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Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Child Protection Psychologist Assistant

Job ID: 210003LL
Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Team / Programme: Humanitarian
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Grade: 5
Reports to: MHPSS Coordinator
Staff reporting to this post: None
Budget responsibility: none

Child Safeguarding

  • Level 3. The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.
  • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.  The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Role Purpose

  • Save the Children is an International Organization with a dual mandate of humanitarian and development work. It has been working for the rights of Children globally for over 90 years. Save the Children has been working in Nigeria since 2001 and has presence in 20 states. Save the Children launched the humanitarian response in the North East Nigeria in 2014 and since then has drastically expanded its capacity to provide lifesaving assistance to people affected by the conflict. Its humanitarian response currently delivers integrated programmes to enhance food security, restore livelihoods, reduce malnutrition, improve psychosocial wellbeing, protect children, and improve access to education and water, sanitation and hygiene services. SC currently works in six LGAs in Borno, Maiduguri (MMC), Kaga, Magumeri, Mafa, Jere and Konduga, with past work in Biu and plans to expand to include Rann.
  • The purpose of this position is two-fold: 1) to support the MHPSS unit to oversee quality improvements in Save the Children’s mental health and psychosocial support interventions for children affected by the conflict in NE Nigeria; and 2) to assist the MHPSS unit in providing clinical intervention to children in distress.
  • The Child Protection Psychologist Assistant is required to travel to field sites regularly.
  • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Key Areas of Accountabilities
Support to MHPSS programming activities to with CP

  • Provide support, in the MHPSS Programming which include:
    • Ensuring assistance is provided to children affected by the conflict in a  dignified, respectful, equitable and inclusive manner that supports their resilience
    • Assisting children in acute distress and alleviating their stress, for instance ensuring that all staff / partners are trained on PFA and feel confident to use it
    • The mainstreaming of inter-agency guidelines (e.g. IASC MHPSS guidelines) and standards (e.g. CPMS) across the different sectors of programme activities delivered by SC and its partners
    • The use of structured and manualised MHPSS techniques
    • The participation of parents and caregivers in MHPSS activities
  • Support structured MHPSS activities for groups of boys and girls of different age groups, with particular attention to survivors of SGBV, unaccompanied children and other children who present with signs of poor mental health and distress
  • Identify MHPSS service providers and agree referral pathways for children with severe mental disorders

Proposed Outputs:

  • Individual counselling sessions with children and beneficiaries where required to discuss complex cases.
  • Be available on call / skype if any urgent matters arise that a staff would like to share regarding their casework or his/her personal well being
  • Bi -monthly progress reports to the MHPSS Coordinator to highlight needs and gaps.
  • Development of peer/reflective practices with teams
  • Support current MHPSS practices, reflecting on a cross-sectoral approach.
  • Structured MHPSS activities for boys and girls, organized in age appropriate groups with a clear methodology or curriculum to promote mental well-being. Such activities must align with donor commitments in already-funded projects.

Behaviours (Values in Practice)
Accountability:

  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values

Ambition:

  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for him or herself and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

Collaboration:

  • 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.

Creativity:

  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity:

  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

Qualifications and Experience
Essential:

  • Minimum – BSc in Psychology or related course
  • Must have completed NYSC / NYSC exemption certificate
  • Experience in Psychological First Aid, and other psychosocial support (MHPSS) activities
  • Experience working in Child Protection programs, including those with MHPSS component
  • Fluent in English
  • Working knowledge of Hausa and /or Kanuri
  • Excellent attention to detail, organisational skills and discretion with confidential information
  • Ability to work independently and proactively

Desirable:

  • Experience in humanitarian emergencies and/or a refugee/displacement-setting

Additional Job responsibilities

  • The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

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 from abuse.

Health and Safety:

  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Application Closing Date
25th June, 2021.

Note

  • Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.

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We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.

It was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 in order to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.

In addition to the UK organisation, there are 29 other national Save the Children organisations who are members of Save the Children International, a global network of nonprofit organisations supporting local partners in over 120 countries around the world.

In 2015, we reached over 62 million children directly through our and our partners' work.

Save the Children has led global action on children’s rights for more than 90 years.

1919 Eglantyne Jebb established the Save the Children Fund to feed children facing starvation after the First World War

1924 the League of Nations adopted Eglantyne’s charter on children’s rights

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2004–2009 Save the Children’s largest humanitarian operation, in response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. Our tsunami response programme received funding of US$272 million, largely through generous donations

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0 USD Maiduguri CF 3201 Abc road Full Time , 40 hours per week Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in over 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential. Save the Children is working in Nigeria because one in five children in Nigeria dies before their fifth birthday. About 40% of children miss out on school and have to work to survive while nearly 2 million children have lost one or both parents to an AIDS-related disease.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Child Protection Psychologist AssistantJob ID: 210003LL Location: Maiduguri, Borno Team / Programme: Humanitarian Employee Status: Fixed Term Grade: 5 Reports to: MHPSS Coordinator Staff reporting to this post: None Budget responsibility: none
Child Safeguarding
  • Level 3. The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3.
  • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.  The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.
Role Purpose
  • Save the Children is an International Organization with a dual mandate of humanitarian and development work. It has been working for the rights of Children globally for over 90 years. Save the Children has been working in Nigeria since 2001 and has presence in 20 states. Save the Children launched the humanitarian response in the North East Nigeria in 2014 and since then has drastically expanded its capacity to provide lifesaving assistance to people affected by the conflict. Its humanitarian response currently delivers integrated programmes to enhance food security, restore livelihoods, reduce malnutrition, improve psychosocial wellbeing, protect children, and improve access to education and water, sanitation and hygiene services. SC currently works in six LGAs in Borno, Maiduguri (MMC), Kaga, Magumeri, Mafa, Jere and Konduga, with past work in Biu and plans to expand to include Rann.
  • The purpose of this position is two-fold: 1) to support the MHPSS unit to oversee quality improvements in Save the Children’s mental health and psychosocial support interventions for children affected by the conflict in NE Nigeria; and 2) to assist the MHPSS unit in providing clinical intervention to children in distress.
  • The Child Protection Psychologist Assistant is required to travel to field sites regularly.
  • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
Key Areas of Accountabilities Support to MHPSS programming activities to with CP
  • Provide support, in the MHPSS Programming which include:
    • Ensuring assistance is provided to children affected by the conflict in a  dignified, respectful, equitable and inclusive manner that supports their resilience
    • Assisting children in acute distress and alleviating their stress, for instance ensuring that all staff / partners are trained on PFA and feel confident to use it
    • The mainstreaming of inter-agency guidelines (e.g. IASC MHPSS guidelines) and standards (e.g. CPMS) across the different sectors of programme activities delivered by SC and its partners
    • The use of structured and manualised MHPSS techniques
    • The participation of parents and caregivers in MHPSS activities
  • Support structured MHPSS activities for groups of boys and girls of different age groups, with particular attention to survivors of SGBV, unaccompanied children and other children who present with signs of poor mental health and distress
  • Identify MHPSS service providers and agree referral pathways for children with severe mental disorders
Proposed Outputs:
  • Individual counselling sessions with children and beneficiaries where required to discuss complex cases.
  • Be available on call / skype if any urgent matters arise that a staff would like to share regarding their casework or his/her personal well being
  • Bi -monthly progress reports to the MHPSS Coordinator to highlight needs and gaps.
  • Development of peer/reflective practices with teams
  • Support current MHPSS practices, reflecting on a cross-sectoral approach.
  • Structured MHPSS activities for boys and girls, organized in age appropriate groups with a clear methodology or curriculum to promote mental well-being. Such activities must align with donor commitments in already-funded projects.
Behaviours (Values in Practice) Accountability:
  • holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
Ambition:
  • sets ambitious and challenging goals for him or herself and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
Collaboration:
  • 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.
Creativity:
  • develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • willing to take disciplined risks.
Integrity:
  • honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
Qualifications and Experience Essential:
  • Minimum - BSc in Psychology or related course
  • Must have completed NYSC / NYSC exemption certificate
  • Experience in Psychological First Aid, and other psychosocial support (MHPSS) activities
  • Experience working in Child Protection programs, including those with MHPSS component
  • Fluent in English
  • Working knowledge of Hausa and /or Kanuri
  • Excellent attention to detail, organisational skills and discretion with confidential information
  • Ability to work independently and proactively
Desirable:
  • Experience in humanitarian emergencies and/or a refugee/displacement-setting
Additional Job responsibilities
  • The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.
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 from abuse.
Health and Safety:
  • The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Application Closing Date 25th June, 2021.

Note

  • Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.
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