Community Protection Officer – Liben

at Humanity & Inclusion (new brand name of Handicap International)
Location Filtu/Deka Softu, Somali, Ethiopia
Date Posted January 25, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Base Salary 19558
Currency ETB


The Community Protection Officer (CPO), will be responsible to provide support to the Para-Social workers (4) in establishing Child Friendly Space (CFS) and Women Friendly Space (WFS), conduct mentoring, and ‘’on-the-job’’ coaching.
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, organize and conduct small group awareness session on protection related issues (including S.GBV,…) as well as on inclusion and disability, raise awareness on services available and facilitate referral linkage to other service providers, including internal referral.
The project implemented in Liben Zone target mainly IDPs and host community with specific needs through an integrated protection response and the provision of protection, PSS and functional rehabilitation services.
Duty Station: Filtu Woreda of Liben zone and covers as well Deka Softu Woreda
Duration of Contract: Until end of July 2020
Roles and Responsibilities
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 and PSS officers to strengthen community support groups;
- Ensure community mobilization and participation through informal group discussion and inform the community about services including HI’s services, activities and how to seek support;
- 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;
- 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 with regular discussion with the Senior Protection Officer;
- Inform the Project Manager 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 4 Para-social workers through advices, coaching and ‘’on the job’’ support to ensure implementation of relevant activities in the CFS and WFS in coordination with the rest of the team (activities planning, schedule, monitoring of attendance, capitalization…);
- Ensure respect of the protection principles, including ‘’Do No Harm’’ and ‘’Non-discrimination principles’’ especially when providing activities and support through the CFS and WFS;
- Ensure activities established in the CFS and WFS are inclusive for persons with specific needs, including children with specific impairment, and para-social workers are using a participatory approach;
- Ensure the para-social workers receive training on disability, inclusion, Rights of persons with disabilities including children, communication and group facilitation and provide support on that;
- Ensure monitoring of CFS and WFS’s activities and report accordingly through the weekly reports (quantitative and qualitative data);
- 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 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 Para-social workers 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 para-social workers 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 Project Manager when required;
- Ensure additional monitoring tools (attendance sheet, reports,…) are well recorded and stored properly;
- 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 Officer and Project Manager 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;
- Coordinate regular activities with IDP committees, Kebele authorities, and other partner teams as may be necessary;
4.6. 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 Project Manager 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 Project Manager;
- 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;
- 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;
• Computer literacy (Word, Excel and Power Point).
• Ability to work in remote areas of Liben 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.
Knowledge of working area language (Somali) is Must.


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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