Advisor, Child Protection in Emergencies and Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 January 2020

Job Description

ChildFund Alliance played a key role in securing in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target for ending violence against children in the next decade. SDG target 16.2 says: “End abuse, exploitation trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.”

Under the umbrella of ending violence against children, the Alliance’s five-year strategic plan (FY 2016 to FY 2021) includes a strategic priority to improve the capacity of our members for child protection in emergencies (CPiE) (1) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) (2), which entails:

• Strengthening the collective capacities of Alliance members to address protection of the physical, psychological and emotional health of children before, during and after disasters;
• Mainstreaming DRR into regular programming and community development; and
• Building on successful youth-inclusive DRR models.

More than 1.5 billion people are affected by disasters; with women, children and vulnerable individuals among those who are disproportionately affected. There is an urgent need to anticipate, plan for, and reduce disaster risks to protect people, their communities and their livelihoods. Disaster risk reduction, which reduces vulnerability and strengthens resilience, is a critical challenge, as well as a strategic opportunity for international humanitarian and development organizations, especially those committed to protecting and supporting children.

Children are among the most vulnerable in an emergency, whether human-induced or natural. When lives are uprooted, child protection systems are often missing or dysfunctional. Strengthening child protection systems before, during and after emergencies is essential to improving the lives of children, particularly those in areas prone to disasters or armed conflicts.

In all of our work, ChildFund Alliance seeks to capitalize on the strengths of the children and the young people we serve by working with them to elevate their voices to influence change. Currently, we are in the process of developing a new strategic plan for FY 2021 to 2025, so there is a unique opportunity for the chosen candidate to influence the direction of the Alliance’s CPiE and DRR efforts for the next five years and beyond.

Role Outputs & Purpose

The Advisor for Child Protection in Emergencies and Disaster Risk Reduction will strengthen ChildFund Alliance’s expertise in and contribution to the effective delivery of Child Protection in humanitarian responses.

The Advisor will:
• Provide strategic leadership for members on major advocacy initiatives related to Child Protection in Emergencies.
• Enhance capacity for Alliance field offices to respond during emergencies by utilizing Child Protection Minimum Standards
• Harmonize the DRR strategies of Alliance members.(3)
• Coordinate member response to small, large, sudden and slow-onset disasters, drawing on the Alliance’s Coordination Mechanism for Alliance in Humanitarian Action and Humanitarian Assistance Communications Unit.
• Collaborate with relevant external partners and networks, including but not limited to the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (ACPHA), the ACPHA Advocacy Working Group, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, and the Children in a Changing Climate Coalition.

Key Responsibilities


• Actively engage in key networks at the global and regional level to leverage greater governmental, inter-governmental and donor support for Child Protection in Emergencies and Disaster Risk Reduction, and to prioritize Child Protection in all humanitarian responses:

o Provide co-leadership on the Advocacy Working Group for the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. Support ChildFund Alliance representation on the APCHA Steering Committee.
o Advocate for and support the participation of Alliance members in global CPiE and DRR structures and processes, as appropriate. Where possible, connect ChildFund Country Offices in humanitarian response to UN humanitarian advocacy in New York.
o Build relationships with the OCHA Desk Officers at the United Nations in New York and attend briefings with OCHA Directors. Follow select issues at the United Nations on humanitarian disasters, children in armed conflict and global migration.
o Coordinate UN advocacy work with the ChildFund Alliance United Nations Representative and the Advocacy & Policy Advisor.
o Contribute to ChildFund’s external engagement on CPiE and DRR issues as they relate to children and youth, which might entail public speaking or media engagement.

Coordination of members

• Provide leadership to an internal ChildFund Alliance CPiE and DRR Task Force inclusive of all interested members and use the Task Force as a platform to:

o Support the process to build members’ local CPiE capacity using the Child Protection Minimum Standards.
o Encourage members to mainstream child and youth engagement into members DRR strategies development processes and integrate DRR programs based on agreed principles and results framework.

• Share information via the Humanitarian Assistance Communications Unit (HACU), the centralized mechanism to inform members about current disasters and the response, including information about technical and financial support.(4)

Partnership Collaboration

• In collaboration with the Alliance Secretary General, explore strategic partnerships with other agencies that operate in emergencies and respond to natural disasters to enhance the Alliance’s emergency response capacity.

• Support the implementation of the Collaboration Framework with Terre des Hommes and keep the CEO Forum informed of these developments through quarterly updates.

• Continue to work with the Coalition for Children in a Changing Climate to explore the development of a roadmap on the link between Climate Change and Ending Violence against Children.

Strategic Priorities (5)

• Assist in operationalizing the Alliance’s strategic priorities related to Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) and DRR.

• Support Alliance strategic priorities on Advocacy and Child-friendly Accountability, as appropriate.

Thought Leadership

• Help position the Alliance as a thought leader on violence prevention, child protection in emergencies and child-focused disaster risk reduction.


• A bachelor’s degree in social work, a social science, or other related field (master’s degree is preferred).
• Five or more years’ experience in child protection at the field level, with an expertise in emergency response.
• Experience working in a federated or multi-national membership-based structure, engaging and balancing different members’ interests and priorities.
• Demonstrated knowledge of or experience with DRR.
• Experience advocating at the United Nations and its specialized agencies (UNICEF, OCHA, etc.).
• Strong knowledge of and commitment to international humanitarian law and principles, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
• Working knowledge of how climate change impacts children and experience in integrating disaster risk reduction and resiliency with climate change adaptation strategies.
• Familiarity with the major child-focused agencies (World Vision, Save the Children, Plan International, etc.).
• Fluency in oral and written English.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Flexibility and a willingness to travel globally to work with a range of members in different locations.
• Committed to performing all tasks in compliance with ChildFund Alliance’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
• Proven ability to work independently and as a team player.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work cooperatively.
• Good facilitation skills and ability to deliver briefings / presentations.
Pre-employment Checks: Employment with ChildFund Alliance is conditional on successful completion of the following checks prior to starting work:
• A satisfactory police record check to include a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and/or an International Criminal Record Check (if applicable);
• Receipt of satisfactory references;
• Proof of eligibility to work in the United States; and
• A range of pre-employment checks in conformity with ChildFund Alliance’s child safeguarding policy

Application Process

Please submit a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position to by 13 February 2020. Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the U.S. Only finalists will be contacted.


(1)Child Protection in Emergencies is defined as the prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children in times of emergencies caused by natural or human-made disasters, conflicts or other crises. It involves specific activities by child protection actors, whether national or community based, and/or by humanitarian staff and other local actors.

(2)The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) defines DRR as ”preventing new and reducing existing disaster risk and managing residual risk, all of which contribute to strengthening resilience and therefore to the achievement of sustainable development.” As a child-focused network, ChildFund’s DRR work emphasizes reducing protection risks for children and maximizing the meaningful participation of adolescents and youth.

(3)Disaster Risk Reduction strategy:

• Support members in mapping child protection risks and local child protection mechanisms that can be strengthened for use in emergency response.
• Compile tools and resources on the above, which members can adapt within their existing programs
• Conduct trainings as needed.
• Create a platform for sharing information among members.
• Adapt the Child-friendly Accountability methodology to engage youth in safe DRR strategies at the community level.
• Promote meaningful youth leadership and engagement in community-level DRR processes.

(4) The Humanitarian Assistance Communication Unit (HACU) exists to facilitate rapid communication to ChildFund Alliance Members about the nature of a humanitarian crisis, and the proposed response of the Lead Member agency in the affected country. This facilitates fundraising between Members to assist the Lead Member in supporting disaster-affected communities.

(5)As defined in Toward a Safe World for Children: Strategic Plan for 2016-2021

About the Organization

ChildFund Alliance is a global network of 11 child rights and development organizations operating in more than 65 countries to create opportunities for children and youth, their families and communities. We work with nearly 13 million children and their families to overcome poverty and the underlying conditions that prevent children from achieving their full potential. We work to end violence against children; provide our expertise in emergencies and disasters to ease the harmful impact on children; and engage children and youth to elevate their voices to influence change.

More information

JOB DESCRIPTION Advisor CPiE and DRR January 2020.pdf

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