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JOB ADVERTISEMENT – Child Protection and MHPSS Program Manager

SCI 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.


Level 3 – The post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.


The Child Protection and MHPSS (CP & MHPSS) Program Manager is responsible for the overall management of SC Child Protection and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support programs in the Gaziantep area office. S/he will take responsibility for implementation of high quality, effective and efficient integrated CP and MHPSS response.  S/he will be responsible to coordinate effectively with the implementing partners, technical sectoral specialists, operations teams to ensure strong communication and timely flow of work. S/he will ensure that SC CP & MHPSS interventions adhere to interagency global and regional CP and MHPSS standards/guidelines. In addition, s/he will oversee regular, high-quality monitoring and reporting of the program and support utilization of data and program feedback to improve and shape program.

The Child Protection & MHPSS Program Manager will be also expected to lead on representation, project planning, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement.  Together with the CP & MHPSS team, the post holder is expected to assess, monitor and document gaps in existing services and innovate ways to strengthen the child protection system.

Reports to: Head of Programs

Staff reporting to this post: Case Management Coordinator(s); CP & MHPSS Coordinator(s)


Programme Management

·        Prepare and oversee quality programme implementation to ensure timely delivery of programme activities, including monitoring against log frames and SCI Quality Benchmarks, individual performance management work plans, identifying programme supplies needs and coordinating with the supply chain team to put in place a practical phased procurement plans

·        As budget holder, responsible for all activities related to budget management, together with Coordinators, lead on budget development and planning, procurement and ensure adherence to SC and donor processes and compliance.

·        In collaboration with Child Protection & MHPSS Advisor and technical specialists, expand and update programme strategy and operational and management plans as findings and context change.

·        Ensure the participation of children and communities, particularly those most vulnerable or at-risk, in all stages of the programme cycle, as safe and appropriate.

·        Strategically plan staffing needs to implement the child protection and MHPSS program activities and work with the HR team to recruit in line with approved awards; maintain focus on staff care and wellbeing.

·        Assist in identifying capacity gaps and provision of training for child protection and MHPSS staff and volunteers (if applicable), and staff from key partner organisations.

·        Ensure that child protection & MHPSS interventions are informed by and integrated with other relevant sectorsthat issues for child protection and MHPSS are raised and addressed.

·        Ensure that international standards of humanitarian relief are maintained in accordance with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings, IASC MHPSS guidelines, the Sphere Charter and the Red Cross Code of Conduct.

·        Ensure ethical sensitivity and principles of Do No Harm are maintained in the implementation of child protection and MHPSS programme(s).


Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability  and Learning (MEAL)

·        Lead on child protection & MHPSS assessments as required, in coordination with the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), MHPSS Working Group, and/or other external agencies, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a disaggregated analysis of children’s needs.

·        Work closely with the Child Protection & MHPSS TA and technical specialists to develop MEAL plans, ensuring this links to reporting requirements, and providing sufficient capacity building to program staff and MEAL to carry out MEAL activities.

·        Ensure CM Coordinators and CP & MHPSS Coordinators have access and are using contextualized MEAL tools, in close collaboration with technical specialists and that data is being used to strengthen targeting and quality of programming.

·        Put in place child- and community-friendly accountability mechanisms for child protection, ensuring that feedback from children, communities, and all other relevant stakeholders is considered in programme design and that there is an active feedback loop back to communities.

·        Prepare timely programme and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal SC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.

·        Where possible, use the monitoring and evaluation framework to build/contribute to an evidence-base for child protection and MHPSS programming interventions.


Fundraising and Advocacy

·        Working closely with the Child Protection & MHPSS TA support fundraising for child protection and MHPSS, including development of high-quality concept notes and proposals.

·        Ensure that Save the Children’s work is coordinated with efforts of other agencies and Government, and take a leadership role within Interagency Coordination forums, ensuring the specific needs of children are being addressed. This may involve taking the lead in the Child Protection Working Group and/or sub-groups, in close collaboration with technical specialists.

·        Contribute to communications, advocacy and media work as required.

Capacity Building

·        Identify learning and training opportunities for Save the Children staff and partners and support and build the capacity of less experienced staff.

·        Organise and deliver training, where necessary and appropriate, to staff, partners, local authorities and community members.

·        Facilitate ongoing reflective practice among the team, in line with the principles and practice of strengthening community-level child protection and MHPSS.



·        Working closely with CP and MHPSS Specialists, actively participate and take a proactive role in the Child Protection and MHPSS working groups, and other inter-agency coordination mechanisms and take a leading role in strengthening systems forchild protection and MHPSS.

·        Build and maintain relationships with relevant government departments, UN agencies, NGOs and community-based organisations.

·        Ensure timely and proactive internal communication and information-sharing from coordination groups to CP & MHPSS teams and other relevant sectors.

Safety, Security and Risks 

·        Adheres to, and promotes Safety, Security & Risk Policies, standards, plans & procedures

·        Reports any incidents which could affect staff wellbeing immediately to CD/Security Focal Point (SFP).

·        Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.


·        Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in child protection and/or MHPSS programmes or related field

·        Strong technical understanding of child protection, MHPSS, child and adolescent participation and community=level approaches

·        Ability to identify the gaps in child protection and MHPSS in the given context to inform a holistic response for children.

·        Experience of and commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability

·        Demonstrable experience in project management with good planning and strategy development skills

·        Experience in managing and working with a team and the ability to manage and motivate staff, particularly in high-pressure environments; commitment to staff care

·        Experience in designing and facilitating training and capacity building

·        Experience in building relationships, fostering interagency coordination and experience of representing an organisation to external stakeholders.

·        Strong self-starter, able to take initiative, manage programmes and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities

·        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

·        Experience of working in an insecure environment and willingness to be flexible

·        Excellent analytical and report writing skills

·        Fluency in written and spoken Turkish and English; Arabic an asset

·        Commitment to upholding Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy, as well as principles of do no harm and confidentiality.

·        A strong understanding of, and experience in applying, inter-agency standards and guidelines in child protection and MHPSS

·        Proficient technology and computer skills, including the use of Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint

Position holder will be based in Gaziantep, therefore legal right to work in Türkiye is necessary at the time of application.


Benefits Package provided to National Staff:

  • Salary commensurate with the pay-grade of the position.
  • Allowance as per relevant internal memorandum
  • 20 days of annual leave
  • Life and critical diseases insurance
  • 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.

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.

Save the Children is committed to create a truly inclusive, effective and representative organisational culture, encouraging equity and diversity among its employees and eliminating discrimination. Having a diverse profile of employees, different age groups, backgrounds, cultures, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientation etc., including a range of different experiences and capabilities helps us understand, represent and serve children better.  Therefore all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

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.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy
Health and Safety

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

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

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.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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