Child Protection Officer Vacancy in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Alight
Closing date: 25 Jul 2021

Job Description

POSITION TITLE: Child Protection Officer

Duty Station: multiple locations

COUNTRY PROGRAM: Ethiopia, Tigray region

RESPONSIBLE TO: Protection Manager

Deadline: July 25, 2021

STATUS: Full Time

TYPE OF EMPLOYMENT: contract :

SUPERVISORY CAPACITY:

*Position open to Ethiopian National Candidates

ALIGHT & COUNTRY PROGRAM DESCRIPTION/MISSION

Alight, formerly the American Refugee Committee (ARC), is an international non-profit, nonsectarian organization that has been providing life-saving humanitarian assistance for refugees, disaster affected, and internally displaced people for over 40 years. Alight is helping millions in many countries in in Africa, Asia and Europe, including in Iraq, Kosovo, Haiti, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Somalia, and currently starting Ethiopia program. Alight was registered in Ethiopia under Civil Society Organizations Proclamation No. 1113/2019 on February 01, 2021, with registry number 5370.

The overall objective of ALIGHT Ethiopia/Tigray program is to provide life-saving assistance to the IDPs and conflict affected in Tigray through Shelter/NFI, WASH, Protection, Health and Nutrition interventions; enable them respond to recurring emergencies, help them build resiliency of communities through strengthening of existing social services such as health, water facilities/structures and support creation of durable solutions IDPs and conflict affected communities through a set of integrated activities. Alight Ethiopia Program has country office offices in Addis Ababa and regional office in Mekelle.

PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

Under the supervision of the protection manager and with technical support from the protection technical unit in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, the Child Protection Officer of shall supervise, coordinate and manage Alight child protection (CP) program in Tigray. 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 Alight intervention sites. The CP Officer will also mentor, coach, and build the technical capacities of CP team in the field.

MAJOR AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY

Duties and Responsibilities

Program Planning Development and Implementation

  • Undertake and ensure situational assessments, data collection, compiling and analyzing to inform Alight protection programs in general and child protection in particular.
  • Participate in the development of CP strategy, approaches and contribute actively in its revision, monitoring and improvement.
  • 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 in his/her specific location and the region.
  • Ensure well-coordinated to address needs and cases concerning Unaccompanied/Separated children and youth living in the camp.
  • 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, 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 in the camp, 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 camp.
  • Promote the capacity of children through the provision of social-emotional learning sessions.
  • 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, health, education and Sanitation staff 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 of the IA CP IMS.
  • Prepares monthly progress, quarterly and annual implementation and donor reports and review budget required for protection manager and regional/national office as required.

EDUCATION, TECHNICAL SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, child protection, public health, Law, political Science or related field.
  • Minimum 4 years’ relevant experience for first degree and 3 years for second degree holders
  • Work experience in child protection, Psychosocial support, protection advocacy/coordination and related area
  • Experience of program/project development and management in emergency context
  • Experience in working with harmed and at-risk children and International NGO Environment
  • On hand experience in basic protection aspects.
  • A competent trainer with good experience of developing and implementing training plans.
  • Excellent report writing and fluency in both Somalia and English languages.
  • Proficient in use of computers, able to use - Microsoft Word, Excel and Epi-Info and relevant data processing software packages. Should be conversant with use of internet and email systems
  • Fluency in English & local language/Tigrigna
  • Fluency in other local and national languages is an advantage

KEY BEHAVIORS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Excellent coordination and communication skills
  • Should have good documentation and dissemination / presentation skills
  • Should be able to live, work and travel in an insecure environment, following strict security guidelines at all times.
  • Proven capacity to work in a quickly moving, unstable situation and work against targeted outputs with tight time frames and deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • High level of confidentiality and integrity.
  • Experience of working under high pressure, in fast-paced environments.
  • Strong service orientation with the ability to proactively approach staff to understand their needs and to find effective solutions.
  • Strong organizational skills ability to handle multiple priorities in an autonomous manner.

Plus

  • COVID-19 sensitivity
  • Gender-sensitive
  • Understanding of and commitment to the “Humanitarian principles”
  • Understanding of and commitment to Alight code of conduct and organizational goals

How to apply:

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