Safeguarding Senior Programme Officer - Link Community Development Ethiopia

Safeguarding Senior  Programme Officer - Link Community Development Ethiopia 

Location: Soddo, Wolaita, SNNPRS, Ethiopia
Salary: Competitive 
Closing date: 12 November 2018

About the organisation

Link Community Development is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments and educators to adopt low-cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children. Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts. Link Community Development International (LCDI), based in Edinburgh, Scotland supports all projects, M&E, fundraising, finance and governance activities in our five sub-Saharan partner countries.

Job purpose

The Safeguarding Senior Programme Officer will support the delivery of Link’s Girls’ Education Challenge ‘STAGES’ project in Ethiopia. Reporting to the Programme Manager of Link Community Development Ethiopia, the post-holder will work closely with the Programme Manager to ensure Link Ethiopia has and adheres to robust safeguarding procedures, follows safeguarding best practice and the STAGES project is compliant with donor safeguarding requirements. Child protection and participation, as core elements of Link’s overall safeguarding policy, are integral to the post-holder’s areas of responsibility.  Some travel within Ethiopia may be required.

About the Project

Supporting Transition of Adolescent Girls through Enhanced Systems (STAGES) is an ambitious eight-year project which aims to improve girls’ learning and transition in 127 rural elementary schools and up to 17 secondary schools - 13 existing schools and 4 new ‘deep rural’ schools. Over the remaining seven years, working in all schools in four marginalised, densely populated districts of Wolaita, STAGES will:

•    Reach 43,978 disadvantaged girls and support their transition to general secondary
•    Support older girls’ transition from general secondary to preparatory school, (Technical Vocational Education Training TVET), College of Teachers’ Education (CTE) or work
•    Support activities to embed support for girls’ education at regional level and develop sustainable models owned by the education system which can be maintained and replicated by zonal authorities in 12 additional districts and other regional authorities 
•    Improve gender and inclusion responsive pedagogy in schools
•    Improve girls’ literacy and numeracy outcomes
•    Engage multiple stakeholders and build on best practice to tackle the complex and intersecting causes that prevent girls performing and completing school
•    Critically intervene in several key areas: lack of accurate data about girls’ performance; capacities to plan for and monitor girls’ education at all levels; access to safe, local secondary schools; quality of teaching and tutorial/ extracurricular support; socio-cultural beliefs and attitudes of community members, teachers and school managers; school construction and sanitation facilities; self-esteem and financial barriers to secondary education; community mobilisation in school improvement; and inclusive education practices
•    Support the changing of entrenched attitudes and behaviour over this eight-year period STAGES will build on Link’s successful and innovative DFID-funded Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) interventions, working with existing GEC girls, streamlining interventions with the greatest impact and introducing new and adapted inclusive interventions targeting secondary school learners, as well as boys and men as ‘agents of change’.

Key Responsibilities

•    Be the Link Ethiopia focal person for Safeguarding and Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection
•    Take action as necessary on revisions to safeguarding guidance and due diligence from the GEC-T Fund Manager; Respond to Fund Manager requests for information and updates on LCDE’s Safeguarding policy
•    Strengthen and develop where necessary robust Safeguarding policies and procedures, including the Child and Vulnerable Adult policy, ensuring it aligns with Ethiopian legislation and donor compliance
•    Ensure a robust Case Management system is in place and fit for purpose, including reporting, referrals and victim support
•    Ensure the Risk Management system is updated and shared with appropriate team members 
•    Conduct a thorough service mapping of victim support services in Wolaita Zone and the SNPPR Region
•    Ensure all staff, consultants, partners, contractors and visitors adopt and follow the Link Ethiopia Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct
•    Work closely with LCDE programme team members to ensure that safeguarding is considered in all programme activities.
•    Work closely with the Gender Officer in all activities to safeguard girls (and boys) who are particularly vulnerable to abuse, such as children with disabilities
•    Strengthen the Link Ethiopia safeguarding training module and ensure it follows best practice
•    Develop a training plan and train all Link Ethiopian staff on safeguarding best practice
•    Implement existing and new screening procedures for new Link Ethiopia recruits
•    Engage in scheduled revisions of Link Ethiopia Safeguarding and Child and Vulnerable Adult protection policies
•    Ensure that girls (and boys) in project schools understand safeguarding and protection, and that they participate in the development of school level policies or guidelines which seek to protect them from harm, violence or abuse
•    Strengthen GEC-T programming to ensure the active participation of girls (considering particularly marginalised girls including girls with disability) in the design, implementation and evaluation of project activities
•    Play an active role in implementation of Child Protection project activities and provide high quality reports on activity status
•    Make frequent field visits to project areas to monitor implementation of safeguarding/ child and vulnerable adult protection activities, identify opportunities and constraints and any adjustments needed including additional staffing or staff training
•    Take part and/or support with implementation of all other STAGES programme activities at all levels

Person Specification 


•    Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. law, child development)
•    Minimum of 3 years’ experience in safeguarding / child protection
•    Knowledge of Government development plans and policies on Safeguarding and Child Protection
•    Technical knowledge of safeguarding and child protection in the international development context
•    Field work experience
•    Strong spoken and written communication skills in English and Amharic
•    Strong interpersonal skills
•    Demonstrable experience of the Ethiopian education system
•    A postgraduate degree in a relevant field (law, child development, education, international development) 
•    Knowledge of the local statutory child protection network, including contact details for the local police and women’s and children’s affairs bureau, and awareness of local inter-agency child protection procedure
Knowledge of education and NGO sector in Ethiopia


•    Excellent planning and organisational skills
•    Ability to self-manage a demanding workload
•    Excellent communication skills, fluent in English and Amharic
•    Excellent interpersonal skills
•    Computer literate 


How to Apply 

Please send a cover letter, Application Form and Equal Opportunities monitoring form (below) to Link at with the subject line “Safeguarding Senior Programme Officer, STAGES Application”

  • Your cover letter should detail how you meet the required criteria 
  • It should also include your available start date and salary expectations
  • The closing date for applications is 12th November 2018
  • Interviews will be conducted in Addis Ababa in the week of the 26th of November.
  • We will acknowledge receipt of your application. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview by 19th November 2018. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.
  • Futher information on Link vacancies: 

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