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

Child Protection Officer

Oromia, Ethiopia International Rescue Committee (IRC) Ethiopia

Job Title: Child Protection Officer

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Oromia, Ethiopia

Job Description

 

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. IRC has been working in Ethiopia since 1999 and is implementing integrated, community-managed programs aimed at improving the quality of lives and recover of livelihood of disaster-affected population’s through promoting individual participation, strengthening institutions and emergency response.

Job Title: Child Protection Officer

Duty Station: Nekemte and Chiro Town

Project Duration: 9 months with possibility of extension

Job Overview/Summary:

Under the supervision of the CP/CWI manager, the Child Protection Officer and with technical support from the child protection technical unit of Addis Ababa, the Child Protection Officer will supervise, coordinate and manage the child protection (CP) program in a professional manner. She /he will demonstrate technical capability and assist the CP staff to make sure the program is holistic, upholding according to standards, procedures and principles of CP. She/he will coordinate the various services available in the IDP site.

Key Responsibilities:

Program Planning Development and Implementation

  • Undertake and ensure situational assessments, data collection, compiling and analyzing are to the required standard.
  • Takes primary responsibility for the implementation and follow-up of CP program including development/update of relevant strategies, SOPs and referral pathways, case management, CP IMS, psychosocial support interventions and community-based support for at-risk children including unaccompanied/separated children.
  • Ensure well-coordinated program to address needs and cases concerning Unaccompanied/Separated children and youth living in the IDP sites.
  • Support program staff in the design and implementation of effective community mobilization and awareness raising strategies.
  • Maintain standard, design and undertake diversified psychosocial support activities at the Safe Healing and Learning Space (SHLS).
  • Facilitate and take a lead in the arrangement (establishment) of family based care system or appropriate care system and promote community based protection mechanisms, reunification of UASC with their parents /caregivers and or placement in appropriate alternative care including developing of standard process of support including case planning, referral, follow up and review of case management.
  • Provide training for CP staff, implementing partners, caregiver/families and the community and opinion leaders including children.
  • Strengthen protection mechanisms through mobilizing and involving the community in reducing risks and harm of (abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect) against children, set up a mechanism of documentation and responding to the needs of identified, verified, and planned cases, as well as identify gaps and build the capacity of the community along with children to be able to support harmed and at risk children and their families including unaccompanied/ separated children and promote understanding among the community on the rights of children, and ensure their access to case management services available in the IDP sites.
  • Work with the community and caregivers /parents through undertaking a positive parenting skills and ensure a positive parents and child communication skills.
  • Responsible for planning, budgeting, implementation, and monitoring of the program in line with organizational and donors’ guidelines, policy and procedures.
  • Follow-up, monitor and supervise the implementation of program activities based on the work plan, spending plan and ensure the proper utilization and tracking of budget and materials allocated to the program.

Program Liaison, Coordination and Networking

  • Develop and maintain skillful and effective communication and working relationships with relevant partners including children, families, community leaders and other implementing partners.
  • Represent the program in all partner meetings and communicate the outcomes with program staff.
  • Coordinate, lead and facilitate regular monthly meetings with the community, children and implementing agencies and sectors including preparation of agenda and circulate the minutes of the child protection working groups (coordination body) meetings
  • In collaboration with the CWI, hold community awareness raising campaigns/ keep fit on child protection concerns
  • Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of CP program implementation and follow up on agreed points.
  • Collaborate with other Program Officers to ensure the integration of other (Education, Health, Sanitation and CWI) programs.
  • Ensure accountability and collaborate with the Operations Sections to establish and maintain sound internal controls according to financial and supply management requirements.
  • Mentor and support social workers and other child protection staff’ and develop a positive team spirit to encourage innovative and quality programming.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Initiate/ Participate in periodic program review meetings with partners and community members.
  • Support the CP team in ensuring the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective Child Protection program implementation, follow-up, review, and M&E.
  • Regularly review and give feedback on the child protection program information management system and follow-up and report on the progress.
  • Prepares monthly progress, quarterly and annual implementation and donor reports and review budget required for child protection assistant coordinator in Addis Ababa and field coordinator and CP Manager.

 

Qualifications

 

  • BSc/MSc Degree in Social Science, Social Work, health or psychology/Sociology
  •  Minimum work experience of 3 years for BSc Degree & 2 years for MSc Degree holders.
  • NGO experience is a plus.
  • Experience in capacity building and mentoring.
  • Good computer skills: MS Word and Excel.
  • Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills and flexibility.
  • Good understanding of CP program approaches and practice.
  • Confirmed experience in developing competency-based training modules!
  • Female applicants are encouraged to apply!
  • Experience in working with harmed and at-risk children in NGO working system
  • Ability to communicate in English, Amharic, and Afaan Oromo languages skills is required.
  • Familiarity with local context of the project implementation areas is an advantage.


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