Economic and social empowerment (ease) officer

International Medical Corps

Job Summary

The Economic and Social Empowerment (EASE) Officer is based in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC) and is responsible for supporting the implementation of the EA$E program in the field locations. This includes supervising Community Volunteers(CV), conducting regular VSLA Training monitoring field activities, collecting data and providing mentoring and coaching support to CVs and EASE groups.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Job Summary

  • The Economic Empowerment Officer is also responsible for conducting the Group Discussion Series (GDS) and monitoring the implementation of the CEFE business skills training.
  • It is expected that the EASE Officer will play an active role in building community capacity in the effective running of EASE groups. This position reports directly to the GBV Manager.

Specific Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the economic empowerment officer include, but are not limited to. the following:

Program Development And Implementation:

  • Ensure all EA$E activities (VSLA, DGS and business skills) are implemented on time and with high quality.
  • Actively participate in all EA$E Training of Trainers sessions and train EA$E Community Outreach Volunteers.
  • Provide technical support and supervision to EA$E Community Volunteers
  • Organize and participate in monthly meetings with EA$E community volunteers
  • Conduct frequent field visits to monitor and provide capacity building support to EA$E Community Volunteers
  • Facilitate the Discussion Group Series (DGS) with EA$E members and spouses
  • Monitor implementation of business skills training and report findings to GBV Manager.
  • Collect monitoring data for the VSLA and DGS components of the EA$E program as per the monitoring system in place.
  • Actively address challenges in program implementation and propose solutions to GBV Manager and GBV Coordinator
  • Document case studies and lessons learned and share with the GBV Coordinator as scheduled.
  • Work with Logistics and Procurement Team to procure EA$E supplies following IMC procurement policies and procedures, within program budgets, and ensure timely distribution of supplies/items.
  • Work with the GBV Manager to create detailed weekly and monthly work plans.
  • Maintain confidentiality and uphold other principles in line with the GBV programming.
  • Consider security implications of all program activities, reviewing all new initiatives with staff teams and community leaders.
  • Attend staff meetings and training events as required.

HR Management & Staff Support:

  • Supervise and mentor EASE Community Volunteers
  • Support the orientation, on-going development/training and capacity building of staff as required.
  • Identify training opportunities for staff through various methodologies: e.g. online, workshop, collaboration with other NGOs, etc
  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
  • Adhere to IMC procedures in preparing the necessary documentation for procuring training approval, materials, and payments for vendors etc, in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organization’s Code of Conduct.
  • Consider security implications of all program activities, reviewing all new initiatives with staff teams and community leaders.

Other:

  • Refrain from making false and unrealistic promises and commitments to the beneficiaries and work in the best interest of the IMC GBV Program.
  • Foster a team spirit among GBV staff that is conducive to all staff improving their skills and knowledge base.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop the IMC/GBV program

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • University degree in Business Administration, Social Work and Social Administration or related field.
  • Familiarity with savings and credit schemes (VSLA methodology preferred)
  • Strong experience working with community groups
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to clearly and effectively convey complex concepts to populations with limited numeracy and literacy skills
  • Excellent training and mentoring skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to foster team spirit
  • Belief in and understanding of gender equality, women’s right and empowerment.
  • Experience working in GBV programs and in rural settings.
  • Willingness to travel to field sites frequently, stay and work in remote locations,
  • Ability to speak good English. Fluency in Hausa and/or Kanuri an advantage
  • Flexibility and can adapt to prevailing environment.
  • Computer literate especially micro soft work, excel database and power point. Knowledge of other software an advantage.
  • Self-starter Nigeria Nationals Only

Note

  • Candidates MUST state the position and location they are applying for as the subject of their email, application letter and Curriculum Vitae should be in a single Microsoft Word Document, otherwise applications will not be considered.
  • Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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