Feb 23, 2018

Child Protection Officer vacancy at IRC

  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) Ethiopia
  • Benishangul-Gumuz, Ethiopia
Full time NGO Jobs/Nonprofit/Social Services Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Description

Child Protection Officer


Under the direct line management of the camp manager and with technical support and supervision of the child protection manager, the Child Protection Officer of Tongo refugee camp will supervise, coordinate and manage the child protection (CP) program in a professional manner. She /he will demonstrate technical capability and support the CP incentive staffs to ensure the program is holistic, upholding according to standards, procedures and principles of child protection. She /he will coordinate the various services available in the camp.  The Child Protection Officer will also mentor, coach and build the technical capacities of CP incentive staffs at the field.


 Specific Responsibilities:

1.    Program Planning Development and Implementation

  •  Undertake and ensure situational assessments, data collection, compiling and analyzing are to the required standard.
  • Participate in the development of CP strategy, approaches and contribute actively in its revision, monitoring and improvement.
  • Takes primary responsibility for the implementation and follow-up of Child Protection program in Tongo camp (including development/ update of relevant strategies, psycho social support interventions and community-based support for at risk children). 
  •  Support program staff in the design and implementation of effective community mobilization and awareness raising strategies.
  • Maintain standard, design and undertake diversified psycho social support activities at the Safe Healing and Learning Space (SHLS).
  • Provide training for CP staff, implementing partners, care giver /families and the community and opinion leaders including children.
  • Strengthen protection mechanisms through mobilizing and involving the community in reducing risks and harm of (abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect) against children in the camp and identify gaps and build the capacity of the community along with children to be able to support harmed and at risk children and their families including unaccompanied/ separated children and promote understanding among the community on the rights of children and ensure their access to services available in the camp.
  •  Responsible for planning, budgeting, implementation, and monitoring of the child protection program in line with organizational and donors’ guidelines, policy and procedures
  • Follow-up, monitor and supervise the implementation of program activities based on the work plan, spending plan and ensure the proper utilization and tracking of budget and materials allocated to the program.
  • Strengthen community based child protection strategies and work closely with them to ensure child protection protective environment

2.    Program Liaison, Coordination and Networking

  • Develop and maintain skillful and effective communication and working relationships with relevant stakeholders including children, families, community leaders and other implementing partners.
  •  Represent the program in all stakeholder meetings and communicate the outcomes with program staff.
  • Coordinate, lead and facilitate regular monthly meetings with the community, children and implementing agencies and sectors including preparation of agenda and circulate the minutes of the child protection working groups (coordination body) meetings
  •  In collaboration with the CWI, health and Sanitation staff hold community awareness raising campaigns/ keep fit on child protection concerns
  •  Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of CP program implementation and follow up on agreed points.
  • Collaborate with other Program Officers to ensure the integration of other (Education and youth and livelihoods) programs and with other sectors specifically CWI, Sanitation, Health and PU
  •  Ensure accountability and collaborate with the Operations Sections to establish and maintain sound internal controls according to financial and supply management requirements.
  •  Mentor and support social workers and develop a positive team spirit to encourage innovative and quality programming.

3.      Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Initiate/ Participate in periodic program review meetings with partners and community members.
  • Support the CP team in ensuring the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required for effective Child Protection program implementation, follow-up, review, monitoring and evaluation.
  •   Regularly review and give feedback on the child protection program implementation status and achievements
  •  Prepares weekly and monthly progress, quarterly and annual implementation and donor reports and review budget as required.


The Child Protection officer will directly report to the Camp Manager and the CP manager based in ASSOSA.

Job Requirements:  

Education and experience

  •  University Degree in Social Science, Social Work, health or psychology/Sociology
  •  Four years of relevant work experience for BA degree and 2 years of relevant experience for MA degree
  •   Experience in working with harmed and at risk children in NGO working system
  •  Experience on case management and provision of psychosocial support for at risk and harmed children
  • Demonstrated experience in field staff management
  • Strong written and verbal language skills in English, and Amharic
  •  Good communication skills with children and individuals from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word and Excel, internet, e-mail.
  •  Female applicants are encouraged
How To Apply:  
  • Please send your CV, application letter and copies of credentials to the following address:

               IRC Assosa Field office,P.O.BOX: 249 , at Ethio jobs.net & relief web  

  • Please include 3 references from current and former employers.
  • Applications will not be returned.  IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.
  • Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted

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