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21 Dec 2020

Field officers

Job Description

Job title

Field Officer

Number of positions

3

Duty stations

2 in Wau and 1 in Kuajok

Reporting to

Program Manager

Starting date

1st of February 2021

Application deadline

20th January 2021

Organization:

Help a Child is a Christian international NGO specialized in community development with its headquarters in the Netherlands. Help a Child been operating in South Sudan for more than 10 years. Founded in 1968, Help a Child’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of children living in poverty and crisis through supportive communities. Help a Child South Sudan in consortium with Dorcas Aid International (DAI) and Light for the World (LfW) has secured a three years funding from European Union (EU) for its project titled “Pride”. The project aims to empower women in Wau and Gogrial West Counties, especially around Wau and Kuajok, to contribute to the development of inclusive and prosperous communities. In the consortium, Help a Child will focus on creating enabling environment for active participation of women and women with disabilities in decision making processes in Wau and Gogrial West Counties through dialogues, advocacy and “What’s Up” sessions. Based on this background, Help a Child is currently recruiting three Field Officers to be based in Wau, Kuajok and Mapel.

The Field Officer performs a key role in implementing and overseeing Help a Child’s life-skills activities with 80% women and girls participation. S/he is responsible for representing the consortium, project and Help a Child. In addition, s/he should be able to plan, coordinate, facilitate and implement all Help a Child project activities in his/her specific duty station. The Field Officer may be assigned or delegated to perform extra assignments by his immediate supervisor (s) and the consortium members any time when deemed necessary. The Field Officers will report to Program Manager.

Duties and responsibilities **

· Support the implementation, coordination and monitoring of the women empowerment activities at the field level, ensuring implementation schedules are met as per the detailed activity plan, and that adherence to systems for quality project implementation are reinforced.

· Represent Help a Child in all field based consortium reviews, meetings and any other relevant consortium activities.

· Act as the lead facilitator for ‘What’s Up?!’ life skills sessions, develop the curriculum of life skills training and sessions, and other life skills events/activities including but not limited to Boruboru and other What’s Up group locations.

· Coordinate, monitor, and report on project activities according to the consourtium and Help a Child internal project cycle management procedures.

· Coordinate communication and facilitate information sharing among the project team, partners, project beneficiaries, and other stakeholders to strengthen communities’ interests, involvement, and support networks.

· Compile activity level data as per project requirements and contribute to the preparation of reports.

· Support MEAL system to ensure accessibility and reliability of information.

· Communicate key project information and results with community members, colleagues, and stakeholders.

· Contribute to reflective conversations on ongoing project interventions.

· Share insights and perspectives based on observations and interactions with community members, colleagues and stakeholders.

Qualification and personal specifications:

· Minimum qualification is Bachelor degrees in social work, community development, gender studies, and project cycle management from a recognized university. Master’s degree will be an added advantage.

· Minimum professional experience of three years in managing projects/programs and consortia, or working with partners.

· Excellent knowledge and experience in MS applications, especially Excel, PowerPoint, MS-Word.

· Excellent communication, organizational, time management, planning and interpersonal skills.

· Strong analytical and problem solving skills and pays attention to details.

· Ability to identify issues/needs, define solutions and design innovation actions for solving the needs.

· Able to illustrate good integrity records and actions taken.

· Good command of English and fluent in any South Sudan or duty station local language (Juba Arabic).

· Excellent writing skills, budget planning and budget controls.

· Full support of the vision, mission and Christian core values of Help a Child.

· Observation, active listening, and analytical skills with ability to make sound judgments.

· Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of people.

· Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented.

· He / she has strong experience and good skills in community mobilization and engagement.

Competencies

Integrity

Maintain generally accepted and social ethical standards in activities that have to do with the position

· Takes responsibility for own actions.

· Indicates things that are expected of him / her are not in accordance with his or her personal standards or organizational standards.

· Sticking to standards and values, even when this could lead to disadvantage, tension or conflicts.

· Does what he / she says, keeps promises and appointments.

· Respects and protects confidential information entrusted to him / her.

· Informs customers, employees or public about the extent to which one may expect problems or setbacks.

· Does not abuse power or prior knowledge.

· Provides information on his / her opinion on business ethics, safety and the environment.

Cooperation

Actively contributing to joint results, even when the subject involved is not of immediate personal interest. Sharing information and knowledge with others.

· Ready to collaborate with other disciplines or organizational units.

· Appreciate information and knowledge sharing.

· Encourages team work and enhancement of working relationships.

· Is willing to make concessions to get a step ahead as a group.

· Initiates collaboration between different groups to achieve a joint result.

Customer orientation

Investigating the wishes and interests of (internal customers and reacting accordingly. Anticipating the interests of customers. Giving high priority to service preparedness and client satisfaction.

· Analyzes short and long term financial needs and gaps of the partners.

· Proposes the partner that best fits his current and future needs.

· Discusses (unwise) choices from the partner and makes improvements.

· Investigates the satisfaction and further needs of the partners after delivery of the services community.

Networking

Building relationships and networks that prove to be useful in achieving goals. Making effective use of informal networks to get things done.

· Encourages colleagues and partners to maintain and expand their internal and external contacts, and makes suggestions.

· Brings internal relationships / networks into contact with external relationships / networks.

· Asks friends to collaborate in making contacts with potential relationships and / or networks.

· Uses own network for the purpose of achieving goals of others.

· Uses the relationships from the own network to realize goals of the own organizational unit.

Value Proposition

Help a Child offers the opportunity to become part of an ambitious, child centred and Christian international NGO with a dedicated team of professionals motivated to maximize impact. Help a Child offers a fair pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. Furthermore, you will be offered a fixed term contract for one year. Depending on funding, your performance and fit within the team, the contract shall be extended.

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates are kindly invited to apply through this link https://cvselection.net/field-officers at the latest on 20th January 2021

In your cover letter, please reflect on your motivation for wanting to become part of the Help a Child organization. This includes a reflection on Help a Child being a child centred and Christian organization.

Qualified females candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Should you wish to apply for this post, you are kindly advised to submit your application as soon as possible. An (e-) assessment may be part of the selection process. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Help a Child is committed to keep children safe. All staff are required to sign and adhere to the Help a Child’s PSEA and safeguarding Recruitment is subject to successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks. In this recruitment process we ask the candidate for consent for obtaining the Statement of Conduct. Hereby we inform you that we participate in the SCHR Misconduct Disclosure Scheme.

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