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Child Protection/OVC specialist at Archdiocese of Lilongwe Catholic Health Commission

Archdiocese of Lilongwe Catholic Health Commission

Vacancy

The Archdiocese of Lilongwe Catholic Health Commission (LLCHC) is the Social and Health Arm of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe. It ensures that the health services that the Catholic Church Provides in the Archdiocese are accessible to the rural masses and the quality of care being provided is in line with professional standards and in the footsteps of Jesus Christ the founder of the Healing Ministry. The Archdiocese covers seven districts of Lilongwe, Kasungu, Dowa, Ntchisi, Nkhotakota, Salima and Mchinji.

LLCHC champions the following two major tasks, mandates and operations:

  • Coordination of health services at its 19 health facilities as follows
  • Coordination of community health programmes such as HIIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Tuberculosis, Sexual and reproductive health and rights, Early Childhood Development, Malaria, OVC, Maternal and Child Health, Water Hygiene and Sanitation, School Health and Gender Based Violence among others.

With funding from PEPFAR/USAID, LLCHC would like to an Child Protection/OVC Specialist in the 5 year Lilongwe Orphans and Vulnerable Children activity – Lilongwe district’.

Description

The Child Protection/OVC specialist will be the technical lead in child protection, community care and case management, systems strengthening, HIV prevention, care and treatment in line with 95 – 95 – 95 PEPFAR goals and HIV sensitive case management for vulnerable children. The successful candidate will be coordinating with Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Education (MoEST), the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social
Welfare (MGCDSW), and other key sectors at national, district and community level to ensure that children/OVC are safe in all program interventions.

The Child Protection/OVC Specialist will be reporting to OVC Program Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • Initiating program and district level child protection support in order to review the existing child safeguarding strategies, policies and approaches to identify and address missing opportunities and gaps.
  • Provide support to project team in linking child protection issues to case management, HIV/GBV prevention in order to provide safe environments for children/OVC
  • Oversee the referral and case management components of the project, particularly with respect to ensuring integration of the 95-95-95 and linking all program activities to testing and treatment of children.
  • Developing monthly, quarterly, annual work plans and budgets related to the program in coordination with the line manager
  • Consolidating monthly, quarterly and annual program reports for sharing with line manager
  • Support in strengthening child protection systems at individual, household, community, district and national level in collaboration with key stakeholders
  • Provide trainings and refresher training in child safeguarding and Case management to field staff and relevant stakeholders
  • Checking and verifying reported data with M and E before sharing with line manager and donor
  • Schedule and organize meetings/events and maintain agenda with project staff.
  • Sits in the institutional resource mobilisation team to develop proposals and apply for other new opportunities
  • Conducting ongoing monitoring and supervision to project team together with management team, relevant ministries and donors to assess progress of child protection and program interventions.

Required attributes:

  • A Masters in Social Science, Arts, Education or similar field obtained from a recognized institution.
  • Those with Bachelors degree in related field but with 3 years’ experience in case management, HIV/GBV, guidance and counselling will be considered
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a position with similar responsibilities, preferably with an international or local NGO.
  • Program management skills a must
  • In-Depth Knowledge of child protection/safeguarding
  • Possess vibrant understanding of supporting already existing child protection systems at community, district and national level
  • Exhibited ability to work closely with vulnerable populations to address their needs.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to remote and distant locations.
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Team working spirit
  • People management skills
  • Leadership and decision making skills
  • Being innovative and proactive
  • Ability to meet reporting deadlines.
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritize the work
  • Basic Microsoft Office (Microsoft word, excel and PowerPoint) skills.
  • Ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal trainings.

Method of Application

Applicants must send their application letter, updated Curriculum Vitae (CV), with three traceable referees and copies of certificates not later than 7th November, 2022 to:

The Archdiocesan Health Secretary,

Archdiocese of Lilongwe Catholic Health Commission,

P.O Box 2185, Lilongwe

Email: info@chclilongwe.org

To apply for this job email your details to info@chclilongwe.org