Inclusive Livelihood Officer – Assosa and Gambella

at Humanity & Inclusion (new brand name of Handicap International)
Location Gambela and Assosa, Gambela, Ethiopia
Date Posted August 21, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Adversity allowance applicable: Gambela 40%, Assosa 30%

Required number: 3 (Gambella 2 & Assosa 1)

Duty Station:  Based in Gambella town or Assosa Town with daily travel to refugee camps

Duration of Contract: 9 months with possibility of extension based on contract and/or performance


The Inclusive Livelihood Officer (ILO)will be responsible to contribute to the formation of Self-Help Groups within the refugee community through identification of PWSNs, their caregivers as well as persons without disabilities, to involve them from the beginning in the design and implementation of activities in an inclusive manner and to provide relevant support based on their needs with for only objective to make them self-reliant and sustainable.

Additionally, the ILO will contribute to the design, planning and implementation of inclusive community events in different locations within the camp, involving SHG members in the different steps of the events, to strengthen awareness of the community, local actors, organizations and representatives of the government on topic related to disability, inclusion and rights of persons with disabilities.

The ILO will ensure that all activities are implemented in a quality manner and in accordance with the project’s proposals objectives to ensure effectiveness of the response provided by HI.

The ILO will be expected to travel every day with the team to the field and respond to refugees’ livelihoods and social needs.



Design and Implementation of Self-Help Group (SHG) activities

-          Contribute to the safe identification of Persons with specific needs (PWSNs) especially persons with disabilities, chronic illness, injured and elderly persons, their caregivers as well as persons without disabilities;

-          Support the creation of Self-Help Group (SHGs) by involving the participants from the beginning and ensuring their participation, especially of women and girls, in the different steps of the project and activity’s design;

-          Develop detailed implementation plan explaining the formation of each SHGs and using a disability- inclusive approach (how information was disseminated to create SHG, purpose, objectives, implementation steps, meetings, activities implemented: what, why, how, where, duration, specific support provided and needed, …)

-          Ensure regular monitoring and follow-up of each SHGs and identify progress, challenges, lessons learnt…

-          Identify potential SHGs’s gaps and needs in the implementation of their activities through an inclusive and participatory approach: group discussion, problem solving, and identification of strengths…

-          Provide specific support and coaching to SHGs in the implementation of their activities such as provision of relevant tools and capacity building: accountancy, planning, design of activities and project’s planning, reporting, problem solving, communication skills, how to engage in Income Generating Activities (IGAs), …

-          Ensure activities implemented are in accordance with project’s description, and coordinate efficiently with consortium partners, ARRA & UNHCR.

-          Build capacities of SHGs to enable them to assist persons with specific needs and other vulnerable groups to access service facilities in the camps based on their needs and vulnerabilities;

-          Provide SHGs with information and material about the existing services in the camps and capacitate them to refer specific needs of person with disabilities, injuries, chronic illness, elderly people with disabilities etc to the different actors in the camps in a timely and quality manner (respect of the protection principle especially ‘’Do No Harm’’, safety and security);

-          Ensure empowerment and shared decision making responsibilities within each SHGs through a rights-based approach;

Community mobilization and community-based activities

-          Support the implementation of Caregivers of PWSNs group discussion in coordination with the rehabilitation officer, psychosocial officer and Protection Officer to strengthen community support groups, foster social connections and promote peer-to-peer support through life experience sharing;

-          Contribute to the design, planning and implementation of Community events in different camp’s location to raise awareness about Rights of Persons with disabilities;

-          Contribute to mobilize the community and to actively engage persons with disabilities, SHGs members, community volunteers in the design, implementation and organization of inclusive activity as leaders (such as drama, Street Theatre, …) to strengthen social and emotional well-being as well as self-confidence;

-          Ensure information sharing and involvement of other community members, actors and representatives of the government in the community events to contribute to advocate for the rights of PWSNs;

-          Coordinate with HI’s team and SHGs members to provide support in the establishment of Organizations of persons with disabilities (DPO) within the camp(s);

 Support the supervision and coaching of the Community Outreach Volunteers (COVs)

-          Contribute to the identification of community outreach workers who will provide support to HI’s team on identification of PWSNs and specific group activity (awareness sessions…) as well as on the selection process;

-          Contribute to ensure proper monitoring of the COVs’s activities specially to review the identification forms filled (quality of information reported and areas covered);

-          Contribute to build the capacity of HI’s community volunteers related to inclusion, disability and Rights of persons with disabilities, as well as on HI’s policies (PSEA, code of conduct and Child Safeguarding);

-          Ensure the COVs are well informed about services available in the camp and how to seek support for better dissemination of information among the community;

-          Ensure respect of the protection principles, including ‘’Do No Harm’’ and ‘’Non-discrimination’’ principles by the COVs;

Coordination within the team

-          Ensure Persons With Specific Needs (PWSNs) especially persons with disabilities, receive appropriate multidisciplinary support through establishment of a strong 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 line-manager about the SHGs activities implemented on the field through weekly reports (quantitative and qualitative data) and activities planning;

-          Participate in internal team meetings with other team members and project manager/operational coordinator to ensure efficient communication, coordination and sharing of relevant information;

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;


Networking and representation

-          Identify and network with external service providers to reinforce referral mechanisms;

-          Support the Inclusive Team Leader and other team members in continuous mapping of services available in HI’s areas of intervention;

-          Establish and maintain positive, transparent and efficient relations with target beneficiaries, community members, and all the other actors operating in the camp (regular meetings, respect of the referral pathways…);

-          Set-up and maintain effective communication system with partners and stakeholders;

Maintain a high quality of work

-          Maintain a high level of knowledge and skills in understanding needed responses to general psycho-social and protection issues of refugees;

-          Ensure the implemented project meet the quality requirements of HI, partners and the funding agency;

-          Refer high priority cases to the relevant actor in a timely manner following the respect of the protection principles to ensure beneficiary receives services and prepare quality reports of the case;

Responsible for the respect and implementation of 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;

Job Requirements

Education & Qualification

Bachelor’s Degree in Livelihood, community development or Sociology/ Social Work and Agro-economics;

Knowledge and Professional Experience required

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as livelihood officer;
  • Experience in forming and capacity building of groups
  • Experience working in humanitarian intervention settings;
  • Experience of Community-based protection approach, awareness raising in humanitarian settings and facilitation of group activity;
  • Good knowledge of data collection, analysis and reporting;


• Computer literacy (Word, Excel and Power Point).

• Ability to work in remote and hardship areas

• High degree of confidentiality.

• Good interpersonal and communication skills.

• Ability to work with teams and develop team spirit.

• Good level of writing/reading English

• 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 and send the application form  Job application form updated.docx and submit it with a 1 page motivation letter and email it at on or before the deadline
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for exam/interview and 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 qualified and competent women and persons with disability applicants are highly encouraged to apply.
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