Child Protection Technical Advisor

The Opportunity

The Child Protection Technical Advisor will be responsible for ensuring that Save the Children delivers technically sound child protection programming, with a focus on community-level mechanisms to prevent and respond to child abuse including Physical and Humiliating Punishment (PHP), and child labour.  The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that key organisational principles and approaches (such as child participation and accountability) are well integrated throughout the project cycle and in advocacy. S/he will develop strategic partnerships with governmental institutions, civil society organizations and relevant private institutions (academic, mental health, disability, etc.). S/he will also be responsible for ensuring that lessons derived through implementation of projects are well articulated, documented and disseminated both internally and externally and fed into strategic development of the overall Child Protection portfolio.  

Key Responsibilities

Key Area 1: Technical leadership and support:

  • Provide ongoing high quality technical support, guidance and leadership to managers and staff working on child protection programs, particularly Physical and Humiliating Punishment (PHP), child abuse and child labour.
  • Lead on development and application of innovative solutions, including IT innovations like mobile apps and e-learning, that can ensure child protection for even the most deprived children at scale.
  • Identify and develop key strategic partnerships with governmental institutions, civil society and relevant technical organizations (thematic and academic).
  • Support project teams in producing high quality and timely reports to donors and SC members.
  • Ensure that there is an effective system for monitoring, data collection, analysis and evaluation and that there is a high level of staff capacity in using these tools and the data produced.
  • Build the capacity of staff in program management, technical competency, including Save the Children’s child protection common program approaches, and related policy analysis and advocacy.
  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure gender equity, child participation and beneficiary accountability in all child protection programs.
  • Respond to emerging emergency situations, ensuring timely and quality responses in line with international standards and technical best practice.
  • Collaborate closely with relevant Save the Children members, technical working groups and other relevant stakeholders to ensure technical excellence as per latest technical discussions and approaches, and keep Save the Children in Vietnam team abreast of technical updates and discussions.

Key Area 2: Program Development:

  • Oversee the implementation the child protection skill development strategy, ensuring complementarity with other programs related to Child Rights Governance, Education, DRR/ER, etc.
  • Work with Save the Children staff to develop funding strategies and proposals to expand the child protection portfolio in line with strategic priorities and technical best practice from a range of sources including institutional donors and private funds. This will involve continuously developing concepts and innovations and packaging them for a range of donors.

Key Area 3: Program Quality:

  • Identify internal and external capacity building opportunities and resources for technical staff to build knowledge and technical competence to provide high quality technical assistance on youth employability and life-skill development.
  • Conduct internal workshops and other forum to disseminate learning, best practices and ensure that a high level of technical capacity is maintained.
  • Integrate program learning across the child protection projects, ensuring coherence of technical approach across programs, identifying best practice, ensuring cross-sectoral complementarity.
  • Lead in the development of a planning cycle for the child protection sector, including annual, quarterly and monthly planning, including the follow-up of work plans.
  • Ensure that regular project review meetings take place and are attended by the relevant project manager, and include technical support and capacity building needs of project staff.
  • Work with child protection and campaign colleagues to identify priority policy and advocacy objectives and develop an effective advocacy strategy to achieve these.
  • Ensure evidence of impact of interventions is rigorously maintained, documented and disseminated internally and externally as appropriate.

Key Area 4: Representation, Networking, Communications and Advocacy:

  • Develop advocacy plan for Child protection programming in Vietnam, to ensure sustainability of programming and achieve results at scale.
  • Ensure that the country office has effective representation on national, regional and international networks and fora, and that we participate in conferences/meetings that will enhance our reputation and programming
  • Build strong networks with other NGOs, CSOs, UN agencies and academic institutions, as well as donors, working on child protection to collaborate on joint learning, analysis and advocacy initiatives
  • Actively participate in technical coordination meetings to ensure synergies with other agencies in our emergency responses and development work
  • Maintain excellent relationships with donors and government staff.

Other tasks

The job duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience, including adjustment on job description.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard. 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

Closing Date for Application: 31 January 2020

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.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Save the Children
Ho Chi Minh
Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2020-01-31