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Child Protection in Emergencies Coordinator

Date: 16-Mar-2023

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Company: Plan International

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.


We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.


Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.


We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.


We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 85 years, and are now active in more than 80 countries.



The Child Protection in Emergencies Coordinator will be responsible to ensure the quality of child protection in emergencies projects implemented by partners and promote integration with other sector interventions including Education in Emergencies, WASH, Shelter and NFIs. 


Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Child Protection in Emergencies Coordinator is in charge of Plan International’s Child Protection in Emergencies response. He/She works closely with the Finance, Operations, PDQ and HR Department, partner staff and other technical coordinators (e.g. EiE) to ensure that all emergency response programmes are designed and managed in an efficient and quality manner. 



Programme Design 
    Lead rapid and detailed CPiE assessments; determine priorities and immediate and longer-term activities and approaches as well as the required resources.
    In close collaboration with the emergency response team and partners, define objectives and key outcomes of Plan International’s overall child protection in emergencies response in line with relevant cluster/ sub-cluster and international standards.
    Develop an evidence-based child protection in emergencies programme plan including programmatic, research and advocacy priorities, closely linked to and integrated with other sector programmes.
    Ensure child protection in emergencies programmes are in line with Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, and are gender, age and conflict sensitive.
    Support in drafting, reviewing and submitting concept notes, proposals and reports in close coordination with partners and relevant National Offices (fundraising offices in the Plan International Federation)
    Ensure the implementation of the internal and National SOPs, guidelines, referral and coordination mechanisms for assistance to beneficiaries in all CP and PSS interventions.


Quality Management & Implementation
    Work closely with Plan International Lebanon’s emergency response team and implementing partners to ensure that activities are implemented in a coordinated and phased manner, in accordance with Plan International’s Child Protection in Emergencies approach, best practices and policy.
    Provide technical guidance and direction including ongoing training, coaching and mentoring to Plan International Lebanon’s and partners’ staff members to ensure quality programming in compliance with Plan International’s Child Protection in Emergencies standards and policies.
    Coordinate closely with partner organisations’ teams to improve the quality of Child Protection programmes and activities; 
    Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate Child Protection analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy;
    Ensure regular communication with the PDQ Manager & Protection Specialist to integrate appropriate technical input and priorities in program design implementation;
    Oversee implementation of Child Protection in Emergencies programs, management of budgets, and reporting in accordance with Plan and donor regulations;
    Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required.
    Ensure that Child Protection monitoring and evaluation systems are developed and implemented in all programs to ensure quality and inform ongoing programme design.

Capacity Strengthening 
    Conduct capacity assessment of the partner staff, develop capacity development plan and ensure its implementation
    Coordinate and/or implement training and briefing of Plan International staff, partners, and other key stakeholders on child protection and/or related issues.
    Identify the staffing needs for the child protection response and support the recruitment process for these staff.


Communication & Representation
    Provide updates and reports on child protection activities and strategies to Plan International’s regional team, Head Office, relevant National Offices and donors;
    Build and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders such as UN organizations (UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, etc.), INGOs and national NGOs;
    Attend regular calls, meetings, etc. as required by Plan International.
    Keep informed about the SOPs and technical standards set by the relevant coordination bodies, e.g. the Child Protection Working Group, Child Labour Task Force, and other relevant coordination entities; 

•    Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.




•    Global CPiE Network
•    Plan Lebanon PDQA and programme team
•    National Organisations (NO)


•    UN and donor representatives
•    Partners including national and international NGOs
•    Civil society and community-based organizations




Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of:
    The context in the middle-east region, particularly on issues affecting the rights and well-being of children and young people, especially girls and young women;
    Working with local and international partners; principles of partnership;
    Humanitarian principles and “do no harm” approach.

Qualifications and Experience
    A Master’s Degree in Social work, International Relations, Humanitarian or similar 
    At least five years of demonstrated experience in Child Protection with at least 3 years’ experience in a humanitarian/refugee setting; 
    Strong programmatic background with proven experience in understanding Child Protection in Emergencies and child & youth participation required
    Experience in programming related to child labour, girls’ rights, gender-based violence and child marriage are an asset;
    Strong experience in project management & project design
    Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/ computer skills.

    Excellent understanding of child rights, gender equality and development issues.
    Strong organizational abilities; able to prioritise and manage short-term and continuing projects across diverse themes despite competing deadlines.
    Strong commitment to child safeguarding policies both inside and outside the workplace, and experience working with children in a development environment.
    Ability and experience in adapting to systems & processes
    Strong character traits, including team work, striving for high performance, emotional stability, resilience, adaptability, and ability to handle stress, strong initiative and self-motivation, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty and physical fitness to travel are essential.
    Excellent written and oral communication skills, with excellent command of spoken and written English and Arabic. 


We are open and accountable
•    Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
•    Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
•    Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
•    Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
•    Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact
•    Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
•    Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
•    Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
•    Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together
•    Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
•    Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
•    Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
•    Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.


We are inclusive and empowering

•    We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
•    We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
•    We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. 




Mid contact: Occasional interaction with children 



•    Travel is estimated at 30%.
•    Regular international travel may be required

Location: Beirut

Type of Role: Child Protection/ Emergency Response 

Reports to: Project Manager 

Grade: D1

Closing Date: 26 March 2023


Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.


We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.


We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.


Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.


A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.