Community Based Social Worker

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Social Sciences and Community
Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa 
Career Level:
Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)
Employment Type:
Full time

Job Description

  • Child Safeguarding:

Level 3: the post holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work, a police check will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).

ROLE PURPOSE: The Community Based Social Worker will be responsible for working at community level to support access to child protection services for vulnerable migrant and returnee children and youth. The Community Based Social Worker will be primarily field based and will work in a team with a dedicated Child Protection Officer, and Child Protection Case Management Officer. S/he is responsible for working closely with children, community and government stakeholders, and for provision of effective, efficient and quality psychosocial support, family tracing, and reintegration services for vulnerable migrant and returnee children and youth, and information/awareness raising at the community level. S/he works as a case manager, best interest determination panel member and other support activities to respond to the children problems. S/he works in establishing/strengthen community based child protection mechanisms to prevent and protect children from abuses and other child protection risks. S/he supports Child Protection Officer to organize, mobilize and facilitate on implementation of activities with beneficiaries/communities and other stakeholders at a Woreda level.


Reports to: Child Protection Officer/Child Protection Case Management Officer


Case Management

  •  Conduct identification, assessment, documentation and referral (to relevant services) and follow-up of protection cases.
  •   Provide information, advice and facilitate access to social services for vulnerable children
  • Conduct home visits to follow-up on interventions with families.
  • Properly document all protection cases that went through the case management process
  • Carry out case management for UASC and other migrant and returnee children who are at risk (family tracing and reunification, other children at risk or victims of child abuse and SGBV.  
  •  Facilitate alternative care arrangement for UASC including placement of children in foster or kinship care arrangements and regularly follow up their situations.
  •  Work as a case manager or case management focal person at Woreda level.
  •   Conduct vulnerability analysis in line with Save the Children vulnerability assessment toolkit and define targets for case management services
  •   Map and coordinate with service providers to support case management activities
  •   Actively participate in the referral path way development process to ensure access to holistic and quality services
  •   Actively participate on the assessment to identify the safety and protection of needs of the child, develop care plan, implement the care plan and conduct follow ups.
  • Lead and facilitate best interest determination (BID) panel to guarantee best interest of the children. 
  •    Lead and facilitate psychosocial support for children at risk or victims of HTP and their families.
  •     In collaboration with Child Protection team establish/strengthen referral linkages

Community engagement and advocacy

  • Perform outreach activities in the intervention areas covered by the project, including community-based awareness raising sessions.
  • Participate in needs assessments, and lead community consultation meeting, awareness raising, sensitization and information activities, and liaise with MEAL team for feedback on M&E assessments
  • Actively participate on identification of community based child protection mechanisms capacity gaps and participates in building their capacity.
  • Mobilize and facilitate active participation of migrant children and youth and the host communities to participate in planning, monitoring and implementation and evaluation of project interventions.
  • Build the capacity of children, families and community to collectively engage on identified issues.
  • Facilitate multi sectorial linkages at Woreda level to prevent, protect and respond to child protection risks. 
  •    Actively participate on activities that ensure establishment/strengthen community based child protection mechanisms to prevent and protect children.
  • Facilitate and provide trainings, workshops for community members, and other stakeholders.
  • Work closely with key stakeholders at woreda level and community based child protection structures to provide psychosocial support for children.
  •   Actively participate in the preparation and compilation of monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports and for other SCI and donor compliances and requirements.
  • Assists Child Protection Officer/ Child Protection Case Management Officer in overseeing implementation of Project activities
  •    Document best practices of the project activities and share with the project team.
  •  Performs other related activities as assigned by his immediate supervior


BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice )


  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  •   Holds suppliers accountable to deliver on their responsibilities


  •  Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and takes responsibility for their own personal development
  •   Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  •  Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale


  •   Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to; builds and maintains effective relationships with colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  •   Values diversity and different people’s perspectives, able to work cross-culturally.


  •   Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  •  Cuts away bureaucracy and encourages an entrepreneurial approach


  •  Honest, encourages openness and transparency, builds trust and confidence
  •   Displays consistent excellent judgement

Job Requirements


  • Minimum Qualification required : Diploma in Social Science from accredited College/University in the field Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Community Development, Psychiatric Nurse & related field.
  • Preferred : Degree /Advanced Diploma in Sociology, Social Work, Community Development, Psychology & related field.

         Experience:  Two years relevant experience of child protection, migration works, and community based child protection mechanisms, an NGO environment is preferable

  •  Experience in delivering case management, community sensitization/mobilization, and psychosocial support,.   
  • Computer literacy in all the Microsoft office applications, and internet literacy are required
  • Good communication skills
  •  Fluency in English, writing and speaking
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  •  Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply


  • Strong leadership; communication and time management skills
  • Experience with multi-sectoral nutrition projects such as USAID ENGINE or USAID Growth through Nutrition


Generic Competencies

  • Child Rights: Promotes an enabling environment for participation, and accountability to children
  • Be the Innovator: Promotes innovation to find new and better approaches to driving progress for children

Deliver Results at Scale: Promotes a clear focus on impact in a project and programme design, management, and oversight

Generic Competencies

  • Being the Voice of Children: Promotes evidence-based policy and public engagement that includes the voices of children and their communities
  • Advancing Equality & Inclusion: Displays a commitment to ensuring everything we do considers the most deprived and marginalised children and adolescent
  • Building & Strengthening Partnerships: Promotes working with diverse partners as critical to delivery

Child Rights: Promotes the rights of children in own work and in work with colleagues and peers,

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Gender Equality Policies, supported by relevant procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Safeguarding our Staff:

The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SC Health and Safety policies and procedures.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The duty station of the position holder will be in Addis Ababa This role is offered on the basis of national terms and conditions only.

The Organizatio n
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
• No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
• All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
• Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

How to Apply

Application Information

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Interested applicants who meet the MINIMUM requirements should apply using the below link:

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