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Child Protection Specialist (Central Mindanao)

Date: 20-May-2022

Location: Cotabato City, Philippines

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 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.




Plan International is one of the oldest and largest international development agencies in the world. In the Philippines, Plan works with children and their families in poor communities with programs covering disaster risk management, youth economic empowerment, nutrition, and child protection.

Plan International invites highly competent, experienced, and committed professionals to fill the following position:


The Child Protection Specialist provides technical support in the assessment, planning, and implementation of the Child Protection Program of the Central Mindanao program area. He/she is responsible for coordinating activities of the Child Protection Program including the systems of quality control, monitoring; and evaluation, and integration with other programs. This role is based in Cotabato City, Maguindanao.


Further, as the Child Protection Specialist:


  • You will coordinate with relevant program manager/s on project developments concerning the child protection program
  • You will review project outlines and proposals on child protection and safeguarding.
  • You will attend meetings or assemblies organized by partners/alliances and present Plan’s mandate and report on program updates/progress.
  • You will identify competency gaps of staff and partners on child protection.
  • You will develop mechanisms and strategies for the effective implementation of the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and standards in the program area.
  • Plan International is a development and humanitarian organization. In exceptional cases, you will be asked to support emergency response activities in the communities in your assigned covered areas.




To be successful in the role you will need among other things:


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, social sciences, or related field. An advanced degree is an advantage.
  • Minimum five (5) years solid experience in implementing Child Protection programs, three years of which in the development sector doing research, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating child protection programs.
  • Has relevant knowledge and experience on children’s rights, child protection, gender, and inclusion.
  • Must have a good command of oral and written communication.
  • Has proven excellent critical and analytical thinking skills.
  • Experience working with child rights INGOs is an advantage.
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the Philippines without restrictions. Local applicants are preferred.


Location: Cotabato City, Maguindanao

Type of Role: Fixed-term (8 months, renewable)

Reports to: Country Programme Manager - Child Protection

Flexible working arrangements

Competitive compensation package (local T&C)


Equality, diversity, and inclusion are 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.