Ethiopian Somali Development Association Field Monitors Jobs in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Somali Development Association Field Monitors Jobs in Ethiopia

Organizational Background

The Ethiopia Somali Development Association (ESDA) was established in April 2012 by the Somali communities in the region as non-governmental, no-profit making association registered under the Ethiopian civil society charity organization number 3122 with a view to mitigating the humanitarian and development problems of the region by mobilizing local and external resources.

ESDA support the development endeavours of the people of Somali region in the areas of Health, Basic education, food security and livelihood, protection, Water, hygiene and sanitation, livestock health, peace building, income generating activities for women and youth, and other related development activities through mobilizing resources from volunteer members, Diaspora communities and institutional donors.

After four consecutive failed rainy seasons over the past two years, communities in parts of southern Ethiopia including the Somali region, have been severely affected by a prolonged drought. This resulted in significant economic losses, mainly due to the effect on agricultural productivity. In the Somali region, the population is highly dependent on natural-resource based livelihoods and is very vulnerable to drought.

The Ethiopia Somali Development Association (ESDA) will implement a project titled "Digital Voucher for Nutrient-Dense Foods for Stunting and Waste Prevention" in Mula, Erer, Harshin, Degahbur, Gode, and Kebridehar woredas funded by the World Food Program (WFP).The project focuses on households with pregnant and lactating women and/or children under 2 years of age (6 to 23 months).

The project beneficiaries will receive a voucher that can be used to purchase fruits, vegetables and certain animal source foods (such as eggs and milk). To ensure that the markets can respond to the increased demand, the FFV project will actively engage with fresh food traders in the intervention areas.

The FFV project will include a large behavioral component where beneficiaries will be given information about the importance of a diverse diet, along with other social behavior change communication (SBCC) initiatives such as practical demonstrations on the proper usage of nutritious foods. Overall, the project has two objectives.

First, it aims to improve dietary diversity among children between 6 and 23 months of age and among pregnant and lactating women (PLW)..

Role Purpose:

The Field Monitors will be responsible to provide technical and coordination support for the activity planning, implementation, monitoring of FFV Project in the targeted kebeles/Health facilities.

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • Support on implementation Fresh Food voucher project which includes supporting targeting, registration, market support, monitoring of retailors and implementation of SBCC activities within the assigned woreda

  • Provide support to specific and defined woreda and community level fresh food voucher nutrition sensitive project and activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider projects that comply with ESDA and WFP standards and procedures.

  • Track and analyse Fresh Food Voucher data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on Fresh food voucher activities, including use of reporting tools, to enable informed operational decision making and consistency of (internal and external) information.

  • Work and exchange information with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing Fresh food voucher activities.

  • Liaise with ESDA and WFP Fresh food voucher partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.

  • Insure timely
    implementation of SBCC (Social, behavioural change and communication activities) in the target kebeles/Health facilities

  • Ensures timely delivery of information to beneficiaries, retailors and other relevant stakeholders during disbursement, graduation of beneficiaries and other occasions

  • Follow and lead the Conduct post distribution monitoring (PDM), share monitoring findings and information with supervisor

  • Closely follow up with woreda level fresh food voucher coordinators on the performance retailors to ensure the right and agreed fresh food items are availed at the market

  • Ensures timely delivery of information to beneficiaries, retailors and other relevant stakeholders during disbursement, graduation of beneficiaries and other occasions and disseminates message to the fresh food HHs on their price and their entitlements and the CRM

  • Monitor and review the overall voucher distribution process starting from beneficiary selection, registration and verification to voucher distribution and redemption at the selected shops.

  • Supervise the efficient distribution of food items and Vouchers at the site and ensure proper distribution of entitlements and verify appropriate entitlements are distributed and provide feedback to Field Officers and others on the distribution.

  • Assist in the conduct of regular meetings of retailers, distribution committee, and district and kebele officials on the commodity and voucher, pipeline, distribution arrangements, food and voucher entitlements and other relevant issues.

  • Assist in the implementation of the plan of action, review achievement and constraints and provide feedback accordingly.

  • Assist the FFV woreda coordinator, distribution committee, and district and kebele officials in encouraging women’s access to economic skills development and sensitizing public opinion on gender issues and gender focused activities.

  • Provide weekly and monthly plans and reports to the FFV woreda coordinator on relevant events regarding food management, distribution and other related issues

    Duty station: Mula, Erer, Harshin, Degahbur, Gode and Kebridehar

    Reports directly to: FFV Woreda Coordinators
    Child Safeguarding Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people

    Qualifications and Experience

    Education: -

  • BSc/Diploma in Applied human Nutrition, Public Health, Value chain in Agricultural Extension, rural development, Food Technology and other relevant fields is required.


  • Three and more years of relevant experience in public health, nutrition and/or food security programming.

  • Experience in health, nutrition and/or food security information and data management and analysis.

  • Experience with implementation of national/international development or emergency programmes.

  • Experience identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Knowledge of local language and working with pastoralist is advantageous

    How to Apply

    ESDA Jig-Jiga Main Office is located near Ayar Dega Health center or UNHCR Jig-Jiga Field Office. Only Qualified local residents are invited to submit their updated CV and cover letter stating the location of the position to with the subject line “Field Monitors”
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