|Date Posted||December 27, 2022|
|Category|| NGO |
|Job Type|| Full-time |
About Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger-USA is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and we enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 8,000 staff in over 50 countries, our programs reached 17 million people in 2019.
About the Country Program in Ethiopia
Action Against Hunger has been operational in Ethiopia since 1984 responding to both chronic and acute needs through a multi-sectoral strategy where nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support activities are integrated to have a meaningful impact on people’s resilience. Action Against Hunger currently operates in 5 different regions (Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, and Gambella) with a portfolio of 20m USD/year of emergency, resilience building, research, and innovation programs. We have a country team of around 600 staff in 17 regional and satellite offices. Our main donors in Ethiopia in 2020/2021 are BHA, ECHO, Europaid, UNHCR, UNICEF, GFFO, BPRM, SIDA, EHF, WFP, CIAA, and others.
|This is an exciting opportunity to lead a growing team of protection officers to strengthen and expand GBV and CP response for IDPs and host communities in Shebelle Zone, Adadle woreda, working from our base in Gode Town. We are looking for a Somali speaker, preferably female manager with experience of delivering GBV/Protection or Gender programs. This post would be suitable for someone who wants to develop their management skills, and is a good communicator and well organised.|
Summary of position
Under the line management of the field coordinator/deputy field coordinator (and technical line management of the technical advisors), the Protection and Gender Program Manager will be responsible for ensuring the successful development, implementation, delivery, and monitoring of all project activities. This will include working with other sectors, actors, UN agencies, and government services, providing support to some of the most vulnerable members of the community. Activities will include specific activities related to different thematic areas including a) protection, such as safety risk audits, protection monitoring, and capacity building, b) gender, including gender analysis, advocacy, and monitoring, and c) MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) including providing capacity building and basic psychosocial support. As a manager, you will be responsible for staff management and recruitment, budget management, reporting, and ensuring the timely and smooth implementation of your department’s program commitments.
1. Purpose (The substantive focus of the job encompassing scope, depth, and difficulty of work both conceptual and applied)
- Under the line management of the field coordinator/deputy field coordinator (and technical line management of the technical advisors), the Protection and Gender Program Manager will be responsible for ensuring the successful development, implementation, delivery, and monitoring of all project activities.
2. Engagement: (The focus of interaction both internally and externally needed to deliver a service seek collaboration and build effective partnerships)
- The Protection and Gender Program Manager Roles will include working with other sectors, actors, UN agencies, and government services, on providing support to some of the most vulnerable members of the community.
3. Delivery: (The focus on the execution of the work and the role on the team for supporting business/operational functions in terms of timeliness and quality)
- The Protection and Gender Program Manager will be supporting specific activities related to different thematic areas including a) protection, such as safety risk audits, protection monitoring, and capacity building, b) gender, including gender analysis, advocacy, and monitoring, and c) MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) including providing capacity building and basic psychosocial support.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Objective 1: Program Delivery
- Advocate for the rights of vulnerable people and targeted beneficiaries through contact with local authorities, government officials, community leaders, and elders, humanitarian partners, and other relevant actors
- Deliver formal and on-the-job training and coaching for Action Against Hunger staff, health and social workers, and other key stakeholders on protection, gender, and MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support)
- Coordinate rapid needs assessments (including protection, gender analysis, and psychosocial support) through field visits in villages, camps, and other informal settlements with persons of concern within the community and identify individuals at risk and humanitarian needs
- Provide support and direction to other agencies and local authorities in order to map services, collect data and provide monitoring reports.
- Monitor, assess, observe and report on key protection concerns and rights violations in the field
- Deliver capacity building to social workers in local government including the Bureau of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs, local women associations, as well as to teachers and health facility workers on minimum standards, Prevention and Response for GBV and CPIE, Psychosocial Support and develop counseling skills, and Psychological First Aid.
- Deliver awareness-raising and training for associations and community groups, teachers, and other key influencers to increase awareness, capacity, and support.
- Provide support to other sectors (for instance WASH, NUT, Health, and FSL) as needed to deliver the program and mainstreaming activities.
- Support staff to deliver individual and group Psychosocial Support and counseling to child and adult beneficiaries/survivors either directly or through supporting health/social workers
- Ensure the effective process of referring cases of vulnerable people internally, through government primary care services and specialist partners or UN agencies.
Objective 2: Management & Coordination
- Ensure regular representation at all cluster meetings and advocate for the protection, gender, and MHPSS need of beneficiaries
- Coordinate the assessment, monitoring, and auditing of mainstreaming activities at the base level
- Ensure that staff receive adequate support, supervision, and guidance including regular group clinical supervision, reflective practice, and field support
- Work closely and cooperatively with other departments to ensure effective and efficient delivery of program activities
- Ensure that activities are recorded and activity reports are compiled and submitted to MEAL and your line manager by the agreed deadline and are of high quality.
Objective 3: Logistics and administrative management for the program
- Understand and follow the logistics procedures enabling the project implementation (purchase requests follow-up with logistics team, support in movement plan, ensure staff are trained in security Sops)
- Prepare the purchase request (PL’s) for required items and submit them to the logistics department within 7 days of the start of the program/taking post.
- Ensure that the list of needs is in line with the program budget(s).
- Ensure, with logistics, the weekly programming, daily if necessary, of all of the logistics resources for the program (vehicles, items, etc.)
- Responsible for inventory management and "quality control" of inputs (e.g. equipment such as dignity kits and IEC material), in collaboration with logistics and the FC.
- Protection and Gender Officers (including MHPSS Officers when applicable)
Gender Equality Commitments
- Foster an environment that supports the values of women and men, and equal access to information.
- Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
- Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion, race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
- Value and respect all cultures.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Working Conditions, Travel, and Environment
- The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
- While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high-security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.
- University Master and or BA degree in social sciences, psychology, law, social work, international development, or another relevant field from a recognized institution.
- Minimum of 3+ years of experience working in protection for government or humanitarian agencies with IDPs, refugees, or crisis-affected communities
- Excellent understanding of protection principles, human rights, and case management
- Excellent communication skills including the ability to gain trust and build relationships with new communities
- Previous humanitarian experience preferred
- Good understanding of humanitarian principles
- Experience in regular report writing
- Language – high level of written and spoken English
- Good knowledge of local customs and language is Mandatory