Link Community Development Safeguarding, Gender and Social Inclusion Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Link Community Development Safeguarding, Gender and Social Inclusion Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 197847

Category: Education, Legal, Social Sciences and Community
: Wolaita Soddo, SNNPR
Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)
Salary: As per the scale of organization

Job Description

About link community development

Link Community Development (LCD) is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.

Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments and educators to adopt low-cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children.

Link International works at all levels of the education system – with communities, schools and governments – to identify and remove the obstacles to quality education.

Job Purpose

The Safeguarding, Gender and Social Inclusion Officer will support the delivery of Link’s Girls’ Education Challenge ‘STAGES’ project in Ethiopia.

Reporting to the Safeguarding, GESI Coordinator of Link Community Development Ethiopia, the post-holder will ensure all gender, social inclusion and safeguarding related project activities are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest standard.

GESIS is one of the crosscutting components, the GESIS Senior Officer will work to integrate GESIS aspects across all program thematic areas. The Safeguarding, GESI Officer will work under the direct technical supervision of Safeguarding, GESI Coordinator.

The overall responsibilities will be to lead the overall integration of Safeguarding, GESI aspects in STAGES Project, working together with the program and MERL team (both technical and operations) and through providing technical support on GESIS as well as ensuring conducive working environment for all.

The Safeguarding, GESI Officer will closely work with Safeguarding, GESI Coordinator, Education Program Coordinator, MERL and other program team to develop work plans with clear targets and timeframe including defined roles and responsibilities of each team members to ensure better Safeguarding, GESI integration in each strategic approaches and its activities.

In addition, s/he will be responsible for raising awareness for STAGES and pertinent government partners on social inclusion, gender mainstreaming and safeguarding issues.

Develop Safeguarding, GESI knowledge based products and briefing papers as per the program requirement including participation in knowledge sharing and reflection events (internal and external) to share experiences and learning from Safeguarding, GESI perspective.

Job Requirement

Key areas of responsibilities

In close coordination and support of Education Program Coordinator and Safeguarding, GESI Coordinator, s/he is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Support the in-depth Safeguarding, GESI Assessment in intervention areas and develop refine STAGES Safeguarding, GESI action plan based on assessment results, ensuring proper implementation of the action plan at all levels.
  • Support and coordinate with all team – Program, MERL, Operations and Finance including government partners to promote equity and inclusion integration into program interventions through identifying power imbalances and understand marginalized groups’ vulnerabilities and interest;
  • Provide guidance to STAGES team on integrating Safeguarding, GESI specific requirements in designing, planning and implementing strategic approach specific interventions;
  • Support integration of Safeguarding, GESI aspects into the M&E system and processes working together MERL team to ensure that gender and inclusivity are reflected in output, outcome and impact level indicators;
  • Undertake field visits to monitor and track progress of program activities using qualitative research tools from Safeguarding, GESI perspective.
  • Document community concerns and recommendations on how to best overcome identified challenges like engaging men, women, boys and girls from diverse ethnic groups.
  • Explore and recommend meaningful methods to include men, women, boys and girls from diverse ethnic groups in the program activities through regular interaction with program participants and representatives of donors and governments as well.
  • Facilitate Community Outreach Campaigns and communication processes engage women.
  • Coordinate Safeguarding, GESI related capacity building initiatives as per need and demands
    of the organization, program team members and different stakeholders for integrating gender equality Safeguarding and social inclusion programmatically and institutionally.
  • S/he support to develop and review Safeguarding, GESI responsive training curriculum and materials.
  • Facilitate regular community consultations, group meetings, events, roundtable discussions and training sessions to ensure programming remains gender sensitive, safeguarding and inclusivity are on-track working together with the local government partners.
  • Develop and deliver series of on-going key trainings on Safeguarding, GESI to all team including government partner staff.
  • Ensure that activity design maximizes participant engagement from the beginning of the program while managing and mitigating risks of cultural disrespect and gender based violence.
  • Work with LCDE team to strengthen government efforts around girls’ transition, learning and attendance, including training content, materials, resources and monitoring instruments.
  • Strengthen and develop where necessary robust Safeguarding policies and procedures, including the Children and Vulnerable Adult policy, ensuring it aligns with Ethiopian legislation and donor compliance.
  • Ensure a robust Case Management system is in place and fit for purpose, including reporting, referrals and victim support.
  • Ensure the Risk Management system is updated and shared with appropriate team members.
  • Ensure all staff, consultants, partners, contractors and visitors adopt and follow the Link Ethiopia Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct.
  • Work closely with the program team in all activities to safeguard girls (and boys) who are particularly vulnerable to abuse, such as children with disabilities.
  • Strengthen Link Ethiopia safeguarding training module and ensure it follows best practice.
  • Engage in scheduled revisions of Link Ethiopia Safeguarding and Child and Vulnerable Adult protection policies.
  • Ensure that girls (and boys) in project schools understand safeguarding and protection, and that they participate in the development of school level policies or guidelines which seek to protect them from harm, violence or abuse.
  • Strengthen GEC-T programming to ensure the active participation of girls (considering particularly marginalised girls including girls with disability) in the design, implementation and evaluation of project activities.
  • Make frequent field visits to project areas to monitor implementation of safeguarding/ child and vulnerable adult protection activities, identify opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed including additional staffing or staff training.
  • Take part and/or support with implementation of all other STAGES programme activities at all levels.
  • Performs other related tasks as required by immediate supervisor.
  • Contract period: One year with possibility of extension based on performance

    Job Requirements

    Person specification

    Experience and qualifications


  • B. ED/B.A in Gender Studies, Sociology, Law, Education, other Social Science and related areas.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Ethiopian Education System.
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience preferable in INGO context working on Child Protection, Gender, Social Inclusion and Education Projects.
  • Knowledge of Government development plans and policies on Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Amharic.
  • Demonstrate Gender and safeguarding sensitivity in all responsibilities
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Female applicants are appreciated
  • Commitment to Link Community Development values and Safeguarding Policy.


  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field (Gender studies, Education, Social Science, International Development and related areas).
  • Experience in delivering projects for marginalised beneficiaries.
  • Knowledge of the local statutory child protection network, including contact details for the local police and women’s and children’s affairs bureau, and awareness of local inter-agency child protection procedure.
  • An understanding of inclusive education, safeguarding and Gender programming.
  • Matters not covered by this contract or the Staff Handbook are governed by the mandatory provisions of the Labour Proclamation in force at the time.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants who met the MINIMUM requirements should send their CV with application letter through before or on February 21, 2019.

    Link Community Development Safeguarding, Gender and Social Inclusion Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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