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Senior Child Protection (CP) and community wellbeing initiative (CWI) officer, International Rescue Committee – IRC

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Senior Child Protection (CP) and community wellbeing initiative (CWI) officer, International Rescue Committee – IRC, July 11 2022

Senior Child Protection (CP) and community wellbeing initiative (CWI) officer

Organization: International Rescue Committee – IRC

Job Title: Senior Child Protection (CP) and community wellbeing initiative (CWI) officer 

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Jijiga, Ethiopia





Job Description


The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.

Summary statement of responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the field coordinator, CP/CWI manager and with technical support from the child protection and community wellbeing initiative technical unit of Addis Ababa, the Senior Child Protection and Community Wellbeing Initiative Officer will supervise, coordinate, and manage the CP/CWI in emergency program in a professional manner. She /he will demonstrate technical capability and support the CP/CWI incentive staff to ensure the program is comprehensive, upholding according to standards, procedures, and principles of CP/CWI. She /he will coordinate the various services available in the project intervention area. The Senior CP/CWI officer will also mentor, coach and build the technical capacities of CP/CWI staff at the field. The CP/CWI Senior Officer will also collaborate closely with the zonal authorities in Sitti Zone.

Program Planning Development and Implementation

  • Undertake and ensure situational assessments, accurate data collection, compiling and analyzing information to the required standard.
  • Participate in the development of CP/CWI strategy, approaches and contribute actively in its revision, monitoring and improvement.
  • Takes primary responsibility for the implementation and regular follow-up of CP/CWI in emergency program (including development/ update of relevant strategies, SOPs and referral pathways, Training of Case Management, for BoCWA Zonal and woreda staff, psychosocial support interventions and community-based support for at risk women and girls).
  • Ensure well-coordinated and comprehensive approach to address needs and cases concerning and referred to Woreda and Zonal BoWCA .
  • Support program staff in the design and implementation of effective community mobilization and awareness raising strategies.
  • Maintain standard, design, and undertake diversified psychosocial support activities at the Safe Healing and Learning Space (SHLS) and women and girls’ safe space (WGSS).
  • Support and lead in the arrangement (establishment) of family-based care system or appropriate care system and promote community-based protection mechanisms, including developing of standard process of support including case planning, referral, follow up and review of case management.
  • Lead in GBV rapid assessment and other program related assessment and contribute to the CW/CP overall intervention strategy based on feedback received from women and girls throughout the response activity engagement.
  • Lead in CWI/CP IEC/BCC development both prevention and response according to the workplan, existing informed assessment, GBV trends analysis or other critical information received throughout community/IDPs feedback form
  • Assist CWI/CP program manager to identify staff’s capacity gap training need assessment, formal and informal capacity building plan and delivery.
  • Support CWI/CP officers in their regular work with IDP, including coordination meeting, ensure staffs are support with regular community/visit.
  • Strengthen protection mechanisms through mobilizing and involving the community in reducing risks and harm of (abuse, exploitation, violence, and neglect) against women, girls, and children.
  • Responsible for planning, budgeting, implementation, and monitoring of the CP/CWI program in line with organizational and donors’ guidelines, policy, and procedures.
  • Prepare program work plan, spending plan, procurement plan, attend grant opening and closing meeting, BVA meeting and other management meeting as needed.

Program Liaison, Coordination and Networking

  • Develop and maintain resourceful and effective communication and working relationships with relevant partners including community leaders and other implementing partners.
  • Represent the IRC program in all partner meetings and communicate the outcomes with program staff.
  • Coordinate, lead and facilitate regular monthly meetings with the community, implementing agencies and sectors including preparation of agenda and circulate the minutes of the CP/CWI working groups (coordination body) meeting
  • Harmonise with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of CP/CWI program implementation and follow up on agreed points.
  • 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 CWI/CP officers and social workers and develop a positive team spirit to encourage innovative and quality programming.

Monitoring and Evaluation

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


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Job requirements



  • University Degree (BA, MA), in Social Science, Social Work, health or
  • 4 years with the first degree and 2 years for postgraduate.
  • Experience with Demonstrate confidence in discussing intimate gender and sexual issues
  • Experience working to always maintain GBV and protection principles including knowledge and
  • practical application of GBV guiding principles and PSEA.
  • Experience working with counseling or social service provision with women and adolescent girls
  • Experience in working with harmed and at-risk children in NGO working system
  • Strong written and verbal language skills in English, and Amharic
  • Good interpersonal skills with women, girls, children, and individuals from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Word and Excel, internet, e-mail.
  • Knowing local language is advantageous.
  • Knowing more than one local language is a plus.

IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer.  IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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