Psychology & Social Anthropology Vacancies in Ethiopia

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Psychology & Social Anthropology Vacancies in Ethiopia

Job Specifications

With branch offices in Dukem and Hawassa, LonAdd HR Consultancy Plc (www.lonadd.com) is an Ethiopian recruitment and outsourcing firm headquartered in Addis Ababa. On behalf of our client, we are seeking a trained Child Protection in Emergencies (CPIE) Consultants Advisor.

Context

A number of intricate, long-lasting, and recent crises are plaguing Ethiopia, such as the armed conflict between communities and the drought in the Oromia region, which has caused displacement and raised concerns for women’s and children’s safety. Oromia’s position is still very volatile and uncertain, which has a negative effect on the populace. The fighting has affected the lives of civilians, including women and children, in most of western Oromia, particularly in the four welegas, eastern Borena, western Guji, and most recently, the west, north, and east showa zones. These armed conflicts exposed IDPs and host communities to a variety of protection risks and are still linked to a high number of civilian deaths, injuries, and detentions as well as sexual harassment, gender-based violence, family separation, and psychological trauma. Because they cannot access current services and are unable to get basic services, internally displaced people are compelled to resort to unhealthy coping strategies such pickpocketing, child labour, begging, and survival sex. Many people have been displaced and are suffering as a consequence of the prolonged emergency situation that has gripped practically the whole area and the continuing, intense warfare in some of its zones. The bulk of those affected are women and children. Numerous crises have plagued Oromia, including floods, cholera, measles, drought, and windstorms. Consequently, more than 2.6 million students are compelled to miss school, and more than 460 institutions remain closed as a consequence of insecurity.

The Oromia DRMC reports that the number of people and families impacted by internal armed conflict is gradually rising, affecting 13 zones in the area. According to Oromia DRMC, the area is also home to around 1,494,129 IDPs, of whom 438,326 live in the communal IDP camps.  Conflict in different regions of the region, where access to life-saving care is significantly impacted by worsening security, is the primary cause of displacement.  the areas where communities have suffered because of security. comprises the two Gujis, the four Wollegas, the East Borena, the East Hararghe, and the North, East, and West Shewa zones.

In every woreda in the area touched by war, women and children are the most affected members of the community. In conflict-affected communities, child marriage, child labour, child labour in rural-urban migration, and related trafficking are issues that have a significant impact on children. A total of 427,775 children in the area are at risk of these CP/GBV problems, according to a report from the regional BOWCYA.   As the crisis last longer, administrative data also reveals rising patterns in child marriage and VAC instances.

In over thirty of the most conflict-affected woredas in the area, the client provides CP and education response services via direct engagement with the government and through partnerships with local and international partners through PCA in humanitarian situations. Aclerated Learning Programme (BETE/MY HOME) for OOS and overaged children; support back to learning campaign and resumption of learning; provision of learning and play materials (full package schoolbags, recreational and ECD kits), and provision of CP supplies, primarily dignity kits. The interventions revolve around strengthening the child protection system (through capacity building support to partners, strengthening coordination and referral linkages).

Insecurity and lack of access continue to be important obstacles to identifying serious GBV and child protection issues, identifying and registering UASC in IDP camps, and carrying out routine field-level risk monitoring. Given the large number of women and children impacted by GBV and related distresses, it is necessary to provide specialised MHPSS services that integrate with the educational and health systems.  Due to traffic jams and security concerns, services are also inaccessible to women and children who are survivors of gender-based violence.  Dignity kits and other life-saving CP/GBV non-food supplies are urgently needed in conflict-affected communities.  A growing number of women and children are compelled to use harmful coping strategies in order to support and meet the fundamental requirements of their families, as well as to survive. To encourage resilience and long-lasting measures, a multisectoral, multi-agency approach is required, along with emergency response education.  Initiatives for Social Cash Transfers are required to address the pressing needs of women and children. It is now much more difficult to deliver appropriate CPIE and GBV and education solutions for disaster impacted places due to the lack of humanitarian partners on the ground. Above all, these solutions need for extensive technical assistance at the field level.

Reasoning

The client aims to increase child protection, gender-based violence, and education services to the impacted people as part of its integrated response to the emergency situation in the region, with a specific emphasis on the conflict that affects 13 zones and 151 woredas in the area. Monitoring the situation, providing technical support to implementing partners, and establishing effective and high-quality coordination mechanisms are all necessary to ensure the quality of services provided at the woreda level.

Due to the unique characteristics of CP and GBV issues, the present implementation arrangements may jeopardise the quality of the services. Third-Party Child Protection in Emergency Consultants will be sent to the impacted areas and districts to provide technical assistance for the execution, oversight, and documentation of client-provided child protection and education programme responses. In addition, the consultants will serve as a convener for the partners in the child protection plan.

More assistance is needed for the ongoing efforts to fortify and set up zonal/woreda level coordination structures. This would guarantee ongoing observation of the child protection situation, children’s education, and ongoing reactions in very dynamic emergency scenarios. In accordance with Client Core Commitments for Children, this technical assistance will be connected to enhancing the ability of government sectors and other Client PCA partners to provide CPIE, GBVIE, and Education response services. ..It is consequently necessary for these committed Child Protection and Education in Emergencies Consultants to provide the crucial field level assistance to guarantee a coordinated, high-quality response in dynamic and complicated emergency circumstances.

Important role, responsibilities, and associated tasks and obligations

The consultants will work in conjunction with BoWCYA, REB, and NGOs to provide field-level technical and programmatic support for the planning, execution, oversight, and reporting of child protection and education in emergency response, in accordance with the Core Commitments for Children for Child Protection and Education. They have the responsibility of guaranteeing the prompt and efficient implementation, monitoring, and management of interventions that are part of the main focus areas of child protection and education.

Some of the particular duties and requirements are listed below.

  • Encourage regional and zonal offices of women and children affairs (ZoWCYA), zonal education offices (ZEOs), and non-governmental organisations to carry out the CPiE and EiE Response action plans.
  • Encourage the implementation of MHPSS services in schools and communities, such as the provision of positive parenting skill packages and assistance with socioemotional learning for kids and parents living in impacted areas.
  • By mapping various service provider outlets, strengthen the implementation of case management, including referral channels for children who have suffered or are at risk of violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect.
  • Boost IPs’ ability to finish caseload registration and paperwork for all unaccompanied, separated, and trafficked children in areas impacted by emergencies.
  • Lead OOScC’s Back to Learning initiative in coordination with all level partners.
  • Ascertain that the atmosphere in which kids are learning is secure and nurturing.
  • Ensure that social workers and case managers at BoWCYA’s woreda offices maintain a suitable and private file system for all identified and registered child protection cases.
  • Where necessary, support BOWCA, ZoWCYA, and WOWCA in their efforts to support unaccompanied and separated children’s family tracking, verification, and reunion in collaboration with PCA partners and community structures.
  • Evaluate alternatives for alternative care, make sure all safety precautions are taken, and make sure partners follow all applicable guidelines.
  • Assist social workers and ZoWCYA/WoWCYA employees in implementing case management and properly documenting.
  • Identify partners, services, and stakeholders (Attoreney General Office, Courts) who have the ability to address GBV and other forms of violence, exploitation, or abuse; and develop partner capacity to offer victims and survivors multi-sectoral response services (e.g., health, psychosocial support, security, and legal/justice).
  • Assist the Attorney General’s Office in leading the legal literacy workshops and bolster the GBV response service in accordance with SOP at Health Centres, Hospitals, and One Stop Centres by using the referral linkage and case management already in place.
  • management to provide survivors comprehensive service delivery, with a focus on women and children in IDP settlements and pastoralist communities.

Facilitate BR in IDP sites and pastoralist communities to increase the rate of new-born registration. • Support the strengthening of interoperability with health by connecting CRA with MNCH (maternal and new-born Child Health) and EPI (Extended Programme on Immunisation) services. This can be done by conducting outpost registration on immunisation days, during zero dose campaigns to register children under five years old, and right after birth.

  • Encourage coordination and cooperation between CRVS stakeholders at all levels, such as HEWs, civil registrars, birth notifiers, and model homes, in order to exchange best practices, create Human Interest Stories, and extract learning.
  • Support the creation of virtual juvenile/children’s courts to move court procedures online and preserve children’s access even during lockdowns. Supervise children’s access to justice and their interactions with formal and informal justice and administrative systems as victims, survivors, or witnesses of a crime, particularly for IDPs and Pastoralist communities.
  • Encourage civil society and community-based actors and institutions to become involved and assist GBV prevention and response at the local level. This is particularly important for women’s organisations that the client supports.

Follow up and support the implementation of the programme documents and regional response plan with client-supported NGOs: Provide technical support to BOWCA, ZoWCYA, and NGO partners to implement the overall CP/GBV regional response plans and PCAs and support rapid assessments as deemed necessary. • an ongoing capacity assistance and monitor the implementation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) for UASC in coordination with the BOWCA, ZoWCYA, their woreda offices, and other implementing partners of the client.

  • Encourage strong ties and coordination with several sectors, particularly with WASH, Child Protection, and DRMC; support coordination and connections with the Education Cluster among other sectors and clusters.
  • Support zona/woreda-level implementing partners in providing timely education statistics and information on OOSC affected by emergencies (e.g., monthly school attendance/dropout, school destruction, etc.).
  • Ensure that technical inputs are provided on emergency supply-related issues in a timely and effective way. Keep a tight eye on their use, make sure the targeted kids get them, and report back to the client Oromia team.
  • Encourage, monitor, and provide an updated report on the current implementation of EiE PCAs and PD (ALP/APLP, BETE/MY HOME, school construction/rehabilitation).
  • Monitoring and reporting on Child Protection in Emergencies situations and responses, including regular Sit Reps and 5W reporting: Gather, analyse, and report data on a monthly basis (as well as on an as-needed basis) in accordance with the Ethiopia Country Office’s (ECO HAC Results framework and CP/GBV monitoring framework) requirements. For quality control, reports will be communicated with the ECO via the P&M Officer and Child Protection Specialist. Achieve compliance with important reporting requirements, such as donor reports, weekly/biweekly and monthly stakeholder reports, and systematic coordination of child protection-related responses in emergency operational response plans with other pertinent sectors, including health, education, and WASH.

Coordination of the Area of Responsibility (AoR) for Education and CP GBV

  • Assist ZoWCYA in leading the coordination of the GBV and child protection Area of Responsibility (AoR), offering technical assistance as required and encouraging and enabling key actors’ active engagement.
  • Take part in interagency needs assessments and assist in identifying and documenting child protection problems.
  • Encourage the zonal/woreda members of the CP AOR to build their capabilities.
  • To encourage resource and technical cooperation, make sure that there are strong links between the host community schools and IDP schools or temporary learning spaces.
  • promptly give statistics on education and details on OOSC affected by emergencies (such as monthly attendance/dropout rates, school destruction, etc.).
  • Ascertain that the humanitarian response and EiE basic requirements are maintained in compliance with Sphere, CCCs, etc.
  • Encourage, monitor, and report on continuing EiE PCAs (Life skill PCA with WV and Speed school PCA with GG).
  • Encourage the use of the GBV Humanitarian Standards and the Minimum Standards of Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.
  • Track the inter-agency CP/GBV response’s performance using predetermined metrics and keep an eye on the main cluster operations.

Location: Oromia area (including E/W Bale, the two Guji zones, E/W Harargie, the two BOrena zones, and the Wollegas), with four deployments

Time: One Year

Not necessary:  Commencement Date: March 1, 2024

Workplace Prerequisites

Expected Experience and Background

  • A university degree is an upper level qualification in a relevant subject of study, such as community development, psychology, social work, sociology, or social anthropology.
  • In lieu of official credentials at an advanced level, extensive professional experience relevant to child safety in both development and crises may be taken into consideration;
  • At least four years of steadily more responsibility experience working with UN agencies and/or INGOs on development and humanitarian projects pertaining to gender-based violence and child protection, especially during crises. In the field of education, experience is a plus.
  • It is advantageous to have prior client or NGO experience coordinating child protection programmes and IDP/returnee situations.
  • Knowledge of and expertise collaborating with colleagues in government.
  • Excellent expertise and background in setting up coordination architecture, particularly at the zone and woreda levels.
  • Proficiency in Amharic/Oromiffa and written and spoken English is necessary.

How to Utilise

How to Apply: – Interested candidates with the necessary training and experience should send an email to “apply@lonadd.com” with the subject “Child Protection in Emergencies (CPIE) Consultants Advisor” along with their most current, comprehensive CV.

Deadline to Apply: April 5, 2023

No candidates beyond the shortlist will be contacted.

To apply for this job email your details to apply@lonadd.com

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