Child Protection Officer

based in Nicosia, Cyprus

War Child Holland (WCH) is an international non-governmental organization that works exclusively to improve the well-being and resilience of children and youths affected by violence and armed conflict. From its branch in Cyprus, WCH and its partners support children affected by the conflict in Syria through an integrated mix of child protection, education and psychosocial support interventions, while working closely with their caregivers, families and wider communities for maximum and durable impact.

We are seeking to strengthen our team and we are currently seeking an entrepreneurial and passionate Child Protection Officer to join our dynamic team of professionals dedicated to helping children and their families positively deal with the consequences of being exposed to armed conflict.

Your Challenge

You will be responsible for following up on child protection programmes within WCH in line with child protection (CP) quality standards. Furthermore, you will contribute to capacity building for partners, and ensure effective delivery of child protection activities.

Result Areas

Development and follow-up of child protection activities in line with CP standards and policies:

  • Work closely with partner child protection staff, including case workers and social workers, to identify child protection issues and inform evidence-based programming.
  • Assist in designing and developing child protection programmes and activities within WCH programme strategy.
  • Ensure regular follow-up with partner focal points on project activities to maintain quality and identify opportunities & constraints.
  • Support implementation of WCH Child Safety and Safeguarding policies, both internally and externally with partners.

Delivery of child protection capacity building:

  • Assist the CP Advisor in assessing and designing child protection capacity building plans for staff and partners.
  • Deliver child protection coaching and monitoring sessions, trainings and briefings.
  • Support staff and partners in the development and implementation of child safety checklists, child safeguarding policy, and other tools.
  • Deliver child safety and safeguarding briefings as required.

Internal and external coordination and representation:

  • Support CP Advisor to represent WCH externally in relevant platforms/networks focused on child protection themes.
  • Participate in internal child protection meetings with regional and global colleagues.
  • Contribute to the development/revision of child protection materials.
  • Share child protection materials and other useful and relevant information with staff and partners.

Your Profile

  • Relevant academic background (Social Sciences / International Development Studies).
  • Knowledge of current principles and practices within Child Safeguarding and Child Protection.
  • Understanding of child rights (programming) in conflict and post-conflict environments.
  • Minimum 3 years (I)NGO experience in developing countries / conflict areas, preferably with children.
  • Minimum 1 year in the field of CP and programme implementation
  • Experience of building capacity in CP and an understanding of child-focused monitoring and evaluation processes.
  • Competent written and spoken English and fluent Arabic.
  • Strong critical analysis and strategic thinking skills.
  • Strong planning and coordination skills.
  • Ability to provide (creative/interactive) trainings.
  • Excellent communication skills; able to give and receive feedback.
  • Affinity with children and young people.
  • Result-oriented.

We Offer

A dynamic and challenging work environment, with opportunities to grow and enhance your skills.
A fair salary and comprehensive secondary benefits including opportunities to develop professionally.

Working as part of a multinational team who are hands on to make change happen!

Job Location

Nicosia, Cyprus. Given the current travel restrictions due to COVID-19, a temporary duty station of Amman or Beirut will be considered for the initial work period.


The contract for is for at least 1 year with the intention to prolong. This is a national position based within the EU with local labour conditions.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to upload their CV and a short cover letter, in English here:

The safety of children is essential to War Child. War Child does not tolerate or accept any form of abuse. This subject is addressed in our recruitment and selection procedures. Moreover, the accepted candidates will be required to state their commitment/ intent to be aware, consider and adhere to the minimum standards applicable in development and humanitarian settings, such as humanitarian values and principles, Sphere Humanitarian Charter, Standards in the Humanitarian Standards Partnership, Core Humanitarian Standard, International Humanitarian Law, Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.


  • Only applications received via our website are processed.
  • If we appoint a suitable candidate before the given closing date, we reserve the right to remove the vacancy from our website before that date. In such a case, any responses received after that time are not processed.
  • It could be that during our selection process the closing date for the vacancy is extended. If so, and you have not yet heard from us, your application will remain live.