The Brooke is a leading UK equine welfare charity which has been working in Ethiopia since 2006 with a country office in Addis Ababa. The Brooke aims to improve the welfare of working equines, together with the livelihoods of people dependant on these animals. Brooke Ethiopia (B-Eth) is entering a new Strategic phase and by the year 2023, the Brooke Ethiopia will sustainably improve the equine welfare of some of the neediest rural and urban equines in Ethiopia. In order to achieve this, the role of Community engagement Filed Officer is critical.
Community Engagement Field Officer – Maternity Cover
Duration of Contract:
To work with the communities to identify, Plan, implement and evaluate ways of improving the health and welfare of Horse, Donkey and mule owned by Communities.
Main Task and responsibilities:
1. Project Development
· Identify major issues for equine welfare within the community such as owners and users, church groups, CBOs, FTC etc...
· Work closely with the team leader and woreda team in the collection of information on equine health and welfare, as a basis for community engagement interventions. This will include identifying and assessing local networks (farrieries, cart and harness makers etc).
· Participate in the assessment of animal based indicators baseline (ABI) and KAP of owners and users to inform local and need based programing
· Participate in planning meetings to triangulate animal based indicators and KAP baseline findings, and to plan The Brooke’s activities within the project area.
· Work with the community under guidance from team leader to identify community impact indicator and assess the impact of the Brooke’s work against these indicators.
2. Program Implementation
· Target and engage the Change agents and followers based on the criteria set initially for awareness raising and behavioural changes to ensure the realization of equine welfare in the woreda
· Provide training in basic equine welfare and management practice to woreda Development agents and Change agent.
· Work closely with DAs to follow up weather they incorporate the training they received in to their extension plan to cascade to equine owners and identify any gaps needing further training and support (including development of visual and aids etc for their work).
· Provide training and support to targeted service providers (feed, water, gadgets etc) that have been identified as primary stakeholders as appropriate.
· Work with rural based structures like FTCs and CBOs (like churches, mosques, schools ETC…) where they exist to promote better animal husbandry and management practices
· Actively participate in the data collection of non-intrusive researches conducted in the Woreda
· Understand the issues faced by the animals by monitoring their daily work/ routine ‘from home to home’ in collaboration with the AHFO
· Jointly work with the Animal Health filed officer demonstrating owners of horses, mules and donkeys how to improve and adapt good husbandry and management practices; like how to clean wounds or resolve eye problems by themselves, using locally available materials
· Participate in community engagement meetings with owners and users to promote best practices.
3. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
· Facilitate monthly meeting with change agent and collect monthly meeting progress report from change agents.
· Applying the FTC model monitoring tools in collecting the change brought in under community engagement intervention in FTC intervention.
· Work closely with the woreda team to develop quarterly and monthly plans, and implement as a team
· Produce and submit quality monthly progress reports to the woreda team leader with the Brooke’s reporting templates
· Maintain and updated records of equines, equine owners and local service providers within the Brooke operational areas.
4. Documentation, learning and Sharing
· Coordinate and support Research works as appropriate (in collaboration with other teams/departments)
· Ensure that best practices in the Program Area with regard to Community engagement issues are documented and shared with relevant stakeholders (in collaboration with the ICO).
· Ensure that key lessons from the programme are captured and documented, and used for programme development.
· Prepare a one page monthly program update report and submit to the TL for publication by the Communication Department.
· This has included, for example, owners of stone-carrying donkeys; fire wood and timber carrying equines, gharry horse owners, cart donkey owners, equine owners associations etc…to improve the welfare of urban working equines
· Meet with the group regularly (perhaps every two weeks/monthly), to demonstrate how well they can handle their animals and avoid injuries, and how to address basic welfare issues effectively.
· Ensure that any Brooke resources in your custody are managed in accordance with relevant Brooke policies and guidelines (financial procedures, fleet management policy, HR manual)
· Ensure that the Brooke Community engagement model and approaches are promoted and adhered to in your work
Knowledge and Experience
- BSc Degree in Development Planning, Social Science, Project Management, Community Development, General Agriculture or relevant social science fields (International Development, Economics, Management, etc.)
- At least five years of experience in Community engagement in government and NGOs
- Proven experience in programme/project development.
- Proven experience in report writing.
- Ability to work independently and think innovatively and strategically, as well as work collaboratively.
- Proven experience of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and its application within annual planning processes
- Commitment and enthusiasm for the Brooke’s mission and values in promoting equine welfare.
- Knowledge of basic Animal Welfare (AW) concepts and the importance of working equines to households / the economy.
Skills and Abilities
- Excellent IT skills, especially MS Word, Excel and other MS Office applications
- Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to manage complex and sensitive organizational relationships.
- Basic in English and fluency (spoken and written) in Amharic; speaking local language is advantageous.
How to Apply
If you are interested in the job and fulfill the above requirements, Please send your CV, application letter and copies of credentials to the following address: Human Resource and Administration Unit, through [email protected]
Please include 3 references from current and former employers.
For further information or support, please call us on 0116-61-00-69.