Gender Officer – Save the Children

Social Sciences and Community

Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In Ethiopia and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Save the Children Ethiopia works in 9 regions in Ethiopia with a current staff complement of approximately 2,500 staff. The size of the programme and the amount of human, financial and material resources put into it as well as the requirements of different donors requires substantial amount of quality and efficient human resource. This makes Save the Children an exciting place to work.

Accordingly, Save the Children Ethiopia is looking to hire creative individuals who have the experience and competencies to work; support the development of an organisational culture that reflects dual mandate values; help establish, maintain, and improve active and regular working relationships with host government authorities, partner agencies including humanitarian and development donors, and local and international NGOs; ensure Ethiopia Country Office complies with all Save the Children Management Operating Standards and Standard Operating Procedures and that all required support is provided promptly, at scale and in line with the rules and principles.

Child Safeguarding:

Level 3:  Level 3: either the role holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or they will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore, a police check will be required (at ‘standard’ level in the UK or equivalent in other countries).


The position holder will be the focal point for refugee project implementation in a quality standard at the field office in the assigned duty station for refugee children affected by emergencies. Based in the refugee operation, s/he will ensure the implementation of BPRM project activities as per the project plan and budget provided, in consultation with the project managers and Women, children and youth affairs in the refugee camps. S/he will be responsible for sharing information about the project with the project managers, community, and beneficiaries. He/ she will collect data on project implementation and share it to project coordinator and project manager. 

The position holder will be responsible for organizing trainings and awareness raising activities for project beneficiaries and documenting outcome of dialogue or conversation using minutes. S/He will identify logistic need and other issues for project implementation as per the project plan and budget. He/she will monitor project activities implemented in each target center/CFs and disseminates the necessary logistic support. He /she will document data (disaggregated by gender, disability, age and schools level).

He/ she communicates with project managers regarding issues related to BPRM project implementation.


Reports to:  Project manager

Dimensions: Save the Children works in Dollo field office, in development and emergency contexts across different Woreda and refugee camps.

Staff directly reporting to this post:   N/A

In line with SCI’s dual mandate, these key areas of accountability apply to Save the Children in Ethiopia’s work in emergencies (acute and chronic) and in development settings


Strategic and Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

•   Lead the implementation of gender related refugee program activities of the project in collaboration with other stakeholders, including conducting gender assessments and organizing trainings;

•  Build the capacities of refugee service providers and support them to coordinate referrals and reporting of SGBV and ensure proper follow up of documented incident;

•  In conjunction with project team, undertake regular field trips to learning centers/CFs and reading camps to check field based gender mainstreaming activities; and advise on monitoring and reporting on emerging gender related issues;

•  Provide technical guidance during implementation of projects using/developing as required gender appropriate and gender sensitive tools and ensuring equity in participation of Adolescent and Youth based on gender and other intersecting identities.

• Contribute to the gender sensitive monitoring of BPRM project and provide training to girls and learning centers staff focusing on gender appropriate approaches and methodologies.

• Develop and/or adapt IEC packages on gender Equality/SGBV.

 Representation and Advocacy

• Represent Save the Children at the monthly & quarterly gender based meetings and update on progress made, challenges and appropriate follow up plans to the zonal coordination meeting.

•  Plan and lead gender related community activities/campaigns like the international women’s day and 16 days of gender activism as a platform to lobby on gender sensitive practices and behavioural change.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, Learning

•  Supporting project team in measuring achievement and progress towards project goals and results.

•  Support the MEAL team in the development of gender responsive tools during assessments, Project evaluations and report, and in documenting and sharing best practices/lessons learned.

Coordinate with MEAL colleagues to ensure complaints and feedback mechanism is gender sensitive in terms of access, and that a system is in place to review complaints for nuances related to gender sensitive programming.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


•       Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.

•       Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary capacity to improve performance and applying appropriate measures when results are not achieved.


•       Sets ambitious and challenging goals for himself/herself (and their team).

•       Takes responsibility for his/her own personal actions and encourages others to do the same.

•       Widely shares his/her personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

•       Future-orientated, thinks strategically.


•       Builds and maintains effective relationships, his/her team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

•       Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.

•       Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


•       Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.

•       Willing to take disciplined risk


•       Honest, encourages openness and transparency



  • Minimum of BED. Or BA degree in an area of education, gender, social work and development studies or equivalent.
  • Preferred working experience related to child protection and gender
  • Good organizational, communication and writing skills.
  • Demonstrate an open and inclusive attitude, commitment to the importance of protecting children and manage to work under pressure and appreciate challenges.
  • Good teamwork skills.
  • Respect of Save the Children rules, policies and code of conduct.
  • Recommended a minimum of three years, among these three years NGO experience in an officer role in emergency and/ or development contexts, preferably with solid experience in more than one of the following priority sectors: Education, Gender, and emergencies
  • Experience in case study and success story development
  • Good experience conducting training programs, community mobilization and conversations
  • Good team spirit, and working experience; Strong interpersonal skills & excellent team player.
  • Knowledge of latest health related issues, including technical guidelines and standards in emergency health and WASH as well as COVID 19
  • Experience in community mobilization, dialogue and/ or conversation
  • Working experience with girls’ challenge
  • Willingness and ability to work in hardship environment.
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and (local language is mandatory)



  • Strong accounting and analytical skill
  • Willingness and ability to dramatically change work practices, flexibility in working long hours and ability to work with incoming surge teams;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Commitment to Save the Children values
  • Teams, in the event of emergencies