Monday, May 29, 2017

Plan International Rwanda,Community Engagement Officer Jobs in Rwanda

Dimensions of Role
The Community Engagement officer will be responsible for guiding Community volunteers and in close collaboration with other officers in strengthening, supervising, and coaching the community based volunteers in provision of PSS to Unaccompanied and Separated Children, improve Plan International’s alternative care model for Unaccompanied Children, provide guidance and support to the development of PSS and recreational activities to children and adolescents in the Child Friendly Space and in groups/clubs.
S/he will directly report to the Field Protection c
oordinator based in Mahama and will supervise a team of Community volunteers in strengthening community based mechanisms, sensitization and mobilization, and Child Friendly Spaces.
Typical Responsibilities - Key End Results of Position:
In collaboration with the Emergency Response Team in Mahama and Protection Coordinator, the Community Engagement Officer will:
  • Support the strengthening of child protection community-based systems inclusive of developing trainings, supervision/coaching tools, monitoring and tracking tools and improve referral systems;
  • Provide support in the development of alternative care systems in accordance with international policies and national procedures/norms;
  • Conduct and supervise training with men and boys, women and girls on social norms change and CP prevention and response using agreed methodology;
  • Support the establishment and strengthening of self-help groups for informal foster carers, male and female youth, GBV survivors and women’s groups to work on CP and GBV issues;
  • Support community advocates and children to develop participatory media and other IEC materials to use in the community to raise awareness;
  • Conduct training and follow-up with teachers, government and partner staff and other stakeholders in community based protection
  • Design and facilitate community mobilization/sensitization campaigns in collaboration with Community volunteers , Community Based Protection Mechanisms, and children/adolescents
  • Supervise the CFS staff members/volunteers on location to ensure quality implementation of activities;
  • Provide ongoing support and ensure child participation and safeguarding practices are strictly adhered to;
  • Identify, report and provide on-the-job training to staff members related to child participation and child protection;
  • Report general protection issues present in the CFS locations to the Child Protection Officers
  • Produce monthly data and regular narrative reports for different stakeholders as well as donor narrative reports of high quality (in collaboration with line manager and the Program Quality Assurance (M&E) Officer)
  • Ensure project staff safety and security, and ensure all Plan International policies and principles are upheld
Dealing with Problems:
The Community Engagement officer manages complex relationships between different actors and stakeholders. Mistakes in judgement or poor coordination between partners, community members and local authorities may lead to the failure of the project, impacting the quality of services delivered to refugees, as well as Plan’s reputation. Therefore, the Community Engagement Officer must demonstrate the ability to solve problems, think strategically and communicate with key actors in a dynamic and unpredictable operating environment. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
  • University degree or equivalent in Social Science, Social Work, Psychology, Public Health, or related fields
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant working experience in child protection prevention and response programming, humanitarian affairs or human rights.
  • Must have 2 years of experience counselling (with children)
  • Experience working with in emergency settings
  • Experience working with refugees and other vulnerable populations (ideal)
  • Experience in Community Based programming and Child Friendly Spaces
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English and Kinyarwanda is required.
  • Effective networking and interpersonal skills, ability to coordinate a wide range of actors
  • Effective and clear communication
  • Commitment to child rights and gender equality
  • Ability to work under pressure, in fluid, high stress and rapidly changing environments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, creativity and ability to handle stressful work related conditions under limited supervision
  • Ability and willingness to work in a participatory manner with a diverse range of refugee populations
Level of Contact with Children:
High level: Frequent interaction with children and refugees
 How to apply:
Interested candidates are invited to apply before 7th June, 2017 via the following link

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