The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University seeks a Senior Program Officer within the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network. The CPC Learning Network, whose secretariat is housed in this department, convenes academics, policymakers, and practitioners to promote innovative research, nurture communities of learning, and build the next generation of researchers and advocates for children and families worldwide.
Founded in 2005, the CPC Learning Network includes an Advisory Board, comprised of renowned leaders in the field of child protection and wellbeing who provide strategic guidance and support for our work, and a network of 32 faculty affiliates in universities around the world who possess a wealth of expertise on child protection topics. The CPC Learning Network Secretariat has recently entered into a partnership with the child protection area of responsibility of the Global Protection Cluster, the United Nations' coordination mechanism for humanitarian responses as related to child protection, that will seek to bridge evidence and action to improve the ways in which international and local child protection actors.
The Senior Program Officer will be the primary focal point for activities related to the CPC Learning Network's partnership with the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) of the Global Protection Cluster. Core functions will include:
Coordination of technical and operational support to CP AoR regional help desks
Collaborate with the CPC Learning Network's program officer to ensure smooth partnerships with the organizations hosting help desks, which provide rapid, remote technical support to field-based humanitarian actors;
Work with the CP AoR to facilitate regional networking and provide technical support to these help desks, including support around violence prevention strategies as outlined in INSPIRE;
Identify learning needs based on help desk trend analysis and organize webinars or other learning opportunities in collaboration with the help desks and other partners;
Work with the CP AoR to analyze and document help desk trends, achievements, and opportunities for growth.
Contribute to the localization agenda to promote local civil society and government engagement in humanitarian responses
Work with CP AoR coordinators and help desks to document case studies of successful and unsuccessful attempts to promote localization, including examples of local preparedness planning and transitions to local leadership of country-level child protection coordination mechanisms;
Promote accountability to affected populations through consolidated, improved tools, frameworks, including child and family participatory approaches
Coordination and Communication
Send regular updates to relevant project partners and team members;
Work with the CP AoR and the CPC to ensure that project milestones are being met;
Monitor the progress of partnerships and prepare regular engagement reports as required;
Provide technical mentorship and quality control support to project partners;
Visit field sites and/or participate in team meetings;
This is a grant funded position.
Coordination of technical and operational support to CP AoR regional help desks (40%)
Contribute to the localization agenda to promote local civil society and government engagement in humanitarian responses (35%)
Coordination and Communication (10%)
Project management (10%)
Other related duties (5%)
Bachelor's degree required.
At least four years of field experience in child protection or an affiliated field, especially experience related to working in partnership with local civil society and government organizations
Strong written and verbal skills and ability to communicate proactively and empathetically
Strong analytical skills and working knowledge of data management tools for efficient, user-friendly data tracking and analysis
Experience conducting capacity-strengthening and capacity-sharing initiatives
Experience in project management and coordination
Masters degree in public health, social work, public affairs, international affairs, or related discipline
Written and spoken Spanish (preferred) or another major global language, such as Arabic or French
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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