Requisition ID: req46281
Job Title: Community Engagement & Development (CED) Officer- Maternity Cover
Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Adama, Ethiopia
Background of IRC:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At-work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC leads the way from harm to home. Began work in Ethiopia, 1999 in response to severe drought that happened in Ethiopias Somali region. Currently, providing assistance in ten different regions implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), womens protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.
IRC Ethiopia program is implementing a multi-year, EUTF supported project entitled, LISEC-Green Jobs in Leather Sector in the Modjo town (Leather Initiative for Sustainable Economic Opportunities). Through programming in youth livelihoods/leadership, social cohesion, combating GBV, tailored capacity improvement of the community and local government and, the project is intended to contribute to strengthening social cohesion by supporting local economic and social development initiatives, especially for women and youth living in Modjo area; and improving industrial and labor relations in the MLC.
Community Engagement and Development Officer (CED) Officer position is based in Adama, with frequent travel to the field project area. The incumbent reports to the project manager on day-to-day project management and implementation with complementary oversight from the Field coordinator/manager. The incumbent will provide implementation support, technical and project support to target beneficiaries in the whole project cycle implementation. The post holder will support and strengthen the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of EU TF LISEC project in Mojo area. The post holder will collaborate closely with other project staff within IRC/ and consortium partner team, and among partner agencies, government, private sector, and community groups. The post holder will give support to the program to ensure technically sound and complementary programming. The officers will ensure successful support for livelihoods programming which includes corporate social responsibility, community conversation, and employment initiatives, Village Savings and Loan Associations, micro-franchising, and other related activities.
Major responsibilities include:
Project implementation support, technical capacity building
Provide support to the day-to-day implementation of the project related to capacity strengthening of community, Gender discussion group for women economic empowerment and creating social cohesion among communities, tanneries, and municipalities.
Work directly with community organization (CO) members to facilitate the implementation of community projects and design of sustainable strategies for operation and maintenance of resulting services.
Support tanneries and community-based organizations to strengthen, design and effectively implement comprehensive corporate social responsibility programs and create social cohesions along the triple bottom line economic, social, and ecological dimensions of business.
Work on conducting community conversation to promote community led development to have local needs, priorities and initiatives integrated into community development planning for the implementation of local community development projects.
Undertake initial stakeholder assessment (Identify existing social institutions, CBOs, for potential leveraging points) in the LLP sector in Modjo
Ensure gender and protection concerns are mainstreamed across program activities in the LLP sector and at household, community, and institutional level (business enterprise).
Establish and strengthen project management committee (including common pool fund management).
Support women Village Saving and Loan Association (VSLA) to improve the leadership and the capacity of women agency
Organize gender discussion groups for saving group members and relatives on gender norms and how they function at the household level to encourage womens economic participation both at home and in society at large.
Work as a trainer and resource person in the trainings organized for the communities and other partners in the project implementation area.
Promote project through stories, articles, and other PR activities, ensure implementation of Organization and donor visibility strategy
Ensure appropriate methodologies and technical approaches are developed for all program activities
Support the development of Standard Operating Procedures and Mentorship Notes for program activities
Ensure regular monitoring and modification of ongoing programming as required.
Work closely with the project manager/ERD officers/ other partners to ensure alignment of the project with the strategic plan and relevant theories of change of the plan.
Project Monitoring and Reporting
Prepare relevant activity donor reports as per agreed-upon schedules (monthly, quarterly, and/or annually) on activities, indicators, and achievements.
Work closely and coordinate with IRC logistics, finance, and grant staff to ensure timely and compliant program activities and expenditures, including active participation in procurement, supply chain, grant, and other meetings
Together with the project manager and Accountability and Learning manager/officers, develop and implement a full monitoring and evaluation framework for livelihoods and employment activities as well as learning strategies, and adapt them to the different program methodologies.
Support the team to develop sound technical design and components of project proposals, business plans, and concept notes.
Develop and maintain effective coordination and long-term mechanisms with external partners including partner agencies/NGOS, government departments and ministries, community-based organizations, private sector partners, donors, and others representing IRC /DAI positions.
Actively advance IRCs/DAI connections to economic actors/private sector at a local, regional, and national level, seeking avenues for partnership, collaboration, and coordination of activities to ensure the sustainability of interventions
Together with the team leader/team members, regularly engage internally and externally (especially with a municipality)
Participate in IRC and working groups and communities of practice around livelihoods to share strategies, disseminate research and program successes, discuss implementation challenges, and share standard methodologies
Support the sharing of information and learning across livelihoods-related programs
Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs
MSc/BSc Degree in Community Development, Social Science, Environmental Science, International Development, and/or equivalent.
Minimum work experience of 2 year for MSc Degree holders, 3 years for BSc Degree holders with communities for development activities.
NGO experience is a plus.
Required Job competencies:
Demonstrated experience in community development activities, with specific experience in corporate social responsibility (CSR), community conversation (CC) and livelihoods development approaches.
Proven private sector experience, or experience supporting community development initiatives
Strong program/technical, team leadership skills, planning, reporting, monitoring, and evaluation skills
Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties
INGO experience required, experience with coordination systems or advocacy preferable
Must be capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct data collection and analysis, implementation, advisory functions, training, and the transfer of technical knowledge and leadership skills to others
Proficiency in English, Afaan Oromo and Amharic language is required.
Ability of basic computer skills mainly, MS word, Excel, internet etc.
Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment.
Flexible and able to handle pressure well, has a strong sense of humor.