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Project Officer, Community Development

Job Overview

  • Social-Sciences
  • Full time
  • Not Defined
  • Jimma, Oromia
  • Mid-Level-Experienced
  • Feb 21, 2020

Job Description

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.

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 Officer; Community Development who will implement Family development plan (FCDP) at household level together with the community based organizations for the Girls Empowerment Project, which aims at reducing child abandonment and neglect.

What we provide...

An amazing work environment that promotes personal growth through providing professional space to grow and advance your career

Your role....

As a Project Officer, Community Development you will be in charge of the following:

  • Conducting regular home visit to the family of each potential child participant, living within the designated area/community, to carry out an initial assessment
  • Providing recommendation as to whether the child (and his/her family) should participate in the programme. 
  • Facilitating the preparation of a family’s first family development plan (FDP)
  • Supporting the family to identify ‘gaps’ in self-reliance, vis-à-vis the Support the family to set goals for   filling these gaps.
  •  Assisting in the training of community-based partners on the FCDP process,
  • Identifying areas where families require specialised support
  • Supporting the delivery of any material support to families by the community-based partners,
  • Preparing report on the status of the families
  • Actively participate in the annual project self-evaluation, contributing during the individual and FCDP team processes, as well as supporting the organisation and facilitation of processes with other participant groups.
  • Representing the organisation at relevant community gatherings and forums. 

Job Requirements

Up for the challenge...

Then check out our criteria’s:

The must haves:

  • BA degree in Economics, Rural Development, Social Work and /or other related social fields.
  • Minimum of 4 years relevant work experience out of which two years spent on working directly on IGA,SACCO/VSLA
  • Proven experience in facilitation and community mobilization
  • Fluent spoken and written English and Oromifa
  • Good communication and interpersonal skill
  • Good analytical and reporting skills, including ability to identify problems and possible solutions
  • Computer literate
  • Awareness and understanding of relevant social development issues, such as HIV/AIDS, Gender, Child rights issues and good awareness on  the situation of OVC at national and regional level
  • Motorbike driving skill and license

The Pluses:

  • Prior NGO experience is advantageous

How To Apply

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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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