Safeguarding Coordinator - CAR

Country: Central African Republic
Organization: War Child UK
Closing date: 28 Mar 2022

We are a growing organisation, working with children and youth with partner organisations and through direct implementation in some very challenging places. We’re focused on child protection, education and livelihoods and our projects range from providing short term psychosocial support to children affected by conflict to supporting the development of sustainable child protection systems. We work in complex conflict settings which range from acute emergencies to protracted humanitarian crises and we aim to respond to crisis, support recovery and build resilience. War Child UK (WCUK) is looking for a “Safeguarding Coordinator” for the implementation of its child protection activities in CAR. WCUK is an international organization founded in 1993 in the United Kingdom with the vision of a world in which the lives of children are not torn apart by war. WCUK exists to protect and rehabilitate child victims of war and to support them in coping with the lasting consequences of conflict. WCUK works with local communities, civil society organizations and local authorities in countries both in conflict and in post-crisis or post-conflict situations. This approach allows it to sustain its actions in favor of children, promote livelihoods and meet the development needs of the most vulnerable and marginalized children. WCUK is currently present in 5 countries in conflict or post-conflict situations: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. In CAR, WCUK operates in the prefectures of Ombella Mpoko (Bangui), Ouham (Bossangoa), Ouham Pende (Paoua), Bamingui Bangoran (Ndélé) and Vakaga (Birao). WCUK works in partnership with national/local partner organizations and the Ministry of Social Affairs with the aim of contributing to the strengthening of the system of protection of children in conflict situations and the development of national expertise in the care of child victims of conflict in CAR.

Your role War Child UK has worked in Central African Republic since 2012. In 2022 the CAR country programme will continue to focus on reaching vulnerable children and on providing holistic responses to children currently and formerly associated with armed groups; children who have experienced sexual violence; and children who have been separated from their families as well as those undergoing the worst forms of child labour. • Contribute to the implementation of War Child's strategy and program in CAR, to protect the people we work with from sexual exploitation and abuse that could be perpetrated by representatives, partner organizations and War Child affiliates. The Safeguarding Coordinator will support management in coordinating the implementation of War Child safeguarding policies and procedures at the national level. • The Safeguarding Coordinator will therefore play a critical role in promoting good practice and supporting the organization and the country program to achieve the highest safeguarding standards for our staff, volunteers, partners, associate staff, beneficiaries and contractors, as well as for the communities where we work. • Develop the capacity of local staff to be able to take on the Safeguarding role in the future. The post holder is expected to transfer technical expertise to local staff. You will identify the needs and actions for capacity building and implement a plan to ensure sustainable capacity strengthening beyond the role. Main Deliverables 1. All staff receive mandatory safeguarding and PSEA training as well as specialized safeguarding training to fulfil their role of preventing harm to children and beneficiaries. 2. All child safety and protection concerns, allegations and incidents are reported, recorded and investigated in accordance with local or WCUK guidelines, and reach the General Safety Adviser and child protection within 24 hours. 3. All safeguarding focal points have acquired the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to perform their functions. 4. Programs are designed with safeguarding in mind to prevent harm from program activities and/or abuse by staff/representatives. 5. Offices ensure that activities involving children have informed consent, are non-exploitative and do not increase the risk of harm or vulnerability. 6. Development of sustainable capacity building plan and exit strategy to ensure transfer of safeguarding and expertise to local staff.

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