Support to ACERWC Response Measures to the Impact of COVID-19 on the Rights and Welfare of Children in Africa

Country: Ethiopia Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Closing date: 11 Dec 2020 Re-invitation to Bid Reference No: 83368440 The Covid-19 global pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruption of the health, social and economic order of the world and that of Africa. Its direct impact on health has already resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands and left millions in dire situations. The resulting macroeconomic downturn has affected every country and every sector resulting in mass disruption or loss of household incomes. The United Nations (UN) reported that COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It threatens to reverse years of progress on poverty, hunger, healthcare and education. It is noted that while the pandemic has impacted everyone, it is affecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people the most. Hence its overall consequences for Africa are overwhelming. Children, as the m

Cash Assistant

Oromia, Ethiopia International Rescue Committee (IRC) Ethiopia

Job Title: Cash Assistant

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Sheder, Ethiopia

Job Description



The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over eight decades in the world addressing both the immediate, lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post conflict societies. The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.  

Responsibilities: the key responsibilities include:

  • To ensure that cash/voucher assistance is delivered to selected adolescents as per criteria and in a safely manner.
  • To enhance all administrative and donor compliance steps are undertaken and proper documentation and reporting of key challenges and lessons learned relevant to the project

Scope of Role

  • He/she reports with technical guidance from the CYPD manager and ERD Coordinator on the administrative CVA tasks
  • Staff reporting to this post: NO
  • Budget Responsibilities: None

Key Areas of Accountability

With support from the IRC CYPD (child protection Unit) and Economic recovery development unit, he/she shall:

  • Assist in sensitization of local government structures, communities and refugee leaders on the targeting criteria of the project.
  • Lead and support the identification and registration of the beneficiaries for this specific CVA project for unaccompanied /separated /adolescents, based on the criteria agreed with the project team.
  • Ensure the confidentiality and the support of adolescents during the cash/voucher assistance, by working with their social workers in monitoring how the assistance is used and any other issue that might arise from the project.
  • Together with the social workers in charge of these adolescents, ensures the Best Interest of these children.
  • In coordination with social workers, supports the communication with caregivers /foster families or other relatives, to ensure the goal of the CVA is understood and that there are no family issues arising because of this assistance.
  • In coordination with the Child Protection Team, organizes Focus Group Discussions with adolescents, to monitor the use of CVA, discuss with them challenges, and set goals together with the child protection officer and CYPD Manager.
  • Lead and support the organization of other child protection activities as agreed with the adolescents (i.e. life skills, numeracy classes, etc.);
  • Help oversee delivery of regular cash/voucher transfers and helping ensure the resolution of any problems (if occurring).
  • Actively participate in relevant field assessments to distinguish the beneficiaries’ needs, ensuring assessment findings are documented and that all assessments include a specific analysis of unaccompanied/separated adolescents’ needs.
  • Conduct the implementation and monitoring of all activities under this project, at field level, as laid out in the work plan and in coordination with the Child protection officer, CYPD/ERD managers and the partner (YLabs).
  • Assist in the registration of targeted unaccompanied/separated adolescents, ensuring their data is collected and stored appropriately, in a safe and confidential manner.
  • Coordinate activities with local authorities, community members, other implementing actors and partners at the camp level.
  • Compile and submit regular project reports and updates.

Support the child protection officer to:

  • Conduct assessment to identify the most vulnerable unaccompanied/separated adolescents
  • Develop strategies to address the economic barriers impeding the unaccompanied children in collaboration with the community representatives and the families of unaccompanied/separated adolescents.
  • Carry out additional duties within reasonableness of his/her level of skills and experience.


  • Ensure that you work to the best of your ability and demonstrate high levels of commitment to IRC and our vision, mission and values
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of all IRC resources to keep costs low and ensure safety in the workplace; and
  • Follow with the requirements of IRC Child Safeguarding Policy to ensure maximum protection for children and their families.




  • At least first-Degree qualification in, social science, international development, economics or related relevant sector.

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 3 years relevant work experience in the field of child protection, particularly with adolescents.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in CVA programming is an asset.
  • Excellent communication skills and sense of working in inter-cultural environment.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office applications skills (Excel, Word, Power point, Emails.
  • Self-motivated and results orientated.
  • Able to effectively advocate for change and influence others!
  • Adherence to IRC Code of Conduct, understands other international development guidelines.
  • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and facilitation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills and flexibility

Other qualifications:

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with colleagues, IRC Members and external partners
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

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