Child Protection and Community Engagement Officer

at SOS Children's Villages Ethiopia
Location Harari, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 21, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Social Sciences
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Who We Are

SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia is an International Non-governmental organization and a member of SOS Children’s Villages International Federation. We started our humanitarian work in Ethiopia with the opening of our first Village in Mekelle, Northern part of Ethiopia in 1974. Since then, we have expanded our programs  to different regions where there are significant needs for intervention and where we believe we can work in partnership with all relevant  actors to bring  sustainable  positive outcomes for children’s and young people.

Today, we have grown significantly to meet the persistent challenges that confront Ethiopian children who have lost parental care and those that are at risk of losing their parental care. Working in close collaboration with international donors, local government and community based organizations across seven program locations; we aspire that every child grows up with love, respect and security


 Why we need you?

As a Child Protection and Community Engagement Officer you will be responsible for coordinating and leading community engagement and mobilization activities for the  Child Protection response project in line with International minimum standards and COVID 19 guidelines.
What we provide...

An amazing work environment that promotes personal growth through providing professional space to grow and advance your career!

Your role....
As a Child Protection and Community Engagement Officer you will be in charge of the following:

  • Strengthening child protection community-based systems
  • Supporting in planning and implementing Covid-19 related activities while ensuring compliance with Covid-19 guidelines
  • Ability to speak Oromifa/Somali language
  • Providing support in the development of alternative care systems in accordance with international policies and national procedures/norms;
  • Conducting and supervising  need based training on social norms change
  • Supporting the establishment and strengthening of community based mechanisms and  groups including adolescent peer groups, child protection committees, children’s clubs, parent groups and informal foster caregivers,
  • Supporting community advocates and children to develop participatory media and other  materials to use in the community to raise awareness;
  • Conducting training and follow-up on teachers, government, partner staff and other stakeholders in community based protection
  • Designing and facilitating community mobilization/sensitization campaigns in collaboration with Community Engagement Workers, Community Based Protection Mechanisms, and children/adolescents
  • Following up on volunteers on locations to ensure quality implementation of activities;
  • Providing ongoing support and ensuring child participation and safeguarding practices are strictly adhered to;
  • Providing support to parent groups and caregivers by organizing and leading sessions with parents on positive parenting practices.
  • Providing on-the-job training to partner staff, volunteers  related to child participation and child protection;
  • Reporting general protection issues and presenting to Child Protection Officers
  • Producing weekly and monthly data and regular narrative reports
  • Ensuring beneficiaries are informed and regularly reminded about their entitlements from the project, and the confidential complaints mechanisms;

Job Requirements

Up for the challenge...

Must have:

  •  Relevant university degree  in social work, social sciences, development or other relevant field (relevant and significant work experience will also be considered)
  • Excellent knowledge and skills in child rights, child protection, child/youth/community resilience, psycho social support, community/youth development and mobilization, especially in an emergency context..
  • Experience: At least 2 to 5 years of working experience in Child Protection in emergency  or development programmes
  • Experience working with at-risk children and families,
  •  Proven capacity to coordinate, and coach staff in Child Protection skills and project  management
  •  Experience of, and commitment to, working through systems of community participation
  • Excellent command of the English language and good communication skills, including both written and verbal. Preferably fluent in the language(s) spoken in the program’s target communities
  • Holds partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  • Set ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own
  •  Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale
  •  Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  •  Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  •  Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  •  Displays consistent excellent judgement
  • Basic computer skills (Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Motorbike driving skill and license

The Pluses:

  • Prior INGO Experience

Applying Instructions

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Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply

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