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Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict—away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

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Job Title: Community Case Worker (Child Protection)

Location: Maiduguri, Borno (North-East Nigeria)
Duration: 13 months (with possibility of extension dependent on performance and funding).

Position Summary

We are searching for:

  • A Community Case Worker to supports the direct implementation of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project by undertaking regular follow up of beneficiary children and their caregivers to better understand their needs and ensure they receive the necessary support and coordination required. This will support beneficiary children achieve social, emotional, educational and economic outcomes to meet the project objective.
  • In addition the Community Case Worker will work closely with Community Mobilising Officers and Assistants to mobilise beneficiary children for required activities and trainings. The Community Case Worker will establish healthy, professional and supportive relationships with children in their community and ensure support extends to all beneficiary children.
  • The Community Case Worker will work closely with all team members including Case Management Assistants, Case Management Officer, Community Mobilisers, Education Officers, Enterprise Officers, in addition to the Deputy Program Manager and Child Protection Manager.

Key Relationship:

  • Reports to: Supervisor: Case Management Officer. Functional Line Manager: Deputy Project Manager. Direct Line Manager: Child Protection Manager.
  • Working Relations: Case Management Assistants, Case Management Officer, Community Mobilising Officers and Assistants, Enterprise Officers and Assistants, Education Officers and Assistants, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Deputy Project Manager, and Child Protection Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence to child safeguarding and Code of Conduct. Ensure Child Protection Principles upheld including best interest of the child and do no harm.
  • Direct work with children, young people and families to identify their needs and ensure they receive the necessary support and coordination to achieve social, emotional, educational and economic outcomes.
  • Ensure all stages of case management process implemented to a high standard including registration, needs assessment, case plan, referral, follow up and review, and case closure.
  • Ensure hard copy files are accurately completed and stored safely.
  • Promote active participation of children, caregivers, and communities in all casework to ensure it is strength and solution focused.
  • Ensure case work respects the culture and context of each child.
  • Undertake ongoing assessments to identify and address changing needs and any safety concerns for children to ensure they are protected. Escalate any concerns to Case Management Officer.
  • Establish clear communication with children to support in building supportive relationships to promote positive change, well-being and safety.
  • Provide basic psychological first aid and psycho-social support to children and families to support them return to normalcy after experiencing adversity.
  • Ensure casework takes place within practice and legislative frameworks communicated.
  • Share accurate case information with Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) Assistant and Case Management Officer in a timely manner using hard copy case management tools.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Engage children and families to capture stories if consent/ assent provided and share with Deputy Project Manager and Child Protection Manager as required.
  • Facilitate referrals to relevant services if required.
  • Develop and maintain networks and relationships with key stakeholders to deliver appropriate services for children, young people and families.
  • Participate in training and orientation activities.
  • Conduct quarterly review sessions with children to identify what is working well and what needs to be improved.
  • Update Deputy Project Manager and Child Protection Manager of any changes in the environment and security on an ongoing basis.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Qualifications

Education:

  • University degree, Diploma or equivalent or equivalent in Social Work, Psychology, Law or Sociology

Required Experience:

  • Successful completion of a Community Health Worker formal training program such as from a college or other education institution preferred.
  • Experience working with children, in particular Children Associated with Armed Groups.
  • Knowledge of types of child abuse and their impact (violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation).
  • Excellent ability to develop positive helping relationships with children and caregivers.
  • Written and spoken fluency in Hausa, Kanuri and English language. Experience working in a multi-cultural/religious setting.
  • Experience working in a community-based setting for at least 1 to 2 years preferred.
  • Basic computer, IT and communication skills.
  • Ability to initiate and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Excellent ability to accurately record information captured.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Caregiver Skilled Trainer

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Reports to: Functional Line Manager: Deputy Project Manager. Direct Line Manager: Child Protection Manager.

Position Summary

  • A caregiver skilled trainer required to deliver skills based training for Male and Female caregivers of the Project’s beneficiary children to enable them to develop skills in income generating activities to better support their children and families. This sits within the Economic Reintegration component of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project.
  • This skills training is particularly required for caregivers of children engaged in the education component of the Project to enable them to generate income and support their families purchase basic items, while children continue with their education. As such, 200 caregivers of the most vulnerable children will be identified to take part in skills training activities in key areas as identified by our market analysis. Start-up kits will then be provided to cooperatives that caregivers will form to enable them to begin putting their skills into action and generating incomes as a collective to improve their economic resilience as individual households.
  • The organisation will be required to deliver skills training to 200 caregivers in select locations in MMC and Jere in line with Search market assessment findings. The organization will then provide 20 groups of 10 caregivers per group start up kits containing key items required to begin businesses in the respective areas caregivers have been trained in.

Working Relations:

  • Enterprise Officers, Community Mobilizing Officers, Deputy Project Manager, and Child Protection Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Advise on skills gaps with economic potential within market from rapid market analysis, in addition to Search market analysis conducted in 2018.
  • Share skills training curriculum with Search Project team based on skills highlighted in market analysis.
  • Ensure skills training curriculum is accessible, particularly for those with low levels of literacy and numeracy attainment.
  • Adapt and tailor skills training as required, based on feedback from male and female caregivers, and Search Project team.
  • Ensure qualified staff identified to deliver skills training.
  • Deliver high quality trainings for 200 caregivers in a range of skills.
  • Ensure full respect of Search Code of Conduct and reporting mechanisms to ensure well-being and dignity of training caregiver participants.
  • Provide ongoing mentoring to caregivers to ensure their holistic needs are addressed.
  • Submit regular weekly reports on progress of trainings, flagging any concerns to Child Protection Manager in a timely manner.
  • Ensure timely procurement of start-up kit items, and necessary delivery to target beneficiaries in select locations.
  • Support set-up of businesses by providing business skills and knowledge. Advise on problem solving skills.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Qualifications
Education:

  • Master’s degree in Management, Business, or related field; Master (MA or MSc) in Business or related field preferred

Required Experience:

  • Search is seeking a professional, experienced and already established organisation with expertise in skills training.
  • The organisation must have already established skills training curriculums, to be reviewed by Search project team, which can be tailored to the context as required.
  • The organisation must have an already existing pool of trainers, with experiencing delivering engaging skills training to vulnerable populations.
  • The organisation must be experienced in delivering trainings to participants with low literacy and numeracy levels, and be able to adapt accordingly.
  • Adherence to Search Code of Conduct is mandatory. The organisation will also need to respect reporting mechanisms in addition.
  • In addition, knowledge of the context of Borno and these issues related to reintegration of children formerly associated with armed groups.
  • Fluency in Hausa and Kanuri languages.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Job Title: Community Case Worker (Child Protection)

Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Duration: 13 months (with possibility of extension dependent on performance and funding)

Position Summary

  • A Community Case Worker to supports the direct implementation of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North East Nigeria” project by undertaking regular follow up of beneficiary children and their caregivers to better understand their needs and ensure they receive the necessary support and coordination required. This will support beneficiary children achieve social, emotional, educational and economic outcomes to meet the project objective.
  • In addition the Community Case Worker will work closely with Community Mobilising Officers and Assistants to mobilise beneficiary children for required activities and trainings. The Community Case Worker will establish healthy, professional and supportive relationships with children in their community and ensure support extends to all beneficiary children.
  • The Community Case Worker will work closely with all team members including Case Management Assistants, Case Management Officer, Community Mobilisers, Education Officers, Enterprise Officers, in addition to the Deputy Program Manager and Child Protection Manager.

Reports to:

  • Supervisor: Case Management Officer.
  • Functional Line Manager: Deputy Project Manager.
  • Direct Line Manager: Child Protection Manager.

Working Relations:

  • Case Management Assistants, Case Management Officer, Community Mobilising Officers and Assistants, Enterprise Officers and Assistants, Education Officers and Assistants, Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Deputy Project Manager, and Child Protection Manager.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Ensure adherence to child safeguarding and Code of Conduct. Ensure Child Protection Principles upheld including best interest of the child and do no harm.
  • Direct work with children, young people and families to identify their needs and ensure they receive the necessary support and coordination to achieve social, emotional, educational and economic outcomes.
  • Ensure all stages of case management process implemented to a high standard including registration, needs assessment, case plan, referral, follow up and review, and case closure.
  • Ensure hard copy files are accurately completed and stored safely.
  • Promote active participation of children, caregivers, and communities in all casework to ensure it is strength and solution focused.
  • Ensure case work respects the culture and context of each child.
  • Undertake ongoing assessments to identify and address changing needs and any safety concerns for children to ensure they are protected. Escalate any concerns to Case Management Officer.
  • Establish clear communication with children to support in building supportive relationships to promote positive change, well-being and safety.
  • Provide basic psychological first aid and psycho-social support to children and families to support them return to normalcy after experiencing adversity.
  • Ensure casework takes place within practice and legislative frameworks communicated.
  • Share accurate case information with Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS) Assistant and Case Management Officer in a timely manner using hard copy case management tools.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Engage children and families to capture stories if consent/ assent provided and share with Deputy Project Manager and Child Protection Manager as required.
  • Facilitate referrals to relevant services if required.
  • Develop and maintain networks and relationships with key stakeholders to deliver appropriate services for children, young people and families.
  • Participate in training and orientation activities.
  • Conduct quarterly review sessions with children to identify what is working well and what needs to be improved.
  • Update Deputy Project Manager and Child Protection Manager of any changes in the environment and security on an ongoing basis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Qualifications
Education:

  • University degree, Diploma or equivalent in Social Work, Psychology, Law or Sociology.

Required Experience:

  • Successful completion of a Community Health Worker formal training program such as from a college or other education institution preferred.
  • Experience working with children, in particular Children Associated with Armed Groups.
  • Knowledge of types of child abuse and their impact (violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation).
  • Excellent ability to develop positive helping relationships with children and caregivers.
  • Written and spoken fluency in Hausa, Kanuri and English language. Experience working in a multi-cultural/religious setting.
  • Experience working in a community-based setting for at least 1 to 2 years preferred.
  • Basic computer, IT and communication skills.
  • Ability to initiate and maintain positive working relationships.
  • Excellent ability to accurately record information captured.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Enterprise Assistant

Location: Maiduguri, Borno (North-East Nigeria)
Reports to: Deputy Project Manager/ Child Protection Manager
Direct Report: The Enterprise assistant will have no direct report

About the Project Qualifications

In the past decade, states in the North East region of Nigeria have faced frequent attacks by Boko Haram militants leading to widespread displacement, violations of national laws, international humanitarian and human rights laws, and a deepening humanitarian crisis. Children, who are the most vulnerable members of society, have suffered the worst impacts as pre-existing problems of access to social protection, education and healthcare increase, new threats emerge, and the systems to protect children fails.

This project aims to ensure that children verified and separated from CJTF receive a comprehensive child protection package including counselling, psychosocial support and socio-economic reintegration, and that their communities understand the importance of their separation and reintegration. Search will work closely with the children, their families and communities, and CJTF to address the psychosocial and economic needs of the children and to influence the attitudes of communities and CJTF so they understand the negative impact of associating with armed groups on children and prevent the CJTF from using children. By increasing the resilience of children associated with CJTF and increasing their employability, this project will facilitate lasting reintegration of these children and amplify positive narratives around their role in communities as productive civilian actors and agents for peace.

Position Summary
We are searching for:

  • The Enterprise Assistant supports the Enterprise Officers to implement the economic reintegration component of the “Supporting the Socio-Economic Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups, and other vulnerable children, in North-East Nigeria” project. This will ensure the timely and quality implementation of all project activities as defined in the proposal.
  • The Enterprise Assistant will support coordinate training for enterprise beneficiary children to ensure they are equipped with technical skills and knowledge. Enterprise Assistants will then ensure children of legal age are matched with mentors from their local community to develop skills through informal apprenticeships, before then being supported with seed grants to procure basic items to set up small scale businesses in their area of skills development.
  • The Enterprise Assistant will motivate, inspire and support children in target communities in making informed choices regarding their skills development, to assist them in the future.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work directly with selected enterprise adolescent children and help increase their financial capabilities and coordinate their enrollment in the apprenticeships and micro-enterprise training on a one to one basis, as well as a selection of self-employment and wage-employment businesses opportunities;
  • Identify & organize micro-enterprise training courses/workshops to facilitate the development of start your own business skills of the target participants; Support individuals in their applications for the creation and engagement of bank accounts;
  • Provide support and information to target participants with regard to improving their job-seeking skills through support and referrals to other initiatives;
  • Support target beneficiaries in their application to establish bank accounts
  • Develop terms of reference (TORs) and Purchase Requests (PRs) for required trainings and workshops.
  • Provide support and information to target adolescent children to improve their job-seeking skills through support and referrals to other initiatives.
  • Provide necessary support in organizing Business Opportunities and Administrative Support sessions that will help trained target participants in identifying and accessing small business seed grants, employment opportunities, and information on available economic resources;
  • Support the coordination of all training activities that will take place in targeted communities;
  • Help identify, assess and select the local artisans/small business owners in targeted communities;
  • Support in sensitizing local artisans/small business owners in targeted communities by providing the necessary support to empower the children;
  • Monitor each young person’s relation with his/her employer and pay random visits per quarter to each involved business;
  • Collect monitoring data from the field in line with program indicators and submit regular updates, reports and case studies on success stories and lessons learned;
  • Prepare activities reports on a regular basis and contribute to the period progress reports; Keep proper records of field expenditures when appropriate and report on these to the Project Manager;
  • Track information and report about other related activities implemented in the LGA as part of the project; and
  • Keep abreast of local context and security situation to provide feedback on Search’s weekly context analysis.
  • As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key duties.

Qualifications
Education:

  • University degree or equivalent in Marketing, Business Management, Social Science, or a related field.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in marketing, livelihood, or a related field.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with business and strategy development processes.
  • Experience working with Children Associated with Armed Groups.

Other Relevant Requirements:

  • Familiarity with principles including the best interest of the child, do no harm, humanitarian principles, amongst others.
  • Strong cross cultural communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly organised and systematic, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience working in emergency settings
  • Experience working in different communities in Borno State
  • Experience working with refugees, IDPs, host communities, and other vulnerable populations
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills

Desirable:

  • Good analytical, problem solving and project planning skills.
  • Ability to prioritise, plan, organise workflow to tight timeframes, handle multiple tasks, and be flexible with changing priorities.
  • Community oriented and respect for local culture.
  • Good IT skills, particularly with MS Office – Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Strong command of both written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of a local language (Hausa, Kanuri) a must.
  • Holds self and others to account to deliver on agreed goals and standards of behaviour.
  • Demonstrates a high degree of professionalism/integrity.
  • Provides good administrative and logistical support to the team.
  • Strong attitude towards teamwork and collaboration.
  • Actively seeks support in addressing difficulties in the execution of duties.
  • Strategic thinking and effective contribution to own work and organisational development.
  • Sound judgement and decision-making in complex situations.
  • Strong emotional intelligence including self-awareness.
  • Leads by example to motivate high performance of others.
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

 

Deadline: 11th November, 2019.

Application Procedures
Interested candidates should send the following:

  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter (which includes expectations of compensation and projected start date)

Note

  • Please note that the system only has the functionality to upload two documents per application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  • Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.



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