Vacancy for a Child Protection Manager, Save the Children’s Refugees and Migrants Crisis in Serbia - National Post


Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children with a dual mandate for both emergency and development context.

Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

 Save the Children in Serbia seeks a Child Protection Manager.

The post holder is expected to support programme design, CP master budgeting, donor reporting, coordination, and support fundraising, recruitment and procurement. The Child Protection Manager will be based in Belgrade, with frequent travel to Croatia and program implementation sites in Serbia.

  • Supervise child protection programs and align all our programs in Serbia and Croatia with CP standards.
  • Analyze refugee and migrant child protection situation in Serbia and Croatia and lead on preparing relevant reports and recommendations.
  • Conduct an assessment of state capacities to provide adequate support to UASC.  Design programs to strengthen capacities by hiring additional staff, improving skills, and developing operating procedures to ensure minimum standards are in place.
  • Identify available resources and potential partnerships to create a pool of experts to support capacity building programs for state officials working with UASC.
  • Analyze existing programs and support services for UASC implemented in Serbia and Croatia, including alternative care options. Develop new programs and adjust existing programs to ensure staff and partners possess core competencies; and provide services of high quality and relevance, including in supporting the work of social workers and case managers.
  • Chair a working group to develop detailed referral pathways and SOPs for relevant institutions, closely working with the Ministry and other stakeholders.
  • Work with the Response Team Leader to update CP response planning and our master budget while ensuring timely implementation of ongoing projects.
  • Prepare timely program and donor reports on child protection project activities in compliance with internal requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Ensure the minimum standards of humanitarian relief in accordance with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings, the Sphere Charter and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
  • Align Save the Children's work with efforts by the government and other organizations; and ensure that Save the Children continues to play a leading role in the work of coordination mechanisms.
  • 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, code of conduct, equal opportunities and other relevant policies.

Please note that this position requires presents in the field and the applicant must therefore be available for travel.


Duration of the post: three months with possibility of an extension.



Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

The successful candidate should have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities through a combination of formal schooling, self-education, prior experience, or on-the-job training.

  • Previous emergency response experience is essential
  • Strong understanding of development work in Balkan region and key CP priorities
  • Education to MSc/MA/MEng level in Social Work, Human Rights Law, International Relations, Development Studies, or equivalent field experience
  • Significant management experience working in an emergency response or fragile states settings and the Balkans
  • Previous experience working with state institutions, and/or international or non-governmental organizations.
  • Experience of preparing successful funding proposals for donors
  • Knowledge of UASC guidelines and international guidelines on alternative care (UN and emergency guidelines on interim care)
  • Previous experience in working with UASC; experience in establishing alternative care including foster care for UASC.
  • Knowledge of inter-agency child protection standards and guidelines, such as the Inter-Agency Guidelines on the Paris Principles, Save the Children’s Child Friendly Spaces Handbook, Separated and Unaccompanied Children, Alternative care, and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Settings.
  • Experience or knowledge of working and living in relevant regions/contexts
  • Training and capacity building experience – demonstrates to be able to strengthen the capacity of various actors in child protection
  • Excellent reporting and managerial skills.
    • Strong influencing skills and experience in advocacy
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • A high level of written and spoken English and Arabic (desirable)
    • The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.
    • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children. In particular, a good understanding of the Save the Children’s mandate and child focus and an ability to ensure this continues to underpin our support to beneficiaries.


Application consisting of CV with names and contact information of three references and a cover letter can be sent by e-mail to: serbia.recruitment@savethechildren.org


The vacancy is open until 25th of September 2016 at 17.00 pm. Please note that applications will be reviewed on a running basis and applicants called in for interviews before the deadline. Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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