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Focal Point for Learning and Development Working Group

Deadline for application: 
14 Jul 2019
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
Job type: 

1. Background:

The Alliance's mission is to support the efforts of humanitarian actors to achieve high-quality and effective child protection interventions in humanitarian contexts, in both refugee and non-refugee settings. As a global network of operational agencies, academic institutions, policymakers, donors and practitioners, the Alliance facilitates inter-agency technical collaboration on child protection in all humanitarian contexts. It sets standards and produces technical guidance for use by the various stakeholders. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) currently co-leads the Alliance with Plan International.[1]

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance) facilitates inter-agency collaboration on normative work, including standard-setting and development of technical guidance. It also provides its members with technical support and guidance where needed. The Alliance’s work falls into five categories, one of which is:

· Capacity-building, learning and development: The Alliance develops technical capacity for child protection by identifying, expanding and strengthening the CPHA workforce; mapping capacity gaps; defining priorities and strategic direction for capacity development; and providing learning opportunities and materials, both face-to-face and remote.

The Steering Committee of the Alliance is comprised of representatives from core members which include UN agencies, networks, and local and international NGOs.[2] The Steering Committee has primary authority and responsibility on matters of strategic significance as well as policy and governance issues important to the functioning of the Alliance. The Steering Committee delegates responsibility to Alliance coordinators, working groups, task forces and the secretariat to implement the overall work plan and to handle the Alliance’s day-to-day operation and representation.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is composed of four working groups and six task forces.[3] Working groups are permanent work streams, while task forces are expected to serve a specific technical function and dissolve once the task is completed.

Alliance working groups:**

  • Child Protection Minimum Standards Working Group (CPMS WG), co-led by Save the Children and Terre des hommes
  • Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group (AME WG), co-led by Save the Children and the CPC-Network
  • *Learning and Development Working Group (LDWG), co-led by Terre des hommes, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)**
  • Advocacy Working Group (AWG), co-led by World Vision and ChildFund Alliance

Alliance task forces:

  • Unaccompanied and Separated Children, led by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)--rotating leadership
  • Case Management, co-led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and UNICEF
  • Community-based Child Protection, co-led by Plan International, UNICEF and World Vision
  • Cash Transfer and Child Protection, co-led by the CPC-Network, World Vision and the IRC
  • Family Strengthening, co-led by War Child Holland, the IRC and Save the Children
  • Child Labour, co-led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and Plan International

In addition to these working groups and task forces, technical focal points support specific areas of child protection in humanitarian action and help maintain linkages with other global bodies. Technical Focal Points are individuals within member agencies of the Alliance who have agreed to act as an inter-agency resource on a given technical area of child protection where no working group or task force exists.

The Capacity-building, learning and development work stream is a permanent work stream managed by the Learning and Development Working Group (LDWG). As a permanent work stream and given the extensive nature of the role of leading the LDWG it was agreed that the LDWG would have its own focal point to work with the LDWG leadership group and LDWG members to support the work plan.

The focal point will be guided by the Strategic Plan of the Alliance including its strategic priorities as well as its work plan for 2018-2020 with one of the major priority areas in all these documents outlined as learning and development. They will support the capacity building efforts across all key areas and task forces of the Alliance.

LDWG Work Plan Outcome 2018-2020:

“Bridging the Human Resource Capacity and Competence Gaps

for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.”

The Learning and Development Working Group (LDWG) is focused on the learning and development objectives within the Alliance work plan for 2018-2020. The working group has the overall outcomes of bridging the human resource capacity and competence gaps for child protection in humanitarian action, by focusing on: increasing learning and development opportunities for CPHA actors at global, regional and national levels; developing and making accessible high quality learning material and supports for CPHA actors at all levels and across stages of emergencies; and ensuring CPHA professional, interagency developments and opportunities correspond with up to date capacity gaps, competencies and needs.

2. Purpose:

The overall goal of this consultancy is to coordinate and strengthen the LDWG by supporting its members and capacity building efforts across the Alliance in line with the Alliance 2018-2020 work plan.

LDWG Focal Point Is Expected To[4]**:**

  • Work with the Alliance coordinators on the strategy, and direction of learning and development across the Alliance

  • Work with the leadership group on management, strategy and direction of the LDWG

  • Represent the members of the LDWG on learning and development issues across the Alliance as well as to the leadership group

  • Work to achieve the results as outlined in the LDWG Workplan[5] with the support of the LDWG members and leadership group

  • Work with the CPMS WG Capacity Building Focal Point to strengthen the Community of Practice

  • Continue the move towards using more locally based training capacity

  • Ensure at least quarterly calls with the LDWG members and circulate minutes including agreed actions

  • Ensure agreement across the LDWG on key documents and approaches via email and confirmation on LDWG Call

  • Ensure regular communication and updates to the members of the LDWG

  • Support fundraising activities for the workplan with the Alliance, the leadership group and the LDWG members

  • Where possible, give high quality support to the field as it relates to learning and development requests and queries. This includes material development, resource circulation, and technical advice

3. Expected results: (measurable results)

Expected results include the following:

  • Quarterly calls, at a minimum, with LDWG members with minutes circulated;
  • Engage with LDWG members, as well as other TF and WG to update the CPiE Face to Face global package;
  • One Regional Level Training of Trainers using the updated global CPHA training package, delivered by end of 2019;
  • Engage the Alliance Coordinators and LDWG Leadership group to further amend and develop the Alliance Learning and Development Strategy;
  • Continue the next phase of the development of the CPHA Competency Framework, including field engagement, learning material development, and increasing understanding of competencies. Engage with Competency FW consultant;
  • Resource mobilisation products (i.e. proposals, concept notes, donor report inputs etc.) developed to support the implementation of the Learning and Development Strategy;
  • Ensure delivery of activities in the Learning and Development component of the Alliance work plan including developing updates and priority actions in consultation with the LDWG members
  • Support given to develop new IA training packages to fill recognised needs and gaps by the Alliance;
  • Updated standardized training menu, training announcements and quarterly capacity building bulletins to Alliance forums/internet;

4. Start date: August 2019 End date: January 2020

5. Key competences, technical background, and experience required:

  • Tertiary qualifications related to Child Protection, Humanitarian Response, and any as relevant
  • Qualifications in learning and development, highly desired
  • In-depth experience of training development and delivery, including on child protection, including in emergencies, as well as on humanitarian issues
  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible, professional work experience on CP at the international level, including strong background on child protection in emergencies (conflict and/or disaster) and working in challenging contexts
  • Experience working with governments and other key CP stakeholders/actors at national level
  • Knowledge of the IASC humanitarian cluster approach
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent skills in written English language, interpersonal communication at a distance and collaborative project management
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel to countries in crisis situations to support capacity-building initiatives
  • Computer skills, including MS Office and Lotus Notes applications

6. Supervision

The consultant will be supervised by the Tdh Head of Emergency Programme based in Lausanne and work will be coordinated with the other Co-Lead(s) of the LDWG.

[1] As per the Alliance governance document, the NGO co-lead rotates every three years.

[2] Core members are members that have made specific commitment to contribute to the work of the Alliance and to uphold and promote its principles and products. At the end of 2017, there were 16 core members and one observer member (CP AoR) on the Alliance steering committee.

[3] Alliance website, ‘How We Work’, https://alliancecpha.org/stepping-up-child-protection-in-humanitarian-action/how-we-work-2/.

[4] As laid out in the LDWG TOR 2018

[5] LDWG Workplan 2018-2020 - https://www.dropbox.com/s/r2pdvwuxo0rtw6r/LDWG_Work%20Plan_2018-2020_v15.xlsx?dl=0

How to apply:

Any interested candidate should send the following documents, by June 30th, to learning@alliancecpha.org, specifying “Focal Point Recruitment for L&D Working Group” as email title:

  • updated CV, with at least 3 references

  • a cover letter

Only completed applications will be considered.

Additional documents (diplomas, work certificates, criminal records check, etc.) will be requested at a later stage.

Working groups and task force this is relevant to: 
Language(s) of the attached materials: 

Useful information


To contact us, you can send an email to info@alliancecpha.org.