Senior Child Protection Officer 146 views

MAYA VAKFI is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Senior Child Protection Officer at our Balat Child Center in Istanbul.

Project Location: Istanbul, Turkey


Project Duration: 11 months


About Maya Vakfı

Maya Vakfı is a non-profit organization that offers mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) to refugee and host community children who have experienced traumatic life events, including challenging socio-economic conditions, domestic abuse, immigration due to war, and/or losing loved ones to violence. Maya Vakfı provides trauma rehabilitation activities for children in the Balat Child Center through creative workshops which give opportunities for these children to express themselves through art, music, dance and movement activities to help them cope with their trauma and aid with their recovery.  In addition, Maya also places great importance on integrating Psychosocial Support techniques into the education system through its Trauma Informed Schools Program.  Strengthening the knowledge and know-how of civil servants and the civil society sector is enhanced through Capacity Building Initiatives and finally, through its Volunteer Program Maya provides training, support and mentoring to volunteers on Psychosocial Support, trauma rehabilitation and child protection.


Essential Duties

  • Supervise and manage the child protection team and provide necessary and timely guidance and support to the entire child protection team
  • Taking a leading role in setting up Maya Vakfi’s child protection policy and strategy documents which will lay the groundwork for intervention regarding case management cases, referrals and preventative informative sessions that will tackle child protection issues such as early marriage, child labor and school registration.
  • Lead the implementation of Maya Vakfi’s Individual protection assistance (IPA) procedures
  • Ability to provide direct case supervision to child protection officer/s dealing with complex case management cases
  • Providing guidance and support to child protection officers working awareness raising and informative sessions by providing inputs and ensuring the accuracy of all information/presentations/handouts/slides that will be shared with beneficiaries
  • Guide the child protection team in developing and updating service delivery map and referral pathways
  • Take a leading role in all protection coordinating activities and creating referral partnerships with government institutions (e.g. Social Service Center, municipalities, DGMM etc.), international and national NGO and other referral stakeholders
  • Assessing vulnerabilities and developing strategies for intervention for child protection cases referred to by clinical psychologists working at Maya Vakfi and/or referrals from external stakeholders
  • Ensuring that regular inputs from the field are reported in a timely manner to senior management regarding current child protection threats/concerns/trends that are documented directly from the field






  • Undergraduate degree in sociology, social work, psychology, law or related field.  Masters degree is highly desirable
  • Experience working with I/NGOs in Turkey with at least 4-5 years of similar experience
  • Excellent knowledge of protection principles and the relevant local laws governing refugees and host communities with respect to child protection
  • Experience working and leading protection projects in Turkey.  Experience leading a child protection unit is highly desirable
  • In-depth knowledge on how to conduct a proper case management system, ensure follow-up on referrals, and implement preventative informative sessions with adults and children
  • Experience working with an individual protection assistance (IPA) framework (or similar frameworks that necessitate the use of funds to achieve a specific protection outcome e.g. Emergency Fund)
  • Fluent in Turkish. English language is highly desirable
  • Hands on experience working in a child protection role is an added advantage
  • Ability to be flexible, work in a fluid context and adaptation for unexpected situations.
  • Ability to be an analytical thinker with excellent problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.

How to apply?:

  • Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and a Cover letter [email protected] referring to the position they are applying for by September 23th, 2019.
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in both your email and cover letter where ( you saw this job posting.
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