child rights program strategies in the development of the Country Strategy ensuring children’s contributions and issues form the basis of Plan programs.
  • Facilitate the operationalization of the safeguarding children and young people policies, standards and guidelines within Plan Zimbabwe. ordinate compilation of quarterly reports on child related offences from Plan’s areas of operation and provide guidance and support to mitigate such abuses.

Enhancing capacities of Plan staff and communities to promote and scale up child rights, protection program activities

  • Provide high quality and accessible advice, support and guidance to managers and staff ensuring that adequate SCYPP measures are integrated into office operations, processes and programs as outlined by the SCYPP implementation standards and other core SCYPP documents.
  • Collaborate with and provide advice to key teams and/or departments within the offices to ensure that risk identification and management strategies of the country’s processes, procedures and activities include assessment of SCYP risks and appropriate mitigating actions are developed.
  • Coordinate delivery of mandatory SCYP briefings, inductions and/or workshops to staff, managers and associates ensuring all are aware of what the SCYPP means for them and how to execute their specific responsibilities under the policy. Coordinate delivery of on-going refresher training and induction as necessary.

Participate in child rights networks to enhance Plan’s program performance

  • Develop and strengthen collaborative relationships at international, national, provincial and district levels in child rights, protection and safeguarding.
  • Provide leadership and strategy in influencing, lobbying and advocating on child rights issues at national and regional level.
  • Identify best practices in child rights programming, share and exchange experiences and lessons learnt from within Plan and other partner organizations.

Child Rights, Protection and Safeguarding Influencing Responsibilities

  • Establish Plan International Zimbabwe as an organisation effectively contributing to long-term Child Rights, Protection and Safeguarding change making in areas such as law, policy, budget and behavior.
  • Undertake in-depth Child Rights, Protection and Safeguarding power and policy analysis of the structures, systems and networks in Zimbabwe to identify opportunities for changes in law, policy, budget and behavior at the national level that will drive the achievement of the strategic goals and objectives set by the country office.
  • Ensure the Plan Zimbabwe’s Child Rights, Protection and Safeguarding Influencing plans and initiatives are aligned with both the County and Global strategies.
  • Ensure strong linkages with Monitoring, Evaluations, Research and Learning (MERL) so that Child Rights, Protection and Safeguarding advocacy and policy approaches are based in evidence.
  • Work with Regional Hub and Global Hub to strengthen and support influencing on Child Rights, Protection and Safeguarding and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

Child Protection & gender equality mainstreaming

  • Promotes and abides by Plan policies and procedures including but not limited to:  Gender equality mainstreaming, Safeguarding Policy; Code of Conduct and the related mandatory reporting responsibilities.


  • A Degree in Social Sciences or equivalent qualification.
  • A relevant Masters’ degree is a distinct advantage
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience  at a similar level  in child rights and protection
  • Knowledge of strategic planning processes and  theories of child-rights programming
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development


  • Excellent networking and partnership building skills
  • Research, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Good communication, facilitation and report writing skills
  • Strong negotiating, strategic thinking and influencing skills


  • Demonstrates clear respect to all and especially children without discrimination
  • Promotes high quality child rights programs
  • Promotes innovation and learning within the child rights realm
  • Communicates clearly and effectively on child protection issues
  • Assertiveness and shows cultural sensitiveness

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements are required to submit their curriculum vitae & cover letter outlining their suitability for the position. Plan International takes very seriously the responsibility and duty to ensure that we and anyone who represents us does not in any way harm or place at risk children and young people. In this regard, reference & background checks will be performed including clearances on child related offences in conformity with Plan’s Safeguarding Policy.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

This position is open to Zimbabwean nationals
Location: Zimbabwe (Harare)
Type of role: Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date : 26 February 2021