JOB DESCRIPTIONTitle Field CoordinatorDept: ProgramLocation Country Office, EthiopiaReporting Relationship: ECD SpecialistLiaison with: Job grade 6SUMMARYThe Field Coordinator is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, directing and management of the project activities implemented in Addis Ababa. The position will closely work with concerned government offices and the communities in selected Woredas in the city. He/she is also responsible in compiling and timely submission of reports to the ECD Specialist.DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES ChildFund International is committed to a workplace culture that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Furthermore, ChildFund International is committed to ensuring a workplace that safeguards and protects all children, including preventing their sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as preventing the sexual exploitation and abuse of its staff, partners, and program participants.
- Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills which will enable you to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with Child fund’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
- Undertake project planning in participatory way involving concerned government offices, communities, project staff and other responsible development actors.
- Develop comprehensive and detailed implementation plans of the project.
- Coordinate the implementation of age and culturally appropriate, environmentally friendly learning spaces, play, early stimulation and early learning for children age 1-5 years.
- Facilitate consultation with government and community stakeholders including beneficiaries on the importance of setting up and managing community-based Child Care Centers.
- Ensure the proper functioning of community childcare centers especially benefiting young children of urban productive safety net program (UPSNP) participants.
- Ensure capacity of caregivers, Child Care Center facilitators/community facilitators and target beneficiaries is built on proper nurturing care for young children.
- Ensure that the knowledge and skills of parents are built on practicing early stimulation and responsive caregiving for young children and the parents are linked up with Health Extension Workers to for technical support.
- Provide regular coaching and supportive supervision to community facilitators, caregivers and childcare center workers.
- Coordinate the implementation of awareness creation activities about early childhood development (proper childcare) at the household level (focusing on caregivers), at the community level and government office level involving key actors and providing coaching and supervision.
- Conduct advocacy work with relevant government offices, community leaders and front-line service provider and UPSNP clients on ensuring child-friendly childcare spaces.
- Coordinate interventions that can strengthen community level structures, resource mobilization, coordination, referral linkage for childcare services on the importance early childcare, development and learning target children.
- Support in setting up a monitoring and evaluation system that will document the processes of implementing the childcare service.
- Support organizing monthly parenting sessions with beneficiaries on nurturing care, breastfeeding, responsive caregiving, child protection, birth registration and other early childhood development related issues.
- Participate in the assessment and evaluation of the project and in drawing recommendation on how to scale up the program at national level
- Actively participate in developing sustainability strategy of the intervention
- Ensure that the project interventions are properly handed over to the communities and concerned government offices.
- Comply with ChildFund policies and procedures.
Minimum 4 years of relevant work experience. Experience in working with community-based organizations is required.
- Minimum Educational Qualification and Experience
University degree, preferable at post graduate level in Project Management early childhood development, public health or social development related fields
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position
- Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Experiences should be in project designing, implementing and coordinating child-focused projects or health and health related projects and working at the grass root level.
- Fluent in English and Amharic languages.
- Knowledge of childcare and urban productive safety net programs.
- Good training and meeting facilitation skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal communications, relationship-building, team player, conflict management, and negotiation skills, especially when developing / maintaining contacts and influencing partners.
- Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, database management software and internet and other computer applications.
- Be available and willing to conduct regular field visits to each childcare centre and conduct discussions with the project beneficiaries and identify gaps/challenges and solutions to solve challenges.
- Able to multi-task and on occasion work in high pressure environment with tight deadlines
- Commitment to ChildFund’s Vision, Mission and Values.