Child Protection Casework Job Vacancy in Kenya

Position Title: Child Protection Casework/ BID Officer

Location: Kakuma and Kalobeyei

Reports to (Hierarchically):  Case Management Senior Officer


Working time in  % :   100%


Terre des hommes (Tdh) launched its activities in Kenya in January 2011. Tdh provides support to children in Dadaab refugee camp and in Korogocho slums.

In response to the Dadaab Refugee protracted crisis, Tdh projects deliver child protection interventions and support to children in alternative care arrangements, provisions of case management and psychosocial services to vulnerable children, strengtheninig community-based structures as well as building advocacy efforts on child protection issues.

Key responsibilities

Implementation of case management activities for refugee children, their parents, caregivers and families in need of protection at the Refugee camps.

·       Child Protection Casework Officer intervenes in the case identification and registration, Case planning, referral and follow-up of the beneficiaries in collaboration Child Protection Volunteers.

·       Ensure that the consent/assent to proceed with the case management from both the child, the parent and/or caregiver and legal guardian for unaccompanied children is sought.

·        Supervises and provide training for Child Protection Volunteers in structural case management to reinforce their skills and capacity to conduct interviews, fill data collection forms, refer and follow-up with children at household level.

  • Develop an individual action plan for each beneficiary that responds to needs addressed in initial and comprehensive assessments and seek support of the Case Management Senior Officer whenever necessary.
  • Establish and maintain positive and efficient relations with target beneficiaries, community members and all the other actors operating in the camp. Seek for synergies to optimize resources and time, and strengthen services for the beneficiaries whenever possible.
  • Regularly follow up the assigned case to ensure all services and action points listed in the case plan are carried out within agreed time frames. Ensure that progress is regularly reviewed;
  • Regularly monitor and provide support to children and families through visits, providing guidance and advice.

·       Work closely with the Psychosocial team members in the identification of psychosocial distress cases and makes appropriate references to Psychosocial team for help.

·       Work closely with data team to ensure timely data entry to the IACPIMS and feedback on follow up cases are generated as required.

·       Conduct Best Interst’s Assessments and Best interests Determination (BIAs/BIDs) for UASC and other children with heightened Protection concerns.

·       Particpance and be able to present Best Interest’s Assessment cases conducted by him/her in the BID panel and action on the recommendations entered by the panelists.

·       Timely preparation of progress report including both qualitative and quantitative information on BIAs/BIDs activities and put in to situation report, monthly report and quarterly report.

·       Ensuring that issues for chld protection are raised and addressed.

·       Ensure the placement of children in alternative care adhere to Tdh procedure and with the Kenya Guidelines on Alternative Care.    

·       Be ready to respond to emergency cases.

·       Participate in surveys and data collection when required.

Child Protection

  • Promote, and ensure project activities are in line with, child protection principles.
  • Ensure the project activities are integrated in the Kakuma child protection system and humanitarian coordination practices and guidelines.
  • Report serious cases of abuse on children identified by the project team to the management team. Strict confidentiality must be respected.

Coordination and representation

·       Coordinate with CP casework officers, Empowerment team  and psychosocial team to ensure programe intagration, case refarrals and BID recommendations.

·       Coordinate in the identification, follow up of children in alternative care and monitoring of foster parent.

·       Work in close collaboration with Tdh partners and other key actors.

  • Coordinate with other Tdh sectors to ensure implementation of standardized activities and with other departments (program and support) of Tdh in Kakuma as necessary.
  • Participate in fora and meetings in her/his field of expertise, when relevant and necessary.


·       Work with the Child Protection Senior Officer to provide accurate and timely activity reports.

·       Maintain and ensure a culture of strict confidentiality between Tdh staff and non Tdh employees.

Abuse Prevention Policy - Operational Risk Management

·       Commit to respect Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy, Whistle Blowing Policy.

·       Commit to ensure the best implementation possible of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.

·       Commit to inform supervisors and to deal with any cases, allegations, or possibility of transgression, even potential, of the Tdh Risk Management Policies.

Staff employed to work in Tdh will be expected to have:

·       Professional conduct that reflects proper behaviour in accordance with local culture and tradition.

·       Ensure the moral protection of the name of Terre des hommes and defend in all circumstance

·       Commits to observe discretion on any information related to the orgnisation functioning and beneficiary related issues.

·       He/she will conduct his or her duties in respect of the Charter of Terre des hommes and the Tdh Child Protection Policy.

Job requirements:


●        Professional University degree in social work, psychology, social sciences and any other relevant field.

●        At least 2 years experience working with vulnerable young populations and/or asylum seekers in need of Protection;

●        Experience working with extremely vulnerable individuals and SGBV Survivors in particular, is an asset;

●        Good IT knowledge (Microsoft Office, Internet);

●        Previous experience with Tdh or another child protection organization is desirable;

●        Knowledge of key protection issues in the asylum seekers population and best practices;

●        Knowledge of protection system in Kakuma Refugee Complex or similar settings.


·       Required qualities: proactive, autonomous, rigorous, organized, good communication and interpersonal skills.


Fluency in English and Kiswahili. Ability to communicate in Turkana language is a plus

Application modalities:

Interested candidates who meet the criteria above are encouraged to send their applications letter and detailed CVs to  Candidates are required to indicate the position title on the subject line of the email when applying.  Kindly note only applications sent to this email address will be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Closing date for the application of this position is 26  January 2024.

Tdh’s recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protect children’s rights, which includes the prevention of all forms of child abuse.

Tdh is an equal opportunity employer