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Project Health Officer – SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia

Project Health Officer – SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia, December 19 2022
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Organization: SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia
Position: Project Health Officer
Deadline: 12.28.2022
Employment: Full time
Location: Lalibela, Amhara

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Job Description:

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Who we are

SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia is an International Non-governmental organization and a member of SOS Children’s Villages International Federation. The organization started its humanitarian work with the opening of its first Village in Mekelle, Northern part of Ethiopia in 1974. The organization has been providing life-saving provisions such as food, water and health services for a very significant number of children devastated by severe drought and the subsequent famine.
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Today, we have grown significantly to meet the persistent challenges that confront Ethiopian children who have lost parental care and are at risk of losing their parental care. Working in close collaboration with international donors, local government and community based organizations across seven program locations; SOS Children’s Villages Ethiopia aspires that every child grows up with love, respect and security.

Why we need you?

We are looking for a Project Health Officer who will responsible for facilitating the capacity building of project supported families, communities, and duty bearers to effectively protect and care their children sustainably in cooperation with local authorities and other service providers, enabling children who are at risk of losing the care of the families to grown within a caring family environment.

What we provide… An amazing work environment that promotes personal growth through providing professional space to grow and advance your career!!

Your role….
Project Participation.

  • Facilitate the formation and development of Community Task Force to spearhead the project;
  • Organise and Facilitate training of Community Task Force on vulnerability assessment at family and community levels.
  • Support Community Task Forces in the identification of project participants.
  • Reviewing and submitting to the Admissions Committee the project participants received from Community Task Forces.
  • Facilitate active participation of children in all PROJECT processes.
  • Facilitate the formation and functioning of family support groups.
  • Facilitate the identification and training of community facilitators in Family Development Planning.
  • Maintaining and updating files for project participants.

Project Planning and budgeting.

  • Support Community Task Force, families and communities in the assessment of root causes leading to child abandonment at family and community levels through use of appropriate participatory tools.
  • Support the development of an appropriate action plan to meet the needs of each household and community.
  • Facilitate the identification of opportunities and mobilization of local resources for the action plan to meet the needs of each household and community.
  • Support the preparation of individualized family development plans.
  • Support the preparation of community development plans
  • Support the project coordinator in the consolidation of Family Development Plans and preparation of budgets relevant to the attainment of project’s goal.
  • Facilitate development of emergency preparedness plans against potential disasters.
  • Facilitate the planning of ensuring gender balance in decision making and in all project processes.
  • Facilitate and support the timely project plans from the approved annual plans and Budgets;
  • Facilitate families’ access to essential services required to fulfill their children’s Developmental needs and rights;

Children’s, Youth & Caregiver access to Health services

  • Identify children and caregivers in need of health support;
  • Develop individualized household support package for household on the project;
  • Facilitate child immunisation for children on the project;
  • Carry out regular nutritional assessment of children on the project;
  • Organise nutritional training sessions for caregivers and children on the project;
  • Organise medical and supplementary nutritional support for malnourished children;
  •  Identify children and caregiver in need of home based care support;
  • Facilitate children and caregivers access to ART/TB treatment services;
  • Facilitate both child and adult support groups for children and caregivers living with any terminally disease;
  • Organise training of community home based care support groups;
  • Facilitate the equipment of the CHBC groups with essential first aid kits;
  • Organise capacity building CHBC support to support groups for self-reliance;
  • Link CHBC groups to other support networks and institutions;
  • Lobby government medical schemes for children and caregivers on the project;
  • Provide psychosocial counselling to children and caregivers in need of it;
  • Organise HIV and AIDS awareness creation campaigns among the supported households and project catchment areas;
  • Forge strong networks with other service providers to reduce duplication and competition;
  • Ensure proper written memorandum of understanding with partners in critical areas such as provision of ARVs

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Facilitate participatory monitoring and evaluation of the project interventions.
  • Facilitate regular data collection through appropriate monitoring tools on project interventions.
  • Facilitate the regular counting of key project participants.
  • Organize and facilitate regular project reviews with Community Family Development Planning Facilitators and other service providers on the project.
  • Carry out regular home visits to families on the project and write home visit reports.
  • Carry out regular visits to CBOs, family support groups and other partners in the respective community for timely and relevant project support.
  • Facilitate sharing of best practice amongst family groups.

Reporting and documentation

  • Prepare and submit timely progress reports to the PROJECT Coordinator on project interventions.
  • Document family and child success stories on project interventions.
  • Ensuring that relevant community development structures have documented project processes.
  • Ensuring that the database and files of families on the project are maintained and updated timely;

 

 

 

Child Safeguarding

  • Responsible to take part in  awareness raising sessions and capacity building trainings in relation to Child Safeguarding to prevent and protect children and young people from all forms of abuse, abandonment, exploitation, violence and discrimination
  • Support children and young people to make them understand the CS risks and protection mechanisms
  • Responsible to report any CS suspicion, concern, allegation or incident immediately, following Child Safeguarding reporting procedures. CS reports should be made to the CS team at programme level and/or to the respective line manager

 

Job Requirements:

Up for the challenge…

Then check out our criteria’s:

The must haves:

Education

  • BSc. degree in public Health, Nursing, Nutrition and  other relevant fields of study

Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years work experience in the field of emergency health and nutrition intervention specifically SAM & MAM management.

Competencies – knowledge, skills, abilities

  • Strong knowledge on monitoring and evaluation and report writing
  • Ability to plan and organize work to meet individual, team and project objective
  • Have Training and facilitation skill
  • Ability to effectively liaise with government, donors, NGOs, community leaders and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability for conflict resolution and independent decision making
  • Strong interpersonal skills & excellent team player.
  • Willingness and ability to work in hardship environment.
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity
  • Knowledge of latest health related technical guidelines and standards in emergency nutrition and health intervention
  • Experience in quality assurance in a clinical setting desirable.

The Pluses:

  • Prior INGO experience is an asset

 

How To Apply:

Excited to take on a new Adventure…….

Then send us your application through

Ethiojobs.net

Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply

“Our selection process is a reflection of our engagement and dedication to acquire talents that promote a safe and enabling environment for children and young people.”

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