Save the Children South Africa: Children on the Move Project Assistant Officer

Save the Children South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 22 January, 2018
Opportunity type: 

Grade:                                                               L5
Reports to:                                                       Children on the Move Project Manager
Base:                                                                 Limpopo Provincial Office  
Child Protection Level:                                   Some contact with children
Travel Requirements:                                      Regular in support of the Limpopo province and otherwise  
Budget Responsibilities:                                 None
Asset Responsibilities:                                   Own assets and those used by others
External Representation:                                Regular


The Children on the Move Project Assistant Officer will provide support in terms coordinating the project activities in the Limpopo province. The Assistant Officer will be responsible for liaising with partners and other service providers to ensure timely and quality implementation of the project activities. With the guidance of the Senior Project Officer this position will also act as the secretariat of the different project stakeholder collaborative structures comprising government departments and inter-agency partners. 


Key responsibilities

Coordinate the implementation of the Children on the Move project activities in Limpopo province:

  • Provide training on children’s rights to key stakeholders like government officials, NGOs/NPOs, community development workers, etc.
  • Provide secretariat to the Provincial steering committee on unaccompanied and separated migrant children and also serve as a coordinator
  • Compile progress reports for internal and donor use, including providing input into final donor reports
  • Support temporary “care facilities” for the children in the province by assessing needs, purchasing requirements for the children and deliver to relevant care facilities
  • Provide supervision and support to Cultural Mediators in their intermediator and outreach work 
  • Collect information on challenges experienced in the care and protection of unaccompanied separated migrant children both in care facilities and out of care facilities and provide any suggestions for resolving the challenges 
  • Provide continuous support to resolve all other needs of the children by referring them to the relevant authorities, e.g. Home Affairs for documents
  • Act as part of the Provincial Inter Agents working group offering training in Save the Children area of speciality
  • Offer support to cross boarder co-ordination between Mozambique and South Africa, as well as South Africa and Zimbabwe
  • Organise and coordinate community dialogues in the Limpopo Province. 
  • Organise and participate in joint activities such as capacity-building trainings with inter-agency partners;
  • Work with Save the Children Zimbabwe to organise cross-border working group meetings, draft invitations and minutes, support the facilitation of the meetings.


  • Project management skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Research capability
  • Good communication skills (both verbal and written)
  • Good people skills
  • Understanding of protocol and ethics around Child Care and Children’s Rights
  • Computer literate (MS Office suite)
  • Knowledge of migration and human trafficking an added advantage

Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum three-year diploma in Social Sciences or Development Studies or any equivalent or better 
  • 2 - 3 years’ experience in a similar role

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes

The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Honesty, discretion
  • Trustworthy
  • Flexible 
  • Sound work ethics
  • Passion for the well-being of others, especially children 

Closing date: 22 January 2018
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