Action Against Hunger is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Protection and Gender Program Manager based in Tigray (Mekelle), Ethiopia.
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Protection and Gender Program Manager
Country Office: Ethiopia
Work Base: Action Against Hunger USA, Tigray (Mekelle)
Availability: As Soon As Possible
Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position.
About Action Against Hunger
Action Against Hunger-USA is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children and we enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 8,000 staff in over 50 countries, our programs reached 17 million people in 2019.
About the Country Program in Ethiopia
Action Against Hunger has been operational in Ethiopia since 1984 responding to both chronic and acute needs through a multi-sectoral strategy where nutrition, Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support activities are integrated to have a meaningful impact on people’s resilience. Action Against Hunger currently operates in 5 different regions (Oromia, Somali, Amhara, Benishangul Gumuz, and Gambella) with a portfolio of 20m USD/year of emergency, resilience building, research, and innovation programs. We have a country team of around 600 staff in 17 regional and satellite offices. Our main donors in Ethiopia in 2020/2021 are BHA, ECHO, Europaid, UNHCR, UNICEF, GFFO, BPRM, SIDA, EHF, WFP, CIAA, and others.
I. Summary of position
Under the line management of the Program Manager/field coordinator/deputy field coordinator (and technical line management of the technical advisors), the Deputy Protection and Gender Program Manager will be responsible for ensuring the successful development, implementation, delivery and monitoring of project activities. This will include working with other sectors, actors, UN agencies and government services, providing support to some of the most vulnerable members of the community. Activities will include specific activities related to different thematic areas including: a) protection, such as safety risk audits, protection monitoring and capacity building, b) gender, including gender analysis, advocacy and monitoring, and c) MHPSS (Mental Health and Psychosocial Support) including providing capacity building and basic psychosocial support. As manager you will be responsible for staff management and recruitment, budget management, reporting and ensuring the timely and smooth implementation of your department’s program commitments.
The Protection and Gender Programme Manager role’s purpose, engagement and delivery is:
§ Purpose (The substantive focus of the job encompassing scope, depth and difficulty of work both conceptual and applied)
Objective 1: Implementation and monitoring of all Protection and Gender activities within the host community
- Ensure monitoring of the operational quality, effectiveness and access of the program to meet beneficiary needs and indicators.
- Ensure that service provision and follow up of beneficiaries is adequate.
- Monitor measure and if needed propose and implement improvements on the psychosocial activities based on the context.
- Ensure that the mental health and care practices are well integrated within the ACF interventions, particularly with nutrition.
- Collect and ensure the quality of data on mental health, psychosocial and care practices issues in the different sites and to strengthen our analysis and comprehension of the refugees.
- Contribute in the development of mental health and care practices intervention strategy.
Objective 2: Management of the project team
- Recruit Protection and Gender team
- Ensure initial and on-going training of Protection and Gender staff on Protection and Gender activities and on ACF approach and standards.
- Assure weekly group clinical supervision and regular practical support in the field.
- Participate in the development of job descriptions and organizational charts for the team.
- Strengthen good team cohesion through the organization of internal communications for the Protection and Gender team: work meetings, coordination meetings, training/ workshops.
- Anticipate and manage, in collaboration with the HR, any potential conflicts internal to the team through mediation, communication, assessment, individual interviews, or any other method appropriate to the situation
Objective 3: Logistics and administrative management for the program
- Prepare the purchase request for required items and submit them to the logistics department.
- Ensure that the list of needs is in line with the program budget(s).
- Ensure, with logistics, the weekly programming, daily if necessary, of all of the logistics resources for the program (vehicles, items etc.)
- Responsible for inventory management and “quality control” of inputs (equipment for the BFS, etc…), in collaboration with logistics.
Objective 4: Strictly respect confidentiality:
- Ensure that confidentiality of data, property of project beneficiaries and of ACF is strictly respected.
- Respect confidentiality of clinical interviews apart from dealings with the psychologists in charge.
§ Engagement: (The focus of interaction both internally and externally needed to deliver a service seek collaboration and build effective partnerships)
Objective 5: Coordination
- Participate in various organized meetings, briefings on the operation of the base and the ACF mission, relations with support services (log/admin), etc.
- Coordinate activities closely with the nutrition team with the various actors present in the field/camp (e.g. health facilities, NGOs)
- Communicate with management committees in the camps or areas identified for the smooth operation of activities.
- Represent ACF in meetings, visits and thematic forums related to mental health at field level (also Protection and GBV) as needed.
- Participate and share information with other program managers and Technical Support in technical meetings as well as general ACF meetings.
§ Delivery: (The focus on the execution of the work and the role on the team for supporting business/operational functions in terms of timeliness and quality)
Objective 6: Reports and capitalization of the project
- Ensure timely submission of donor, monthly and situational programmatic reports as requested by the country office, HQ or the funding agency.
- Contribute in the capitalization of refugee and host projects
- Participate in the drafting of project proposals in collaboration with other managers and the Technical Support.
- Provide due support and/or participate in any external/internal mental health, nutrition or health related assessments within the camps and host communities. Responsible of Gender and Protection assessments analysis and writing.
II. Supervisory Responsibilities
§Protection and Gender staff
III. Gender Equality Commitments
- Foster an environment that supports values of women and men, and equal access to information.
- Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
- Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion. race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
- Value and respect all cultures.
IV. Fiscal Responsibility
V. Physical Demands
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit for long periods and to concentrate on work, including typing, and turn out heavy volumes of work accurately, within short time frames under stressful situations in the context of a moderately noisy office with many interruptions. Must be able to proofread own work accurately so that only minor corrections are needed on an infrequent basis.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
VI. Working Conditions, Travel and Environment
The duties of the job require regular job attendance at least five days per week. Must be available to work outside normal office hours or on the weekends as required.
Must be able to travel as required for standard domestic and international business purposes. While performing the duties of this job in the field, the employee may be exposed to precarious settings under high security risks and/or very basic living conditions and outside weather conditions, as well as to infectious diseases.
I. Required Qualifications and Professional Experience
- BA or MA in psychology. Relevant training and/or work experience in the field of Child Care practice (e.g. psychosocial work), familiarity with participatory methods, knowledge in child development, and nutrition issues.
- Minimum of 5 years work-related experience and NGO work experience (in the fields of early childhood development, education, gender, social work) is an asset.
II. Required Skills & Competencies
Communication (listening and observation skills), experience in team management, project management and training aptitudes, coordination skills, ability to establish good relations with other people, organisation and activity supervision skills, capacity to manage priorities, precision, autonomy, creativity, flexibility, good knowledge of the area and local customs, knowledge of the local languages of the working areas (fluent), and English language (fluent), sense of confidentiality.
How to Apply
If you are interested, please send your application composed of none returnable CV, a Covering Letter with “Protection and Gender Program Manager” written in the subject line, and three references, applicants to the following addresses:
Deadline: Monday 10 January 2022
NB: Only shortlisted applicants will be communicated and the selection process includes a technical test and an interview.