Community Wellbeing Initiative Response Officer

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Development and Project Management, Social Sciences and Community, Community Service
Assosa, Benishangul Gumuz 
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description


The International Rescue Committee, one of the world’s largest humanitarian international NGOs, provides relief, rehabilitation and development support to vulnerable people and communities over 30 countries. We began work in Ethiopia in 2000 in response to severe drought in Ethiopia’s Somali region and are currently providing assistance to Ethiopians and refugees in six regions in Ethiopia, implementing emergency and development programs in health, water and sanitation, economic recovery and development (ERD), women’s protection and empowerment, education, child protection, and multi-sectoral emergency response.


Under the direct supervision of Camp and Program Managers, the GBV Response Officer will ensure quality of GBV case management service and psychosocial support to survivors of GBV, adhere GBV guiding principle and follow survivor’s centered approach. The Response Officer will work to promote multi-sectoral service; health, safety, psychosocial support, and justice (where feasible) by support referral networks that enhance a survivor’s ability to receive confidential, safe, and timely services that meets their needs and their best interest in Tongo camp, including supervision and capacity building of Social Workers, support GBV coordination with other partners, and supervise the empowerment activities with women and girls.

Responsibilities :

  • The CWI officer will Participate in GBV rapid assessment and contribute to the CWI overall intervention strategy based on feedback received from women and girls throughout the response activity engagement.
  • Manage, monitor, and supervise GBV related cases strictly adhering to GBV guiding principle.
  • Supervise and capacitate social and community workers to ensure quality case management services provided including age-appropriate specialized support and care for adult women, adolescent and girl child survivors through training, daily mentoring, weekly meeting and applying quarterly case workers knowledge and skills assessment tools.
  • Ensure proper and safe documentation of reported GBV incidences through utilization of GBVIMS consent, case intake, action plan, and follow- up plan, client satisfaction tool and other case management forms accurately and appropriately, rigorous follow data protection protocol and confidentiality.
  • Establish coordination with all relevant GBV response service providers and conduct mentoring sessions to service providers (health, legal, protection, psychosocial) in the camp and in the local community to encourage greater communication, collaboration, and coordination among partners from protection, health, legal, and psychosocial sectoral.
  • Work with service providers to implement GBV standard operating procedures and ensure functionality of referral pathway to ensure survivor’s ability to receive confidential, safe, and timely services that meets their needs.
  • Coordinate case management meeting only with service provider involved in its case assistance; actively participate in monthly GBV coordination meetings; and lead GBV safety audit & other assessments as requested.
  • Enhance participation of Women and Girls in the Women’s and Girls’ Wellness Center (WGWC) and conduct regular review meetings with women and girls (and WGWC steering committee if applicable) to improve WGWC activities and response interventions.
  • Assist in GBVIMS database – entering data to camp IR and share quality data monthly to CWI program Manager.
  • Prepare and produce IEC and BCC materials, in collaboration with GBV team, ensuring messages are appropriate for the community and conduct pre-testing before dissemination.
  • Provide prevention and response related trainings for incentive workers, community leaders and members, IRC and IPs staff
  • Undertake GBV awareness raising strategies and activities with the support of CWI prevention officer.
  • Develop monthly and weekly activity plans for social workers.
  • Develop reports and submit to Camp and CWI managers on time.
  • Identify supply and logistical needs of GBV program activity and ensure adherence to all relevant IRC logistic policies.
  • Critically identify areas of integration with other sectors of the IRC (Sanitation, child protection, Health and Water program) to maximize women and girls’ inclusion and participation.
  • Ensure prevention monitoring and evaluation tools are used and follow-up the implementation of prevention activities monthly and quarterly work and coordinate with prevention officer in developing monthly reports.
  • Any other duties and responsibilities that can be given by immediate and technical  supervisors.

Job Requirements

  • 2/3 years for Masters/ First degree work experience respectively in Social Work, Sociology, Public Health, Women’s Studies, or any other social science related field
  • Related work and field experiences in counseling or social service provision with women and girls.
  • Demonstrated confidence in discussing intimate gender and sexuality issues.
  • Able to always maintain GBV and protection principle and experience on direct service delivery with GBV survivors.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to use MS office, excel, email and PowerPoint applications very well.
  • Knowledge counseling is advantageous.
  • NGO experience is a plus.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Able to organize, maintain composure and prioritize work, able to coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to details.

How to Apply

How to apply:

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply only through the below IRC On-line recruitment website: 



Please include 3 references from current and former employers.

Applications will not be returned. IRC discourages phone calls or personal visits.

Only applicants meeting the minimum qualification will be short listed and contacted.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Your application letter/cover letter must include the following information.

·         Name of the position you have applied for.

·         Date of application

·         Summary of your qualifications and experience

·         Motivation/objective of why you have applied for the job.

·         Permanent Address and present address (if different from permanent) and telephone number, if possible, also email address

·         Disclose any family relationships with existing IRC employees.

Are any of your relatives employed by International Rescue committee (IRC)? If answer is “yes”, give the following information:

 YES          NO








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IRC is an equal employment opportunity employer.  IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

Professional Standards : The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality:  IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances.

Equal Opportunity Employer:  IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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