Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer, Pathways - Cotabato City
Company Overview
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

Education Pathways to Peace in Mindanao (Pathways) is a $90 million Government of Australia investment to improve the delivery and quality of education in conflict-affected areas of Mindanao. The nine-year program (six years with possible three-year extension) seeks to address the challenges associated with ensuring effective implementation and sustainability in a conflict-affected area.

Pathways intends to contribute to peace-building by addressing inequity and disparity in participation and performance in basic education. This will be accomplished through facilitating and strengthening effective engagement and collaboration processes and the institutional systems of key stakeholders to support the delivery of quality basic education. The Program will focus on supporting improvements in the participation and performance of learners at the early grade levels (Kindergarten to Grade 3), in teacher education and development, and in the development of context-appropriate curriculum.


Child Protection: Level 3
The responsibilities of the project employee require working with and direct contact with children or young people.

Purpose of the Position: The Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer is responsible for the development and implementation of Pathways systems and procedures for child protection to ensure compliance with Palladium, DFAT, and Government of the Philippines policies and regulations.
The Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer may provide advice and support to other Palladium-managed programs as required and subject to availability. The Child Protection Specialist and Safeguarding Officer may also be requested to provide advice to DFAT Manila, BARMM Ministry of Education and other stakeholders as needed.

Duties: Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer will:

1. Work with the Program Manager to review existing child protection processes and develop comprehensive business processes for Pathways based on DFAT regulations, the BARMM context, and international best practice;

2. Work with the Pathways GEDSI Adviser to receive advice and input into approaches which support safe program delivery for the Pathways team in relation to working with children;

3. Work with Palladium's global team members to review existing Palladium corporate child protection tools and templates (including training materials, sub-contractor agreements, risk assessment tools, personnel agreements and grants) and make necessary revisions to suit Pathways context and risk profile, this may involve working with internal Palladium specialists to receive advice and implement recommendations;

4. Ensure that the procedures, tools, templates, and business processes developed from the initial review are continuously maintained and systematically implemented;

5. Advise Palladium staff on the development of tailored training materials, specifically providing advice on the Philippines context, culturally appropriate messaging, and local legislation and reporting bodies;

6. Deliver training to Pathways staff, subcontractors, grantees, government partners at all levels, school partners and other stakeholders as appropriate, and ensure the proper documentation of training attendance; including technical assistance in the development of child relevant child protection policies, as appropriate.

7. Conduct regular spot checks on subcontractors, grantees, provincial offices, partners, and communications materials/platforms, to ensure compliance with Palladium, DFAT, and BARMM Ministry of Education child protection policies and regulations and to encourage child protection best practice;

8.Ensure the collection and filing of signed child protection policy documents, training registers, photo and research release forms, and police checks of Pathways staff and contractors;

9. In consultation with the Program Manager, support the investigation and reporting (as required) of any and all allegations of child abuse, endangerment, or other practices in contravention of the relevant Child Protection policies and regulations;

10. Work with education program development teams in the design of new activities, ensuring that required risk management tools and processes are completed, ethical issues related to participation of children in program activities are considered and that activities are designed with child protection in mind;

11. Work with human resource team to ensure staff and STA selection and on-boarding processes are in compliance with relevant child protection requirements;

12. Work with the grants and due diligence and procurement team to ensure compliance with relevant child protection requirements and that all subcontractors and partners have own child protection policy;

13. Provide advice and support to BARMM Ministry of Education on child protection issues at various levels as required and subject to availability; and,

14. Will act as the focal person to investigate any fraudulent activities within the Program and will work closely with the relevant units to complete the assessments and put forward recommendations;

15. Other duties as may reasonably be required by the Program Manager consistent with the incumbent's qualifications and experience.


Qualifications and Experience: The Child Protection and Safeguarding Officer will possess the following qualifications and experience:
  • In-depth understanding of child protection issues and the laws affecting child welfare in the Philippines, preferably applied within the BARMM education sector;
  • In-depth professional experience on donor-funded development programs with experience on DFAT-funded programs;
  • Knowledge of ethical practices in engaging children in human development initiatives, particularly related to human research; Experience preparing and delivering training to various levels of stakeholders (e.g. policy, senior management, mid-level management and implementation staff) and various types of stakeholders (e.g. government, NGOs, CSOs and school and community audiences);
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Tagalog;
  • Willingness to travel to remote locations in the BARMM on a regular basis;
  • A high level of integrity, initiative, adaptability, and ability to perform in a high-pressure environment.
  • A degree or similar level qualification in a relevant topic such as law, human/social services or a relevant development subject. (desirable)

Intermediate Level
Cotabato City, Philippines
Closing date:
30 April 2019