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Child Protection in Fragile Contexts and Conflicts Specialist

Job Description

*Position location to be determined by home country of successful candidate in a jurisdiction (US state or country) where WVI is registered to operate.


This role provides and supports strategic leadership that influences the quality and impact of child protection programming in conflict and fragile contexts within Disaster Management (DM) and key technical and ministry areas. This will entail working with key stakeholders (especially Global Centre Child Protection and Participation team advocacy and communications) to ensure and develop key evidence based programmatic guidance for CP in fragile contexts (including global minimum standards, project models, capacity building strategies and curricula, and M&E tools) for use by the field and support offices, in alignment with global CP sector priorities and approaches.

This role involves both advocacy and programmatic strategy development and field focusing activities to build capacity, evidence and credibility with donors, partners and the international community. This role includes therefore supporting and guiding WV’s efforts in conflict and fragile contexts for the advocacy campaign to end violence against children (It Takes a World), supporting the implementation of the partnership strategy in relation to fragile contexts and ensuring that all humanitarian sectors mainstream child protection and ensure that the protection needs of vulnerable children are met through integrated programming in conflict and fragile contexts.

The role includes leading and strengthening collaboration and ownership of the work on child protection in fragile and conflict contexts with DM especially supporting the different departments, including the staff in the Humanitarian Operations Team (H-Ops), and the Technical Resources Team (TRT), resource acquisition, evidence and learning and capacity development. In addition, they are the focal points and technical expert for child protection in fragile and conflict contexts with key stakeholders in the organization, e.g. Child Protection, Faith & Development, Education and Life Skills, Livelihoods, Peacebuilding, Urban, Gender, Office of Corporate Security, Advocacy & Justice for Children.

This role will also support and guide field staff (particularly, response and operations managers) to ensure Child Protection is mainstreamed in all operations; assisting in the development, testing, scaling and of innovative and cutting-edge programming options and measurement tools beginning with but not limited to child specific programming approaches.

Moreover, the role involves engagement with GC and SO Marketing, IPG and GAM teams to design, pilot and roll out technical marketing products that enable scaled up, high quality children in conflict programming.


Deployment and field support to conflict related responses.

Provide sector leadership and management of timely and appropriate Child protection and related activities in conflict related responses.

This will include the following:

  • Child protection issues are included in assessments to identify a robust CP response, as a standalone program and integrated all sectors.

  • Contribute to the design and implementation of CP programs with programs and operations team and ensure monitoring of frameworks are understood and effective in meeting needs of affected populations.

  • Engagement with Donors and other partners to ensure that WV is a viable partner.

  • Management of CP and associated project staff and promote technical excellence and application of minimum standards including HAP, Sphere, IASC guidelines and ensure cross cutting themes are incorporated into design.

  • Coordinate with other sectors to promote integrated programming in emergencies when possible.

  • Coordinate with finance in the design and management of budgets.

  • Develop key messaging in emergencies for media and operational teams as related to Child protection.

  • Assist in recruitment of the appropriately qualified local and expatriate staff to implement CP or integrated programmes.

  • Represent WV at key coordination forums such as with Cluster or working groups and/or national, local government and civil society planning meetings; Ensure that WV work and plans are included in all reports including 4Ws.

  • Document and share lessons learned and experiences from deployment back to partnership and externally when relevant.

Strategy, Advocacy and Program Guidance:

  • Provides thought leadership in order to find evidence based and high impact solutions to sector challenges.

  • Lead, drive and facilitate ongoing development and implementation of the child protection in conflict and fragile contexts contributions to the global Partnership Strategy. It will include learning and innovation for programmes focused on children affected by conflict with a view to positioning WV as a global leader in child protection and conflict programming work. This will include significant work with the Fragile Contexts Expansion process and Global Centre Child Protection and Participation Team, and DMT.

  • Collaborate with CP &P Sector team to develop CP programming guidance and quality standards for Fragile Contexts in collaboration with (including global minimum standards, models, capacity building strategies, curricula, and M&E tools).

  • Provide feedback on the quality of CP programming, in alignment with global evidence-based practice. Enable Sector Grant Specialists to leverage innovations happening in WV in donor communications and grant proposals.

  • In coordination with response leadership, TRT and the H-Ops team ensure that child protection is central in all conflict related responses and program strategies.

  • Leverage DM, GC Child Protection Team and Technical services organization (TSO) to support ongoing work in response and recovery and programs, and encourage the partnership work to ensure effective working relationships across the whole of the organisation that enables WV to be a global leader for addressing the needs of children in conflict settings, especially the most vulnerable.

  • Participate with other DM staff in the development of strategy and documentation for the ”It Takes a World” campaign.

  • Support strategic efforts with DM Resource Development team and the Child Protection Team to grow funding for child protection in conflict programming and advocacy across the Partnership, and leverage innovations within WV for donor communications.

External Engagement:

  • Create, build and strengthen collaborative relationships with peer agencies and research institutions to contribute to the cutting edge of new thinking, approaches around children and conflict and position WV as a lead agency for children and conflict. Including influencing government, donor, UN and NGO policies and practices. Coordinate and support WV experts to be engaged in key external forums and advocacy on CP in Fragile/Conflict contexts.

  • (This will be done in coordination with the Child Protection and Participation External Engagement Senior Advisor).

Capacity Building and Mentoring:

  • Capacities and Competencies for Child Protection in Conflict developed within World Vision in coordination with the H-Ops and Capacity and Learning team to be able to have exemplary and innovative programmes that influence partners and donors to support and fund the work.

  • With TSO, build organizational agility capability and culture that supports capability, quality and innovation in sector programming.


  • Academic qualifications: Minimum of a Master’s Degree in a related field, i.e. Humanitarianism, child protection, social work, child or youth development related discipline, mental health, sociology, anthropology, education, law.

  • Core humanitarian competencies as outlined by WV.

  • Understanding of humanitarian architecture and the key donors, stakeholders and possible partners in the area of child protection in humanitarian response and recovery.

  • At least 5 years field experience in conflict settings particularly focused on child protection.

  • Must be able to explain, present and persuade through oral and written papers and presentations, communicating effectively with executives, institutional and private donors, and front-line program staff.

  • Excellent facilitation and the wide range of capacity building skills.

  • Must have demonstrated ability to lead faciliatate and lead networks, build consensus and mentor other leaders across a broad range of professional disciplines.

  • A people leader with strong technical expertise, who can facilitate learning about complex processes, and promote operationalization of approaches in the hearts and actions of staff and the design, monitoring and evaluation of programs.

  • Field based programming: 10 years of child focused programming related experience in various developed and developing country contexts.

  • Advanced professional development and experience in M&E or research.

  • Strategic thinking and planning in a multi-cultural, multi-national, ecumenical setting.

  • Effective leadership and management skills. Ability to motivate and lead development work and leaders across the organization.

  • Proven effectiveness as a manager of knowledge workers, and working with and through networks.

  • Strong influencing skills able to harness the potential of staff across the Partnership.

  • Detail oriented with proven ability to deliver global results.

  • Personal experience of acquiring large external bi-lateral and multi-lateral grants.

  • Experience developing innovative/pilot approaches.

  • Experience in facilitating learning processes.

  • Candidate must have extensive life/work experience in the global south and be extremely sensitive to the cultural, political and social dynamics in any given country or region.

  • Effective in written and verbal communication in English, skills in other languages helpful (Arabic and French).

  • For those holding a professional degree, ability to be registered in country of residency, or member of professional organization.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Mature experience in bringing Christian life and ministry together with business programming principles; broad understanding of Christian theology and church and interfaith relations.

  • Research and innovative M&E experience.

  • Strong relationship manager who can transition from executive to field level with ease.

  • Experience presenting in national, regional, or global fora.

  • Negotiating and consulting effectively.

  • A self-starter with an integrative mind willing to take on new and untried initiatives.

  • Proven ability to think strategically, guide to better practice, and facilitate ongoing learning and improvement; overcoming obstacles and vertical thinking.

  • Excellent and demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. Has the ability to influence high level professionals internally and externally and build external credibility for WV’s Child Protection and Conflict work.

  • In depth knowledge of World Vision, its programmes and policies.

  • Completion of a recognised security training within the last 5 years.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 50% of the time.

  • Be able to work in hardship and hostile locations.