JOB TITLE: Child Welfare Specialist
REPORTS TO: Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)
LOCATIONS: Addis Ababa
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. For the anticipated USAID project focusing on highly vulnerable children in Ethiopia, FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidate for the position of Child Welfare Specialist to be based in Addis Ababa.
The Child Welfare Specialist will provide guidance and oversight to all technical aspects of the anticipated USAID project focusing on highly vulnerable children in Ethiopia. The Specialist will be responsible for the technical aspects of project implementation that relate to OVC, families and community, and ensure strong linkages with facility-level and other service delivery points. She/he reports directly to the DCOP and will advise and support project team in providing technical direction to project implementation and ensure the project meets stated goals, expected results and reporting requirements. She/he will take technical leadership role in coordination with GoE, local community organizations, and other partners.
This position will coordinate closely with the system strengthening and economic strengthening specialist. She/he will be knowledgeable about evidence-based and state-of-the-art social service delivery approaches.
· Lead the design and implementation of the OVC activities in a manner that all program components are delivered in an integrated manner, through a cascade strategy.
· Coordinate the activities of regional teams and partners in the implementation of OVC activities through systematic mechanisms and platforms
· Support strategy development, ongoing supportive supervisions, quality assessments and monitoring and evaluation activities
· Support project teams in capacity building activities with a strong focus in referral strengthening and basing government policies, strategies and services
· Guide the coordination of various programming activities, promoting synergy between interventions and efforts of different partners – government, NGO, private sector, and other CSOs
· Develop standard guidelines, tools and policies and ensure the utilization to result in quality and standardized delivery of programs
· Provide policy guidance to consortium partner staff, regional teams and local implementing partners on issues of child welfare
· Align all interventions with relevant key government policies, guidelines and frameworks and to do so develop concept papers summarizing the various policies
· Support teams to ensure relevant learning is documented, disseminated to staff and used to inform decisions
· Support project teams in identifying and establishing partnership with private sector for sustainable delivery of programming
· Support the development of work plans, budgets, reports and participate in project monitoring and evaluation
· At a minimum, a Master’s Degree in social sciences or related field
· Eight years of experience implementing OVC programs in a development context
· Field experience in the prevention of HIV/AIDS with a focus on highly vulnerable children and their families.
· Demonstrated state-of the-art experience at a mid- or senior level in at least three of the following areas: child protection, household economic strengthening, social protection, education, health and nutrition including HIV/AIDS care and support
· Five years’ demonstrated experience in managing, coordinating and supervising a team working with local community organizations, families and communities
· Demonstrated skills in project design, implementation and reporting, preferably for USG-funded programs
· Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government representatives, for-profit private sector entities, local community organizations, donors and other stakeholders, particularly at the sub-national level
· Professional level of oral and written fluency in English language
· Strong writing skills about program activities, outcomes and impact