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Ethiopia: Psychosocial Support Officer Job Vacancy in Ethiopia

Organization: Terre des Hommes Netherlands
Country: Ethiopia
Closing date: 08 Jun 2018

Terre des Hommes Netherlands in East Africa is looking for a Psychosocial Support Officer, full time, to be based in Gondar (Ethiopia), with frequent travel within Ethiopia.

Our approach

Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH-NL) prevents child exploitation, rescues children from exploitative situations and ensures that these children can continue their development in a safe environment. Terre des Hommes Netherlands in Africa focuses within its Child Protection programme on the themes of Sexual Exploitation of Children, the Worst Forms of Child Labour, Child Trafficking and Unsafe Migration, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and on Child Protection in Humanitarian Crisis. For each of these forms of child exploitation, Terre des Hommes Netherlands develops and implements programmes, through local civil society partners. In Africa, Terre des Hommes Netherlands works in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. As part of its multi-year strategic plan (2016-2020) Terre des Hommes Netherlands plans to increase its support to comprehensive programmes addressing Child Exploitation in Africa.

Objective of the function

The Psychosocial Support Officer is responsible for the social, psychological and emotional development of returnees from Saudi Arabia under the Supporting Ethiopian Returnees from Saudi Arabia in Gondar City Administration project and based in Gondar. He/she will provide guidance and counseling for project target beneficiaries (i.e. children/youth vulnerable to risky migration/trafficking as well as returnees from Saudi Arabia) and undertakes regular follow ups.

Position in the organisation

The Psychosocial Officer works within the Ethiopia Country Office Team, and receives hierarchical leadership from the Country Manager Ethiopia, to whom he/she reports. He/she will, in close collaboration and consultation with the country team, advise and act on the development, implementation and monitoring of the various projects under the TdH-NL Child Protection programme in Ethiopia.

Main Duties include:

  • Provides guidance and counseling for children vulnerable to and victims of risky migration and trafficking, as well as returnees from Saudi Arabia

  • Identifies push and pull factors for risky migration and trafficking and provides training for the community representatives, children and government actors

  • Ensures returnees have positive mind sets on Income Generating Activities (IGAs), are engaged in sustainable IGAs, and linked with relevant actors

  • Participates in recruitment of project beneficiaries

  • Undertakes close follow-up/monitoring visit among the targets

  • Ensures proper documentation is put in place

  • Prepares case stories and reports as required by the project

  • Works closely with other project (TdH-NL) staffs for the realisation of project objectives and goals

  • Performs other, similar duties as assigned by the Country Manager

Knowledge, Skills, Experience and Behaviours Necessary to achieve role purpose

  • BA Degree and above in Psychology, Social Work, Sociology or similar discipline

  • At least three years of experience working with vulnerable/victim children, women and specific needs groups and case management programs in providing counseling and guidance, psychosocial support

  • Experience of working in a NGO will be an advantage

  • Knowledge of and experience with project cycle management, including the use of Theory of Change and other planning tools

  • Ability to speak fluently in both Amharic and English

  • Strong interpersonal communication and listening skills

  • Capacity to build relationships with target groups

  • Excellent report writing skills

  • Planning, organising, cooperation, performance oriented

  • High degree of taking initiative and working independently

Competence Profile

A. Showing initiative

Showing the initiative to take action and get the job done before that it is asked of you.

Level 2: Handles extra duties on own initiative outside own job description, identifies problem areas in task execution and makes improvement proposals.

B. Planning & Organising

The effective alignment of activities, time and resources to achieve objectives.

Level 1: Plans and organises own work in a logical way.

C. Performance orientation

Focused on goal setting and active achievement of results.

Level 1: Works in a goal-oriented manner and within a framework aimed at achieving results.

D. Cooperation

Can contribute to a collective result, even when there is no personal benefit at stake.

Level 2: Works together at own initiative to make a contribution to the achievement of shared objectives.

Job Level: C

Contract Period: One Year


How to apply:

Please send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae by e-mail to: recruitment.africa@tdh.nl clearly demonstrating how you meet the qualifications for this position, no later than by Friday, 8th June 2018. For more information about this position, you can contact us through the same email address.

This is a national position. Applicants must be able to provide proof of the right to live and work in Ethiopia.

Note that due to the expected large responses only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The selection procedure will also include an assessment test, and checking of recent professional references.



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