Child Development Officer at Child Life Line

Child Life Line (“CLL”) is a not-for-profit Non-Governmental-Organisation (‘NGO’), registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission and based in Lagos, Nigeria. CLL was founded in 1994 with the aim of providing care and support to vulnerable and homeless children in Lagos.CLL has a residential centre for boys at Ibeshe, Ikorodu, and a drop-in reception centre for homeless children at Gbagada which is open 5 days a week. At the residential centre, children are placed back in school or in vocational training, and at the drop-in centre, the children receive 2 meals a day (breakfast and lunch), have the opportunity to rest, shower and wash their clothes, and receive counselling.CLL seeks, as its primary goal, to safely reunite and reintegrate children with their families and with society through its program of transitional support. Where it is impossible to place the child back with its family immediately, CLL seeks to ensure that the child is protected and cared for, either at its own residential centre for boys or with another NGO within the UNICEF-sponsored Nigerian Child Protection Network, and is able to continue with its formal education or start vocational training, to enable the child to develop into a self-reliant, independent individual.Job Title:Child Development Officer  DepartmentOutreach DepartmentReporting toProgram ManagerPurpose of JobReporting to the Program Manager on regulatory matters, and policy and strategy development and implementation; however, you will also support and take direction on day-to-day activities from the Outreach Officer. You will be an enthusiastic practitioner with a proactive approach. Skilled in collaborative working, recognising the importance and commitment required in the role. You must be an excellent communicator at all levels, demonstrate diplomacy, tact and with the ability to establish clarity. The post holder will form an integral part of the child/young person’s care team and will contribute to the vision of Child Life-Line by linking strategy to operation to ensure excellent delivery in Child Life Line’s Outreach Program.Major tasks and job activitiesSupporting the Program Manager and Outreach Department, you will be responsible for the development and successful implementation of first contact service at Child Life-Line Children/Young Persons programYou will demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of regulatory frameworks and keep abreast of related legislation. (Child Protection Policy, Child Right Acts and Child Participation Policy)You will support the management and development of Child Life-Line and its programs, ensuring positive interaction with the children and families and contribute towards effective working practices.You will support the key worker system of staffing within the Centres.You will provide a service that respects children’s life experiences and celebrates diversity in terms of language, culture, ability, race and religion.You will support the continuing development of the Centre, sharing information involved in the development of highest quality service for young children and their families.You will share tasks necessary for the general upkeep and standards of hygiene of the Centre, including laundry, cleaning and equipment monitoring.You will support the Outreach Department by taking part in trips and outings on Family Tracing/Re-integration and Re-unificationJob FeaturesPlanning and OrganisingYou will work closely with the Program Manager, Outreach Officer and other senior staff to support the development and continuous improvement of the Centre.Plan effectively and efficiently to meet desired standardsPlan and organise own workload and support staff in planning and organising duties.Maintain the highest standard of hygiene within the Centre.Support the management and organisation of effective teams.Decision MakingSupport operational decisions to ensure best practices are adhered to.Internal/External RelationshipsYou will liaise with staff and parents, ensuring communication systems are effective.You will attend staff team meetings.You will adhere to communication systems to share information throughout the team efficiently and effectively.You will link relevant agencies to provide excellent integrated services.You will form positive professional relationships with community service providersProblem SolvingApproach each area of development with a professional attitude.You will apply convergent and divergent approaches to challenges.QualityYou will be responsible for delivering high quality childcare and have the ability to understand and apply quality assessment tools.You will observe, help develop, implement and promote Child Life-Line Policies and Procedures.Budgets and FinanceYou will ensure all service users treat resources with care and minimise wasteRegulatory RequirementsHave full understanding of Child protection and promote excellent working practices.You will comply with Child Rights ActGeneralAny other relevant duties identified as appropriate by the Program Manager or Executive Body of the organisation.

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