Child Protection Technical Specialist
- Job Type
- Full Time
- Job Level
- Experienced (non manager)
- Mississauga, ON
- Impact Area
- International Relief/Development/Peace
- Impact Category
- Company Type
About this position
Are you looking for more than a job? At World Vision Canada we offer challenging careers that change the lives of children all over the world and it will change yours too. Come and be part of a team of over 500 Canadians with a vision for the world: Life in all its fullness for every child.
You will experience Christian faith in action helping to make real and lasting change in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Join the World Vision Canada team and be part of a powerful and effective force for good: For Children. For Change. For Life.
The Child Protection Technical Specialist will provide technical leadership for World Vision Canada’s (WVC) work in Child Protection. The position will focus on expanding World Vision Canada’s programming in Child Protection and will play a critical role in developing, growing and supporting World Vision Canada’s capacity and expertise in the sector, through strategically developing, directing and managing programs; developing donor relations and securing donor funding; and, advocating for appropriate policy with a focus on results based management. The position represents World Vision Canada internally and externally, working collaboratively with the other Programs & Policy technical specialists and Policy team as well as other World Vision Canada departments and the larger World Vision partnership.
- Expand the scope and diversity of WVC’s resource base in Child Protection through technical support for resource acquisition and donor engagement, as well as providing technical and management oversight as appropriate including contributing to WV National, Regional and global Child Protection strategies.
- Investigate and pursue opportunities to increase the extent and quality of WVC’s Child Protection programming, in collaboration with field partners and WVC colleagues.
- Review Child Protection related resource acquisition opportunities, including support to donor pre-positioning, grant proposal writing and review, and grant start up and implementation.
- Strengthen the capacity of all stakeholders, both in WVC and the field, in Child Protection through training, coaching and mentoring to support quality programing leading to measurable impact.
- Develop institutional Child Protection capacity building strategy driven by donor and field needs in collaboration with the other departments and support the execution of these plans.
- Maintain current knowledge of research findings, standards and guidelines for Child Protection programming through accessing relevant state-of-the-art approaches, innovations and good practice benchmarks and sharing these with WVC and its partners.
- Ensure WVC funded programs and policy influence initiatives are aligned with WVI global Child Protection technical standards as well as global best practices contributing to improved child wellbeing.
- Provide technical support to Child Protection programs in both emergency and development contexts. This support includes guidance on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs, through ongoing correspondence with field partners, review of proposals and reports, and regular field visits.
- Liaise with marketing department and program donors, providing program updates and advocating for field partners as appropriate.
- Enhance the credibility of WVC’s sectoral expertise through the establishment of strategic partnerships and alliances for external representation of WVC’s programming and contribute to thought leadership in the sector through publications, policy discourse and influence.
- Represent WV’s work in Child Protection to external agencies through correspondence, dissemination of assessment findings and lessons learned, and participation in professional conferences and networks including involvement in World Vision Canada’s hosting role of the International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC).
- A Master’s degree in Child Protection, Human Rights or other related discipline with five years of relevant experience in a developing country environment.
- A minimum of five years’ experience developing, leading and managing complex, large scale Child Protection initiatives especially in humanitarian settings or fragile contexts.
- International experience in the use of various Child Protection approaches and systems in both humanitarian situations as well as development contexts is key to this position.
- Experience in supporting policy influence and Child Protection policy development as well as good knowledge of international legal instrument including the International Bill of Human Rights (UDHR, ICCPR, ICESCR), UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including the Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict and Inter-Agency Guidelines like the Child Protection Minimum Standards and Principles on Separated & Unaccompanied Children.
- Working knowledge of the IASC Humanitarian Cluster System as well as understanding of humanitarian system including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian competencies and standards (Sphere, HAP, CHS, CP Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Action, Child Protection Rapid Assessment etc.).
- Demonstrated ability to mobilize stakeholders into partnerships and alliances, lead and facilitate collaborative processes.
- To be successful, candidates will have excellent facilitation skills, strong interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written, strong negotiation, diplomacy, strong leadership and team work skills.
- Ability to travel overseas 2-4 times per year (approx. for 2 weeks each).
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization. We partner with children, families and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.