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Aug 29, 2017

Save the Children Best Interest Determination (BID) Officers Jobs in Dadaab, Kenya

Save the Children
Job Vacancy: Best Interest Determination (BID) Officer - Kenya Country Office
Team / Programme: Programmes
Location: Dadaab
Grade: 4
Post Type: National

Contract Duration: Until 31st December 2017

Number required:

Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently or intensively because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing.

Role Purpose: The BID Officer has the responsibility to initiate, oversee and support the implementation of BIA/BID process, child protection strategies and activities at the camp level. 

The BID Officer will be responsible for coordinating and managing the work of and providing guidance to the BID community workers.
Scope of Role:
Reports to: BID Coordinator
Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. 

In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

In Feb 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. 

Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Turkana and Wajir and we work through partners in many other parts of the country. 

In 2016, Save the Children established a new project office in Madagascar whose operations are managed by the Kenya CO.

In total, we employ around 250 staff in both countries and had an operating annual budget in 2016 of approximately US$17.5million.
Staff directly reporting to this post: BID Community workers.
Key Areas of Accountability:
  • Design a capacity building strategy for BID community workers and other stakeholders involved in the of BIA & BID process
  • Critically analyse training schedules of the BID community worker team, providing technical support and guidance to effective implementation
  • Manage and support the individual BIA & BID development
  • Provide problem solving solutions to direct reports through on the job training and guidance
  • Coordinate with other agencies relating to interagency Child Protection issues arising
  • Liaise with the CP team to coordinate with local leadership regarding Child protection issues to be addressed at community level
  • Facilitate regular interviews and home visits with relevant persons who can give information on the child (the child, his/her family, leader, teacher, neighbour…)
  • Ensure the correct management of BIA/BID documentation at camp level
  • Carry out a BIA for every single UASC in the sections assigned
  • Carry out BID for Children who required it after the BIA is done
  • Provide BID Supervisors with technical support regarding complex cases or specific technical difficulties
  • Coordinate with the CP and Counselling Officer to ensure programme integration, case referral, implementation of BID recommendations and coordination at camp level
  • Contribute to the design of an overall programme contingency plan when needed
  • Produce timely progress reports, including both quantitative and qualitative information, on BIA/BID activities and input into regular situation reports, monthly reports and quarterly reports
  • Ensure effective management of programme resources
  • Conduct weekly BID staff meetings for programme planning purposes
  • Manage BID community workers staff annual leave and time off ensuring minimal disruption to programme activities
  • Collect required data and coordinate with the MEAL team on a monthly basis and ensure data is correctly captured
  • Identify and build links with other partners, ensuring that issues for child protection are raised and addressed
  • Facilitate/participate in camp level CP/BID related Coordination meetings • Coordinate the identification, follow up of children in alternative care and , monitoring of foster parents/Guardianship
  • Ensure the placement of children in alternative care adheres to SCI procedure and with the Kenya alternative care guidelines (Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children in Kenya 2011).
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Good communication skills with fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Demonstrated ability to handle to a large BID case load
  • Graduate degree in social work / social sciences or equivalent with preferably 2 year work experience in social work or with development-related organisations
  • Knowledge of community based child protection approaches, preferably including experience in participatory approaches (PRA/PLA) and child participation methodologies.
  • Good IT skills including the use of Word and database software
  • Demonstrable ability to adapt to changing programme priorities and emergency priorities that may arise
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities
  • Positive attitude towards community work with emphasis on the ability to learn from communities and support innovative approaches to problem solving
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Protection Policy.
  • Experience and skills in management of staff
  • Experience in designing and facilitating training sessions
  • Understanding of the East Africa and the dynamics of the conflict
  • Experience in working in an insecure environment
Equal Opportunities: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
Child Safeguarding: We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children any form of abuse.
Health and Safety: The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates are required to submit their CV, mandatory Cover letter and certificates/testimonials as one document to [email protected] indicating the position title on the subject line by 6th September 2017.
Hand delivery applications indicating the position can also be addressed to the HR Coordinator - Dadaab and dropped during work hours at the Save the Children HR office. 

Due to the urgency of the position, applications will be reviewed as and when they are received. 

Only applications containing all the aforementioned documents will be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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