Community Protection Officer – Assosa

at Humanity & Inclusion (new brand name of Handicap International)
Location Filtu/Dolo Ado (Somali region) 1, Kamashi (Benshangul) 1, Hawassa (SNNPR) 1, Somali, Ethiopia
Date Posted January 25, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Base Salary 19558
Currency ETB


Duration of Contract:     Until end of October 2020
The Community Protection Officer (CPO) , will be responsible to provide support to the Community Outreach Workers (3), capacity building, mentoring, and ‘’on-the-job’’ coaching, to organize and conduct small group awareness session on protection related issues (including S.GBV) as well as on inclusion and disability.
The CPO will also be responsible to identify Persons with specific needs (PWSNs) and conduct individual assessment based on the needs identified, ensure community mobilization and involvement of Persons with Specific Needs, especially persons with disabilities, to raise awareness on services available and to facilitate referral linkage to other service providers, including internal referral.
The project will be implemented in Kamashi Zone target mainly IDPs with specific needs and host community through an integrated protection response in the Benishangul Gumuz Region.
Duty Station: Assosa, Benshangul Gumuz region
Roles and Responsibilities
1. Implementation of Community protection activities
- Contribute to the safe identification of Persons with specific needs (PWSNs) especially persons with disabilities, chronic illness, injured and elderly persons using the agreed identification form;
- Conduct specific individual assessment of the protection risks for the beneficiaries identified as well as appropriate referral (internal and/or external) of persons with specific needs in a timely and quality manner using the agreed referral form, including follow-up sessions;
- Conduct small inclusive awareness group session (age, gender and diversity approach) among the community, especially to persons with specific needs identified and their caregivers/family members on protection related topics (including S.GBV), mitigation measures, Rights, disability and inclusion;
- Support the implementation of Caregivers of PWSNs group discussion in coordination with the rehabilitation officer to strengthen community support groups;
- Ensure community mobilization and participation through informal group discussion and inform the community about HI’s services, activities and how to seek support;
- Support the implementation of Inclusive Community Psychosocial events with the support of volunteers;
- Mobilize IDP leaders and community groups (including elderly, women,…) and support the implementation of supportive committees, through a community-based approach;
- Support the involvement and participation of specific community groups (especially women and girls, persons with disabilities,…) to develop inclusive awareness raising materials using different channels: sketches, drama theater, pictures…;
- Conduct mapping of actors in Kabeles that are hosting IDPs and covered by the UNOCHA-funded project and update these monthly to strengthen the referral pathways;
- Ensure information dissemination about services available among the community as well as to Community Outreach Workers to empower them to conduct effective referrals;
- Contribute to build positive relationships within the community including with community leaders and other external stakeholders through regular discussions to facilitate HI’s acceptance and trust building;
- Maintain up-to-date understanding of target communities including protection trends and social dynamics;
- Inform the Senior Protection Team-Leader on specific protection concerns related to safety and security the community might face, including barriers to access services;
2. Supervision and coaching
- Build the capacity of 3 COWs through trainings, coaching and ‘’on the job’’ support to ensure they are able to identify protection risks in a quality manner (‘’Do No Harm’’ principle) with a specific attention to the persons with specific needs including persons with disabilities;
- Build the capacity of the COWs on group facilitation and provide specific support on how to conduct small awareness group session’s with a specific focus on Disability, inclusion and rights of the persons with disabilities;
- Organize and conduct regular meetings with the COWs to ensure protection activities are well implemented as well as ensuring monitoring and regular follow-up of their activities;
- Support the COWs to identify needs of the community and to help the COWs to design activities on relevant topics by involving the community members to participate (awareness through sketches, street theatre, pictures…);
- Support in the development of user-friendly and inclusive awareness-raising IEC material;
3. Coordination with the team
- Ensure Persons With Specific Needs (PWSNs) especially persons with disabilities, receive appropriate multidisciplinary support through establishment of internal referral pathway;
- Work in close collaboration with the Senior Protection team-leader and other members of the team to ensure effective coordination on the field;
- Report on a regular basis to your line-manager about the protection activities implemented on the field as well as on activities implemented by the COWs through weekly reports and activities planning;
- Participate in internal team meetings with other team members to ensure efficient communication, coordination and sharing of relevant information;
- Work in close collaboration with the community outreach workers (COWs) on a daily basis to ensure quality of services and effective flow of information;
4. Data Collection, Storage, Analysis and Sharing
- Ensure effective and safe documentation of the cases identified (identification forms, assessment forms, referrals forms,…) in line with internal standard operating procedures, guidelines and protection principles;
- Ensure cases are well recorded through the database and other data collection methodologies (beneficiary’s files, …) and share to the Senior Protection Team-Leader when required;
- Adhere to HI’s data protection and confidentiality protocols;
5. Networking and representation
- Identify and network with external service providers to reinforce referral mechanisms;
- Support the Senior Protection Team-Leader in continuous mapping of services available in HI’s areas of intervention;
- Establish and maintain positive and efficient relations with target beneficiaries, community members, and all the other actors operating in the camp;
- Participate in protection and/or coordination meetings with other stakeholders upon request by the Senior Protection Team-Leader;
- Coordinate regular activities with IDP committees, Kebele authorities, and other partner teams as may be necessary;
6. Maintain a high quality of work
- Maintain a high level of knowledge and skills in understanding needed responses to general protection issues of IDPs and host community;
- Ensure the implemented project meet the quality requirements of HI, partners and the funding agency;
7. Responsible for implementing the safeguarding policies at project level
- Ensure respect and compliance of HI’s policies including Child Protection and Child Safeguarding Policy, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse [PSEA] policy, Anti-fraud and anti-corruption policy, Code of Conduct;
- Ensure reporting mechanisms are implemented and accessible for persons with specific needs in the working areas and inform the community accordingly;
- Report immediately to the Senior Protection Team-Leader and Operational coordinator any concern, incident related to child protection, safeguarding and PSEA;
8. Relationship management
- Work in cooperation and partnership with local government stakeholders to realize the project objectives with the support of the Senior Protection Team-Leader;
- Create and maintain conducive working relationships with protection partners, Zone and Woreda Women & Children Affairs, DPPO, Health, Justice, Education Offices, host communities, beneficiaries, project staff and other stakeholders to facilitate smooth implementation of the project activities;
- Represent the HI IDPs protection team in different forums and meetings when assigned by the SPTL;
- Set-up and maintain effective communication system with partners and stakeholders;

Job Requirements

Education & Qualification
- Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Social Work, Psychology.
Knowledge and Professional Experience required
- Minimum of 2 years of technical experience on General Protection in humanitarian intervention (protection principles and minimum standards, vulnerabilities, protection risks, …) including on Community-based protection approach and awareness raising in humanitarian settings;
- Good knowledge of data collection, analysis and reporting
- Knowledge of the local language
• Computer literacy (Word, Excel and Power Point).
• Ability to work in remote areas of Kamashi zone.
• High degree of confidentiality.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work with teams and develop team spirit.
• Diligence and attention to detail.
• Never been convicted, free from khat, smoking, alcohol and substance abuse addictions.


Applying Instructions

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should fill in the attached application form Job application form.docx and submit it with a 1 page motivation letter through ethiojobs or email it at on or before the above mentioned deadline.

Please clearly state the position you apply in the subject of your email and also for which duty station.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted for exam/interview no phone calls please.

We’re committed to safeguarding and promoting child protection and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position involves working with beneficiaries and is subject to strict safer recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be required to complete a police check and sign self-declaration form to help us verify your suitability to work with children including checks with past employers.

Humanity & Inclusion is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes women and persons with disabilities to apply.

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