Terms of Reference – Child Protection Technical Advisor Consultancy

  • Contract
  • Remote
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

War Child UK

We are a growing organisation, working with children and youth with partner organisations and through direct implementation in some very challenging places. We’re focused on child protection, education and livelihoods, and our projects range from providing short term psychosocial support to children affected by conflict to supporting the development of sustainable child protection systems. We work in complex conflict settings which range from acute emergencies to protracted humanitarian crises, and we aim to respond to crises, support recovery, and build resilience.

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to provide surge Child Protection Technical Advisory capacity

If you share our values and believe that children’s lives should not be torn apart by war, we want to hear from you.



Contract Type:

Fixed term (3 months/66 days)

Place of Work:

Global – flexible location

Reports to:

War Child Global CP advisor

About us

War Child, the charity for children affected by war. We are a specialist charity for children in conflict, delivering high-impact programmes that are rebuilding lives across Afghanistan, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic and Yemen. We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution – from reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and upholding the rights of children caught up in juvenile justice in Afghanistan. We look forward to a world in which the lives of children are no longer torn apart by war. This is a vision that can only be realised through the collective actions of children themselves, communities and their leaders, organisations like War Child, governments and key decision makers.

Background: War Child HQ includes a programme quality team, who are comprised of a complement of technical advisors. The global Child Protection and GBV advisor sits in this team but will absorb the interim Head of Programme Quality position. As a result, WCUK has identified a need for additional technical capacity to support the provision of timely and quality Child Protection technical advice to the design and implementation of country-level programmes.

Overall objectives of the consultancy: This consultancy will aim to provide surge technical capacity to support the Global Child Protection and SGBV advisor. The individual will focus on country-facing support, including reviewing Child Protection proposals and reports and providing implementation support that would include the co-development of technical tools and guides as needed, delivering CP/GBV training as required to project teams and trouble shooting technical issues as needed. The individual would ideally travel to one or more country programmes during the consultancy to be able to review the quality of the CP/GBV programmes, provide recommendations and hands on coaching and support.

Process and Methodology:

The consultant is expected to conduct the following:

  • Review proposals and reports that include Child Protection elements as and when required
  • Respond to country teams requests for training on CP and GBV elements, primarily using and contextualising WCUK reviewed and approved materials
  • Respond to identified needs for SOPs, tools and guides on CP activities from both country teams and the Global CP and GBV advisor. This is likely to include a focus on a street working children component in Afghanistan and a GBV/CP project in DRC at a minimum
  • Provide timely and quality responses to technical challenges in country on an ad hoc basis. Including supporting risk management and safer programming
  • Travel to one or more countries to conduct a rapid review of CP programmes, including recommendations and provide hands on technical support whilst in country. This is most likely to include CAR and/or Afghanistan.
  • Co-lead a workstream with MEAL advisor on improving War Child UK’s CP Information Management Systems

Deliverables Expected outputs:

  • Following country-level visits, produce a Child Protection report with recommendations

  • Submission of review proposals and reports to relevant programmes focal point

  • Delivery of trainings as requested by teams, including a contextualised training pack and recorded session (if remote)

  • Development/ adaptation of SOPs, guides and tools as required and shared with Global CP and GBV advisor

  • Co-written ToR for a CPIMS consultant to develop IMS system for WCUK’s CP programmes

  • Terms and Conditions The consultant will use her/his own office/resources/materials and computer in the execution of this assignment.

    Supervision and Reporting: The consultant will be responsible to keep War Child abreast of progress through weekly updates. S/he will be supervised by War Child DRC Head of Programmes

    Consultant Specifications:

  • Significant experience in child protection /GBV programming in conflict affected areas

  • Excellent technical knowledge of child protection in emergencies and/or working with children affected by conflict

  • Proven experience in delivering training across multiple contexts

  • Proven experience in developing high quality technical materials, including SOPs and guides

  • Preferable experience in child protection Information Management Systems

  • Highly driven, dependable and results oriented with an appreciation and knowledge of learning and assessment tools

  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and additional language of French/Arabic or Dari (essential)

  • Politically and culturally-sensitive approach required

  • Patience, tact and diplomacy and able to exercise confidentiality

  • Selection and appointment:

    The selected candidate will be contracted for the consultancy and will commence work shortly after selection and successful references. A consultancy contract will be signed between the consultant and WCUK with the TOR attached. Applications should be sent to: [email protected]

    Please note that submissions which do not meet all the above requirements will not be reviewed.

  • Child safeguarding

    Our work with children and at-risk adults to keep them safe is the most important thing we do. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in all areas of our work. We have zero tolerance for any behaviours and practices that puts children and/or vulnerable adults at risk of abuse and/or harm. Successful consultant applicants will be expected to be compliant and sign up to our Child Safeguarding policy, our Code of Conduct and PSEA: Adults at Risk Policy. You can find the Child Safeguarding and Adults at Risk policy here: https://www.warchild.org.uk/our-work/policies-and-reports/safeguarding

  • Pre-consultancy checks

    Successful consultants will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

  • a satisfactory police record check and/or an International Criminal Record Check, and a clear vetting and Due Diligence check.

How to apply

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: [email protected]

For general information about working for War Child please visit: https://www.warchild.org.uk/who-we-are/working-war-child

How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit a brief proposal (max 4 pages) including:

  • A cover letter clearly stating how you meet the person specifications and availability
  • CV and with full contact details
  • Details of two professional references. Both professional referees have to be someone you reported to or HR and one of your professional referees should be your current or most recent employer.
  • Copies of or links to recent work on reports/research pieces
  • Indication of fees (inclusive of VAT if applicable) and/or topline budget.
  • All applications must be sent to [email protected] by 25th of September 2022.

Closing date: 9/25/2022